This was another eclectic week that saw auto news being made in all parts of the world. It encompassed everything from striking one-offs showcased in Shanghai -- including the Icona Vulcano featured in the gallery above -- to VW's plans for a super-efficient 10-speed automatic transmission, to Chevy confirming that the new 2014 Corvette will match outstanding performance with exceptional value.

Rounding out the mix is a first look at the superlight Audi TT Quattro Ultra Concept, our first drive in the 2015 Volkswagen GTI and full reviews of the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and E-Class.

2015 VW GTI makes a good first impression
Ready to reclaim its status as ruler of the hot hatch realm

New Corvette Coupe will open below $52,000
The price is definitely right, but finding one may not be all that easy

Icona Vulcano erupts in Shanghai
There's a lot to love about a 950-horsepower hybrid supercar

2014 Nissan Versa Sedan retains its price-leader crown
This subcompact 4-door is still set to please budget-bound buyers

New Lexus ES 350 will be made in America
Production will start in 2015 for the luxury division's first U.S.-built model

Volkswagen developing a 10-speed automatic transmission
Ultra-performance turbodiesels and a bevy of plug-ins also on the way

Nissan Friend-Me Concept thinks young and cool
This flashy 4-door treats everyone aboard with a new level of respect

Featherweight flash: Audi TT Quattro Ultra Concept
Audi's scintillating one-off comes fully loaded with all the light stuff

Close encounter with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
We wring out this new rival for the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Cadillac ATS

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class reviewed
Edgier style and new attitude earn more love for M-B's mid-size luxo runner



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