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Categories: Concept Cars

Mercedes Benz G55 AMG Goes Purple

On: Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 3:29PM | By: Chris Weiss

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When you look at the clean, sharp edges and punishing demeanor of the Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG, the last thing you should be thinking is, "Boy, that sucker would look good in 'I Love You' purple." But the SEMA auto show is all about making a scene with loud colors and elaborate body kits, so that's how Wald International decided to go about its business.

The Wald Black Bison G55 was created in conjunction with Toyo Tires, Jonari and several other partners. What makes this "bison" stand out the most, especially if it were to ever see any actual off-road action, is its matte purple wrap.

Volkswagen Debuts Up!-based Taigun Small Crossover

On: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 3:06PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Small, rugged crossover seems to be the theme at the 2012 Sao Paulo Motor Show. Nissan showed the sub-Juke-sized EXTREM concept, and Volkswagen showed the Taigun concept, a small crossover concept that could become part of its New Small Family.

We had heard word that VW was considering a mid-sized crossover, but the Taigun is definitely not it. At 3,859 mm long, 1,728 mm wide and 1,570 mm tall, the Taigun is well smaller than the Tiguan, VW's current small crossover. Instead, this concept is the Up! crossover that we had heard rumor about. While it is compact overall, the car uses a long wheelbase that creates short overhangs and capable proportions.

Nissan Reveals EXTREM Concept Car

On: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 3:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It may not exactly define its own genre, and it may not be all that "extreme," but the EXTREM concept is a pretty attractive small crossover that would look great in Nissan's line-up. Unfortunately, it doesn't plan to produce the car, and if it does, it's likely to be introduced to the Brazilian market first, and possibly only. It gives us a feel for what a sportier crossover of the future might look like.

Nissan sticks with its story about creating a new genre by calling the EXTREM an "urban compact sports car." Just one look at it, however, and you're probably thinking "restyled, sporty Juke." In fact, the EXTREM is nearly 11 inches shorter than the Juke. It's also significantly sportier and more attractive, in a more organic way than the Juke R or Nismo. Nissan uses a sloped roof and muscular body to create a sports-car look. The wraparound glass, LED head and tail lamps, and floating roof rails add extra distinction.

Nissan To Introduce 'New Genre' To The Automotive World

On: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 5:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Sao Paulo Auto Show may not be as big a spot on the radar as Paris or LA, but Nissan appears to have some big plans for this year's show. The automaker has teased a concept that it says will be a "unique new genre to the automotive world." 

Automakers don't have much shame when it comes to hyperbole about events, so we're not taking the new genre thing too literally until we actually see it. From the two teaser pictures, the concept appears to be fairly aggressively styled and looks like it could be a convertible, which was the subject of Nissan's last genre creation. Of course, the car is cut off in the photos, so it could very well be a hard-top.


Fiat 500 Beach Cruiser Heading To SEMA

On: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 10:39AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Fiat 500 hasn't exactly received a warm welcome since coming to the U.S., but maybe that's because people still think of the minicar (and Fiat in general) as too European. Maybe the car needs more of an American vibe, and what better way to supply it than with a nostalgic surf motif.

The Fiat 500 Beach Cruiser is one of about two dozen custom cars that Fiat/Chrysler brands will be bringing to the SEMA show at the end of the month. The Beach Cruiser's widened body is painted matte gray and includes a set of bulging fender flares. The prototype Mopar wheels get some red paint that offsets the gray. Satin, brushed finish decorates the center caps, door handles, mirrors and front fascia elements. The Mopar hood and rear deck lid get hot rod-style accents.

A Four-Door Lamborghini Aventador Coming Next Year?

On: Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 8:51AM | By: Chris Weiss

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After years’ worth of sedan rumors, it's looking like Lamborghini's first four-door will come in a slightly different form. Instead of designing a new four-door model, like it did with the Estoque concept, Lamborghini will reportedly extend the wheelbase of its Aventador coupe and add a pair of clamshell doors.

CAR magazine reports that Lamborghini will unveil the Aventador GT at next year's Geneva Motor Show. It won't exactly be a proper sedan, but it will have two small jump seats in back, along with two small suicide doors. The GT will be planted on an extended wheelbase. To go along with its more road trip-friendly demeanor, the Aventador GT will also receive some softening in terms of styling - at least as much softening as you can get while still being a Lamborghini Aventador.

More Lexus LF-CC Concept Details (Video)

On: Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 9:28AM | By: Chris Weiss

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It's funny to see how differently automakers approach debuts and auto shows. Some remain tight lipped until the day of their press conference and shock the world. Some tease us ad naseum with out of focus photos and conceptual videos. And some just straight up spill all the beans well before the show.

Lexus is in that last tier when it comes to the LF-CC concept. It provided various photos and a full press release on the car earlier this week, and now it's added a two-minute video clip of the car.

A New Generation: The McLaren P1

On: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 9:40AM | By: Chris Weiss

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One of the most anticipated cars of 2012 is finally here...for the most part. McLaren has confirmed and previewed its F1-succeeding flagship supercar. While McLaren is keeping the details mum until the Paris Motor Show, it has provided several pictures for us to ogle and analyze.

For months, rumors have ebbed and flowed about the supercar. We've heard several names such as the P12 and 799, but McLaren is calling it the P1...for now. The model is just a design study at this point, andreports suggest that it will receive a more proper model name in production, though we kind of like the simplicity of "P1" over the mish-mash of letters and numbers that create "MP4-12C."

Lexus Shows The LF-CC Concept Before The Paris Motor Show

On: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 5:24PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Earlier this year, Lexus made a stir with the sporty 2 + 2 concept it calls the LF-LC. For the Paris Motor Show, it will premiere the closely related LF-CC concept. Conveniently enough for us impatient industry watchers, Lexus has revealed and detailed the sporty concept ahead of the Paris world debut.

A little more polished, but a little less dazzling than the LF-LC, the LF-CC molds some of the LC's styling cues into a more compact package. The car shares prominent elements like the spindle grille and air intakes below the headlamps, but makes a clearly distinguished move from "dramatic concept" toward "production-ready sports car." It includes a sporty, rear-slung profile; raked windshield; trunk spoiler; and bold front fenders. The airflow regulating fins toward the rear fenders help to increase down force on the rear drive wheels. The car is brushed in Fluid Titanium paint.

Suzuki Teases New S-Cross Concept

On: Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 12:12PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Paris Motor Show is just around the corner, and automakers are busy teasing, hyping and straight out revealing their latest vehicles and concepts. Suzuki will debut the sporty new S-Cross small crossover concept at the show, and it's released a new teaser photo to provide a peek at the car.

Suzuki previously described the S-Cross as "typified by distinctive dynamic lines that start on the front bumper, sweep across the doors, and continue to the rear of the body." It also mentioned that a "cutting edge crossover look" is underpinned by design elements that convey stability and solidity. In other words, mostly marketing mumbo jumbo.

Seems Even $250,000 Can't Buy Batman's Bottom-Shelf Ride

On: Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 5:04PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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I’m not the best person to cover this—but you’re stuck with me so suck it up—but this Batmobile is TERRIBLE, and the fact that some sucker was willing to offer a cool quarter-mil for something that looks like it was cobbled together by a Hollywood prop shop filled with half-blind craftspeople who thought they were constructing a Cirque du Soleil stage prop is just…

*Whew.* Ok, now that that’s (somewhat) out of my system, let’s get back to this being the worst-looking Batmobile ever. [Yes, I know about that internally-lit one with MASSIVE fins, but at least that baby didn’t look like a busted-up and half-melted G.I. Joe Night Raven.]

Batmobiles start for me with the “Tumbler,” just as the films quite literally begin with Batman Begins (not least because there’s no CGI used on the latest Bat ride, even as it evolves in that continuing series, scale models or not).

But nobody’s selling those, so Auctions America had to make do…