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Categories: Concept Cars

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

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


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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.


Video: Ferrari FF Concept Takes The Track

On: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 10:17AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Love it or hate it, the Ferrari FF concept is coming and it's replacing the 612 Scaglietti. Ferrari did an internet unveil of the concept FF last Friday and plans to bring it to the Geneva Motor Show. This week, we got our first look at the uncovered FF in action thanks to a testing video from the Circuito di Balocco in Italy. Though the video watches more like a teaser or commercial, it's the first live action we've seen of unmasked Ferrari shooting brake, and it looks pretty smooth taking the curves under the stars.


Toyota Teases FT-86 II Prior To Geneva

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 6:22PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Subaru won't be the only automaker showing off a sports coupe derived from its team-up with Toyota. Toyota teased its next FT-86 concept and said that it will unveil the second version of its rear-wheel-drive sports coupe at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March. Subaru will also show its own version of the sports coupe for the first time at the show.

The FT-86 II may still be a concept, but Toyota hinted that it will be close, if not identical, to the ultimate production version, stating that it will be "the clearest indication yet of the final design for Toyota's next sports car."


Mercedes Gets Artsy: Design Concet Sculpture To Be Unveiled Later This Month

On: Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 9:08AM | By: Chris Weiss


Mercedes Gets Artsy: Design Concet Sculpture To Be Unveiled Later This Month test 1-1

Ordinarily the stretch of cold, bleak winter between the Detroit Auto Show in January and the Geneva Motor Show in March is a long, dull one in terms of full-on automobile debuts and concepts. But thanks to automakers' penchant to wish themselves happy birthday in the most lavish of ways, this year will be a little different. Autocar reports that Mercedes-Benz has an event planned for January 29 in honor of its 125th anniversary—which is also the 125th anniversary of the automobile itself. The company will unveil a new concept car, but the car will be built in an untraditional medium.

Instead of an actual car, Mercedes will pull cloth off of a sculpture of a new concept car. The move is similar to what it did last year at the North American International Auto Show when it used a "Rising Car" sculpture to preview its sporty F800 concept (pictured).


 

Jaguar Executive Confirms Expansion Plans, C-X75 In the Mix

On: Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 10:44AM | By: Chris Weiss


Jaguar Executive Confirms Expansion Plans, C-X75 In the Mix test 1-1

It seems that Jaguar is really intent upon expansion. Confirming some of the details of an Autocar report last month, global brand director Adrian Hallmark put it quite simply in a discussion with Inside Line: "The market has changed and it's no longer enough just to focus on sedans." That comment mimics an aside that Hallmark made to Autocar when he said that Jaguar needs to stop being a saloon-based company.


Kia Will Unveil New Rio In March

On: Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 11:12AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Kia Will Unveil New Rio In March test 1-1

The Kia Rio has sold well since its introduction in 2003. Through two model cycles it has captured the dollars, if not the hearts, of many North American buyers. It's time for a revamp, and if the Korean-market Picanto is any indication, the new Rio should be a sweet little subcompact. Changes will take place before it makes it to our shores, but the basic styling will remain the same.


BMW May Add Artificial Sounds For EV Safety

On: Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 10:42AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


BMW May Add Artificial Sounds For EV Safety test 1-1

German automakers Mercedes-Benz and Audi have both started implementing the procedure to add brand-specific artificial sound to electric vehicles for safety purposes when traveling at low speeds. BMW, however, have not yet decided for sure what its course of action will be regarding EV sound.

According to Tobias Hahn, neither the Mini nor the BMW prototype electric cars are equipped with an active sound system with artificial noise.   


Mercedes Officially Going Electric With the SLS AMG E-Cell

On: Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 2:23PM | By: Chris Weiss


Mercedes Officially Going Electric With the SLS AMG E-Cell test 1-1

Originally introduced last summer, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell is officially go, widening the very slim all-electric supercar market. Mercedes announced the news on Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and tied it into the 125th birthday of the [Benz-invented] automobile.

The SLS AMG E-Cell (which will undoubtedly come in some more flattering colors than that flourescent yellow job) (I hope) puts an electric spin onto Mercedes' gullwinged supercar, delivering 525 hp and 649 lb-ft of torque through a series of four electric motors. The motors are powered by a 48 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.


One-Off Ferrari Enzo Prototype Now For Sale

On: Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 10:22AM | By: Chris Weiss


One-Off Ferrari Enzo Prototype Now For Sale test 1-1

Happy New Year, ultra-wealthy car collectors; there's an exciting new piece up for sale. Look quickly and you may think that you're staring at a Testarosa, but what you're actually looking at is an Enzo prototype from 2000. No, it doesn't have that distinctive beak that we've come to know and love from the Enzo, but it's got a pretty beautiful look all its own. And it's a one-of-a-kind prototype, making it a potential collection flagship.


New BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Spotted

On: Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 4:14PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Is BMW going full-blown crazy and building the Vision EfficientDynamics with conceptual elements like the clear, teardrop doors present and intact? A new version of the VED spotted in the Middle East seems to suggest that it is. But since the car isn't due out until 2013, it's likely that this latest spied model is just a refined prototype, and that BMW still has some toning down to do before the final production version. Whatever the case, it's a nice, new look at the VED/i8/i100 that we're glad to have.


Happy New Year, London: Jaguar C-X75 Comes to Town

On: Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 2:10PM | By: Chris Weiss


Happy New Year, London: Jaguar C-X75 Comes to Town test 1-1

New York may have Times Square and the big ball, but London has something even more glamorous for New Year's: the Jaguar C-X75. One of the sexiest concept cars of the year, the Jaguar C-X75 spent the final days of 2010 in a London shop window. If you happen to be in the city, welcome in the new year by taking a trip to see one of the most advanced car concepts of 2010.