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Mazda3 Hatchback

Mazda3 Hatchback

We previewed the 2010 Mazda3 sedan here, but we think the second-gen’s lines (and yes, that ridiculous grin) suit the hatchback better; it’ll premiere on 12/3 at the Bologna Auto Show.

Jaguar XF Coupe

Jaguar XF Coupe

If Jaguar’s upcoming XF Coupe looks anything like these Auto Express renders, we’ll be first in line to snap up one of these 3-Series fighters; it’ll sport a 5.0L V8 that pumps out 500 bhp.

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Unimog

Unimog

The Unimog is truly for globe trekkers, with a chassis that can take just about any kind of diesel and permanent all wheel drive; inside, you’ll get corian countertops and teak floors.

C3R Retro Corvette

C3R Retro Corvette

Going retro has been hit-or-miss for recent muscle cars, but this concept C3R Corvette Stingray is undeniably sexy: it sports hideaway head lights and aggressive front fender peaks.

2009 Audi Q5

2009 Audi Q5

Recently making its North American debut at SEMA, the 2009 Audi Q5’s feature list is promising: a 2.0L TFSI with a 7-speed shifter, hatchback-style rear access, and sliding rear seats.

Enertia TTXGP

Enertia TTXGP

Seen at SEMA to promote next year’s clean emission Grand Prix, Brammo’s Enertia is an electric motorcycle with a range of 45 miles, making this ideal for workplace commutes.

Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

Porsche’s much anticipated four-door Panamera sedan has been laid bare for the world to see; it’s a bit odd-looking, but with a 500hp V8 and hybrid on the way, we can deal with odd.

VW Baja Race Touareg

VW Baja Race Touareg

With a double front and 4-link rear suspension, VW’s Baja Race Touareg is an off-road version of its 3.0L V6 TDI, using the same clean diesel tech albeit with a souped-up 5.5L V12.

Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder

Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder

Lamborghini’s Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder shares the same mechanicals as the coupe, albeit with a soft-top that opens in 20 seconds–vital when you’ve got a 560 ponies under the hood.

Honda Insight Dashboard

Honda Insight Dashboard

Formally called the Ecological Drive Assist System, the 2010 Honda Insight’s dash is basically a big one-up on the Prius; it glows green and grows leaves when you’re driving efficiently.

’09 Porsche Cayman/Boxster

’09 Porsche Cayman/Boxster

Fresh from the LA Auto Show, the 2009 Porsche Cayman and Boxster get minor facelifts, but the real news is under the hood: direct injection adds 10-25 ponies and improves fuel economy.

Concept: Honda FC Sport

Concept: Honda FC Sport

If you can ignore the fugtastic rear on Honda’s FC Sport concept, the Vader-esque frontend, McLaren-style three seat layout and fuel cell powertrain are pretty intriguing.

Dodge EV vs. Challenger

Dodge EV vs. Challenger

It’s by no means an official race, but check out this video of a Dodge EV concept beating a Challenger; the EV is actually an ell-electric, Dodge-branded Lotus Europa.

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2010 Ford Mustang

2010 Ford Mustang

Ford’s 2010 Mustang is an evolutionary update, with tighter bodywork, a more upscale interior and improved aerodynamics; the GT will also get a power bump to 315hp and 325 lb-ft of torque.

Fiat/Yamaha FZ1 Abarth

Fiat/Yamaha FZ1 Abarth

Fiat and Yamaha may make strange bedfellows, but this FZ1 naked bike is named after Karl Abarth, who before selling his racecar company to Fiat in 1971 also raced motorbikes.

2010 Bentley Azure T

2010 Bentley Azure T

Bentley’s premium luxo-boat gets an upgrade with the 2010 Azure T; it gets “Le Mans” air vents, tinted front grills, diamond quilted seats and goes 0-60 in 5.5s with its 6.7L twin-turbo V8.

Ducati 1198/1198 S

Ducati 1198/1198 S

The Streetfighter’s burlier (and sexier) sibling, the Ducati 1198/1198 S has a 1198.4 cc engine that pumps out 170bhp and 97lb/ft of torque; it’ll also get superbike-level traction control.

Race: ZR1/599/GT-R/GT2

Race: ZR1/599/GT-R/GT2

It doesn’t get much better than this for car enthusiasts: watch this drag race between a Chevy ZR1, Ferrari 599, Nissan GT-R and a Porsche GT2. Hint: the Axis powers lose.

2-Eleven GT4 Supersport

2-Eleven GT4 Supersport

The GT4 Supersport is an amped-up version of Lotus Sport’s 2-Eleven club racer, with a full roll cage, sequential gearbox and 270 hp/181 lb-ft of torque; only ten will be built initially in 2009.

Fisker Karma

Fisker Karma

Tesla competitor Fisker is getting set to produce the Karma, a plug-in hybrid sedan which will go 0-60 in 5.8s and an all-electric range of 50 miles; it should be available in late 2009.

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Bowler Racing Nemesis

Bowler Racing Nemesis

With Land Rover looks, Recaro bucket seats and a supercharged 4.2L 500HP Jag V8, Bowler Racing’s Nemesis is a crazy expensive off-road racer which will be limited to 50 a year.

Skycar Expedition

Skycar Expedition

Forget coach class: the SkyCar is a bio-fueled flying car that will go from London to Timbuktu in January 2009. Above is the next gen sport model, which will be available in 2010.

Mercedes Actros “Trust” Semi

Mercedes Actros “Trust” Semi

Honeycombed leather and chrome trim: no, it’s not a Maybach, but Mercedes-Benz’s Trust Edition Semi is designed to showcase the third-gen Actros platform and cause extreme trucker envy.

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

If the giant typographic grille isn’t obvious enough, Ford’s F-150 SVT Raptor means business: the off-road package sports a wider track, softer suspension and internal bypass shocks.

Chicara Art Motorcycles

Chicara Art Motorcycles

Nearly killed in a motorcycle accident at age 16, Chicara Nagata creates million-dollar bikes in honor of those who have died; everything except the drivetrain is built by Nagata.

Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M

Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M

Ferrari’s Scuderia Spider 16M has a bit of an identity crisis, as it’s designed for the track but is a drop top with a built-in iPod Touch in its center console; it’s limited to a run of 499.

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