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Categories: Concept Cars

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.

Toyota FT-86 Take II

On: Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 3:58PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota FT-86 Take II  test 1-1

Well, we only have a year or so left before the Toyota sports car developed in conjunction with Subaru goes into production (slow ride, yes?). And earlier this month in Geneva, Toyota provided what it calls the "clearest indication yet as to the final design of Toyota's next sports car," a car that receives some marked modifications over the Tokyo '09 original. 

After a long, exhaustive rundown of Toyota sports car history, the automaker had surprisingly little hard information to offer about its newest sports car. Here's a piece of what we're working with in the official press release: "With the proportions of its long, low bonnet, high wings, and rear-set cabin paying homage to Toyota's illustrious sports car history, the dynamic power of the FT-86 II concept gives the clearest indication yet as to the final design of Toyota's next sports car."

BMW's ConnectedDrive Takes In-Vehicle Technology To New Heights

On: Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 6:32PM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW's ConnectedDrive Takes In-Vehicle Technology To New Heights test 1-1

BMW unveiled its Vision ConnectedDrive roadster concept last month, but saved some juicy details for the official Geneva debut. Interestingly, in a concept as striking as the VCD, BMW chose to focus its presentation on interior technology as opposed to exterior styling. But that technology is as intriguing, if not more intriguing, than the looks of this particular concept.

Alfa Romeo Unveils Sexy, U.S.-Bound 4C Coupe

On: Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 4:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe test 2

Alfa Romeo has debuted its 4C sports coupe at the Geneva Motor Show. While it's in concept form at the show, the Italian firm has detailed plans to produce the car beginning late next year. Joining that good news is even better news: the car will be among those Alfas getting exported to the United States. So, interstate highways and byways will soon have a little bit more curvy Alfa flair.

The 4C is powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected, 1.8-liter turbo four that will put out more than 200 horses. The engine is mated to a TCT twin-clutch automatic gearbox and powers the rear wheels.


Subaru Teases Boxer Sports Car Architecture Concept (a.k.a. Subie FT-86)

On: Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 10:07AM | By: Chris Weiss

Subaru Teases Boxer Sports Car Architecture Concept (a.k.a. Subie FT-86) test 1-1

You know, when word of Subaru's new concept first came out, I thought: "Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept: what an absolutely awful name." So I was quite relieved to read that Subaru was changing the name before Geneva. For about a quarter of a second. Because right after that I read the new name: "Boxer Sports Car Architecture Concept". Wow, a nearly-as-long and terrible concept name that I have to write at least two or three times for my article. Great.

However bad the name, the concept itself will be an exciting look at how Subaru utilizes its horizontally opposed Boxer four in a rear-wheel-drive layout. Subaru released its first teaser picture last week, showing the engine inside the skeleton of the car.

Still Leaking: The Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Profile Photos

On: Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 10:47AM | By: Chris Weiss

The Lamborghini Aventador test 2

Well, I'm not too surprised to see some more Lamborghini Aventador pictures. When the first scanned magazine picture leaked on Tuesday, we had more than a hunch that either more pictures from that magazine spread or a similar one were going to leak, or that Lamborghini was going to do an early reveal the way that Pagani did with the Huayra and Lamborghini itself did with the Sesto Elemento. Lamborghini hasn't come clean yet, but a few more pictures from the same Evo Croatia issue have leaked out. We now see the Aventador from the side and 3/4 profile in addition to the front.

It Won't Be a Long Long Time; Mini Rocketman Concept Coming to Geneva

On: Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 10:04AM | By: Chris Weiss

It Won't Be a Long Long Time; Mini Rocketman Concept Coming to Geneva test 1-1

Unlike last year's hot Mini concept—the Beachcomber—the Rocketman is a rather modest concept that looks like it could hit production tomorrow. And it's a Mini through and through: a small, efficient, three-door hatch that makes the most out of its tiny interior. The Rocketman does offer some unique features and technologies, though.

Fresh off its "Cram It In The Boot" campaign, it looks like Mini is ready to pull it out of the boot. The Rocketman uses a unique, slide-out "drawer" to increase the capacity of the hatch and offer extra storage. From the snowboard pictured inside, it looks almost like an integrated gear rack that lets you get the most out of your Mini without any aftermarket attention.

RUF Tunes the Porsche 911 to All-Electric

On: Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 6:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

RUF Tunes the Porsche 911 to All-Electric test 1-1

Last week, we reported that there are now three electric Boxster prototypes in testing. And not a full week later, there are three electric 911 Carrera prototypes in testing. The only difference is the Boxsters were an actual Porsche project, and the electric 911s come from German tuning house RUF.

Tuners typically focus on making cars meaner, bigger, and more powerful, but RUF has a different type of tune in mind: a more environmentally conscious 911. RUF plans to build a test fleet of 10 electric 911s—known as "eRUFs", in the first half of this year. Each model will be equipped with one of three electric powertrains.

Rolls Royce to Launch Electric Prototype in Geneva

On: Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 11:05AM | By: Chris Weiss

Rolls Royce to Launch Electric Prototype in Geneva test 1-1

You know electrics are going to be the wave of the future when luxury-boat players like Rolls Royce start getting involved. Rolls will present what it's calling the world's first battery-powered ultra-luxury vehicle in the form of a Phantom EV prototype code-named 102EX. And like nearly every other new vehicle and concept of late, it will launch at the Geneva Motor Show.

Italian/British Love Child; Bertone's B99 Jaguar Concept

On: Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 10:30AM | By: Chris Weiss

Italian/British Love Child; Bertone's B99 Jaguar Concept test 1-1

Jaguar is in the midst of an expansion. Last month, Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar's global brand director, put it bluntly when speaking with a representative from Inside Line: "The market has changed and it's no longer enough just to focus on sedans." It's still not 100 percent clear what cars Jaguar will expand to outside of traditional sedan offerings, but it is clear that they're taking the idea of new blood seriously.

Take the new B99 concept, for instance. Jag went outside its walls and worked in conjunction with Italian design firm Bertone on the concept, which will make its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show next week. A bold two-door, the B99 gives a look at one possible direction for the future of the cat.

Mush, Mush! Spy Video Of Ferrarri FF Captured By Dog Sled

On: Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 7:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

Mush, Mush! Spy Video Of Ferrarri FF Captured By Dog Sled test 1-1

We know, from the official pictures that Ferrari released last week, that the Prancing Horse is intent upon showing off its all-new 4WD system. The FF concept is, after all, the first  Ferrari to get four-wheel drive. And the quickest way to convey a car's all-wheel torque vectoring capabilities is to show some video and pictures of the car in the snow.

But what happens when your beautiful, all-new supercar concept is snow-testing alongside a dog sled? Well, apparently the world gets a sweet spy video courtesy of the musher in question.