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Categories: Concept Cars

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.

Jaguar Close To Giving The C-X16 Hybrid The Thumbs Up

On: Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 10:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

Jaguar Close To Giving The C-X16 Hybrid The Thumbs Up test 2

Jaguar already has one sporty hybrid on the way in the C-X75. But that model will be way out of the price range of most car owners. For those looking for a sporty, sexy hybrid with a little more of an affordable price, they may get it in the way of a production C-X16.

Inside Line reports that Jaguar is close to a decision on the C-X16, which it showed in concept form at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show. If it gets the green light, the C-X16 could go on sale in 2014. Jaguar has done several months’ worth of market research on the model, and it sounds as though Jaguar is already making production plans, with the green light a mere formality.

Mitsubishi's Smart, Connected MiEV House

On: Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 3:45PM | By: Chris Weiss

Mitsubishi's Smart, Connected MiEV House test 2

The Geneva Motor Show is packed full of plug-in vehicles of all kinds - from sexy smart cars to ultra-efficient city cars. Thing is, though, the world really doesn't need any new electric vehicles or concepts unless they happen to travel 400 miles on a charge and cost under $30,000. There's hardly much interest in the electric vehicles we do have.

What the world needs is a better charging infrastructure to support electric vehicles. That may not make for as sexy an auto-show concept, but it would certainly help grow the industry more than a one-off electric sports car with a sub-4-second 0-to-60 time. Mitsubishi trudged through that unsexy terrain to present its MiEV house, a concept that gives one take on the future of home charging.

More Pictures Of The MILA Coupic Pickup-Crossover-Convertible

On: Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 10:34AM | By: Chris Weiss

MILA Coupic test 2

As a writer, I really don't like to admit that the whole adage about a picture and 1,000 words is correct. But in some cases, it definitely is. We covered the MILA Coupic concept last week when it was first announced, but without more pictures of the concept in its various configurations, the article was incomplete. With a few new pictures, we're able to complete the story.

The MILA Coupic is a concept built by Austrian engineering and manufacturing firm Magna Steyr. While it's not exactly a household name, Magna Steyr is a prominent force in the automotive industry and provides services to many well-known brands.


Bertone Celebrates 100 Years With Nuccio Concept

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 3:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bertone Nuccio Concept test 2

Sometimes the past should remain in the past. Like when bands that were good 30 years ago get back together for no good reason. Or when an Italian design house..say Bertone... decides to recreate one of its most famous designs 40 years later.

In teasing the Nuccio, Bertone promised to reimagine the iconic wedge shape that underpinned some of its most famous concepts from the past. We were actually excited to see what modern day, ultra-low wedge styling looked like. Then we saw it. We're not excited anymore.

The Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido Revealed (Video)

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 12:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido Revealed test 2

Well, the 2012 Geneva Motor Show began this week, and that means we get to finally cash the check on all the design-house teasers we've been seeing for weeks. The Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido is one such design that was introduced.

The Brivido (which means 'thrill' in Italian) is a striking little sculpture of glass, metal and composite. It's defining feature is its super-glassy greenhouse, which includes a panoramic glass roof and large windows that extend farther back and down than the average car window. Those shimmering glass doors are actually gullwings that open upward. Between the glassy, upswinging doors and 2 + 2 layout, the Brivido reminds us of the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal concept designed by Bertone.

The Bentley SUV Arrives

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 11:29AM | By: Chris Weiss

The Bentley SUV Arrives test 2

After a barrage of rumors, admissions and reports, the Bentley SUV is here. Or at least a concept previewing the Bentley SUV is here. Bentley calls it the EXP 9 F.

Bentley does a better job of distinguishing the model as an SUV than the artists that drew renderings in anticipation of its introduction. The EXP 9 F is more squared off than other Bentleys, sharing more in common with a full-size SUV like the Range Rover than with crossovers, which typically have more curvy, car-like styling. Its relatively flat roofline, rear fenders and rear fascia convey a sense of rugged utility that a full-on SUV is all about, though its roof appears low enough to give a somewhat station wagon-like look.

Volkswagen Amorak Canyon - A Truck For Kayakers

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 10:10AM | By: Chris Weiss

Volkswagen Amorak Canyon - A Truck For Kayakers test 2

Kayakers are a pretty niche demographic to build an entire car around. But a concept car or truck? Well, Volkswagen believes they're worthy. The new Amorak Canyon concept is a reconfigured Amorak aimed directly at paddlers.

VW really missed the boat (get it!) on its name. Canyon is such a generic name, but the Amorak 'Yak would have better identified the model's purpose while rhyming all at the same time. Let's talk next time, V-Dub.

The automaker describes the Canyon as an extreme version of the Amorak pickup designed specifically for the sport of freestyle kayaking. While we don't expect to see a production version, VW says that it demonstrates how versatile the Amorak platform can be.

VW Cross Coupe Blossoms As TDI Plug-In

On: Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 1:56PM | By: Chris Salamone

VW Cross Coupe TDI Plug-in Hybrid test 2

Incredibly mouthy verbiage aside, Volkswagen’s Cross Coupe TDI Plug-in Hybrid Concept has some pretty impressive specs. Last December we got a sneak peak during the Tokyo Auto Show, but this second version of the Cross Coupe, set to debut in Geneva, looks even better. And no, we’re not just referring to the vehicle’s snazzy two-tone red paint scheme.

Volkswagen’s latest concept can also boast 302 horsepower, 512 ft.-lb. of torque, and a purported 130 MPGe.

Volkswagen Presents Swiss, Snowboard And Other Up! Concepts

On: Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 1:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

Volkswagen Presents Swiss, Snowboard And Other Up! Concepts test 2

Another auto show, another Volkswagen up! concept (from here on out we capitalize and lose the annoying exclamation point). Four of them, actually. Volkswagen has taken the wraps off four new Up concepts for the Geneva Motor Show. The concepts are all about the same in exterior design, but each features an individual theme.

VW kicks off with an Up designed to show a little respect to the host of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The Swiss Up is brushed in the red and white of the Swiss flag. Inside, it gets an Alcantara and leather interior with an interesting feature: pockets designed specifically for one of Switzerland's most iconic products - the Swiss Army Knife (VW says Victorinox, but we'd imagine Wengers would fit, too). You'd better not go reaching anywhere near those if you get pulled over for speeding, though.

A Concept With Bravado: Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido

On: Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 11:00AM | By: Chris Weiss

Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido test 2

For weeks, we've been seeing teasers of the works of the great Italian design houses. The most mysterious one has been from Italdesign Giugiaro. The firm has released a few different teaser photos of it, none of which have given much of an indication what it is. In fact, even the name has been a mystery for the two weeks or so we've known about it.

Italdesign finally put a little meat on the bone. It released a new teaser of its concept car that reveals both the name and silhouette.