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Categories: Concept Cars

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

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


2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible test 2

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 . . .


Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Approved For Production, To Cost $3.5 Million

On: Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 4:59PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Approved For Production, To Cost $3.5 Million test 1-1

When we finally laid eyes on the Sesto Elemento after weeks of teasing from Lamborghini, it was a moment of duality. On the one hand, we were excited and awed by Lamborghini's striking concept and by the fact of simply getting to see it after such an intense teaser compaign. On the other hand, it was one of those concepts that made our hearts drop for the fact that it was just that: a concept with no foreseeable likelihood of production. A very dynamic, intriguing concept to be sure, but just a concept.

Today that initial duality has merged into one clear feeling of jubilation. At least for the moment. A report out of French automotive site AutoMotos last week brings news that Lamborghini has approved the Sesto for production. Don't get too excited just yet, though; there will be a maximum of 10 units and each will cost more than a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.


BMW Confirms Vision EfficientDynamics-Inspired Plug-In Sports Car

On: Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 3:47PM | By: Chris Weiss


BMW Confirms Vision EfficientDynamics-Inspired Plug-In Sports Car test 1-1

The Vision EfficientDynamics seen at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show is officially go. Well, kind of. BMW confirmed today that it will be producing a plug-in hybrid sports car, and while it will be based on that model, we're not expecting to see some of the most intriguing aspects of the concept, like the glass doors and blue, white and black motif.


The NASCAR Camry Coupe V8 at SEMA

On: Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 10:36AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


The NASCAR Camry Coupe V8 at SEMA  test 1-1

The owner of RK Collection and co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, Rob Kauffman, has teamed up with Toyota Racing development to produce a street-legal, NASCAR-inspired high-performance Camry.

Among many new concepts unvieled at SEMA last week, one of the most interesting cars is the Toyota NASCAR Camry V8 Coupe. The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. The SEMA show is not open to the public, It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries. The Camry at this year’s SEMA was not your ordinary sedan by any means; the special two-door Toyota Camry NASCAR Edition was produced by RKC in collaboration with Toyota Racing Development (TRD).


 

Once Again, We Do blogaboutthis.com: BMW Confirms Production For VED Concept

On: Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 12:50PM | By: John Welch


Once Again, We Do blogaboutthis.com: BMW Confirms Production For VED Concept test 1-1

Back in September we came across dontblogabouthis.com, a URL purchased by everyone's favorite Bavarian car company, BMW. The website was populated with weird posts regarding what appeared to be a BMW 6 Series coupe. Some things didn't add up. The car has a single exhaust pipe and really skinny tires. The body work was of course ill-fitting and featured enormous fender flares. Strange, to say the least.

BMW did want us to blogaboutthat, and they placed two eerily vague videos featuring this . . . whateveritis car zipping in and out of focus, though never actually being in focus. We were intrigued, naturally. BMW has produced some extremely interesting concept cars in the last few, post-Bangle years, though their actual cars have gotten pudgy and staid. I didn't like the goofy trunklid that came with Bangle-butt; I don't like a 5-Series riding on a 7-Series platform either.

So, now it is official, the mystery coupe is, in fact, a production varient of the Vision Efficient Dynamics concept. This car is a looker for sure, but it also brings some interesting techno-zaniness to the Fisker luncheon. Prius-pounding economy? Check. WRX-whipping acceleration? Check. Doors that out-SLS the SLS? Check. Dueling hybrid powertrains, plug-in capability, and full electric operation? Check, check, and Check.


Toyota Drops the Ultimate Swagger Wagon at SEMA

On: Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 10:19AM | By: Chris Weiss


Toyota Drops the Ultimate Swagger Wagon at SEMA  test 1-1

Toyota has been striving to bring back one of the most mocked cliches of the late 20th century: the minivan. Like it or not (not), we're all too familiar with the rhyme-spitting, image-obsessed Sienna family of Swagger Wagon fame. Toyota's family of four has been trying to make its Sienna minivan cool for a while now.

This week, Toyota pulled out some bigger tricks in its mission to give some street cred to the Sienna mini. They basically threw out the "mini," exaggerated the utility of the minivan beyond belief and destroyed any practicality that this particular mode of transportation has. What is left is known as the Swagger Wagon Supreme.


GM Products Prominent At SEMA, Pt. 1

On: Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 4:18PM | By: John Welch


Chevrolet Corvette Jake Edition test 2

General Motors is on a rebound, of sorts, and the proof is in the SEMA pudding. Besides aftermarket tuners going absolutely bat-ess on the ubiquitous Camaro, GM itself offered up a few (more like a "bunch") of performance enhanced Chevrolets, covering every aspect of the market from tacked-on appearance upgrades to full-bore track mods designed to transform the Camaro and Corvette into asphalt devouring track beasts ala the Dodge Viper ACR-X. The General's front drive line up wasn't left out of the fun; GM introduced its new Z-Line series of visual and aerodynamic enhancements for the Volt, Cruze, and Spark commuter boxes.

The aftermarket spit out more than a couple modified GM vehicles, but by far the most intriguing came from our friends over at Hurst Performance. Allow me to pontificate for a moment regarding the base engines offered in modern "Muscle Cars". The key word is "modern" here. Though a V8-powered Camaro or Mustang is physically faster, in a straight line, than its V6-powered counterpart, when the going gets twisty the dynamic responses of the smaller-engined cars are superior. Even with cheaper/smaller/less grippy rolling stock. The designers of these machines are able to position the V6 engines with more freedom than the V8s, because of their smaller size and mass. A V6 can be crammed right up against the firewall of a car, keeping as much of the weight of the engine behind the shock towers as is mechanically possible. This translates to better weight distribution, which in turn translates to better handling.

What if the power output of these V6s were to match or exceed that of the throaty V8s? Hurst asked themselves that question and then got to work. We will tell you all about it tomorrow. First, the General has some presents for you . . .


Commercial To Concept: Kia Soul Hamstar

On: Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 9:18AM | By: Chris Weiss


Commercial To Concept: Kia Soul Hamstar  test 1-1

Usually a new car begets a commercial, not the other way around. But in the case of a new Kia SEMA concept, the Korean automaker pulls inspiration from its commercials for a modified Soul. The Hamstar debuted this week in Las Vegas.

At this point everyone's seen at least one version of Kia's hamsters. Those cute little urbanized rodents that drive around in their Kia pumping bass like white suburban teenagers with a chip on their shoulder. Kia seems to have the right idea with those commercials: regardless of our views on the Soul, we certainly love hamsters more than the annoying Sienna family or "earnest" GM executives that appear in other automaker commercials.


Subaru Teases Concept For LA Auto Show

On: Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 4:24PM | By: Chris Weiss


Subaru Teases Concept For LA Auto Show test 1-1

There are still a handful of concepts promised but not detailed by the LA Auto Show last month. This week, Subaru announced that one of those concepts will hail from its stables and will be used to demonstrate a new philosophy to appear across future vehicles. The concept appears to be a rather sporty, muscular coupe and is designed to exude "Confidence in Motion." That sounds to me like the type of meaningless auto babble that only makes sense to Subaru's marketing team and maybe a handful of engineers. I mean, what car isn't supposed to incorporate some type of "confidence in motion." Driving would be pretty scary if the manufacturer that made your car had no confidence in your motion . . .


Volkswagen Working On BlueSport Convertible For 2013 Debut

On: Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 4:12PM | By: Chris Weiss


Volkswagen Working On BlueSport Convertible For 2013 Debut test 1-1

Like the Porsche Boxster, but don't quite have the money to justify a $50,000 roadster? Porsche's daddy Volkswagen is working on just what you crave. The BlueSport roadster was originally launched as a concept in 2009, and word is that the German automaker plans to debut the production version in 2013. Development is underway.

Debuted at the 2009 North American International Auto Show, the BlueSport bore some definite resemblance to the Boxster, but lost the overdone Porsche headlights in favor of a more angular pair similar to those seen on the Jetta, only sharper and more narrow. Smaller than the Boxster, the BlueSport measured in at 13 feet (the Boxster is over 14) with a 96-inch wheelbase.


Nissan Shows New Mobility Concept

On: Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 10:06AM | By: Chris Weiss


Nissan Shows New Mobility Concept test 1-1

Exploring the ground between the subcompact and personal mobility devices like the Segway has been a popular course of action lately. The latest example is this mobility concept from Nissan, a vehicle which it unveiled this week. In a clear case of the engineering department wearing out all its creativity on the concept itself, Nissan chose the name "New Mobility Concept" for the tiny urban car.

Like the Renault Twizy, which was shown in full production garb at the Paris Motor Show, the New Mobility Concept is powered by a small, 15-kW electric motor. The two-seat, zero-emissions concept can reach speeds of up to 47 mph and distances up to 60 miles per charge. Unlike the Twizy, there are no current production plans for the NMC, and Nissan is using it more as an exploratory vehicle. The company mentioned a "seamless mobility service" use, which would have the NMC vehicles linking urban drivers with public transportation in order to cut down on traffic and pollution.