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Categories: Concept Cars

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.


Nissan Previews All-Electric Sports Car Concept

On: Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 9:45AM | By: Chris Weiss


Nissan Previews All-Electric Sports Car Concept  test 1-1

Nissan has previewed an all-electric sports car concept that it will debut in Geneva. Called ESFLOW, the new concept combines a dual-motor powertrain with lightweight components and sporty styling.

Designed to "prove it's possible to remain environmentally sympathetic without having to give up the joy of driving," the ESFLOW is based upon the technology available in the Leaf, albeit modified to ensure a sportier ride. It features two rear-mounted electric motors that are centrally located above the rear axle.


Infiniti Shows Off The Etherea Concept

On: Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 12:26PM | By: Chris Weiss


Etherea Concept test 2

Well, that was fast. About a week after it teased an unnamed Geneva concept, Infiniti released full picture details of the car. And as was rumored, it's called the Etherea and takes off on the stylish Essence concept that Infiniti presented in 2009.


Renault Previews Outlandish Crossover Concept

On: Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 10:15AM | By: Chris Weiss


Renault Previews Outlandish Crossover Concept test 1-1

There are those concepts that are basically just slightly rough versions of actual production cars. And then there are concepts that are so odd-looking, you know that nothing even closely resembling them will ever actually roll on highways. Renault's new, Geneva-bound Captur concept is definitely in the latter category. It's not as wild-looking as some concepts, but certain cartoonish features let you know that Renault won't be pumping out a high-volume production model based on this one.


 

Another Stunning BMW Concept Launching Under Name "Vision"

On: Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 4:28PM | By: Chris Weiss


BMW Concept Vision test 2

BMW will debut a new roadster concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show next month. And the pictures tell us that it's going to be as stylish as its Vision EfficientDynamics concept that originally launched at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, and is now on the way to production. More than just a way to build buzz around Bimmer, the Vision ConnectedDrive concept will preview new, in-vehicle technology systems that will make it to production models like the Vision Ed and MegaCity EV. The concept also introduces new design language, which will also make it to the production line.


Infiniti Teases Mercedes-Powered Coupe Concept

On: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 4:47PM | By: Chris Weiss


Infiniti Teases Mercedes-Powered Coupe Concept test 1-1

Infiniti has teased a new concept it will debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Though Infiniti has not supplied an official name for the car, indications are it may be called "Etheria," and will take some styling cues from the curvy Essence concept that Infiniti showed at the 2009 Geneva show.


Ferrari Releases New Pictures of FF

On: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 10:22AM | By: Chris Weiss


Ferrari Releases New Pictures of FF test 1-1

Ferrari introduced the 612-replacing FF concept last month. At the time, it released a few rather boring, unflattering studio shots of the car: one head-on front-end shot, one head-on rear shot, and one directly from the side. They definitely weren't the most intriguing shots, especially not if you prefer to see cars getting down and dirty on the track or street.

Well, this week Ferrari took the opportunity to right that wrong. It released a series of action shots that highlight the FF's four-wheel-drive capabilities. A few are of a rough prototype version of the car and a few are of the polished, Ferrari-red model.


Volkswagen Planning 7-Concept Blitz In Geneva?

On: Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 5:17PM | By: Chris Weiss


Volkswagen Planning 7-Concept Blitz In Geneva? test 1-1

It seems that the sheer volume of concept cars presented at any given motor show has become a measure of oneupmanship. Lotus set the bar at the Paris Motor Show last fall, fleshing out a new direction with six concept cars. Late last year, word came that a rather nominal player--Russian supercar manufacturer Marussia--will overshadow that Paris appearance with a seven-concept dais at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show this fall. And now it appears that Volkswagen has seven-concept show plans of its own, and it will beat Marussia to the punch, unveiling its concepts at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Of course the comparison between Volkswagen and Marussia or Lotus isn't exactly a fair one, as the former relates to an entire auto group--one of the world's largest. Rather than single-brand concepts, VW's debuts will be spread across its portfolio of brands with only two expected from Volkswagen itself. Still, though, seven concepts is an impressive tally.


Mercedes Benz Pulls the Covers Off Its Skeletal Anniversary Sculpture

On: Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 1:59PM | By: Chris Weiss


Mercedes Benz Pulls the Covers Off Its Skeletal Anniversary Sculpture test 1-1

Mercedes-Benz threw itself a little birthday party over the weekend. The automobile was patented by Carl Benz 125 years ago as of Saturday, and Mercedes used the occassion to unveil a new, conceptual sculpture that hints at future design language. The piece is called Aesthetics 125.

In a ceremony in Stuttgart attended by such notables as German Chancellor  Dr. Angela Merkel and Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg Stefan Mappus, Mercedes presented its Aesthetics 125. Far from an actual car model, the sculpture appears like the skeleton of a car and works to demonstrate that "Mercedes-Benz design is art." It does, however, showcase a few key components including a big, smiley grille, voluptuous curves in front, and back and a sloped, hatch-style roofline. Expect to see these elements worked into future Mercedes concepts and production models.


Volkswagen To Offer 100-Model Production On Its Intriguing XL1 Concept

On: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 6:35PM | By: Chris Weiss


Volkswagen To Offer 100-Model Production On Its Intriguing XL1 Concept test 1-1

Last week, Volkswagen made a big splash with the plug-in diesel-electric hybrid concept that it calls the XL1. It introduced the concept, which looks straight out of a futuristic thriller, at the Qatar Motor Show. The XL1 is an updated version of the L1 concept that VW first showed in 2002. It promises incredible efficiency, thanks to its tiny diesel- and electric motor-based powertrain. And good news for green lovers: Volkswagen plans to put it in production by 2013. For now, however, production will be limited to just 100 units.

Automotive News quotes VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech from Qatar: "We want to go into series production with this car starting in 2013." Piech went on to indicate that production will be very limited, with no more than 100 units planned, but that the car will be sold to actual consumers as opposed to fleet customers. Sales will begin in Germany and will move to the U.S. and China.


Detroit Auto Show: Thumbs up or Thumbs Down, Part II

On: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 11:29AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Detroit Auto Show: Thumbs up or Thumbs Down, Part II test 1-1

As we bid a fond farewell to the North American International Auto Show, we have a final chance to look back on the hits and misses of the annual presentation. A lot of the buzz around Detroit was “Could this be the year of the big auto comeback?” Many companies are poised to capitalize on positive economic indicators. They’re also feeding the consumer appetite for more fuel-efficient models that don’t skimp on the luxury. Here are some more thumbs up and thumbs down in no particular order.