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Categories: Concept Cars

The Cadillac Of Autonomous Vehicles

On: Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 5:06PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Everyone's slowly inching toward a reality of self-driving vehicles, and it appears the trail is going to be blazed by luxury automakers. After all, these automakers could actually expect to fetch the price premium that advanced, autonomous vehicular systems will undoubtedly command when they first hit market. Cadillac is the latest automaker to show off some autonomous wares.

As the name "Super Cruise" conveys, Cadillac's technology is basically an advanced cruise control system. In addition to accelerating and keeping speed up like other cruise control systems, Super Cruise also takes over steering, braking and lane centering functions, rendering the driver an emergency manual back-up.

Holding Breath, Euro-Spec Ford Ranger Debuts

On: Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 2:17PM | By: Chris Salamone

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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.

GM Unveils EN-V 2.0 In Beijing

On: Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 12:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

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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.

Land Rover DC100 May Become Entry Level 'Leisure' Model

On: Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 10:38AM | By: Chris Weiss

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We've been saying since the day we saw it that the Land Rover DC100 concept just doesn't look hard or strong enough to become the next Defender. An entry level leisure model below the Evoque? That we could buy. And apparently Land Rover is starting to agree.

According to Autocar, Land Rover is considering using the DC100 as an all-new leisure model to take on the role of its cheapest model. That we understand. What we don't understand is the reason - apparently Land Rover has received such a strong positive reaction to the model that they want to make it available to the welcoming masses, instead of parking it into the niche the Defender appeals to.


Land Rover Shows DC100 Expedition Concept In New York

On: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 2:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

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As we heard last year, Land Rover is planning on bringing the Defender back to the US market. As such, it's not that surprising that the SUV-maker brought an updated version of the DC100 concept to the New York Auto Show. The model is an Expedition version of the Defender-previewing concept.

Land Rover has previously stated that the new Defender has global ambitions. It will be positioned at third world and first world markets alike. So far, the company's concept schedule (if not the concept itself) has reflected such ambitions. We saw the first DC100 in Frankfurt last year, updated versions in LA and New Delhi, and now an Expedition version in New York.

Infiniti LE Concept To Become First Infiniti Electric

On: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 11:53AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Infiniti introduced the LE concept at this week's New York Auto Show. The company plans to bring the car to market as its first fully electric car.

After toying with green concepts like the Essence and Emerg-E, Infiniti finally has a winner. It said that it plans to get the LE electric to market within the next two years. The model promises to bring a little normality - sexiness even - to a segment defined by small, awkward hatchbacks.

Fisker Shows Atlantic Small Sedan

On: Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 2:07PM | By: Chris Weiss

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While it may take some time to actually get it to market, Fisker revealed a design prototype of its next car - the small sedan built under the Project Nina umbrella. Called the Atlantic, the sedan is every bit as sporty and aggressive as the Karma. There's not much not to like about the new, sporty plug-in.

Henrik Fisker may not have proven himself particularly adept at running a start-up, but the man can flat out design a car. The Atlantic will play second fiddle to the Karma in terms of package and pricing, but it looks every bit as stylish and upscale as its big brother. Fisker essentially whittles the Karma's sexy look into a smaller package while adding some new elements.

Mazda Takeri Concept In New York

On: Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 10:03AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Diesels may not always translate so well from foreign languages to American English, but that isn't stopping Mazda from showing off the diesel Takeri concept at the New York Auto Show. The concept is equipped with Mazda's new SkyActiv-D engine.

Mazda debuted the Takeri concept at last year's Tokyo Motor Show, and the New York show represents its North American debut. Mazda says that it is the first concept to use the new Skyactiv-D clean turbodiesel.

AT&T Working On GPS-Based Vibrating Steering Wheel

On: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 3:50PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It looks like cars of the future are going to rattle and shake like video game controllers. Just a few days ago, we saw the vibrating driver seat in the new Cadillac XTS. Now we have some news of another vibrating component being developed by AT&T Labs and Carnegie Mellon University.

AT&T Labs is working on a haptic steering wheel that's capable of sending vibrations based upon GPS navigation. If you need to turn right, for instance, a series of vibrations rotate clockwise around the steering wheel, prompting you to turn. The steering wheel has a series of 20 actuators integrated inside, which can vibrate in a multitude of patterns. The motors can also intensify vibrations as you get closer and closer to a given turn.

No foolin': OPGI's 30th Anniversary Car Show Set For April 1st

On: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 3:13PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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If you’re the owner of a “classic” GM car you’re probably familiar with Original Parts Group Inc. and their comprehensive catalogs. We’re talking about models like the Chevelle, El Camino, Cutlass, Skylark, GTO, Monte Carlo, Riviera and even 1954 through 1976 Cadillacs.

[Unfortunately, they have no apparent love—or parts—for my ’89 Olds Custom Cruiser. What’s up with that?]

Anyhoo, on April 1, in celebration of the firm’s 30th year of operation, they are hosting a classic car show at their Seal Beach, Calif., headquarters. Free and open to all, it is certain to feature many of the finest examples of each vehicle line I’ve mentioned, not including—so far as I know—any Custom Cruisers.

Still, it sounds like a heck of an event. But you don’t have to take just MY word(s) for it…

Lexus May Produce LF-LC Concept

On: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 10:01AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Sometimes automakers show concepts with the intention that a strong reaction could lead to production. And sometimes a strong reaction convinces an automaker that production is the only logical course of action, even if said automaker had no intention of production when building the concept. The latter appears to be the case with the Lexus LF-LC.

Toyota is currently mulling the possibility of a production LF-LC based entirely on the reaction the sporty two-door received at the North American International Auto Show where it was unveiled and at other world shows. Toyota is looking at how it can create a production model out of a car that was built purely as a conceptual exercise.