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Infiniti Inspired: Q Inspiration Concept Hints at Future Flagship

Q45 reborn?

by on Jan.03, 2018

Infiniti provides a rear view of the Q Inspiration Concept coming to the NAIAS this month.

Infiniti has a long history of teasing us with exotic concepts that eventually translate into slightly more sedate production vehicles. So, what to make of the inspiring new fastback prototype it plans to bring to the North American International Auto Show in mid-January.

Though the brand now uses “Q” to designate all of its passenger car models – and QX for its SUVs and CUVs — the name, Q Inspiration Concept, clearly suggests it is envisioned as the long-awaited successor to the original Q45 sedan that first put the brand on the map.

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“Experimenting with new proportions in a typically conservative segment, the Q Inspiration features a shorter hood and elongated body,” says Karim Habib, here delivering his first major concept car as the newly named Infiniti executive design director. “We aim to take the traditional sedan architecture to its next stage of evolution.”


VW Updates Atlas for Weekend Warriors

VW shows off an array of lifestyle options for new SUV.

by on Feb.08, 2017

The VW Atlas Weekend Edition replaces the old pop-up top with an expandable cargo box.

The new Volkswagen Atlas will significantly expand the options for VW fans when it rolls into showrooms this spring. And now, the German maker is showing off a possible special edition designed specifically for weekend warriors who want additional cargo and entertainment options.

Dubbed the Volkswagen Atlas Weekend Edition, the go-anywhere concept is making its debut at this week’s Chicago Auto Show. It highlights an array of options VW plans to offer for the three-row SUV. And it just might be hinting at a special edition model to come.

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The Atlas is the third ute in the maker’s line-up, a much-needed addition considering the dramatic changes reshaping the U.S. automotive market. SUVs and CUVs – along with pickups and vans – now account for nearly two-thirds of the new vehicle market, and the trend shows little signs of slowing down.


Shell Shows Off Green City Car Concept

Another revenue stream for company? Unlikely, but results impressive.

by on Apr.25, 2016

Gordon Murray, Shell Concept Car, Hidehito Ikebe and Bob Mainwaring show off Shell's concept car.

Gordon Murray, Shell Concept Car, Hidehito Ikebe and Bob Mainwaring show off Shell's concept car.

With gas prices so low, is it possible that Shell is looking for another revenue stream with the introduction of is city car concept that could deliver a 34% reduction in energy use over its lifetime?

Maybe it should after the results the current version put up.

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The three-seater car is co-engineered – the vehicle body, engine design and lubricants are all created together – using Gordon Murray Design’s patented iStream platform. The process saves on the energy required to manufacture the vehicle. Additionally, since it’s a lightweight city car, it uses a lot less gas. (more…)

Rinspeed Reveals Ʃtos Concept Ahead of Geneva

Autonomous concept features foldaway steering wheel, lounge-like cabin.

by on Feb.15, 2016

Rinspeed provided an early look at its new Ʃtos concept it plans to bring to the Geneva Motor Show.

We’ve seen some wild and wacky designs come out of the studios of Swiss automotive house Rinspeed over the year, vehicles like the MicroMax car/bus hybrid, and the Dock+Go “backpack on wheels.”

So, by comparison, Rinspeed’s latest concept seems almost tame, at least at first glance. The biggest challenge with getting our mind around the autonomous concept is how to pronounce its name, Ʃtos. No, your computer screen isn’t acting up. As anyone who spent time in a fraternity back in college might tell you, that’s the Greek letter sigma. But should we call this the Rinspeed “Sigma-tos”?

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However you choose to pronounce it, the concept coming to this year’s Geneva Motor Show is meant to address some of the issues raised by the emergence of the autonomous vehicles that many experts believe we’ll begin to see on public roads early in the coming decade. (more…)

SEMA Draws to a Close for 2015

New and old alike thrill showgoers.

by on Nov.06, 2015

More than 60,000 people attended this year's SEMA show featuring the best in customized vehicles.

The world’s premier confluence of horsepower, off-road capability and imagination can be summarized in four letters: SEMA. The Las Vegas-based show for customizers and tinkerers alike is drawing to a close for another year.

The show is so large it spills out into the parking lot and features not only the best aftermarket offerings from the automakers, but also the creative, mind-blowing takes of specialty companies that take the best of what makers produce and tweak, or in some cases completely remake them into completely new machines.

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Not only is the show floor laden with every type of vehicle imagined, but also it’s still a car show and that means awards. (more…)

Nissan Teatro for Dayz – a Car for People Who Don’t Like Cars?

“A multimedia device for share natives.”

by on Oct.29, 2015

Nissan's Teatro for Dayz concept is a multimedia device designed for share natives, according to CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Were it ever to go into production, we assume Nissan would have to think long and hard how and where to sell it: a traditional new car showroom or an Apple Store.

True, it has four wheels and four doors, but beyond that, the Nissan Teatro for Dayz concept doesn’t have all that much in common with a conventional automobile – perhaps because it seems aimed primarily at a young generation that is ambivalent, at best, about owning a car.

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Think of the Teatro for Dayz as “a multimedia device designed for share natives,” suggested Carlos Ghosn, the Japanese maker’s CEO, during a news conference at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. (more…)

Honda Previews New Hydrogen Car, Civic Type-R, Other Debuts Coming to Tokyo

Assortment of intros ranges from practical to decidedly wacky.

by on Sep.30, 2015

The new, turbo-powered Honda Type R coming to Tokyo will be the most powerful Civic ever.

Few automotive events cover more ground than the biennial Tokyo Motor Show, which has a history of introducing products ranging from the practical to the downright wacky. And if the Honda exhibit is any indication, the November gathering will live up to expectations.

Offering a few hints of what it has in store for Tokyo Motor Show-goers next month, Honda plans to pull the wraps off the next-generation Odyssey minivan, as well as a new version of its only recently launched hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. The exhibit will include sports and track models like the new Acura NSX and quirky 2&4 Concept, and will look at alternative mobility solutions with the Wander Stand and Wander Walker Concepts.

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The Tokyo show has, over the years, seen some pretty odd and exotic concepts designed to excite visitors – appropriately, in Japanese, translated into “waku waku.” That’s included past Honda models such as one that looked almost like a telephone booth on wheels.


A Production Buick Avenir? Sort Of

Buick previews updated LaCrosse, picking up exotic concept’s cues.

by on Sep.23, 2015

A teaser shot reveals the "Avenir-inspired" grille of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse.

Buick scored one of its rare, bit hits with the debut of the striking Avenir concept at the Detroit Auto Show last January. Ever since, there’s been plenty of buzz about whether the make might put that show car into production.

So, Buick is touching off another flurry as it offers up a carefully cropped teaser image of the next-generation LaCrosse sedan, set to debut at the L.A. Auto Show, suggesting it picks up “Avenir concept-inspired design cues.”

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“The Avenir concept shattered expectations of what a Buick could be and the 2017 LaCrosse promises to do the same,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “Its expressive design represents a break from convention and highlights the progressiveness in all new Buick models.”


Mazda Reveals New Design Direction with Koeru Concept

Automaker’s show car aims to “go beyond.”

by on Sep.17, 2015

Mazda's Koeru concept hints at the evolving direction of the maker's distinctive design language.

With its sweeping lines, blacked out B pillars and floating roof, the Mazda Koeru is one of the more distinctive concept vehicles to make its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It’s also one of the more likely to influence future design direction.

While they seldom actually go into production, Mazda has a long history of telegraphing its styling strategy through its concept vehicles, and the Koeru is the latest example. It picks up and builds upon the Japanese maker’s current Kodo design language.

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It wasn’t an accident that Mazda decided to go with a crossover body style for the new concept vehicle, after traditionally favoring coupes and sedans. Insiders say the first examples of where Koeru’s lines will reappear could be replacements for the Mazda CX-9 and CX-7 crossover vehicles.


Nissan Teases Mystery Car Before Frankfurt Show

But crossover likely to be next-generation Juke.

by on Sep.08, 2015

Nissan's show car teaser has kicked off plenty of speculation prior to the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Who is that masked man? Or so went the line from the old Lone Ranger TV show. Lately, the question might be, what is that masked car? There’s been plenty of speculation about the teaser image Nissan has released in advance of its news conference at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Unlike some manufacturers who have given us a clear sense of what to expect next week, Nissan has issued only a most cryptic comment, its news release asking, “”So can Nissan continue to innovate and move the bar higher? What if Nissan created a new way to feel driving excitement? The answer will come at the Frankfurt Motor Show.”

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Among the wilder theories, some are speculating this mystery vehicle might be an all-new replacement for the Nissan Z-Car. Considering the huge migration from passenger cars to utility vehicles, perhaps that might actually make a bit of sense. But the reality is likely a lot simpler.



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