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Categories: Concept Cars

Volvo Teases Its Sporty Side (Yes, Volvo Has a Sporty Side to Tease)

On: Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 2:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

Volvo Teases Its Sporty Side (Yes, Volvo Has a Sporty Side to Tease) test 1-1

Volvo has long been the brute workhorse of the car industry. The brand can be described by all kinds of positive adjectives—safe, durable, well built, etc.—all kinds of adjectives except "sporty," "hot" or "sexy." Well, "an imminent transformation is underway," and the Swedish automaker is intent on changing its unsexy safety car vibe, starting with a new concept car.

The Opel Monza Concept

On: Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 10:22AM | By: Chris Weiss

The Opel Monza Concept test 1-1

Automakers around the world have really opened up the flood gates. They're either teasing or full-on revealing the cars, trucks, and concepts that they plan to debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in about three weeks. The latest concept car to come to our attention is the Monza from GM brand Opel/Vauxhall (we'll just say Opel from here on out), a sporty shooting brake built atop an evolution of the Ampera (Chevy Volt) plug-in hybrid platform.

Lexus and Toyota Tease Concept Vehicles

On: Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 10:52AM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota Hybrid-R test 2

Toyota is planning quite the offensive at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. It will unveil a race-derived hybrid concept, while luxury brand Lexus will show a concept car of its own. It's saving the details for the show, but it has played a little game of tease-and-tell to whet our appetites.

The 500-HP Cadillac Elmiraj Appears

On: Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 3:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

The 500-HP Cadillac Elmiraj Appears test 1-1

Cadillac always seems to have a head-turning concept to reveal at Concours d'Elegance Pebble Beach. Two years ago, it was the Ciel roadster. This year, Cadillac kept the top on but lets its creativity out with a truly intriguing coupe it calls the Elmiraj. Hopefully, this car is a preview of the rumored flagship model.


Ram Unveils Rumble Bee Concept Truck

On: Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 10:02AM | By: Teddy Field

Ram Unveils Rumble Bee Concept Truck test 1-1

In the late 60s and early 70s, the upwardly-mobile baby boomers were just hitting their stride. American automakers were clamoring for their business as performance cars flowed from Detroit like honey from a hive. They tried all sorts of 'hip' new ways to lure 20-somethings into the showrooms, and Chrysler Corp decided to take a rather cartoon-y approach with cars like the Warner Brothers-Approved Plymouth Road Runner, the Tasmanian Devil's Plymouth Duster, and the angry Dodge Super Bee. They tried to recreate some of the muscle-bound madness in 2004-2005 with the Dodge Ram Rumble Bee trim pack. No performance mods were made to the truck, but it was every bit as cartoon-y as the original Super Bee. And to mark the 10-year anniversary of that Rumble Bee, Dodge—excuse me—Ram, has just unveiled an all-new Rumble Bee, and it looks even angrier than the first swarm of Rumble Bees.

Ford Gambles on New Aluminum-bodied F-150

On: Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 5:43PM | By: Bill Wilson

Ford Gambles on New Aluminum-bodied F-150 test 1-1

The Ford F-Series of pickup trucks has long been the Dearborn-based manufacturer’s bread and butter. Even in the dark days of the early and mid-2000s, when Ford cars were practically unsellable, the company’s truck line provided it with a reliable stream of revenue from millions of customers. The F-150 in particular has been consistently popular every year since 1982. The product’s slogan says why, as loyal owners are quick to affirm—the trucks are “built Ford tough.”

Suzuki Teases Compact SUV Concept

On: Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 5:06PM | By: Chris Weiss

Suzuki Teases Compact SUV Concept test 1-1

Suzuki is a badge that's easy to forget in the United States, thanks to its limited offerings and small presence. In fact, think Suzuki and you may very well think "ATVs and motorcycles" before you think "cars." The Japanese brand will be debuting a new concept car that could help it penetrate further into the growing crossover segment should it decide to build it. 

Crossovers and "urban crossovers" have been pretty popular for concept cars over the past several auto shows. Suzuki calls its newest concept crossover the iV-4 and we'll see more of it at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Tesla Motors Aims To Be The Future of Automobiles

On: Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 10:37AM | By: Bill Wilson

Tesla Motors Aims To Be The Future of Automobiles test 1-1

If you haven’t heard of Tesla Motors, chances are you soon will. The upstart auto company is barely 10 years old and is already one-quarter the size of GM. Motor Trend magazine named the manufacturer’s latest vehicle, the Model S, 2013’s Car of the Year. Its developments in battery technology have set it far ahead of its competitors, including global giants like Nissan, and its stock price has gone through the roof, from $32 in early 2013 to over $120 at the time of this writing. Yet, whether the company will be able to continue its momentum depends on how successful it is with middle-class car buyers.

A Look at the Italdesign Parcour Off-Road Supercar Concept

On: Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 5:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

A Look at the Italdesign Parcour Off-Road Supercar Concept test 1-1

Every year, famous Italian design houses, like Pininfarina and Bertone, scramble to build sporty concept cars for auto shows and events throughout the year. They all seem to rally particularly strong for the annual Geneva Motor Show. This year, one of those design houses, Italdesign, went beyond the obvious sports coupes and roadsters, designing something truly unique—an off-road supercar. The aptly named Parcour concept, envisioned as both a coupe and roadster, brings luscious, red curves to the off-road segment, or is that brute utility to the supercar segment? Italdesign vice chairman Fabrizio Giugiaro clues us in in a new video.

VW Builds 265 MPG Car

On: Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 12:49PM | By: Bill Wilson

VW Builds 265 MPG Car test 1-1

Whatever you think of automaker Volkswagen, one thing is for sure: its leaders aren’t likely to shrink from a challenge. Most car companies chafed when Uncle Sam released its updated fuel economy standards in August of 2012. The new guidelines mandate that vehicles sold in the United States must achieve an average of 54.5 miles per gallon (MPG) by 2025.  VW, on the other hand, decided to not only meet the requirement but to exceed it, and do so 12 years ahead of time. The result is the XL1.

Scheduled to go into production at the end of this year, it will be the first vehicle available to the general public able to go 200+ miles on a single gallon of fuel. Consumers can almost hear oil company executives quaking in their $1,200 patent leather shoes.

BMW to Debut i3 Electric Car This Month

On: Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 2:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW to Debut i3 Electric Car This Month test 1-1

We were expecting the debut of the BMW i3 electric city car this year, but we weren't expecting it for another two months. BMW will jump the gun, debuting its very first electric car on July 29.