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Categories: Concept Cars

The Hungarian Prototype That Can Split Into 2 Cars

On: Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 11:24AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


The Hungarian Prototype That Can Split Into 2 Cars  test 1-1

You may have heard of the Yugo from Central Europe it was known as “the worst car in the world.”  Many people think of the Yugo when automakers from countries such as Hungary come to mind, but things have changed recently and some European car enthusiasts are supporting the design of new environmentally clean vehicles manufactured in their own country.

One example is the car manufacturer named Antro in Hungary that has been developing a brand new concept in a prototype with financial backing from local sponsors. The company has invested 1.5 million Euros in designing a prototype of a car that can split into two smaller vehicles. The car is called the Antro Solo and plans are being developed to bring it to market by the year 2012.

The Solo incorporates a Hybrid drive system, it has a very sleek looking design with a center driver’s seat, doors that pivot, and a roof loaded with solar panels. It definitely looks like something in a futuristic movie setting.


The New Sixth-Generation Volkswagen Jetta

On: Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 9:40AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


The New Sixth-Generation Volkswagen Jetta test 1-1

Volkswagen is preparing the launch of the new sixth-generation, 2011 Jetta, which is promised to be a more conservative redesign. Rumors have it that Volkswagen may also be considering a Jetta R model, which could appear as a sedan or a new coupe body style (seemingly the NCC incarnate transformed to the sixth-generation Jetta), which would be longer, leaner, and less expensive than its  predecessor and, for the first time, does NOT resemble the Golf.


Mercury To Officially Shut Down In Fourth Quarter

On: Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 11:10AM | By: John Welch


Mercury Marauder Convertible Concept test 2

Ding Dong, The Flying Shoes Guy Is Dead. He wasn't necessarily 'wicked', but he was very old. Seventy-one, to be exact.

Mercury production will end in the fourth quarter of 2010, putting an end to yet another erroneous American auto brand. The final decision to kill Mercury was made this week and approved by Ford's board yesterday, said Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas. Ending Mercury production has been a topic of board discussions for some time now, but the final decision was made during Ford's annual spring business and product review. According to Fields, most Mercury customers cross-shop Ford products, and there is no reason to continue allowing divisions to cannibalize each other’s sales. This concept follows the industry trend; Buicks are currently being marketed to me, not my grandfather. The industry is attempting to reinvent itself, and Mercury doesn't fit into Ford's reinvention. "This allows us to put 100 percent of our resources into Ford and Lincoln," Fields said.

Ed Tonkin, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, made it clear that Mercury will be missed. "It's a sad day," said Tonkin, who also commented on the NADA's Mercury-Death stance. “Ford also needs to move quickly to take into account the millions of dollars that dealers have invested in facilities, equipment, personnel and training. They deserve fair compensation.”

“The NADA's concern is that Ford treats each of its Mercury dealers fairly and equitably,” he said, “especially the 276 of whom sell Lincoln and Mercury exclusively.”

Fields is way ahead of ya there, Mr. Tonkin. Ford will offer special incentives to move Mercury vehicles this summer. Fields says he expects most of the Mercury inventory to be sold off by the end of this year.

And just in case we weren't already convinced that there is competent leadership working in Dearborn, there is this little tid-bit: there will be no job cuts resulting from the demise of Mercury. Ford will redeploy any Mercury personnel to the Lincoln brand.


The Saab 92 Could be Coming Back Soon (as Well as a Newer 9-3 Model)

On: Mon, May 31, 2010 at 12:12AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar


Saab 92 Concept test 2

There have been lots of people who have been wondering about the future of Saab as of lately. This is for good reason too. After the fall of the Big Three automakers and GM's selling of their stakes in Saab to a European company, many owners were a bit concerned. I would have been too, because a new owner (of Saab) could change the entire spectrum.

Saab could alter vehicle warranties or make the availability of parts scarce; but such is not the case my friends, rather quite the opposite. The outlook for the carmaker is as bright as the sun, and looking better each day. Saab has a brand new concept car that is in the works, dubbed the 9-3, and the revival of the coveted Saab 92, that is sure to entice car buyers the world afar.

In a report that was recently published by Motor Trend, the founder of Spyker (who now owns Saab), Victor Muller, offered some insight into the revival of the ever so coveted Saab 92 series of cars, stating, “The Saab 92 is definitely the missing link in the portfolio of Saab cars. And this is clearly what we want to bring to the market, really soon.”


 

The BMW Vision Effficient Dynamics Plug-in Hybrid

On: Tue, May 11, 2010 at 8:13AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Vision Concept test 2

The BMW Vision concept car clearly demonstrates that the Efficient Dynamics are fully compatible even when adapted to a sports car. This 2+2-seater with plug-in full-hybrid technology, combines the performance of a BMW “M” vehicle with a standard of fuel efficiency that, by far, exceeds other hybrids. This outstanding result is made possible by the combination of BMW ActiveHybrid components with an extremely economical combustion engine, and cutting edge aerodynamic qualities.


Volkswagen Will Launch New Plug-In

On: Fri, May 7, 2010 at 10:33AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Volkswagen Will Launch New Plug-In test 1-1

In keeping with German government’s goal to produce 1 million electric vehicles by the year 2020, Volkswagen approved a new plug-in electric version of the Golf Hatchback, scheduled to go on sale in the United States in 2013. The new Golf Blue E-Motion EV will join the future launch of the electric Jetta, Passat, and the Up Blue E-Motion electric city car. The Golf Blue E-Motion will be the higher-end electric vehicle, weighing in at a little over 3,400 lbs (600 lbs heavier than the current model Golf 1.6 TDI Blue Motion). 


The Aston Martin Cygnet: A Whole New Animal!

On: Thu, May 6, 2010 at 3:05PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


The Aston Martin Cygnet: A Whole New Animal! test 1-1

The new Aston Martin Cygnet is an innovative concept car that debuted at the Geneva car show this year, not only because of its small size (just over 11 feet long, smaller than the Yaris, and based on the Toyota IQ), but the luxury commuter will be available in a wide array of colors, including several animal prints. So whether you are into tiger stripes,zebra, or leopard print, or any other color combination imaginable, the Cygnet can accommodate your request.


According to an Aston Martin spokesperson, “Because the Cygnet is finished by hand, and not mass produced, in no other car in this segment can you exercise such a degree of personalization.”


The Opel Flextreme Diesel

On: Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 10:08AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Opel Flextreme Diesel test 2

The European version of GM's electric plug-in hybrid (the Volt) recently premiered at the Frankfort Auto Show. The Flextreme is a divergent model, adapted to the European market where the gasoline combustion engine was replaced by a 1.3 liter turbo diesel engine. The new E-Flex design uses electric drive to propel the vehicle, with rechargeable batteries that can be plugged into an electric grid. Rather than combining an internal combustion powertrain and electric drive to power the vehicle as traditional hybrid engines do, E-Flex is driven exclusively on electricity and the diesel fueled engine is utilized to provide energy that will power a generator in order to produce electricity for the electric drive. Subsequently, the engine is smaller and can operate more efficiently.


The Best Cruiser Never Built

On: Sat, Jan 16, 2010 at 6:57PM | By: Clay Ritchings


Vincent Black Eagle test 2

No one can argue the significant history of the prized Vincent Motorcycles, if fact all modern super bikes can trace their roots to the Vincent Black Shadow. The Vincents history is long and well documented in books and all over the internet. If it’s a history lesson you are looking for, well just click away now for there are far more qualified writers to cover that all over the web including many owners clubs across the globe. In fact the Vincent Owners Club is the largest single-brand motorcycle club in the world. Vincent’s are among the most desirable of motorcycling classics. A Black Lightning, in immaculate condition, can bring $125,000. What you will find here is the brief story of the rebirth of a modern legend.


BMW M3 Test At The Nurburing; New CSL?

On: Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 1:43PM | By: John Welch


BMW M3 Test At The Nurburing; New CSL? test 1-1

Car companies currently have an unhealthy obsession with the Nurburing. Everything from Trailblazers to GTRs are tested there, and now manufacturers are dueling for the fastest 'production car' laptime. It's a drug, that dern Nurburing, and the auto industry is selling their VCRs and golf clubs just to get a taste.

What about companies who are ahead of the curve? Companies who have been testing at the Nurburing for thirty years? Companies like BMW . . . oh, they still test on the Nurburing, and photo-spys were able to capture their most recent visit to the "GreenHell" . . .


Volvo V70 Plug-In: Seriously? A Useful Hybrid?!

On: Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 2:56PM | By: John Welch


Volvo V70 Plug-In: Seriously? A Useful Hybrid?! test 1-1

Yeah, yeah, we all know your Prius is just sooo kewl. We are super jealous, really. How could I possibly live without a car that has no room, is made out of crappy plastic and nickel, and costs north of 30 large? The media says I cannot, nay, must not drive a car that receives its locomotion from dead dinosaurs alone, and the media is always right; right?

If we all just have to drive hybrids, how difficult could it be to come up with one that has enough room for a family yet can still attain an impressive mpg rating? The Chevy Tahoe Hybrid and all of its offspring don't really count; 25 mpg isn't that impressive anymore. Volvo has the answer in the form of the stately V70 Two-Mode Plug-In Hybrid. And I thought Japanese sports cars had convoluted names . . .