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Look outside your window onto any crowded street or city sidewalk and you'll see throngs of disappointed adults. They may not show it on their faces at all times; they may even appear happy and jovial. But don't be fooled; they're disappointed deep down.
Thanks to cartoons and television programs like The Jetsons, these adults grew up with expectations of driving around skyways in flying vehicles. Not planes, but flying cars that could replace slower, more tedious ground driving. And, as of the year 2011, not so much as a single, multi-million-dollar flying car-for-the-stars exists.
Posted In: Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green, Special / Limited Edition, Technology
Tags: cars, flying cars, concepts, FAA, laws, regulation, car news, flyingcar, Terrafugia, car of the future
The Australian International Motor Show is typically just a tad too far 'down under' to play out like a Geneva or Paris in terms of scores of awesome concepts, supercars and new production models. But don't think there's no hot, new hardware coming out of Melbourne. The show is going on now, and to prove that there are some exciting dream cars on our favorite island continent, Ford Australia's tuning arm, Ford Performance Vehicles, debuted a fully black Mustang that it calls its "first-ever concept car."
Tags: Mustang, Ford, Australia Motor Show, GT, concepts, tunes, Ford Performance Vehicles
It appears the cat is out of the bag in terms of Aston Martin V12 Zagato production. According toAutocar, the Zagato was listed on the company's website last week, along with a little disclaimer: "Only a strictly limited run of road going cars will be built." So it looks like Aston is following through on its sexy concept.
Posted In: Concept Cars, Reports, Exotics
Tags: limited edition, Zagato, concepts, V12 Zagato, Aston, Aston Martin
Batman may be sticking with its Lambo roots, but another action movie franchise has decided to go a little greener in its auto buying. The new Mission Impossible installment will give Tom Cruise a new, green vehicular sidekick—the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics. Certainly chosen for its distinctive look and not entirely its hybrid powertrain, the car will definitely look good on the big screen.
Posted In: Car News, Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green
Tags: BMW, Vision EfficientDynamics, VED, concept cars, hybrids, Mission Impossible, movies
Could there be any denying that the previous Hyundai Sonata was heavily influenced by the Camry and Accord? No, I think we can all agree on that. While the old Sonata borrowed lots of influences from the aforementioned reigning champions, the latest Sonata was completely redesigned for the 2011 model year. Now with sharply styled interior and exterior, safety features, plus the added benefit of extreme fuel efficiency; the 2011 Hyundai Sonata comes into its own.
A couple weeks ago, we got a teaser look at an upcoming mid-engined Aston Martin one-off from Danish HBH (the company behind the Zenvo ST1). The car will basically be a Vantage V-12 with the engine pushed behind the seats. HBH hopes to have its car ready by next year, and in the meantime, we have what appears to be a mid-engined Aston Martin design study to give us a feel for what a little restructuring might look like.
Posted In: Concept Cars, Exotics
Tags: Aston Martin, AMV12, concepts, designs, design studies
I don't know whether I'd be excited or terrified if my father had handed me the keys to a Ferrari when taking me for my first on-road driving lesson. I can just imagine wrapping my sweaty, 16-year-old hands around that intimidating, controls-lined steering wheel, taking a big gulp and trying to get the courage to start up the rumbling V-8 engine. I suppose if it was at a point where I'd developed a little confidence, I would have loved it. Otherwise, it would have been a horrifying moment.
Posted In: Videos, Exotics
Tags: Ferrari, 458, 458 Italia, videos, funny, car news driving, learner permit
I recently stumbled upon an article from a San Antonio-based newspaper which claimed that electric vehicles could never be commercially viable until range length could be improved. More specifically, the author had trouble making his daily commute to work in a Nissan Leaf. Although not every state has the same breath of roadways, EVs in general really need to reach beyond 100 or 200 miles before the average US consumer is willing to make the switch from gasoline to electric and give the boot to range anxiety. It’s already scary enough not hearing the rumbling and roaring of a V8 beneath the hood. Losing precious miles, in addition to throaty exhaust, makes an unlikely success out of the emerging EV market. However, range concerns are being dealt a swift kick to the vitals with Europe’s newest EV innovation—the switchable battery station.
Posted In: Car News, Technology, Videos
Tags: Better, Place, Europe, Europe's, First, EV, electric, car, vehicle, battery, switch, station, green
RM Auctions—the firm that brought you the megamillion-dollar Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este sale in Como, Italy I covered in an earlier feature—is bringing its show stateside as part of the festivities surrounding the newly-renamed "Concours d’Elegance of America" being held at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI, at the end of July.
The Concours—formerly known only as the “Concours d'Elegance” and held for years at the historic Meadowbrook Hall in Rochester, MI—expanded in both physical size and overall aspirations, leading to the switch in name and venue, though not necessarily in that order.
Now there’s not only a spacious former Catholic seminary within which the auction and certain show events can be held, but a neighboring 27-hole golf course upon which the “33rd Annual Concours d’Elegance of America” can sprawl on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. [Admission is $25, including parking, shuttle and program book, in case you were wondering.]
But back to the auction.
Posted In: Auctions, Auto Shows, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: RM, auction, car news, automotive, century club, St. John, Meadowbrook Hall, Rochester, MI
If you thought "Nova"—which Spanish-speakers could read as "no va" or "doesn't go"—was an interesting unintended translation, wait until Volvo finds out what the acronym for its proposed “performance division” means here in the U.S.A.
Yes, if what many (other) sources are saying is true, Polestar wants future performance Volvos to “get wet” on the “sherm”, as the proposed “Performance Concept Prototype” badges will naturally be abbreviated to read “PCP.”
Yes, the fastest Volvos will wear logos that recall what 60 Minutes and People magazine called the “number one” drug problem in the United States in 1978. I’m not sure why the beloved—by me at least—Swedish automaker is apparently dropping its perfectly-good “R” appellation, but as “crack cocaine” and “methamphetamine” were taken, I can see why they landed on the name they did.
Posted In: Car News, Concept Cars, Rumors, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Volvo, racing, concept cars, car news, Polestar, C30, performance, prototype, PCP
You know what you see way too much of in parking garages? Boring, white, small and mid-sized cars parked neatly, row by row. You know what you don't see nearly enough of in parking garages? Empty spaces during key times, for one, but also Mercedes-McLaren SLR's hitting nearly 100 on the speedometer. And if you don't see enough standard SLRs doing that, you certainly don't see enough one-of-four Brabus-tuned SLR Roadsters doing it.
Here's your chance to turn the tides.
Posted In: Miscellaneous, Videos, Exotics
Tags: McLaren, SLR, Brabus, McLaren, videos, speed, joy-ride, fun, parking garage, exotic, supercars