Throughout The Car Industry
Categories: Auto Shows
Though its definition may be disguised to those that don't speak German, the Volkswagen is, quite literally, the 'people's car'. Last year, the German automaker put a whole new emphasis on this definition by launching the People's Car Project in China, a Web-based collaborative platform for new product and technology ideas. At the Beijing Motor Show this month, Volkswagen showed the first three concepts to come out of the project.
Volkswagen is quite happy with the success that the People's Car Project (we feel bad calling it "PCP") has had over its first 11 months. The website has attracted 33 million visitors and inspired about 119,000 unique ideas. It's been so successful, in fact, Volkswagen is extending its run indefinitely (it was originally planned for a single year).
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Technology, Videos
Tags: Hover Car, Volkswagen, VW, People's Car Project,
The parking lot is one of the unheralded heroes of everyday living. If you've ever gone to an event where there was no parking lot, or the parking lot was full, or you had to pay premium pricing for a parking spot, you should have some appreciation for just how valuable a good piece of lined asphalt really is. If you don't have such appreciation, the world's most awesome Lamborghini parking lot should give it to you.
For those of us that don't drive or see exotic cars regularly, a quick trip past a Lamborghini or Ferrari dealership is an exciting experience. Seeing a few red supercars lined up in a window or dealership lot is pretty novel. Ordinarily, you'd be happy just to see a single model.
Posted In: Exotics, Videos, Auto Shows
Tags: videos, exotics, supercars, Lamborghinis, classics
For months, the terms "baby SLS" and "SLC" have occasionally surfaced in auto news sources. Mercedes has reportedly been developing a smaller, less expensive coupe to complement the SLS AMG flagship. Now, it's given it the official go-ahead, according to one news source.
Auto Express reports that Mercedes Head of Design Gorden Wagener confirmed the model and its "SLC" name from the floor of the Beijing Motor Show last week. Past reports have said that the model was coming, but this is the first that we've seen that gives confirmation attributed directly to a Mercedes exec.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Exotics, Reports, Rumors
Tags: Mercedes, Mercedes-Benz, SLS AMG, SLC, new cars
Exotic cars really aren't all that exotic any more. Every NFL quarterback, sports agent, stock broker and rapper has one, possibly a whole garage-full. If you want to go really exotic, you have to be savvy enough to get your hands on the wild, one-off automotive creations known as concept cars. As the Bertone Nuccio demonstrates, you don't even have to have an iota of taste to drop millions on one of those.
The Bertone Nuccio debuted at last month's Geneva Motor Show. It was designed to be an homage to the wedge-shaped styling exemplified by the1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero. It failed pretty hard, as far as we're concerned, but that won't necessarily stop it from fetching more than its elder.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Exotics, Reports
Tags: Bertone, Nuccio, concepts, reports, limited edition, one-offs
Volkswagen has shaved the top off the Beetle and filled it with an electric powertrain for the Beijing Motor Show. More than just a fun, fanciful concept, the E-Bugster previews an upcoming Beetle Cabriolet.
The E-Bugster, which was first displayed at the Detroit Auto Show in January, is one of those concepts that knock out two birds with a single stone. It simultaneously shows what the new Beetle could (will?) look like in convertible variety, and it shows how the model could be fitted with an emissions free powertrain. The two-seat concept uses a Blue e-Motion powertrain built upon a 28.3 kWh lithium-ion pack. That battery provides 111 miles of range (a sure little bump from the ~100 miles offered by every other mainstream EV) and has fast-charging for 35-minute battery fills.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars
Tags: VW, Beetle, e-Bugster, 2012 Beijing Motor Show, concepts, Beetle Cabriolet
Well this is entirely anti-climactic. After years of speculation, rumor and sound bites about a third Lamborghini, it's finally here. The Urus crossover concept made its debut at the Beijing Motor Show, and we've found it difficult to make any opinion one way or the other.
We were originally pretty excited about the prospect of a Lamborghini SUV, thinking back to the glory days of the LM002, a hardcore, military-style off-roader. When word drifted to a diluted, car-based crossover, our excitement turned to dismay as quickly as our hearts sunk into our stomachs. And when we saw a purported leaked picture, our dismay thickened like incoming harbor fog.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Exotics
Tags: Lamborghini, SUV, new cars, Urus, crossovers, 2012 Beijing Motor Show
Back and February, a few spy shots popped up on the internet which tantalized viewers with the possibility of a future all-new Ford Ranger playing around the streets of Los Angeles. Up until now, Ford has kept a tight lid on an impending Ranger – refusing to provide the juicy details. But the Euro specific commercial vehicle show in Burmingham, UK has arrived, and Ford cometh with a full lineup of all-new Rangers.
As usual, buyers can expect 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains and three cab body types: regular, super, and double. But, unlike in the United States, Ford has opted to value practicality with the European Ranger’s duo of powertrain options…which only feature diesel fuel.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Concept Cars
Tags: Ford, Ranger, euro-spec, euro, spec, debut, debuts, UK
GM updated its pod-like EN-V personal transporter at this week's Beijing Motor Show. Originally shown at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai, the EN-V gets a few driver-centric updates to make it a little more comfortable and functional.
Having not seen the EN-V in over a year, we were kind of hoping that it just disappeared into the land of forgotten bad ideas. But it looks like GM is still stuck on the whole personal mobility thing. I suppose in China, the world's most populous country, it might actually make some sense. But it's still a rather atrocious, embarrassing way to travel around.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green, Technology
Tags: GM, EN-V, EN-V 2.0, Beijing Motor Show, personal mobility, electric, green
We thought that either Bentley or Lamborghini would be the first to cut ribbon on the new generation of ultra-premium super SUVs. But while those two VW brands are still mired in the concept stages, a small boutique firm is getting ready to launch what it calls the "world's first super SUV."
The Eterniti Artemis isn't quite in production dress at the Beijing Motor Show, but it is in its final prototype stages and should be ready for production by this summer. The firm plans to beat Bentley, Maserati and Lamborghini to the ultra-premium SUV market.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Exotics
Tags: Eterniti, SUV, Eterniti Motors, 2012 Beijing Motor Show, new cars, super SUV
Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Porsche, Fisker, Aston-Martin, BMW, Mercedes, McLaren, fine wines, delicous foods, robust cigars, smooth jazz. Now that I've got your attention, find all these things and more May 5th and 6th in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL (30 minutes northwest of Orlando). Come enjoy the finer things at the Motorsports Gathering & Luxury Lifestyle Display (part of the Festivals of Speed event series) located at the Mission Inn Resort and Club.
We've had the pleasure of attending other FoS events in the past. If you're interested in attending the event, continue reading to find the official press release.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Exotics
Tags: Festivals of Speed, Central Florida, Florida, luxury, auto show, event, events, exotics
The Toyota Avalon isn't exactly the type of car that people get excited about, but the newest version is a marked enough departure to cause a small stir. The Toyota sedan gets a much updated look that practically begs for a new model name.
As we saw from the teaser picture, Toyota wasn't just looking for a slight evolution, it was looking to change the Avalon's image. The 2012 Avalon is a sedan that could get lost - even in Toyota's line of quality but forgettable sedan designs. But the 2013 Avalon is enough to have people asking: 'What's that car'.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Reports
Tags: Toyota, Avalon, new cars, 2012 New York Auto Show