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Sneak Peek: 2015 Nissan Maxima Sport Sedan Concept Debuts at Detroit Auto Show (Photo Gallery)

Every January, the top auto manufacturers gather in Detroit for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), where they typically show off all-new models, upcoming concepts and the latest technology in the industry. Nissan managed to steal the show this year when it revealed its Sport Sedan Concept for the 2015 Maxima.

And that opinion isn’t coming from us, either. Autoweek Magazine handed the all-new Nissan Maxima the “Best Concept” award for the 2014 NAIAS, besting the likes of the Toyota FT-1 and Kia G4 Stinger. Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s senior vice president and chief creative officer, said the next-generation Maxima is building “on Nissan’s legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan.”

The futuristic sports car includes a “floating” roof, “V-Motion” grille and diamond-shaped seats, all of which you can view below. It will also come equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates more than 300 horsepower, while delivering up to an estimated 29 mpg on the highway.

Ford Edge Concept Vehicle Features Self-Parking Technology

New Ford Edge Concept Includes Self-Parking System

Ford Edge Concept Vehicle Features Self-Parking Technology

The evolution of technology has been on a steep incline for years now, and many industries have been affected

from top to bottom – including the automotive industry. Just by inside some of the newer models at our NH Ford dealership, for instance, you’ll find a navigation system, Bluetooth, Pandora compatibility and rearview camera in the cabin … and some or all of those features even come standard!

While teleportation isn’t around the corner – at least not yet – self-driving technology does appear to be imminent. Ford recently unveiled its own plans for autonomous driving technology at the Los Angeles Auto Show, headlined by a Ford Edge Concept vehicle that includes, among other capabilities, a self-parking system.

Let’s take a deeper look into two of the technologies featured in the Ford Edge Concept vehicle:

1. Fully Assisted Parking Aid System

If parking is your driving nemesis, you have some good news coming your way. Parking your new Ford Edge could soon require one simple motion: pushing a button! The fully assisted parking aid system, which used ultrasonic sensors, would be able to park your Ford Edge in a perpendicular spot by itself.

But that’s not all. Have you ever returned to your car after a long day of shopping, only to find that the vehicle to your left has parked so closely you can’t even open the driver-side door? Not to worry. You can trigger the parking aid system remotely, which will then pull out of the spot on its own, allowing you to get into your vehicle with plenty of room to spare.

2. Advanced Obstacle Avoidance System

Ever been forced to swerve out of the way of stationary or slow-moving objects in the road? The Ford Edge Concept vehicle featured an obstacle avoidance system that would alert the driver anytime there is an object in your way. Therefore, if it’s dark outside and you can’t see where it is, this system will be able to automatically brake and/or steer past the object by itself.

Volkswagen Twin-Up Concept Car

VW Unveiling Twin-Up Concept Car, Which Could Deliver up to 214 mpg

Volkswagen Twin-Up Concept Car

While most automakers are scrambling to hit triple-digit mpg ratings, Volkswagen has already broken that barrier and then some. Now, the automaker is pushing ahead with a plug-in diesel-electric hybrid that would deliver up to 214 mpg combined. (That number is based on European test procedures, so it could vary from EPA estimates.)

VW plans to debut the Twin-Up concept car at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show later this month. In addition to averaging just 43 grams of CO2 emissions per mile, the Twin-Up would have an “e-mode” function that would enable you to drive more than 30 miles using solely electric power, letting out zero emissions the entire time.

Volkswagen created the Twin-Up concept using the top features of two other innovative models in its lineup: the general appearance of VW’s Up city car, and the powertrain resembling that of the futuristic VW XL1. The Twin-Up’s powertrain will be similar to the XL1’s hybrid system and will consist of an 800cc two-cylinder diesel engine and electric motor, along with a lithium-ion battery pack.

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