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Categories: Concept Cars

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.


Four Exhaust Pipes?! Beetle R Shows Stateside

On: Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 11:34AM | By: Chris Salamone


VW Beetle R Concept test 2

Since VW’s booming announcement that a Golf R model would be coming down the pipeline soon, US fans of Das Auto have waited patiently – toes tapping all the while. But before the Golf R has even hit US showrooms, VW has seen fit to release another race-inspired prototype cast from an altogether different mold. During the vehicle’s initial debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Beetle R landed in US headlines with an appropriate level of enthusiasm and jealousy. We wanted the seemingly more virile Beetle R, and we wanted it first.

The LA Auto Show may not be the first Beetle R showing, but at least we finally get a close-up.


Tokyo Motor Show Preview: Honda Combines Sportiness And Green Powertrains

On: Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 1:48PM | By: Chris Weiss


Honda Combines Sportiness And Green Powertrains test 2

There are two ways to really get us excited about electric vehicles. Either design EVs that can drive just as far or farther than gas vehicles on a single charge or design sporty, performance-oriented cars that show that EVs can be more than tiny, boxy commuters. Honda's upcoming Small Sports EV Concept goes the latter route, showing what we hope will one day be an electrically driven Honda convertible.

Similarly, the Honda Advanced Cruiser-X concept puts a sporty package around a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

The Small Sports EV packs sporty curves into a pint-sized, two-seat roadster package. While Honda hasn't provided the specs of the car just yet, it's clear from looking at it that it should have spry handling and ample performance thanks to its tiny size (and weight).


Chevy TrailBlazer Debuts In Dubai (Video)

On: Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 11:55AM | By: Chris Salamone


All-new Chevy Trailblazer test 2

Just today, Chevrolet debuted a worldwide 'show' version of the company’s highly anticipated all-new TrailBlazer SUV at the Dubai International Motor Show. Starting with Thailand in early 2012, Chevy plans to sell TrailBlazers globally. The vehicle features seven seats which are capable of folding flat, a body-on-frame SUV with the ride comfort and fuel efficiency of a crossover, and chassis meant to handle serious off-road conditions or city driving—if you’re into that thing.

But if you’re also thinking the TrailBlazer looks somewhat familiar, your powers of perception are right on. The latest Chevrolet Colorado shares similar DNA, design cues, and both vehicles were built in tandem. From all angles, the TrailBlazer looks sophisticated, aggressive and capable—a sort of physical manifestation of what GM intends this SUV do be.


 

Audi Urban Concept May See Production

On: Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 12:25PM | By: Chris Weiss


Audi Urban Concept May See Production test 2

When Audi introduced its Urban Concept before the Frankfurt Motor Show, it appeared like a concept in the strictest definition of the term. Audi called it a "technology study" and it didn't look like anything we'd imagine driving around city streets. In other words, it didn't appear to have a prayer at seeing production.

However, production may actually happen. Car magazine reported last week that Audi is not only considering, but close to approving, a limited production run.


Volkswagen T2 Returns To Europe, Judgment Day?

On: Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 5:24PM | By: Chris Salamone


Volkswagen T2 test 2

Despite all kinds of inflammatory claims that Volkswagen will soon be the largest automaker in the world, the company clearly has their marketing act together. It’s no secret that hordes of adoring fans support the newly redesigned VW Bulli concept and VW seems to be toying with our emotions further by reoffering old school VW T2 camper vans in the Netherlands. For European citizens, the opportunity to own an original VW van must be tempting, but true die-hard fans can still purchase them in Brazil. So what does it all mean?! Could the T2’s reintroduction be a sign of the second coming of VW’s landmark vehicle? A sort of quasi-judgment day?

Thus far, VW is keeping their focus strictly on T2s in the Netherlands and has not offered any real evidence that T2s would be anything other than a nifty collector item. We can only hope that these T2s actually represent a convenient tester vehicle for the European camper van market.


Subaru BRZ STI Concept Unveiled

On: Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 10:54AM | By: Chris Weiss


Subaru BRZ STI Concept Unveiled test 2

Well, here's a slight surprise. After pictures purporting to be the production Toyota FT-86 leaked last week, I was expecting Toyota to introduce the car rather quickly before any more damage could be done. Instead, more damage was done in terms of leaked specs, and Subaru actually beat Toyota to the punch in unveiling its version of the same car.

Actually, Subaru is just now catching up with Toyota because this BRZ STI is actually the concept version, which it will show in the metal at the LA Auto Show. But with mere weeks separating the LA Auto Show from the Tokyo Motor Show, where both Subaru and Toyota will officially debut their respective production coupes, the BRZ concept should be a spitting image of the production model.


BMW Special Sneak Preview On November 9

On: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 4:16PM | By: Peter C Sessler


BMW Special Sneak Preview On November 9 test 2

BMW will host a special sneak-preview event to unveil for the first time in North America what it considers to be the cars of the future: the BMW i3 and BMW i8 concept vehicles. These concepts represent the first purpose-built electric and electric-hybrid vehicles to be made primarily of carbon fiber when they become available in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The unveiling will take place in New York City on Wednesday, November 9th at 11 AM (EST) at Center 548 (548 West 22nd Street between 10th & 11th Avenues).


Land Rover DC100 II Coming To LA Auto Show

On: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 3:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


Land Rover DC100 II Coming To LA Auto Show test 2

At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Land Rover debuted the DC100 and DC100 Sport concepts, providing a first look at the direction it was taking with its next Defender. While the concept will eventually replace the Defender in 2015, Land Rover admitted that the Frankfurt DC100 was just the first step in a long development process.

The next step will come at the LA Auto Show, which begins in about two weeks. Land Rover will show an updated DC100 concept at the show.


Drop Top Dream Boat: 2012 Camaro ZL1 Convertible

On: Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 9:27AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2012 Camaro ZL1 Convertible test 2

When it comes to performance cars, let's face it: Having a fixed roof sucks. You know it and I know it—when you're a car guy, you want to be involved with the driving experience. You want to shift the gears for yourself, listen to the engine roar, and become one with the car as you turn down one unknown road after another just to see where they go. But there is a big difference between rolling down the windows and dropping the entire roof. Anyone that has owned, or at least ridden in, a convertible on that first warm day in April or May knows that there is nothing like it. Anyone that believes otherwise more than likely has spent most of their life rationalizing their way away from every convertible option they have ever encountered, and are probably driving a very practical car this very minute. 

Thankfully, Chevy has learned a thing or two about the hearts and minds of their potential customers. They know that, sure, they have to make simple practical cars for the masses, but when it comes to the fun powerhouses, don't screw around—make them as fun and powerful as they can be. Having just introduced the most powerful Camaro to have ever been built to a brand new generation (and reintroduced it to an older one), Chevy really could have stopped there. But they didn't, and we couldn't be happier. Chevy has just announced that there will be a drop-top version of the sickest Camaro ever.


Nissan Unveils The Juke R

On: Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 10:23AM | By: Chris Weiss


Nissan Unveils The Juke R test 2

Nissan previously said of the Juke R: "the car is not for production." After seeing the live pictures, we're more happy about that fact than ever. The emphasized reflections of the original rendering helped to obscure some of this thing's pure unadulterated fugitude. It's a pretty rough stretch of highway that looks way too busy for a small crossover.

After a serious teasing campaign about its development, the Juke R was unveiled in a somewhat of a surprise move in Spain. The Juke R was tacked onto the unveiling of the Qashqai, a Euro-market crossover.