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Audi CEO confirms there won't be a Sport Quattro Concept production version

Sorry to say this to the Sport Quattro Concept fanatics. If you guys have been hoping for the production of this iconic concept to begin, prepare for your dreams to be quashed. Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport, has no interest in producing the said model. Although Winkelmann referred to it as a “nice dream,” he feels like there is so much more to take care of in the company, and that as of now, it is not his top priority. Instead, the Audi CEO is currently focusing on the company’s lineup.

In 2010, Audi initially launched the RS5 concept to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Quattro, as a contemporary version of the original Quattro sports coupe (first launched in 1980 at the Geneva Motor Show). This was followed by an update in 2013 when they presented the Sport Quattro with a hybrid 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 TFSI engine, boasting an output of 690 horsepower (515 kilowatts) and 590 pound-feet (800 NM) of torque, wearing a stunning yellow paint.

And just a year later at the 2014 Consumer Electronics show, the red Sport Quattro Laserlight concept made its debut, again with added features such as the laser-assisted matrix LED headlights. Unconfirmed reports say that a production version is in the plans and had long been expected to arrive after all these years of concepts being showcased.

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2016 Concept Car Design of The Year Award goes to Renault Trezor

After making its debut at the Paris Motor Show last year as a concept car, the Trezor by Renault managed to bring home the 2016 Concept Car Design Of The Year award. Winning against other great concepts such as the Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept, Volkswagen’s ID concept, and the Citroen CXperience concept. The all electric coupe presented an overall futuristic design with an impressive automated one-piece clamshell roof.

The Renault Trezor must offer something incredible as it has won over the approval of no less than twenty renowned car designers who stood as the panel of judges. Some of the judges were Peter Schreyer of Hyundai-Kia, Gordon Wagener of Daimler, Ralph Gilles of FCA and Mamoru Aoki of Nissan. They were also joined by the Nio and Lynk & Co design directors. Each of them had to choose their top three favourites amongst 12 concept cars that were shortlisted by the staff of Car Design News. And the decision was made after totaling all the votes. The award was given out to Anthony Lo, the Vice President of Exterior Design, along with Stephane Janin, Concept Car Director, at the fairly recent 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Showcasing itself with its diamond logo and a muscular body, with voluptuous front and rear fenders, the Trezor isn’t just about how it looks. At 4.7 meters long, and with a 2.7 meter wheelbase, its entire body is made out of carbon fiber, keeping it lightweight. Its shape was well thought of - as a result of extensive aerodynamic tweaks to minimize drag to only 0.22, for a much improved performance and efficiency. Combined with a power output of 350 horsepower and 280 pound-feet torque. It can definitely fire up to 62 miles per hour (100 kph) in four seconds flat. And as you can see in the debut video, the car glides very smoothly against the ground at a very fast rate. So smooth, it almost looks like it is floating off the ground.

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Hybrid Kinetic’s Pininfarina H600 Concept is about to enter production stage

Chinese electronic vehicle startup Hybrid Kinetic (formerly known as HK Motors), introduced the H600 Concept, designed by Pininfarina, earlier this month at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Carter Yeung, board member of the company announced that 85 to 90 percent of the concept model’s final design will be retained as it enters production soon. The firm declares that they are different compared to most Chinese companies who promise too much to the market, but don’t deliver. Instead, they will do the opposite and will provide as much as they could, or even more than what they have already promised.

And we are not just talking design when it comes to sticking to the concept, but also technical specifications. The H600 has a staggering 804 horsepower (600 kW), giving it enough power to run up to 62 miles per hour from standstill (0-100kph) in as short as 2.9 seconds, and eventually reaching its limit of 155 miles per hour (250 kph).

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Video: Top 5 concept cars from Porsche

For an automotive company that was founded 86 years ago, you would expect that it would have already developed several amazing concept cars throughout those years.

To settle the argument, Porsche decided to feature their top five concept cars in a short video.

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Back during the early of part of the year, Hyundai Motor Company became part of the Hydrogen Council which was officially launched during the 2017 Davos World Economic Forum. The goal of this group is to develop and commercialize cars that use fuel cells rather than fossil fuels.

For those who have long followed developments at Hyundai, this is not a surprise as the brand has been leading the pack in developing hydrogen vehicles for 20 years now. Back in 2013 for example, it released the ix35 Fuel Cell, also known in some markets as the Tucson Fuel Cell. It became the first ever hydrogen-powered car in the world to be mass produced. In fact, it is still on sale in 17 countries worldwide.

With this in mind, Hyundai unveiled during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show its latest offering in the field of hydrogen powered vehicles. Dubbed as the FE Fuel Cell Concept, the “FE” refers to “Future Eco” which reveals the pioneering technologies that match the environment-friendliness of this model. One of its main features is the internal air humidifier. This part recycles the water that is emitted by this model in order to have a cabin environment that offers more comfort.

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BMW’s Designworks division collaborates with John Deere to create “the backhoe of the future”. The concept was showcased at the recently held CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas. The German car manufacturer as we know continues to work on new innovations which also involves drastic new changes.

With the use of advanced technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, the backhoe concept has been developed with sustainable building materials including lightweight metal matrix exoskeleton.

Perhaps to suit the ever-changing needs in the industry, the backhoe of the future nevertheless comes with more lightweight and flexible design. Part of their objective is to cut down on the vehicle’s weight by 20%. This will make their concept significantly lighter as compared with the normal equipment we see around today.

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Just like the previous years, the Geneva Motor Show has been a host to various concept debuts. This year is not an exception. Joining the lineup is Aston Martin debuting its new AMR sub-brand, and along with it are two of its fiercest concepts – the Vantage AMR Pro and Rapide AMR. Before its big reveal, quite a handful of details on the AMR have been gathered first-hand from Aston’s Gaydon, UK headquarters.

Aston Martin Chief Designer Miles Nurnberger describes the AMR as a philosophy of the British automaker’s “way of racing”. Aston Martin Racing is focused on the automaker’s constant search for (racing) success while Aston Martin focuses on the aesthetics of its sports and supercars. AMR functions in a way that it combines these missions in order to produce “more extreme versions of Aston Martin’s core lineup.”

This constant race for supremacy goes back to the One-77, a perfect example of the collaboration between aesthetics and performance, featuring carbon fiber and saddle leather, an unusual mix of materials. It is a collision of different forces, but in a luxurious way. This idea has been further used on the CC100, GT8, GT12 and Vulcan, according to Nurnberger.

Read the entire article Aston Martin AMR brings Vantage and Rapide concepts to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

It shouldn’t be a surprise to you that most of us are talking about concept cars just a week after the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. In fact, some of you have probably heard of the Jaguar I-Pace, as it made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2016.

Just four months after it was first announced by Jaguar as its first electronic vehicle, the first ever I-Pace was already spotted hitting the streets of London. This time, in striking Photon Red paint. This one’s a head-turner. But don’t get too excited. The firm just decided to take its all-electric crossover out for a photo shoot. The I-Pace will be built in Austria and is targeted to be launched in the second half of 2018. That’s only about 15 months from now.

And why is this car doing a photo shoot in London? First off, it doesn’t look like Jaguar’s current model range. It’s chunkier and has a wider stance, and has got a low and sleek hatchback silhouette. It’s still beautiful nevertheless. But other than having a beautiful exterior design, the designers gave it a minimalistic cabin, for a change. Some say that the interior resembles that of the new Range Rover Velar, giving it a high-tech look.

Read the entire article Jaguar I-Pace Concept shows its Photon Red color on the streets of London

While it may take five more years before we can fully experience autonomous driving, the technology of electric vehicles is certainly way ahead. For that same reason, Skoda gears up for the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2017 this April.

After announcing the company’s electrification project, Skoda will finally bring out the EV concept for its official premiere. As stated by its CEO, Berhard Maier, the concept will show what Skoda’s electrical mobility will invariably appear. He added that the company is thrilled to “bring something new” at the Chinese expo.

The Vision S was initially revealed by Christian Strube, Skoda’s head for research and development. Although the concept is still stationed at company’s design headquarters, Skoda is more than ready to show it off next month at the exhibit.

Read the entire article Skoda EV concept already set for Auto Shanghai 2017

If you’re a pet lover with strong preference for our canine friends, then this newest concept vehicle from Japanese carmaker Nissan would be to your liking. In fact, a dog-lover would want Nissan to turn this concept into a production vehicle in the nearest time as possible.

Nissan is introducing the all-new Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs Concept, which has been designed according to the preferences of most dog owners in the United Kingdom. The X-Trail 4Dogs concept was basically an offshoot of a recent survey conducted by The Kennel Club -- the largest organization for promoting dog welfare in the UK – and covering more than 1,300 dog owners.

According to the survey, around 98.7 percent of the survey respondents use their vehicles to transport their dog with 88.7 percent of dog owners doing that at least once a week. Moreover, around 90.5 percent of dog owners transport their pets in the car when travelling for at least 10 minutes. These indicate how important a vehicle is when transporting dogs from one place to another.

Read the entire article Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs Concept is your pet's little mobile hotel

It would be a thrill to watch how this unfolds in 2030. Toyota rolls out with the new i-Tril Concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The Japanese carmaker’s futuristic electric three-seater concept envisioned for the next 10 years is designed for women ages 30 to 50 years old. How come?

By taking into consideration the very busy lifestyle of today’s moms, Toyota designers from Nice, France have thought about this i-Tril concept as a perfect mode of transport to complete the usual mommy routines ---especially for moms residing in a small town with two children.

Since major cities in Europe will no longer be the next focus as far as expansion projects go, more medium-sized city dwellers will benefit as they do prefer to move around using smaller alternative vehicles.

Read the entire article Catch Toyota i-Tril Concept at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Move over, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. TATA is making a great leap into the future. Indian car manufacturer introduces the new Tata Racemo sports car concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The two-seater sports car can pull out an impressive 0-62mph in shorter than 6 seconds.

In a way, the leading carmaker from India wishes to build a new image through this sub-brand. TAMO is the parent company’s answer to the new business models, partnerships as well as new technologies.

Though it remains a concept for now, Racemo is the first ever vehicle to be produced by Tamo, Tata’s experimental division. TATA’s sports car concept measures less than 4 meters or equivalent to 157 inches in length which is in-demand right now in the Indian market.

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As expected, a number of major carmakers are on full force in unveiling their new concept vehicles at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. Of course, these concepts are just show cars aimed at telling the public that the auto companies are cooking something good and interesting.

Usually, concepts preview upcoming models. Sometimes, they are just design or technology studies. At times, concepts are used to gauge the interest of a public on a certain model.

Whatever carmakers intend for their concepts, these show cars are usually a sight to behold. Here are five concepts that we think are noteworthy of mentioning.

Read the entire article Top 5 concept cars seen at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Saving lives is a very serious matter and there are many obstacles in the way. One of the primary frustrations is not being able to properly locate people who need to be rescued – ahead of time or on the site. The main reason for this is the lack of a proper view of the situation. After all, this is search and rescue, in which saving lives hinges on whether those who need to be rescued are found.

This newest and unique version of the Land Rover Discovery should help counter that frustration. Dubbed as the Land Rover Discovery Project Hero, this bespoke vehicle features a drone fitted with a camera, thereby allowing rescuers to view the surroundings their naked eyes couldn’t reach. Especially created by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) for the Austrian Red Cross, the Land Rover Discovery Project Hero is now being showcased at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

As it is, the Land Rover Discovery is already a capable SUV that is powerful and versatile enough to move people and equipment both on the streets and off the road. It should prove to be a great mobile unit for Red Cross emergency response teams who may need to go off the road to conduct search and rescue operations during landslides, floods, earthquakes and avalanches. But as a Project Hero -- based on the 3.0-liter TD6 version of the new Land Rover Discovery – it does more.

Read the entire article Drone-equipped Land Rover Discovery Project Hero is Austrian Red Cross’ search and rescue champion

For decades, people have been toying with the idea of cars being able to fly in the sky. There have been several concepts presented before, including cars with wings. Now at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, a new concept of a flying car is being presented by Italdesign and Airbus – the new Pop.Up modular system for air and ground transport.

The Pop-up Concept is a modular, fully electric zero emission concept that makes use of both ground and air travel, thereby helping relieve traffic congestion that has become one of the challenges in megacities. By offering the flexibility advantage of using both ground and air for moving from place to another, the Pop.up concept could become a user-focused mobility solution of the future.

Actually, the new Pop.Up concept is not just one vehicle – but is a combination of two vehicles covering two different routes (ground and air). Passengers will primarily be carried in a small two seater capsule carried by a ground module, with the availability of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) air unit. capsule comes in form of a high-tech, carbon-fiber monocoque. Measuring 2.6 meters in length, 1.5 meters in width and 1.4 meters in height, the capsule could be attached to the ground module for land travel, thereby becoming a city car. The capsule could also be attached to the air module for sky transport, thereby becoming a VTOL vehicle.

Read the entire article Italdesign and Airbus unveil Pop-Up air and ground transport concept at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

For the Volkswagen Group, the future of mobility will be automated driving and this is why at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, it has revealed its first ever self-driving car dubbed as the Sedric.

Not only will this be a self-driving model but it will have automated driving of Level 5, which is the highest stage when it comes to automation. In addition to being fully autonomous, this car is 100% connected and runs on pure electricity. With just the press of the OneButton, it can immediately move and then collect the passengers. Just to show how smart it is, it can independently perform all of the needed driving tasks. Being automated, it means there are no cockpit, pedals, or even, steering wheel.

Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller shared that the brand and Audi have been the pioneers when it comes to autonomous driving and the brand hopes to highlight this claim by having a more proactive role in forming the next evolutionary stage. He added that Volkswagen believes not only in the future of this technology but also of its long-term potential.

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This electric hatch could give conventional hot hatches on the market a good run for their money. In fact, it could even be the quickest hot hatch if it reaches production. French carmaker Renault is introducing the new Renault Zoe e-sport Concept, a show car that has taken too much electric steroids.

Unveiled at the ongoing 2017 Geneva Motor Show, new Renault Zoe E-Sport Concept is meant to highlight the French carmaker’s continued commitment to development of electric vehicles. The matter is that Renault has compressed its three years of overwhelming success in the FIA Formula E Championship – considered as the peak of electric car racing – into its Zoe supermini. From its electric powertrain to its lightweight body, the new Renault Zoe e-sport concept indeed is a personification of the carmaker’s Formula E technology.

The electric powertrain of the current Renault Zoe ZE with the 41 kWh battery pack is able to develop 66 kW (89 hp) of max output and 220 Nm (162 lb.-ft.) of instant torque – good enough to allow this mini hatch to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 13.5 seconds.

Read the entire article Renault unveils 460-hp Zoe e-sport Concept at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

At the most-awaited 2017 Geneva Motor Show, General Motors paraded a striking and track-ready Chevy Camaro with some promising upgrades, combining Camaro’s legendary street performance and enhanced track capability.

The concept rocked the show with its head-turning satin green paint finishing, V8 engine under its hood and a stance sitting 30 mm (1.2 inches) closer to the road. The Camaro Track Concept also boasts of an expanded engine range, transmission and differential coolers as well as leverages an upgraded FE4 suspension which is lowered by 30 mm for superior cornering capability. The FE4 suspension made it even swifter when driving past corners at higher speeds.

The Geneva showcar’s electronic limited-slip differential supports extra stability. It also operates Brembo performance brakes – six –piston monoblock aluminum front calipers with performance brake pads and two-piece 14.6-inch x 1.3-inch (370 mm x 34 mm) vented and slotted Duralife rotors for superior stopping power.

Read the entire article Chevy Camaro Track Concept presented at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

The H600 eco-sustainable luxury sedan developed by Pininfarina in cooperation with Hybrid Kinetic Group is now making its world debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

As Italian creators describe it, H600 has harmonious proportions, flowing surfaces, taut lines, and a clear-cut stripe that runs along the entire length of the sides and exalts the dynamic stance of the vehicle. It’s designed to target business people who seek precious materials, exclusive treatments, refined details, and who take satisfaction in perfection and elegance.

The car displays a stylish and muscular look and is dominated by the sloped roofline. H600 features a recognizable front fascia with a large radiator grille, bordered by smooth LED headlights. It can be said that the front end has been inspired by the existing Maserati products. Meanwhile, the back end comes with full-LED taillights and a double chrome strip, incorporated into the boot lid.

Read the entire article Travel farther on the Pininfarina H600 without worrying about charging

Who says GT class vehicles aren’t family friendly? Mercedes-Benz debunks this stereotype with the four-door Mercedes-AMG GT Concept hybrid.

A few days ago, Mercedes-Benz released the last teaser for its newest GT four-door sports car, leaving fans tingling in anticipation. At the official reveal at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, all eyes have been set on the newest addition of the Bavarian automaker’s growing GT family.

And take note that the AMG GT Concept is by far, the company’s most stunning effort in combining sedan utility and the curvaceous design of a coupe.

Read the entire article Mercedes-AMG GT Concept is a four-door coupe that redefines what it takes to become a performance car
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