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Categories: Concept Cars

Seoul Motor Show: Kia Naimo EV Concept

On: Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 5:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

Seoul Motor Show: Kia Naimo EV Concept  test 1-1

Kia debuted a new electric concept called Naimo at the Seoul Motor Show. That's pronounced the same as everyone's favorite animated fish—Nemo. The Naimo bests the Nissan Leaf in terms of driving range and offers a series of new technologies.

The Naimo is powered by a 107-hp permanent magnet synchronous motor and a lithium-ion polymer twin-pack battery, the Naimo offers up to 124 miles of zero emissions range and 93 mph of speed.

Mercedes to Unveil Two New Cars in New York

On: Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 11:49AM | By: Chris Weiss

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe test 2

As any good auto-show junkie knows, the 2011 New York Auto Show will commence in less than a month. While the show doesn't have the panache of the earlier and more robust Geneva show, it typically plays host to several prominent debuts and concept cars.

For this year's New York event, Mercedes has one of each planned. According to a Carscoop report, the German luxury car maker will present an all-new AMG model as well as a new concept car. Those two debuts will join the already announced 2012 C63 AMG Coupe.

Making Of Ferrari FF Promo Video

On: Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 12:47PM | By: Chris Weiss

Making of Ferrari FF Promo Video  test 2

Ferrari already wowed us with its 3.5-minute official FF promo video showing the concept tackling about every type of terrain that a vehicle can tackle. Now it's done it once again with a making-of video that shows exactly how the promo was put together.

When it comes to auto videos, there's a massive disparity between the people who watch them and the people who make them. As viewers, we watch the video unfold within minutes. But on the other side of the camera, a crew of professionals works tirelessly for hours and days on end to create a visual masterpiece worthy of a car bearing a Prancing Horse or Raging Bull. All that work doesn't really matter to the viewer; the only thing that matters is the final product. Within minutes, viewers make a polar decision: thumbs up/thumbs down.

BMW Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Plant Zero Prototype Factory

On: Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 3:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

Behind the Scenes of Plant Zero test 2

When the BMW pickup car reared its uber-rad head a few weeks back, you were probably thinking something like "WTF is that and where did it come from?" Well, the first answer has already been cleared up: it's a rather tongue-in-cheek prototype that BMW built in celebration of April Fool's Day. As to the latter question, well, it comes from Munich, where it will debut on April 1.

As if to give us a more thorough, enlightening answer, BMW released a five-minute video clip about the facility it calls 'Plant Zero'. Named as such because it's the plant where every BMW—and the processes that are used to build it—originate; Plant Zero is the place where BMW magic begins. BMW doesn't cite the pickup car specifically, but since the facility is responsible for all of BMW's prototypes; this is the place where it happened.


BMW Pickup Car = April Fool's Prank

On: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 3:07PM | By: Chris Weiss

Well, BMW has come clean, admitting that the M3-based pickup car was indeed test 2

When I first saw spy shots of the now infamous BMW pickup car last week, my first instinct was to check the calendar. "Good, only mid-March, so I wasn't in a Scotch-induced coma for three weeks. But, what is this thing all about?"

A car that weird and out of the blue just smacked of April Fool’s humor. While it wasn't actually April Fool's Day, the fact that the car was spotted just weeks before that holiday pointed to a joke.

Chevrolet Shows New Colorado Pickup

On: Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 6:47PM | By: Tim Healey

New Colorado Pickup test 2

The Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck never really resonated in the American market, but it has done well enough overseas to merit a redesign. General Motors will be unveiling the new Colorado at the Bangkok International Auto Show in Thailand, and the company has released images of the truck already.

Time Suck Of The Day: Ferrari FF Configurator

On: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 5:49PM | By: Chris Weiss

Time Suck Of The Day: Ferrari FF Configurator test 1-1

Though the FF that Ferrari debuted at the Geneva Motor Show this month was officially a concept, we know that Ferrari plans to use it to replace the 612 Scaglietti. And the Prancing Horse is moving forward with the model, giving customers the opportunity to create their own virtual versions. The Italian icon launched a configurator of the car earlier this week, letting you pick out the perfect colors, materials, and options for the hottest AWD hatchback of the year.

Spied At The Ring: BMW M3 Pickup, Huh?

On: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 8:57AM | By: Chris Salamone

BMW M3 Pickup test 2

If you haven’t already collapsed from shock, please sit down. These images may cause confusion. This seemingly El Camino-esque BMW was spotted kicking off the new testing season at Germany’s Nurburgring. For those not in the know, Nurburgring, aka ‘The Ring’, is nearly 18 miles in length and wraps around 73 turns. The Ring is the proving ground for the world’s greatest super cars, including the Porsche GT2 and, in this instance, a pickup version of some potentially future BMW M3 model. Information remains scarce, but hopefully updates are to come.

VW Leaning Toward Bulli Microbus Production

On: Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 11:20AM | By: Chris Weiss

VW Leaning Toward Bulli Microbus Production  test 1-1

In 2001, Volkswagen presented the Microbus concept, which it had planned to bring to production at the time. Unfortunately, production plans were scrapped earlier in the decade and it took years before VW gave it a second try with the Bulli concept, released earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show. Also unfortunate, Volkswagen's latest Microbus concept steps away from the classic design in resituating the engine to the front, a move that changes not only the driving dynamics, but also the look of the bus. Still, a Bulli is better than no bus at all.

And it looks like VW will inject some flavor into the van market. According to media reports, the German automaker is planning to bring the Bulli to market.

A Ferrari FF in a Helicopter: One Great Piece of Video.

On: Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 4:16PM | By: Chris Weiss

A Ferrari FF in a Helicopter: One Great Piece of Video. test 1-1

Ferrari has been anything but shy when it comes to pictures and videos of its FF concept. We really thought we wouldn't see an FF video that came close to the last one, which featured the FF scorching nearly every type of terrain on Earth. But Ferrari's managed to come close, releasing a video clip of the FF being whisked into the Italian Dolomites, where it'll be made available to auto journalists for testing. As has been Ferrari's M.O. all along, it isn't doing any run-of-the-mill, dry-track testing; journalists will get to put the all-wheel-drive system to use on a specially-designed snow and ice course at Italy's Plan De Corones ski resort.

VW Microbus Rides Again, On Electrons

On: Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 10:02AM | By: Chris Weiss

VW Bulli Microbus Concept  test 2

What exciting news for the auto world. As part of its Geneva presence, Volkswagen presented an all-new Microbus concept. Taking off on the Microbus Concept VW presented in 2001, the reinvented icon does its hippie, tree-hugging roots proud: it tosses the gas engine in favor of an electric motor.

The concept is called the Bulli, a name that represents Germany's nickname for the original Transporter buses, which were popularly called Microbuses in the U.S.