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Categories: Concept Cars

Lexus May Produce LF-LC Concept

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

Lexus May Produce LF-LC Concept test 2

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.

Jeep Teases Three Retro Concepts For Moab

On: Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 3:15PM | By: Chris Salamone

Jeep J-12 test 2

Last Friday Jeep enthusiasts got a taste of three new concepts that will appear during the company’s Easter Safari in Moab, Utah. While the teaser images were hardly satisfying, animated and super zoomed, few could really complain. Jeep appears to be taking the whisperings of a future truck model seriously.

For years now, Jeep execs have made off-hand remarks about the second (or third or fourth) coming of a few classic Jeep models. For example, back in May 2011 and after the very same Easter Jeep Safari event, Mark Allen suggested that he was “a big proponent” of reviving the Cherokee nameplate. And Jeep fans aren’t just interested in the deceased, but beloved Cherokee.

The J-10 has also collected a huge following, and even made notable appearances in films like Twister and Tremors. And let’s not forget the iconic cab-over-engine workhorse Jeep Forward Control (FC) which made a recent TV appearance on My Classic Car. Apparently Jeep has picked up the scent, and decided to listen to the company’s adoring fans.

Perhaps unsurprisingly then, at the 46th annual Easter Jeep Safari Jeep will unveil six new vehicles – three of which will be the Wrangler Apache, Mighty FC concept, and J-12 concept.

BMW i8 Details Surface

On: Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 2:54PM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW i8 Details Surface test 2

BMW has been developing the i8 since it launched it as the Vision EfficientDynamics at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. It showed an updated i8 version at last year's show and plans to have the production version ready for the next Frankfurt show in 2013. In the meantime, it has revealed some of the key specs and details about the production model.

CAR magazine reports that the production i8 will play pretty closely to the concepts. It will be a 2 + 2 design with pop-up doors available exclusively as a plug-in diesel hybrid. It will weigh around 3,200 lbs, thanks to the use of carbon fiber.

Infiniti Teases Electric Leaf-Based Concept

On: Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 1:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

Infiniti Teases Electric Leaf-Based Concept test 2

We've recently seen Infiniti's take on a range-topping electric flagship, and now the company is preparing to show us a more entry level electric vehicle. Nissan's luxury arm released teasers of a Leaf-based EV last year, and reports indicate that it will show the concept at the New York Auto Show.

Given the costs of developing a market-ready EV and the modest sales that such vehicles are likely to draw in the near term, expect to see automakers leveraging EV technology for more than one model. We know that GM is doing it with the Volt-based Cadillac ELR, and it looks like Nissan has some interest in extending its Leaf platform upmarket.


West Coast Customs Builds A Technified Mustang For Microsoft

On: Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 12:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

West Coast Customs Builds A Technified Mustang For Microsoft test 2

As if automakers aren't installing enough dubious technology into their offerings, Microsoft decided to get in the game. The technology company that millions of Americans rarely go a day without commissioned help from West Coast Customs in building a very special Mustang.

Microsoft has codenamed the car "Project Detroit," and West Coast Customs calls it the Micro-Stang. Whatever you want to call it, this is one serious tune.

Our C7 Wish List

On: Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 4:06PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Our C7 Wish List test 2

It seems like only yesterday we were ushering out the revolutionary C5, and introducing the evolutionary C6. But alas, 2005 was a lifetime ago (at least in terms of the automotive world). Chevy has finally given us the word that 2013 will be the final model year of the C6, but have kept their lips sealed about just what we can expect out of the C7 aside from a few grainy, sketchy spy photos. So we here at Autoshopper would like to suggest (demand?) a few details that we would very much appreciate seeing as part of the next Corvette.

Infiniti Shows The Sporty Side Of Green With Emerg-E Concept

On: Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 5:31PM | By: Chris Weiss

Infiniti Emerg-E Concept test 2

Infiniti pulled the cloth off of what is likely its sexiest, most dynamic car ever at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. The Emerg-E concept is part Earth-hugging range extender, part menacing, pure-blooded super sports car. We tend to love both parts equally.

The third in a line of "E" concepts designed to showcase what Infiniti calls its Adeyaka design language (the Essence and Etherea being number 1 and 2), the Emerg-E is a lightweight, range-extending sports car. Infiniti turned to Lotus for help in equipping the Emerg-E. The concept uses a 402-hp pair of electric motors driving the rear axle. Those motors, which were also seen in the Lotus Evora 414E concept, provide up to 30 miles of all-electric capability. Hethel's 47-hp 1.2-liter three-cylinder range-extending engine delivers up to 270 additional miles for a nice, round total of 300.

Touring Superleggera Unveils Disco Volante

On: Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 3:37PM | By: Chris Weiss

Touring Superleggera Disco Volante test 2

Reinventing a classic is never an easy task. You have to update and modernize it for it to make any sense, but finding that perfect balance of true-to-the-roots heritage and modern style is painfully difficult.

Just take a look at the Disco Volante 2012. One could argue that Touring Superleggera abandoned any hope of this one becoming a tenth of what the original was by modernizing it too much. One could just as easily argue that Touring ruined what could be a pretty nice car in its own right by injecting a little too much of the original in its design. Either way, modernizing a classic is tough business.

Ford Unveils Next-Gen Transit Concept At Geneva

On: Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 2:53PM | By: Chris Salamone

Ford Tourneo Custom Concept test 2

Last week, during the Geneva Motor Show, lots of new and old Euro-spec autos paraded the showroom floor. However, one vehicle among the masses stood out as a potential game changer. For too long vans have become something entirely other than cool, often relying on a customer base of peewee baseball Moms and commercial HVAC businesses. But Ford’s newest Tourneo Custom Concept, which debuted during Geneva, looks to change all that. Suddenly band groupies and adventure-seeking road warriors might have a van that is distinctly exciting.

Unfortunately, this newest Ford people mover won’t be sold in North America.

Nissan Shows Its Hi-Cross Concept, A Big SUV In A Compact Package

On: Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 10:01AM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Hi-Cross Concept test 2

One of the true kings of the crossover, Nissan debuted yet another crossover at the Geneva Motor Show. This one is a high-riding concept car that Nissan calls the Hi-Cross.

There's a lot of disagreement as to what the new Nissan Hi-Cross concept really is. Nissan calls it both 'one member of the next generation of crossovers and a 'possible expansion of the current Juke-Qashqai-Murano portfolio,' indicating it could be a brand new model. But with the Juke, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder, X-Trail and Qashqai already establishing a pretty large footprint in the crossover space, it's questionable whether yet another crossover makes any sense.

Nissan also says the Hi-Cross shows a possible new design direction and new design language, so it could just preview some styling coming to the likes of the Murano and Rogue. If so, we like the direction that Nissan is taking.

Honda Exec Hints New Truck Model And More

On: Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 11:51AM | By: Chris Salamone

Tetsuo Iwamura test 2

Back in October of 2011, Honda told us the Ridgeline was here to stay via a public service announcement. Of course, media junkies and auto enthusiasts acknowledged Honda’s stalwart optimism for the company’s most controversial product, amongst a recent model lineup of underperforming niche vehicles, but kept an existentially ubiquitous eyebrow raised in suspicion. Something would have to be done about the Ridgeline, and soon.

After a whirlwind year in 2011, featuring one natural disaster after another, Honda has some serious work to do for 2012. But, fortunately for us, the company refuses to back down – suggesting Honda is now stronger than ever.

Along with such a bold claim, Honda is quick to bolster their confidence with references to strong financial investments on US soil and unsurprisingly, a brief nod to an additional light truck model.