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Categories: Concept Cars

A Concept With Bravado: Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido

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


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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.


Durheimer Provides A Few More Details On Bentley SUV

On: Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 5:24PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It's no secret that Bentley is building an SUV. While production plans are not 100 percent yet, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer has been doing some talking about the model's potential future.

Durheimer told Automotive News Europe that Bentley and parent company Volkswagen should make a decision on the SUV by the end of the year, with production to start within three years. If it gets the green light, he projects between 3,500 and 5,000 annual sales, a sizeable boost when you consider that Bentley sold about 7,000 Mulsanne and Continental models last year. Durheimer qualified the estimate as conservative.


Another Crossover Convertible Concept: Magna Steyr MILA Coupic

On: Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 3:01PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It's just as we feared. The flood gates are open, and the crossover convertibles are flowing through like a Class VI river. A day after Range Rover introduced its take on the crossover convertible, Austrian company Magna Steyr presents its own: the MILA Coupic.

To Magna Steyr's credit, it appears to actually make a crossover convertible that is both functional and stylish, something we previously thought was impossible. We're guessing that rear fascia is going to be a bit large and flat, but the high, slanted roofline and raked windshield actually make this car look sporty and attractive.


Hyundai i-oniq Concept Revealed

On: Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 11:44AM | By: Chris Weiss


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This year's Geneva show promises to be a breeding ground for sporty, range-extending hybrid concepts. We've already seen pictures of the Infiniti Emerg-E, which Infiniti has admitted is a range-extender. We've also gotten a look at the Pininfarina Cambiano concept, which is rumored to be a diesel-electric range extender. Now, it's Hyundai's turn.


 

Nissan Previews Future Crossovers With Hi-Cross Concept

On: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 2:41PM | By: Chris Weiss


Nissan Previews Future Crossovers With Hi-Cross Concept test 2

Nissan has teased a new concept vehicle that it will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show. Called the Hi-Cross, the model was designed to showcase the future of Nissan crossovers and may represent the first look at a future model.

Upon first glance, the Hi-Cross teaser doesn't look drastically different from Nissan's current generation crossovers. It appears to have a similar rear fascia to the Murano and Rogue, complete with roof spoiler. Some elements that differentiate the concept include what looks like a curvy beltline, a squared off front-end, and high, broad fender flares.


Nissan Talks Efficiency And Common Module Family

On: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 12:22PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Nissan recently announced the introduction of a next-gen efficient engineering project, aptly named the Common Module Family (CMF). For decades automakers have struggled with keeping production costs low, often by sharing the infrastructure or gadgetry from other makes or models. While platform and part sharing sounds great on its face, consumers often demand distinctive vehicle characteristics, constantly improved fuel economy, and cutting edge safety or technology features – which makes engineering efficiency a huge obstacle for any automaker.

But not anymore. Nissan intends to implement a four module system which allows for a wide spectrum of vehicle design concepts. From compact to large-scale SUVs, the CMF program will mix and match standard modules from the engine compartment, cockpit, front underbody, and rear underbody.


Infiniti Previews Electric Supercar Concept

On: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 10:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


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One of these days, Infiniti is going to get its own supercar. The Nissan GT-R has just "too good a platform" to allow Infiniti to become the only of the three major Japanese luxury brands to not have a supercar (Lexus has the LF-A and Acura will have the NSX). Nissan's luxury brand is reportedly considering several different variants as a potential flagship, one of which is undoubtedly this stunning Emerg-E concept.

Putting aside, the cheesy "Emerg-E" name, this design appears to be all win. It takes much of the natural curviness from the 2009 Essence concept and packages it into a muscular, mid-engined layout.


Range Rover Convertible Concept

On: Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 12:45PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It looks like we officially have a thing. And not a good thing. The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet appears to have opened a door, a door that leads to a dark, fearsome place. Land Rover is launching a convertible concept based on its Evoque small crossover. It doesn't look to be guaranteed production just yet, but the automaker is clearly considering it.

The Evoque Convertible Concept will debut at the Geneva Motor Show where Land Rover will gauge public opinion. If that opinion proves positive, it will consider building the model.


Italdesign Giugiaro Teases Geneva Concept

On: Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 9:34AM | By: Chris Weiss


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It looks like there will be no stone left unturned when it comes to Italian design houses and Geneva concepts. Italdesign Giugiaro joined pretty much every other major Italian design house in teasing its latest concept earlier in the week. The concept will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and via Italdesign's Twitter feed.

Italdesign Giugiaro took to social media in releasing the first two teasers of its yet unnamed concept car via Twitter. About as revealing as the latest SRT Viper teaser, Italdesign's first photo shows nothing more than a carbon fiber-trimmed air intake. Based on what we can see (bright red paint and carbon fibered aerodynamics), the concept appears to be a sports car, but it really could be anything.


Mysterious Spy Shots Emerge, Covert Ford Ranger?

On: Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 2:44PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Just today, one of the super savvy bloggers at Inside Line posted spy shots of an unknown truck seen in the greater Los Angeles area. Thus far only a few small clues exist which help identify this modern day mystery machine. Needless to say, the vehicle’s heavy camouflage and metal bed make the labeling process a more difficult task, but never fear.

Michigan manufacturer plates create a strong case for this being a product of the Big Three.

Mike Magrath, from Inside Line, speculates that the vehicle could be about the size of a Toyota Tundra, but the front might be considered to follow a Dodge aesthetic. But, if you ask me – a risky decision generally – these images show a commercial variant of the future Ford Ranger.


Mini 'Clubvan' Revealed, Dog Owners Rejoice

On: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 3:30PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Rumors have been cycling for a while now, but these are the first official images of the Mini Clubvan concept which is set to debut at Geneva’s Auto Show in March. While panel vans continue to be popular in Europe, the stateside trend has remained somewhat lukewarm since Chevrolet introduced the HHR Panel and Ford unveiled the Ford Transit Connect. But perhaps Mini’s Clubvan concept will be fun or functional enough to convince US buyers to become panel van friendly. Perhaps the Clubvan will entice buyers not previously interested in the Mini brand or panel vans in general.

Enter the 39% of United States households which own at least one dog.

To be fair, we aren’t sure the Clubvan will ever reach US soil or even final production elsewhere. But if the vehicle ever enters the land of the free, you can bet your lucky socks that pet owners will be the primary buying demographic.