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Categories: Concept Cars

Looking Sharper Everyday, Dodge Dart Gets (More) Teasing

On: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 3:03PM | By: Chris Salamone

2013 Dodge Dart test 2

Over the past month details have slowly emerged about Dodge’s newest entry into the compact sedan segment. Discussions initially raged about possible design platforms, engine options, and finally the would-be Dodge’s future name. We know now, this latest Dodge will be officially labeled the Dart – channeling days of yore.

Along with a company-provided teaser website, the following images allow an opportunity for tiny Mopar fans to start salivating. What’s more, since we know the 2013 Dodge Dart will be based on Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta, we can get a basic idea of how the car might look by imagining the front and rear fascia images provided by Dodge tacked onto the body of an appropriate Alfa.

Toyota Presents Fun-Vii Concept

On: Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 1:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota Presents Fun-Vii Concept test 2

Toyota unveiled the Fun-Vii concept at last week's Tokyo Motor Show. The concept creates a seamless bridge between consumer and commercial vehicle, providing an intriguing feature set.

The most obvious and notable aspect of the Fun-Vii is its smartphone integration functions. A lot of current vehicles use smartphones for things like music streaming and Internet connectivity, but the futuristic Fun-Vii takes it a few steps further. Toyota's version of smartphone integration includes an app that drivers can use to customize the exterior of the Fun-Vii--anything from different colors and designs to virtual billboards for small businesses.

More Realistic Tuned Juke: Juke Nismo Concept

On: Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 9:13AM | By: Chris Weiss

More Realistic Tuned Juke: Juke Nismo Concept test 2

As interesting as we found the general idea of the Juke R concept, we knew it wasn't meant to be. Mostly because Nissan said so, but also because common sense dictated that such a wild, nonsensical car really had no market future.

Just because a 530-hp GT-R-in-a-Juke-package isn't meant to be doesn't mean that there isn't room for a high-performance Juke of some kind. Nissan debuted a more realistic iteration of Juke tunage at the 2012 Tokyo Motor Show.

Honda May Show NSX Successor Concept In Detroit

On: Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 4:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

Honda May Show NSX Successor Concept In Detroit test 1-1

Honda is all about the future this week. The automaker has a futuristic-concept duo on display at the Tokyo Motor Show and reportedly has one more up its sleeve. No insignificant design study, the fourth concept is rumored to be a preview of the long-awaited Acura NSX successor.

An NSX successor has been in the works for years. The original version, which was to utilize a V-10 engine, was scrapped back in 2008. Then, rumors slowly grew around a newer, greener version, and eventually Honda chief Takanobu Ito was so excited he couldn't hold back anymore.

Ito told Autocar in September: "It is my wish that Honda engineers have the experience of developing a sportscar like the NSX in future. Within Honda, our engineers are already looking at developing such a car."


Smart 341 Parkour Concept Wins LA Design Challenge

On: Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 2:56PM | By: Chris Weiss

Smart 341 Parkour Concept Wins LA Design Challenge test 2

Take a small, quirky car, add a name that brings visions of high-flying, stunt-man-style action, add some cool conceptual elements, and make the car truly "all terrain"--that sounds like the winning recipe for the "Hollywood car of the future." And, indeed, it is. Mercedes-Benz took home the LA Design Challenge award for the Smart 341 Parkour.

This year's Design Challenge tasked design teams with developing a car that embodied a futuristic Hollywood design. More than just asking for a car that would look good in movies, the challenge required teams to develop a short plot line based around the vehicle.

According to a statement from the jury, Smart took home the award for getting the formula just right, "With the 341 Parkour smart hit the nail on the head: the design combines innovation and functionality with an exciting film plot."

Toyota Bringing Trio of Eco-Friendly Concepts to Tokyo

On: Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 1:45PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota Bringing Trio of Eco-Friendly Concepts to Tokyo test 2

While Honda plans to use the Tokyo Motor Show to show us the sporty side of green vehicles, Toyota will let its GT-86 handle the sporty end while a trio of concept cars showcases the practicality of green design. Toyota will debut fuel cell, electric and commercial vehicle concepts at the show.

Perhaps the most interesting of the three concepts is the FCV-R or "Fuel Cell Vehicle--Reality and Revolution." While the full name sounds about as overdramatic and conceptual as we've seen, Toyota is hoping to bring an actual fuel cell vehicle to market within the next four years, and the FCV-R is its latest step. The small sedan features a high-pressure hydrogen tank that delivers up to 430 miles of fuel-cell-powered driving.

Toyota GT 86 Production Version Comes Alive (Video)

On: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 12:46PM | By: Chris Salamone

Toyota GT 86 test 2

Newspapers, blogs, community forums, magazines, and the like have exploded with buzz surrounding Subaru and Toyota’s joint-venture RWD sports coupe. At the Los Angeles Auto Show, just recently, fan excitement reached some kind of boiling point as Subaru officially revealed an actual production version BRZ in the flesh…or shall we say metal. Now, right before the Tokyo show, Toyota has fallen suit with an official reveal of the company’s take: the GT 86 sports car. Devout followers will note that Toyota has chosen to drop the concept version’s name, the FT 86, for a slightly altered moniker.

The model, as depicted above, will launch throughout Europe and Japan, but is expected to appear in North America under a Scion FR-S badge. While the car looks quite aggressive in stance, the vehicle’s starting engine output appears less than exciting – 197 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque derived from Subaru’s new horizontally opposed 2.0-liter flat-four boxer engine.

Land Rover Defender Confirmed For US

On: Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 5:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

Land Rover Defender Confirmed For US  test 2

It's not yet clear if we really want the next generation Defender in the United States. It may still have a long way to go before production, but it's looking far more Malibu and less Moab at the moment—and we're not loving it. But, like it or not, Land Rover's hardcore icon is making its return to the US market, a market it's been absent from for nearly 20 years.

Land Rover global brand director John Edwards told media at the LA Auto Show that the model will return to the US by mid-decade. Pretty soon, the Jeep Wrangler will have a little competition on the trails of southern Utah, northern California and elsewhere.

Nissan Food Truck Concepts

On: Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 5:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Food Truck Concepts  test 2

When you think of Nissan, you probably think of the unapologetic performance of the GT-R or maybe the green credentials of the Nissan Leaf. The automaker seems to be trying its hardest to ensure that you also automatically think of its NV series people movers.

Within the month of November, we've seen an NV taxi, NV full-size van and now a pair of NV-based food truck concepts. Nissan generated some positive buzz by slinging ice cream and grilled cheese sandwiches at the LA Auto Show.

Land Rover Updates DC100 Concepts For LA (But Not Enough)

On: Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 9:04AM | By: Chris Weiss

Land Rover Updates DC100 Concepts test 2

Land Rover has updated the DC100 and DC100 Sport at the LA Auto Show. Unfortunately, as we feared, these are very minor updates and do little to bring the DC100 in line with the Defender that it will replace. The DC100 is looking as feeble and Stepford-ish as ever.

Land Rover brand director John Edwards recently told the media: "Sometimes we talk too much about the NAS [North American specification] 90 Defender and surfer dudes, and not enough about the Red Cross, Zambia or the Australian Outback. We want to get back to our roots, but it would be nice if in doing so, we can also sell it to the Californian surfer dude."

Unfortunately, the latest DC100 updates look plenty surfer dude, but not at all Australian Outback.

Infiniti Teases Glimpses Of Future At Geneva

On: Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 2:46PM | By: Chris Salamone

Infiniti Sports Car Concept test 2

During this LA-induced period of auto euphoria, Infiniti has dropped a bombshell set of teaser images depicting a car they believe will extend the potential for both high performance and low emission electric cars. Set to make an official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 2012, this latest Infiniti sports car concept looks to be an attempt to bridge the gap between performance enthusiasts and eco-friendly hipsters.

Although little and less is currently known about whether Infiniti plans to go into full production on this vehicle, the company’s official press video offers some insight into their game plan. From the upcoming JX to Nissan’s GT-R, we are talking about a brand which constantly strives to be on the cutting edge of style and technology. This future high performance range-extending electric sports car is an effort to raise the bar even further – a sort of one-up in the game of Mother Nature-approved performance.