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Categories: Concept Cars

Lamborghini Confirms That Sesto Elemento Production is a Possibility

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 1:31PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Last week we reported that Lamborghini was considering a limited run production of its Sesto Elemento concept that it showed in Paris. That report originated out of rumors and whispers reported on by a French automotive blog, so it was far from confirmed. While Lamborghini hasn't completely confirmed the concept for production, indications from CEO Stephan Winkelmann are that the company is heading in that direction. Due to safety restrictions, the car would be offered as a track-only model.


Audi Quattro A Go Go

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 1:02PM | By: John Welch


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In the last decade Audi has absolutely dominated open-formula sports car racing. Recently, Peugeot has stolen some of Audi's thunder, but overall Audi will be remembered as the brand that dominated Le Mans at the beginning of the Twenty First Century. Before tackling the sports car world, Audi dominated a different form of balls-out open rules racing. It was called Group B, and like all racing that starts with the infinitely cool moniker "Group", it was to good to have a future. The cars of Group B were nutso turbocharged demons, and they did their best to kill every driver crazy enough to strap in and go for a relaxing drive in the woods. Many drivers lost their lives in the few short years Group B was around; because of this the insane lack of safety regulation simply could not continue. Though Group B didn't make it out of the Eighties, the legends created by the monstrous Group B cars will continue to grow on the Internet and elsewhere.

Audi's contribution to Group B would spawn a road car, necessary for homologation, that is instantly recognizable by boxy shape and name: Quattro. Every all wheel drive Audi since has carried  a "Quattro" badge, but none have captured the mystique of the original. The blat of the turbo five cylinder engine is unmistakable, the fender flares highly outrageous, the awd grip tenacious to a fault. The looks of the Quattro tick all of my Mad Max Apocalypse Car boxes; square headlamps, angular proportions, two doors. The original Audi Quattro has long deserved a second coming.

And so it shall be, Audi announcing this week that its drop dead gorgeous Audi Quattro Concept will in fact make it to production. The fenders may have been toned down, but the essential ingredients remain. A blown, 408 bhp five-pot, mounted lengthwise and connected to that ever present AWD system. The car should weigh in under 3,000 lbs., like the original, and should be able to eclipse 60 mph in under four seconds. And it will look astounding when it does.


Subaru Impreza Brings Company's Confidence in Motion and New Boxer Powertrain to the Forefront

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 11:32AM | By: Chris Weiss


Subaru Impreza Brings Company's Confidence in Motion and New Boxer Powertrain to the Forefront test 1-1

Subaru teased its new Impreza Concept a few weeks ago, indicating at the time that the concept would debut its new "Confidence in Motion" philosophy. The automaker introduced the concept last week at the LA Auto Show and, in addition to adding some confidence to your motion, the model introduces Subaru's new 2.0-liter boxer powertrain, as well as points to the direction that Subaru will take with future models.


Will Volkswagen Bring Back the Legendary Microbus?

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 10:31AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Volkswagen Transporter Type 2--also commonly called the minibus or microbus-- is a remnant of a bygone era, an era when free love, anti-war and timeless music were all the rage. In fact, it's hard to think of the classic VW and not think of long-haired hippies, psychadelic drugs, tie dye and Woodstock.

According to reports, the VW Microbus will soon be part of a new era. Volkswagen Chief Designer Klaus Bischoff has confirmed that VW is working on a new version of its classic minibus. The news is far short of a full production confirmation, but it makes clear that VW is at least giving some careful thought to bringing back the legend.


 

Toyota and Tesla Unveil The RAV 4 EV At L.A. Auto Show

On: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 3:45PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Toyota and Tesla Unveil The RAV 4 EV At L.A. Auto Show test 1-1

In May of 2010, Tesla Motors and Toyota Motor Co. announced a $60 million project to partner up and revive Toyota’s electric vehicle project using Tesla’s battery and power electronics technology. Last week the two companies unveiled the new RAV-4 EV concept vehicle, touting its 100 mile driving range.

You may remember the original RAV-4 EV from 1997, which failed to move into the mainstream market. According to the Japanese automaker, there was not enough demand for electric vehicles back then. Now Toyota is hoping that with Tesla providing its renowned battery technology, and with the EV market growing, there will be more interest.


Cadillac Aera Wins LA Auto Show Design Challenge

On: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 10:14AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Capping off what must be one of the best weeks in GM history, Cadillac's design team took home the Design Challenge prize at the LA Auto Show. The team entered a polymer-skinned, mono-formed alloy frame concept known as the Aera.

The goal of the 7th annual Design Challenge was to create a vehicle that weighed no more than 1000 pounds and was able to transport four passengers comfortably and efficiently. GM joined more than half a dozen competitors that included Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Volvo. Cadillac actually tied with the Smart 454 for first place. Both vehicles met the requirements of the competition while truly exemplifying their brands.


Mercedes Hits Design Challenge LA With Three Futuristic 1000 Pounders

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 5:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The goal of this year's Design LA competition was to create a 1,000 lb. vehicle that could seat four comfortably and safely. For the first time, the competition extended beyond U.S. borders into Germany and Japan. Mercedes-Benz took the challenge seriously, offering three of the most distinctive concepts of the competition, including its radical Biome concept.


Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept Stretches The Word Luxury

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 4:49PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Surprisingly, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet isn't the biggest fugster in LA. We've come to realize that spot belongs to the Urban Luxury Concept from Cadillac. Taking nearly every intersting angle and curve out of the modern automobile, Cadillac presents a truly shapeless take on (luxurious?) urban commuting.


Nissan Ellure Unveiled at L.A. Auto Show

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 11:09AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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A world premiere sedan from Nissan at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Nissan Ellure Concept uses a 2.5-liter supercharged 4-cylinder engine with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control (one motor/two clutch design with lithium-ion battery), a 25 kW electric motor, matched with an Xtronic CVT and front-wheel drive. The Nissan Ellure Concept, being described in a recent press release as “engagingly seductive,” and “simple yet provocative,” uses an independent suspension, regenerative braking, and advanced drive-by-wire electric/hydraulic steering. So far, its performance statistics have not been released.


The Nissan Ellure To Be Unveiled At The L.A. Auto Show

On: Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 10:25AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The last major auto show of the year comes to Los Angeles this week, considered one of the most green car shows in the world. The 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show is the last stop for automakers to introduce their latest production cars.

Nissan has announced its participation at the 2010 Los Angeles auto show where it will unveil the new Nissan Ellure concept, one of three vehicles that the Japanese automaker plans to launch at this year’s L.A. Auto Show.


Sneak Peek of This Week's L.A. Auto Show

On: Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 11:47AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The 2010 L.A. International Auto Show is coming up this week; the glitz and glamour of Hollywood demands that the cars exhibited each year are the most ostentatious of each automaker’s line-up. Which models will automakers display this year? 2010 has been an exciting year, many new models have broken cover at different International Auto Shows. For details on some of the new cars and innovative features the automakers plan to unveil in the City of Angels, read on . . .