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Categories: Concept Cars

Nissan Shows New Mobility Concept

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


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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.


Toyota Tacoma X-Runner RTR Racing Truck: Hauling Takes On More Than One Meaning

On: Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 9:39AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Toyota’s Tacoma X Runner RTR is a “ready to race” concept  pick-up that will be featured at the 2010 SEMA Show. A high performance vehicle that sprang from a “parts bin build with all but a few components currently available for Toyota products,” according to a recent Automotive News article. The supercharged 5.7-liter V-8 engine is able to pull the RTR from 0-60 in just 3.76 seconds which is remarkable for what Toyota calls an un-calibrated drag truck "that just came out of TRD’s garage," according to Toyota Press Room.

The Tacoma X-Runner RTR achieves its performance with a stock, current-generation Tundra 5.7-liter V8 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission and a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Supercharger Kit.  The engine has a whopping 504 horsepower and 550 lb.-ft. of torque and runs on premium gas rather than race fuel.


Pint-Sized Fiat Mio Concept Designed By Team of 17,000

On: Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 2:42PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Sao Paulo Auto Show isn't as world-renowned as the Paris and LA shows that it's sandwiched between, so there aren't many huge debuts coming out of Brazil. But Fiat did use the show to introduce a tiny subcompact that's not only an interesting concept but also an interesting concept in the auto design process.

The Mio concept was created with help from a team of no less than 17,000. Fiat opened the design process up to online collaborators who worked through the company's website to design the concept. Those contributors offered up some 10,000 different ideas about the overall design, components and materials, and input came from countries around the world. The inspiration behind the design was to create a car that emphasized futuristic mobility and sustainability.


Lotus Esprit Will Be The First of Paris Concepts To Production

On: Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 11:44AM | By: Chris Weiss


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At the Paris Motor Show last month, Lotus provided one of the big highlights of the show when it displayed five new concepts designed to outline its intended plans for the future. Of course, the most exciting one of those debuts was the new Lotus Esprit, a car that is much more powerful than past iterations of the Esprit. Lotus confirmed this week, that the Esprit is the first to-do item on its new agenda.

According to Autocar, Lotus insiders say that the company has focused all its attention squarely on Esprit development. The new Lotus halo car is the only one of Lotus Paris concepts to have undergone a significant amount of engineering. The model is being planned for a 2013 launch.


 

Honda To Introduce EV Concept and Hybrid Platform in LA

On: Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 4:20PM | By: Chris Weiss


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In addition to the concepts and electric vehicles detailed by the LA Auto Show last week, Honda will be bringing a brand new electric vehicle concept to the show. The automaker will also detail a new plug-in hybrid platform that will guide the future of Honda hybrids. Both initiatives will help to flesh out the future of green vehicles under CEO Takanobu Ito.


Citroen Metropolis Concept To Spin Off Into Whole Line For China

On: Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 9:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Peugeot Citroen in partnership with Changan Automobile Group of China plans to launch a new line of luxury cars positioned at German premiums in the Chinese market. While a French company, with no cars in the U.S. starting a line of automobiles in China isn't the type of thing that usually raises our eyebrows, this announcement is interesting because Citroen reps confirmed that the line will be based on the Metropolis concept and will remain quite true to the design of that concept.


Behind-The-Scenes of the Audi e-Tron Spyder

On: Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 1:39PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Audi e-tron Spyder debuted last month at the Paris Motor Show. The car featured rather a distinctive look defined by such elements as its wraparound, frameless windows. When it was first unveiled, the e-tron Spyder may have appeared as simple as chopping the top off the R4 e-tron concept from the Detroit Auto Show and adding some conceptual accents, but the process behind the concept was actually far more complex. Audi has released a behind-the-scenes look at the designing of the e-tron Spyder.


LA Auto Show Design Challenge: The 1,000 Pound Car

On: Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 9:29AM | By: Chris Weiss


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At the Paris Motor Show, Lamborghini made a big splash when it cut hundreds of pounds off a concept that it called the Sesto Elemento. Using all kinds of  stripping and composite construction, Lamborghini created a V10-powered concept that weighed just 2,200 lbs.

Now that the LA Auto Show is on the way, some automakers will be making an even bigger splash by showing designs that weigh less than half Lamborghini's Sesto Elemento. This year's Design Challenge at the show involves creating four-seat vehicles weighing no more than 1,000 lbs.


Subaru Puts WRX Motor In The New Forester

On: Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 2:43PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Subaru's turbocharged boxer four from the WRX is a modern day classic. Subaru has decided to combine the fun and power of that engine with practicality and utility in the form of a WRX-boxer-four-powered Forester. The company's Australian arm released a concept called the S-Edition for the Sydney-based Australian International Motor Show.

The new concept derives 260 horses and 256 lb-ft of torque from the WRX's turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer four. That's slightly down from the WRX's 265 output, but is nearly 40 hp over Subaru's current most powerful SUV: the Forester 2.5XT. That 250 lb-ft of torque is channeled to all four wheels via a five-speed paddle-shift transmission. Subaru hasn't commited to all the details on other performance modifications, but it has indicated the S-Edition gets sportier tuning in the all-wheel-drive and suspension departments. The all-wheel-drive will feature Variable Torque Distribution.


BMW and Porsche Plan New CUVs

On: Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 5:04PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It seems that BMW and Porsche are set to lock horns in another segment: the high-end CUV segment. Reports are indicating that both German automakers have concept CUVs planned for 2011 that will foreshadow production models. BMW will show an X4 concept, a sportier crossover model to complement the X3, and Porsche will show the Cajun, a smaller, nimbler Cayenne.

Speculated production for the X4 indicates a start-up somewhere between 2013 and 2014. The X4 is reportedly being designed specifically with U.S. customers in mind. It will share much of the powertrain and platform of the  X3, but BMW will aim to make the new model sportier in terms of styling. It will be a four-seater with four- and six-cylinder engine options upon launch. Shifting will be offered in six-speed manual, seven-speed dual-clutch and eight-speed automatic flavors. After the X4 launches, BMW will also launch a high-performance M version with a twin-turbo inline six and a seven-speed DCT dual-clutch transmission.

Over in Stuttgart, meanwhile, Porsche is currently developing the Cajun with a spring of 2012 production window in mind. Sure to ruffle a few feathers of Porsche traditionalists that despise models like the Cayenne and Panamera, the Cajun will basically be a smaller Cayenne. It will be based on the platform of the Audi Q5 and may get two doors instead of four to help differentiate it from both the Q5 and the Cayenne. The top trim level will be offered with a twin-turbo six cylinder. The hybrid powertrain from the Q5 is being considered as another option.


Jaguar Doing Production Evaluation On C-X75 Hybrid SuperCar

On: Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 3:55PM | By: Chris Weiss


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We fell in love with it the minute we saw it. Autoweek gave it the "Best of Show" for the Paris Motor Show. And I think every car journalist, fan, and show-goer has been quietly thinking the same thing: "Please, please, please consider producing the Jaguar C-X75." Porsche did it with the 918 Spyder Hybrid, so crossing fingers doesn't seem like an entirely futile effort, despite the official line that the C-X75 is a concept with no plans for production.

Well, it looks like Jaguar will follow in Porsche's lead in running a production feasibility study of the C-X75, as told to Autocar by anonymous sources. The company will consider the viability of producing between 1,000 and 2,000 models.