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Categories: Auto Shows

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.

Nissan Previews Future Crossovers With Hi-Cross Concept

On: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 2:41PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Previews Future Crossovers With Hi-Cross Concept test 2

Nissan has teased a new concept vehicle that it will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show. Called the Hi-Cross, the model was designed to showcase the future of Nissan crossovers and may represent the first look at a future model.

Upon first glance, the Hi-Cross teaser doesn't look drastically different from Nissan's current generation crossovers. It appears to have a similar rear fascia to the Murano and Rogue, complete with roof spoiler. Some elements that differentiate the concept include what looks like a curvy beltline, a squared off front-end, and high, broad fender flares.

Infiniti Previews Electric Supercar Concept

On: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 10:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

Infiniti Emerg-E test 2

One of these days, Infiniti is going to get its own supercar. The Nissan GT-R has just "too good a platform" to allow Infiniti to become the only of the three major Japanese luxury brands to not have a supercar (Lexus has the LF-A and Acura will have the NSX). Nissan's luxury brand is reportedly considering several different variants as a potential flagship, one of which is undoubtedly this stunning Emerg-E concept.

Putting aside, the cheesy "Emerg-E" name, this design appears to be all win. It takes much of the natural curviness from the 2009 Essence concept and packages it into a muscular, mid-engined layout.

Range Rover Convertible Concept

On: Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 12:45PM | By: Chris Weiss

Range Rover Convertible Concept test 2

It looks like we officially have a thing. And not a good thing. The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet appears to have opened a door, a door that leads to a dark, fearsome place. Land Rover is launching a convertible concept based on its Evoque small crossover. It doesn't look to be guaranteed production just yet, but the automaker is clearly considering it.

The Evoque Convertible Concept will debut at the Geneva Motor Show where Land Rover will gauge public opinion. If that opinion proves positive, it will consider building the model.


Interesting Geneva Debuts: Artega GT Roadster

On: Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 10:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

Artega GT test 2

Maybe we shouldn't play favorites, but Geneva is easily our favorite auto show of the year. Not only is it a big auto show for the big names we're familiar with - especially the European ones - it's a good place to familiarize ourselves with European automakers that we really don't see for the rest of the year. German company Artega Automobil GmbH is one of those European companies. It will add a roadster version of its GT coupe in Geneva.

The Artega GT is a slightly pudgy, little coupe with a rather distinctive, wavy front-end and a fast, curvy profiile. The car was designed by Henrik Fisker back before he was mired in the ongoing problems of running a green car start-up. Say what you want about the Karma, the man can pen a nice vehicle.

Volvo V40 Unveiled Via Interweb Leak

On: Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 3:07PM | By: Chris Salamone

2013 Volvo V40 test 2

Well, when you’re good, you’re good. The Polish car magazine Motodziennik recently posted pics of the upcoming, all-new Volvo V40 which was originally set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show. Despite months of careful cover ups and snowy sojourns, Volvo has been unable to avoid the inevitable, the ineffable internet community. And so, for the first time we have images which actually depict what a production V40 might look like.

Hot dang, it looks good.

Over the past decade Volvo has slowly chipped away at the company’s wagon offerings, first with the previous V40 in 2004 and finally an aging V50 in 2011. What we’re left with is a Swedish, pseudo-Chinese lineup which fails to pay tribute to the company’s hallmark wagon heritage and instead relies on a mash up of sedans and SUVs – with the exception of the XC70. Luckily, all that’s about to change.

Italdesign Giugiaro Teases Geneva Concept

On: Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 9:34AM | By: Chris Weiss

Italdesign Giugiaro Teases Geneva Concept test 2

It looks like there will be no stone left unturned when it comes to Italian design houses and Geneva concepts. Italdesign Giugiaro joined pretty much every other major Italian design house in teasing its latest concept earlier in the week. The concept will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and via Italdesign's Twitter feed.

Italdesign Giugiaro took to social media in releasing the first two teasers of its yet unnamed concept car via Twitter. About as revealing as the latest SRT Viper teaser, Italdesign's first photo shows nothing more than a carbon fiber-trimmed air intake. Based on what we can see (bright red paint and carbon fibered aerodynamics), the concept appears to be a sports car, but it really could be anything.

Fiat Details 500L

On: Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 11:05AM | By: Chris Weiss

Fiat Details 500L test 2

Like its company Ferrari, Fiat seems to have an affinity for slowly and steadily tipping its hand prior to a major auto show. It revealed the first photos and information about the 500 Large earlier this month, and now it's updated with a few more details behind the elongated 500. While the 500L isn't quite as an exciting story as the Ferrari F620, it's always good to get the scoop a little early.

Mini detailed its big, bad Geneva debut - the Clubvan - earlier in the week, so Fiat took the opportunity to hop up and down to redirect the spotlight back toward it. Small car, small engines: The stretched out 500 will come with several small, efficient engine options. Those include a .9-liter Twin Air engine; a 1.4-liter four-cylinder petrol engine; and a 1.3-liter MultiJet diesel engine. As if that suite of engines isn't enough to save a 500L owner on gas, the model will include an eco:Drive function that provides advice on ways of boosting efficiency.

Mini 'Clubvan' Revealed, Dog Owners Rejoice

On: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 3:30PM | By: Chris Salamone

Mini Clubvan Concept test 2

Rumors have been cycling for a while now, but these are the first official images of the Mini Clubvan concept which is set to debut at Geneva’s Auto Show in March. While panel vans continue to be popular in Europe, the stateside trend has remained somewhat lukewarm since Chevrolet introduced the HHR Panel and Ford unveiled the Ford Transit Connect. But perhaps Mini’s Clubvan concept will be fun or functional enough to convince US buyers to become panel van friendly. Perhaps the Clubvan will entice buyers not previously interested in the Mini brand or panel vans in general.

Enter the 39% of United States households which own at least one dog.

To be fair, we aren’t sure the Clubvan will ever reach US soil or even final production elsewhere. But if the vehicle ever enters the land of the free, you can bet your lucky socks that pet owners will be the primary buying demographic.

Carrozzeria Touring Teases New Concept

On: Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 4:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

Carrozzeria Touring Teases New Concept test 2

It looks like the Geneva Motor Show will be stocked to the rafters with new concepts from the big Italian firms. We've already heard about the Cambiano from Pininfarina and the Nuccio from Bertone. Now we have a teaser for the Disco Volante 2012 from Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera.

That isn't a boat you're looking out. Just underneath that foggy blur is a set of four wheels (at least we assume so). The curvy concept is designed to offer a futuristic and aerodynamic styling. Word is, its drag coefficient has been kept down to .25 thanks to its rounded edges. It also features aluminum and carbon fiber body work.

Kia Introduces Track'ster Concept

On: Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 12:14PM | By: Chris Weiss

Kia Track'ster Concept test 2

After a short teaser campaign, Kia unveiled its new Track'ster concept at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show last week. The concept is a sporty version of the Soul.

The Chicago Auto Show typically isn't quite as big for new debuts and concepts as Detroit or New York, but it sounds like the Track'ster added some excitement. Kia describes the scene, "Amid the driving rhythm of heavy-metal music, smoke and blinding lights, Kia Motors America (KMA) took the wraps off a performance-oriented three-door Soul coupe concept that hints at what could possibly be the future of Kia's wildly successful Soul."