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Categories: Auto Shows

Bertone Celebrates 100 Years With Nuccio Concept

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 3:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bertone Nuccio Concept test 2

Sometimes the past should remain in the past. Like when bands that were good 30 years ago get back together for no good reason. Or when an Italian design house..say Bertone... decides to recreate one of its most famous designs 40 years later.

In teasing the Nuccio, Bertone promised to reimagine the iconic wedge shape that underpinned some of its most famous concepts from the past. We were actually excited to see what modern day, ultra-low wedge styling looked like. Then we saw it. We're not excited anymore.

The Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido Revealed (Video)

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 12:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido Revealed test 2

Well, the 2012 Geneva Motor Show began this week, and that means we get to finally cash the check on all the design-house teasers we've been seeing for weeks. The Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido is one such design that was introduced.

The Brivido (which means 'thrill' in Italian) is a striking little sculpture of glass, metal and composite. It's defining feature is its super-glassy greenhouse, which includes a panoramic glass roof and large windows that extend farther back and down than the average car window. Those shimmering glass doors are actually gullwings that open upward. Between the glassy, upswinging doors and 2 + 2 layout, the Brivido reminds us of the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal concept designed by Bertone.

The Bentley SUV Arrives

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 11:29AM | By: Chris Weiss

The Bentley SUV Arrives test 2

After a barrage of rumors, admissions and reports, the Bentley SUV is here. Or at least a concept previewing the Bentley SUV is here. Bentley calls it the EXP 9 F.

Bentley does a better job of distinguishing the model as an SUV than the artists that drew renderings in anticipation of its introduction. The EXP 9 F is more squared off than other Bentleys, sharing more in common with a full-size SUV like the Range Rover than with crossovers, which typically have more curvy, car-like styling. Its relatively flat roofline, rear fenders and rear fascia convey a sense of rugged utility that a full-on SUV is all about, though its roof appears low enough to give a somewhat station wagon-like look.

Volkswagen Amorak Canyon - A Truck For Kayakers

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 10:10AM | By: Chris Weiss

Volkswagen Amorak Canyon - A Truck For Kayakers test 2

Kayakers are a pretty niche demographic to build an entire car around. But a concept car or truck? Well, Volkswagen believes they're worthy. The new Amorak Canyon concept is a reconfigured Amorak aimed directly at paddlers.

VW really missed the boat (get it!) on its name. Canyon is such a generic name, but the Amorak 'Yak would have better identified the model's purpose while rhyming all at the same time. Let's talk next time, V-Dub.

The automaker describes the Canyon as an extreme version of the Amorak pickup designed specifically for the sport of freestyle kayaking. While we don't expect to see a production version, VW says that it demonstrates how versatile the Amorak platform can be.


VW Cross Coupe Blossoms As TDI Plug-In

On: Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 1:56PM | By: Chris Salamone

VW Cross Coupe TDI Plug-in Hybrid test 2

Incredibly mouthy verbiage aside, Volkswagen’s Cross Coupe TDI Plug-in Hybrid Concept has some pretty impressive specs. Last December we got a sneak peak during the Tokyo Auto Show, but this second version of the Cross Coupe, set to debut in Geneva, looks even better. And no, we’re not just referring to the vehicle’s snazzy two-tone red paint scheme.

Volkswagen’s latest concept can also boast 302 horsepower, 512 ft.-lb. of torque, and a purported 130 MPGe.

Ford Shows Hands-Free Tailgate On New Kuga Concept

On: Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 1:45PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ford Shows Hands-Free Tailgate On New Kuga Concept test 2

So often it seems that automakers use technology to create complicated, ambiguous features like advanced infotainment systems with social networking and touchscreen-based controls. Those features are valuable to some, annoying to others, and downright unnecessary many. Either way, it seems like there are more universally beneficial features that automakers could be using their technological know-how to build. Ford conquers one common problem using technology.

Most drivers have been in this situation at least once: You stroll up to the car with a bag full of groceries, box full of liquor, big awkward piece of furniture, etc. You don't have a free muscle to reach for your keys, and you can't open the car. The ground is wet, dirty or muddy and you'd rather not set your goods down on it. After a few minutes, you manage to balance your package delicately on the hood while manually opening the trunk. Problem solved (so long as your package doesn't slide off the hood and smash to bits).

Ford's new kick-activated tailgate system eliminates that hassle. Ford Kuga owners can lightly kick below the rear bumper to open the tailgate. They don't need their hands and can pop the trunk and slide their bags in without the usual effort.

Volkswagen Presents Swiss, Snowboard And Other Up! Concepts

On: Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 1:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

Volkswagen Presents Swiss, Snowboard And Other Up! Concepts test 2

Another auto show, another Volkswagen up! concept (from here on out we capitalize and lose the annoying exclamation point). Four of them, actually. Volkswagen has taken the wraps off four new Up concepts for the Geneva Motor Show. The concepts are all about the same in exterior design, but each features an individual theme.

VW kicks off with an Up designed to show a little respect to the host of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The Swiss Up is brushed in the red and white of the Swiss flag. Inside, it gets an Alcantara and leather interior with an interesting feature: pockets designed specifically for one of Switzerland's most iconic products - the Swiss Army Knife (VW says Victorinox, but we'd imagine Wengers would fit, too). You'd better not go reaching anywhere near those if you get pulled over for speeding, though.

A Concept With Bravado: Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido

On: Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 11:00AM | By: Chris Weiss

Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido test 2

For weeks, we've been seeing teasers of the works of the great Italian design houses. The most mysterious one has been from Italdesign Giugiaro. The firm has released a few different teaser photos of it, none of which have given much of an indication what it is. In fact, even the name has been a mystery for the two weeks or so we've known about it.

Italdesign finally put a little meat on the bone. It released a new teaser of its concept car that reveals both the name and silhouette.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Unleashed!

On: Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 11:11AM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta test 2

It looks like we're going to be in for a long line of "fastest road Ferraris ever." When the Ferrari 599 GTO hit the scene two years ago, Ferrari called it its fastest road-going model ever, a distinction that the all-new F12 Berlinetta just stole. In turn, the upcoming F70, which will be even more powerful than the 740-hp F12, is sure to be even faster. In short, it's good to be a Ferrari guy.

Ferrari has officially pulled the cloth off its new flagship just one week before the start of the Geneva Motor Show. The Prancing Horse refers to it as the "the most powerful and high-performance Ferrari road car ever launched." Its 1'23" Fioriano circuit time is a full second faster than the 599 GTO's, leading to the aforementioned fastest Ferrari designation.

Another Crossover Convertible Concept: Magna Steyr MILA Coupic

On: Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 3:01PM | By: Chris Weiss

Magna Steyr MILA Coupic test 2

It's just as we feared. The flood gates are open, and the crossover convertibles are flowing through like a Class VI river. A day after Range Rover introduced its take on the crossover convertible, Austrian company Magna Steyr presents its own: the MILA Coupic.

To Magna Steyr's credit, it appears to actually make a crossover convertible that is both functional and stylish, something we previously thought was impossible. We're guessing that rear fascia is going to be a bit large and flat, but the high, slanted roofline and raked windshield actually make this car look sporty and attractive.

Hyundai i-oniq Concept Revealed

On: Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 11:44AM | By: Chris Weiss

Hyundai i-oniq Concept Revealed test 2

This year's Geneva show promises to be a breeding ground for sporty, range-extending hybrid concepts. We've already seen pictures of the Infiniti Emerg-E, which Infiniti has admitted is a range-extender. We've also gotten a look at the Pininfarina Cambiano concept, which is rumored to be a diesel-electric range extender. Now, it's Hyundai's turn.