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Before the end of April, Lexus filed for a trademark with the name “LS-FC Concept” that’s for use on “automobiles and structural parts thereof”.
Does this mean that we will finally see the rumored hydrogen-fueled LS model? It has been years since the rumour started. We had learned that an LS model is soon to make its debut after the launch of the LF-FC concept, which was supposed to be a preview of the next-generation LS.
If the rumours are true, then the LS would use a variant of the Toyota Mirai powertrain, with an all-wheel drive that has four separate electric motors powering each corner. The company hasn’t been sharing details regarding this issue just yet.Read the entire article Lexus trademark filing gives us hints of what the future LS will be like
Jaguar won in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with its renowned XJR-12 race car in 1990. After 3 years, the team decided to send 3 XJ220s, but these were not as successful as the previous ones. Truth be told, the British marque has not been a top performer in the track in more than 20 years. Now one designer is adding his personal touch to the race car hoping that his concept will be of help.
The original Jaguar XJ220 is a 2-seater supercar that was produced in joint efforts with specialist automotive and race engineering company Tom Walkinshaw Racing. The classic XJ220 was considered the fastest production car from 1992 to 1993.
Now a new concept has been found, labelled as the Jaguar SS-107. The render is the brainchild of Serdar Soyal, hailing from Turkey. Soyal is the Senior Designer and Industrial Design Team Leader of the transportation design studio Soyal Creative. He came up with the render of the futuristic XJ220 as part of this year's Michelin Design Challenge.Read the entire article Turkish render is of a futuristic Jaguar XJ220 dubbed SS-107 for Le Mans
A tweet from Renault has suddenly put the focus on its Zoe E-Sport Concept. Unveiled during the recently concluded 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the brand said that this concept car was able to go from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds.
Just how fast is that? Consider the fact that the Formula E car can go from standstill to 60 mph is exactly 3 seconds. Though there is a fractional difference, it is safe to say that if the figures are true, the Zoe E-Sport Concept does have a quicker acceleration.
When first presented during the Geneva Auto Show, the Zoe E-Sport was a small sports car powered solely with electricity and features an all-wheel drive. The wide body is composed of carbon fiber and it is placed on top of the alloy 20-inch wheels. In order to help lower the weight, the rear seats were removed with carbon fiber being combined with Kevlar. Thus even if the battery pack does weigh 992 lbs. (450 kg), the whole vehicle comes in at 3,086 lbs. (1,400 kg).Read the entire article Renault Zoe E-Sport Concept has quicker acceleration than a Formula E car
Another automotive designer has once again made a great effort to stand out in this ever-changing motoring world. Like always, rendering artists typically get their inspirations from the most infrequently tapped sources--- as we can see with this latest interpretation of an Alfa Romeo supercar.
It was roughly a couple of months back when we featured Alex Imnadze’s surreal Apple Eve Concept. The Italian artist has also penned his own version of the Porsche 918 Spyder only recently. If any, Imnadze’s stunning creation brings about a brand new perspective, while keeping the vehicle’s traditional “performance characteristics” an integral part of his modern interpretation.
Imnadze’s concept, which goes by the name Alfa Romeo 6C Disco Volante, has a good starting point unbeknownst to all. First, the automotive designer derived its genes from two famous bloodlines-- the 1952 Disco Volante by Touring Superleggera and the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 sports car that took off in Milan in 1925. Nevertheless, Imnadze came out with such an impressive interpretation of the two legends— by making it into one spectacular masterpiece.Read the entire article Stunning Alfa Romeo 6C Disco Volante Concept rendered
Imagine a sports car morphing into an SUV. Chevrolet initially revealed the FNR Concept at the previous Shanghai Auto Show in 2015. For this year, Chevy once again graces the Shanghai exhibit stands with the FNR-X, a more workable version of concept model it first brought to China two years ago. For one, the FNR-X could be the Lexus NX and Toyota C-HR’s next new rival. Dubbed as an all-purpose sports concept vehicle, the FNR actually stands for “Find New Roads”, the company’s tagline while the X simply means it’s a crossover.
Outside, the FNR crossover’s front end resembles a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Like most Chevys, the rest of the profile appears to have a floating roof design with a high waistline to match. The rear section on the other hand bears similarities with a Toyota C-HR while the rest of the features remind us of the rear end of a Camaro.
Chevy however hasn't disclosed all the details especially when it comes to the engine specs. From what we know, the FNR-X will be featured as a plugin hybrid setup complete with the latest semi-autonomous all-terrain driver assistance technologies. Interestingly, the amazing new concept was designed and developed by GM together with Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center and SAIC Motor-- just like the first version it has showcased at the same event.Read the entire article Chevrolet FNR-X Concept debuts with much fanfare at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show
Toyota hopes to target a new market with a new crossover concept dubbed as the Toyota FT-4X. The company says that this car is perfect for those who love to be outdoors, but not necessarily hardcore off-roaders.
The FT-4X, at first glance would remind you of the FJ cruiser, with their similar body type and paint job, except this one has more utilitarian touches. This was designed by the people behind Toyota’s Calty Design Research center, with inspirations from Land Cruiser’s FJ40 and pickups - with the aim to appeal to people with a growing urge to escape.
Future Toyota Four-Wheel Drive Crossover is what FT-4X really stands for. The designers think of this concept as a hybrid, considering the fact that it is small enough to fit an urban environment. At the same time, it has the ability to go off-road for an off the pavement drive. During the development phase, the FT-4X was guided by a philosophy of “rugged charm”. Five attributes were in mind: design simplicity, inherent capability, durability, lineage, and charm, which the FT-4X does embody.Read the entire article Toyota FT-4X Concept is one functional crossover
When we were little boys and girls, we would imagine we were flying or riding on a magical broom or even a flying car. Flying has always tickled our imaginations, broadening our perspective of what could be the future of the automotive world. Movies such as the Harry Potter series (the Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia 105E), Star Wars (Luke Skywalker’s Landspeedster), and The Fifth Element (Bruce Willis’ flying taxi) have shown us how convenient it is to fly around in a flying car. Sure enough, flying is more convenient than being on the ground – what with having to deal with traffic, potholes, rude drivers, unruly pedestrians, and what not.
A small advanced engineering company based in Slovakia, called AeroMobil, is one of the few manufacturers that are constantly developing ways on how to make a car fly. Technology has been growing fast, and as hard to believe as it may sound at the moment, companies such as AeroMobil are taking a big leap into the future. For the past few years, this Slovakian firm has developed several unique concepts; none of which have crossed over for production. But all these may change soon enough as AeroMobil is out with yet another new flying car concept that will be unveiled at the Top Marques show in Monaco, which starts on April 20, 2017.
Although there is only a limited amount of information about this soon-to-be true-to-life science fiction based vehicle, there are a few promises that AeroMobil will make for the said vehicle. The new flying car concept is a new and improved version of the 3.0 concept that was first unveiled in 2014. According to AeroMobil, it will receive “hundreds of improvements” that will touch both design and engineering. Two photos of its new flying car concept have been revealed at a press release, which confirms speculations that the car will share various characteristics with the 3.0 concept, but of course, offer a much better (and updated) design.Read the entire article World’s first commercially available flying car will be unveiled by AeroMobil in Monaco
Chinese automaker Chery did not leave a good impression last time they were in Australia - due to its cheap design. But this year, Chery showcases its new Tiggo Sport Coupe Concept to compete against Toyota’s C-HR and the Nissan Juke in the crossover range, at the most recent Auto Shanghai. This time, the automaker gave a more sophisticated and modern design for the coupe crossover.
The Tiggo Sport Coupe was designed with LED headlights that are connected by a long strip that stretches across the front end, incorporating the logo, between the hood and the grille. Just below it is a black mesh grille that goes hand in hand with the teardrop-shaped side air intakes, giving it a sporty look. Tow hooks can also be found on the lower part of the facia. This crossover also features rear-view cameras on both sides.
Mirroring the face of the crossover, the rear also has a horizontal strip of LEDs that stretches from one side to another, again connecting the taillights. Just like the front end, the rear comes with a pair of tow hooks on its bumper and the same teardrop shaped outlets at each corner. Suicide rear doors are also present for easier access to the passenger compartment.Read the entire article Chery Tiggo Sport Coupe Concept is out to impress video game lovers
MG surprises us at the 2017 Auto Shanghai with its brand new concept: the E-Motion. This electric grand tourer is comparable to the likes of the hybrid models from Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, and Aston Martin. The automaker goes back to its sports car roots with this concept. It is shaped like a coupe but has an electric powertrain that packs some really impressive numbers.
The E-Motion has an eye-catching design. It has a grille similar to that of a Mercedes’ “diamond” grille, with a pair of sleek headlights that reminds us of those on current Mazda models - which are supposed to be inspired by the London Eye. As you look at the sides, you might get glimpses of a classic Aston Martin. Meanwhile, vertical taillights extend to the fenders, and a prominent spoiler lip are found on the rear end. Moreover, this concept features butterfly doors, and massive panoramic glass roof from the front all the way to the rear end, following its sloped roofline. It also comes with a huge diffuser and flush door handles. Overall, the car has a sporty appearance.
Inside, the cabin can accommodate four passengers. A fully digital instrument cluster is installed for the driver, with touch sensitive controls. Rotary knobs are built into the air vents for temperature control, like the Audi TT. Even the back passengers get their own touch-operated console.Read the entire article MG returns with the E-Motion Concept
Volkswagen gives us a preview of what may be our future cars in the next decade or two. Their latest concept, the I.D. Crozz, is an electric crossover that the automaker unveiled after introducing the hatchback and minivan versions of the I.D.
From the looks of it, the car has a minimalistic design. The curves and creases of the body paired with sleek headlights and illuminated VW badges add to its futuristic design. A pair of all-LED taillights that extend to the rear fenders then give it a unique touch.
The engineers are really focusing on autonomous driving. When “I.D. Pilot” mode is activated, the computers will analyze everything in the car. The adaptive LED headlights will be activated, along with the interior and exterior ambient lighting. The fully autonomous mode will even retract the steering wheel into the dashboard for more cabin space.Read the entire article VW reveals an I.D. Crozz Concept which looks pretty cool
Just this week at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, Toyota unveiled a new concept dubbed the Fengchao Fun. The sedan very much resembles the 2018 Camry. Though the company has not confirmed this, a lot of people are suggesting that this may be the next generation Camry for the Chinese market, or that this might be a preview of how the future Camry might look.
Toyota has not given much information on the Fengchao Fun’s technical specifications. But we do know that this concept is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.
TNGA was first introduced in 2015, with a purpose to build cars that are better for the customers, the company, and the environment. To be more specific, fewer resources will be required to build cars with the standardized platform, therefore less manpower will be needed. TNGA-developed cars will have a more improved driving experience, while making use of fuel more efficiently, without sacrificing the design of the car.Read the entire article Auto Shanghai 2017: Toyota Fengchao Fun Concept might be the future Camry
Jeep has been releasing teasers about the Jeep Yuntu Concept months before the auto show in China. Just last week, they revealed a new sketch that we have not seen before. But this week, the Yuntu finally made its debut at the 2017 Auto Shanghai as the company’s newest and largest SUV,
Three-row SUVs have been a thing for a while now. But it doesn’t mean that those buyers actually need a third row - it’s just nice to have. However, a lot of SUVs now with a third row are barely useful, because there’s just too little space. But Jeep’s Yuntu has something interesting to offer.
As you enter its unique cabin, you will be welcomed by three rows of seats (that accommodate six passengers), which is uncommon for a Jeep, and is also what they are highlighting in this concept. Light brown wood trims can be found all around the center console, to the steering wheel, and the door panels, giving it a touch of elegance. Floating elements can be found inside which include the center console, and a long horizontal LCD screen that stretches from the gauge cluster to the passenger dash. More screens are found on the back of each headrest as individual entertainment systems for the second and third row passengers. The Yuntu has a total of eleven large touch sensitive displays.Read the entire article Auto Shanghai 2017: Jeep Yuntu Concept combines iconic and futuristic features, might soon enter production
There are people who are blessed with so much talent that you question yourself how it could be contained in one person. There are automotive enthusiasts with talent coursing through their blood, showcasing these gifts through hobbies and sometimes, they even make a living off it. There are those who have a special skill for tinkering things like radio control cars. It’s possible that this person would soon be who everyone in the local car scene goes to when they’re in dire need for detailing tips or sick vinyl graphics. Then of course, there are those who enjoy doodling car designs – who doesn’t love doodling, right?
There’s this guy from Barcelona, Spain named Slimane Toubal who’s obviously got mad doodling talents. Well, we couldn’t really call his works “doodles” since it’s far more advanced and intricate than that. There’s not much that we know about this guy but he’s sure got quite an eye for art especially when it comes to photography and automotive design. This extremely talented guy released his latest personal project which revolves around Ferraris. Yes, you read that right. Toubal has created one of the most majestic renditions of this sports car legend. And we’re hoping he isn’t in this field just for fun because we’re in desperate need for his genius.
Toubal draws inspiration from past Ferrari models, creating three stunning future Ferrari concepts that will leave you slack-jawed. We must say, his creation does look crazy but in a good way. No, scratch that, we mean it looks CRAZY GOOD. His works represent three different interpretations of a Ferrari 250 – the hardtop California, the spider Malibu, and true to its Ferrari roots, he created this no-nonsense track edition and competition variant that is the Daytona. His works are found in his website.Read the entire article Ferrari 250 takes on a Neo Retro Design under the direction of Spain-based artist
Two years ago at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi presented the E-Tron Quattro to the public. This gave us an idea that they will soon be producing crossovers. The Quattro will be moving into production by 2018, and a year later, a coupe version of it will follow. This crossover-coupe they call the E-Tron Sportback made its debut at the Auto Shanghai in China just this week, along with two other electric concepts from competitors: the VW I.D. Crozz and the Skoda Vision E.
Similar to Volkswagen I.D. Crozz, Audi’s E-Tron Sportback also features light emitting diodes. The four-rings brand not only equips this new concept with full LED headlights and taillights. It also gets an illuminated Audi logo. Instead, it is supposed to have approximately 250 extra LEDs located around the front bumper, precisely on both sides of the corporate singleframe grille. But these lights do not only have one purpose - they are made to communicate with other cars on the road forming different light patterns - from shapes to numbers as seen on its concept video debut.
The E-Tron Sportback isn’t just about smart LEDs. At 4.9 meters long, 1.98 meters wide, and 1.53 meters tall, this coupe has a strong electric powertrain that can produce as much as 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts), and can reach a peak of 496 horsepower (370 kilowatts) when the boost mode is activated. Taking only 4.5 seconds, this little EV can accelerate up to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) from a standstill.Read the entire article Hi-tech Audi E-Tron Sportback concept has over 200 LED lights
Despite the MG E-Motion Concept set to be unveiled in a few days at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, it appears that the internet once again managed to get the upper hand. Albeit rather grainy, a set of official images showing MG’s newest four-seater coupe has been released on the World Wide Web.
Images show that the exterior appears to have a rather stylish design especially with the use of butterfly doors and a more pronounced grille in the front. Clearly inspired from that of Mercedes-Benz, the grille carries on its center the MG badge and based on the photos, appears to light up mainly due to LEDs. At the top portion and placed at the corner of the grille are the sleek headlights which look similar to the ones on Mazda. Still, the headlights give the vehicle a more high-tech look and this feel is enhanced further by having cameras instead of the usual door mirrors.
Fitted to it are the alloy two-tone wheels and if we look up, we see the thick side skirts above which is the panoramic roof. Going to the rear, viewers will likely be surprised to see what may be the biggest diffusers placed in a car. Still on this section, there are the sweptback taillights with a spoiler lip cleanly integrated. Much like the bumper in the front, the rear bumper also has the “E-Motion” lettering placed on it. This serves two purposes with the first being that it emphasizes the name of this mode. The second is that it drives home the point that the model comes with an all-electric powertrain.Read the entire article Photos of MG E-Motion Concept leaked ahead of Shanghai debut
LYNK & CO, through its Senior Vice President Alain Visser, gave a preview of what to expect from the brand with the preview of two new models during an exclusive event held in Shanghai. The company added that this will signal the official start of its launch to the Chinese market. After that, it will make the official premiere during the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, scheduled to begin this April 19.
An estimated 800 guests were invited to be part of the preview where VP Visser confirmed as well that the company will be offering home delivery services and online sales. However, LYNK & CO also said that it will be offering a subscription model. Through this, the company hopes it will have the flexibility of ensuring that the owner and the user experience will be on the level as that of the expectation of a new generation of customers. These new customers are different in a sense that they generally utilize smartphone app service and are accustomed to the level of convenience it offers.
During the event, VP Visser shared that with just five months as a company, it has managed to come out with two models. This proves, according to him, that it is on the way of fulfilling its promise of releasing a wide array of vehicles that display high quality, show the brand’s unique identity, and that are fitted with unparalleled connectivity and technology as standard. He went on and said that to sweeten the deal, the company will be including a lifetime warranty for each model. In addition, connectivity will have free data traffic. With this, he continued, the company is highlighting its commitment to challenge the auto industry’s traditional business practice.Read the entire article LYNK & CO previews 03 Concept at 2017 Shanghai Auto Show
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show a new design study of the next compact premium sedan – the new Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan.
This new concept shows us a glimpse of Mercedes’ next generation of compact cars. In addition, the new Concept A Sedan presents a possible new body type for the carmaker’s compact vehicles.
This new design study is intended to continue the success story of the brand’s current compact vehicle generation. Since its introduction in 2012, the current generation of Mercedes’ compact vehicles has resulted to over 2 million sales, and has been hitting new sales records ever since.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show
Audi has been delighting fans and critics alike with teaser videos of its newest concept fitted with numerous LEDs. The German automaker is back to show off a more “substantial” preview of its latest creation – now complete with a name and a few adjacent sketches, enough to reveal its body style and a few exterior features. Ready to know more about it? Here goes.
We’ve come to know that Audi’s latest creation is called the Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept. However, despite being called a “Sportback,” we’re expecting this concept car to be a crossover-coupe combination. From the photos released by Audi themselves, we can conclude that the E-Tron Sportback Concept isn’t just a typical hatchback like the A3 Sportback as it’s something far better.
As expected (and as depicted in design teaser sketches), the concept is fitted with a set of oversized wheels. Its heavily sloped roofline ending is reminiscent of a coupe but accentuated by an interesting spoiler which features two arches on both sides. The E-Tron Sportback does without the conventional side mirrors (also an expected move), with cameras on its stead, giving the concept car a sleeker look.Read the entire article Audi teases us with image of new E-Tron Sportback Concept ahead of Shanghai Auto Show
When it comes to automakers, many are familiar with those coming from Europe. China appears to be slowly catching up with a host of new companies joining the auto manufacturing business. One of these is Zotye Auto which was established in 2005 and is based in Yongkang, Zhejiang.
Zotye caught the public’s eye when it unveiled the SR9, a clear, if not blatant, copy of the Macan from Porsche. Heads are turning once again as the Chinese automaker recently revealed that it will be presenting a new concept on this year’s Shanghai Auto Show. Styled as the Concept S, the company said it is inspired by the Lamborghini Urus. Those familiar with their work though knows what inspired really means.
Initial preview has not helped at all as the two sketches are appalling, to say the least. The images though show that both the rear section and the side profile are undoubtedly similar to the Urus. It even has the same squared wheel arches and the similar doors. Even the taillight and the bumper are the same. The only difference would be that the rear end has six tailpipes.Read the entire article Concept S from Zotye looks like Chinese Lamborghini Urus
Genesis Motors, the luxury vehicle branch of the South Korean automaker Hyundai, is hoping to venture into a new market- the electric run vehicle territory. For years, Genesis only offered sedans but now the game is about to change. Here to pave the way is the futuristic Genesis GV80 SUV.
The South Korean automaker has long hinted the pubic that it is keenly interested in entering the electric vehicle market, with big companies like Ford and Tesla in the same race for producing e-vehicles. Up until now, rumours have been flowing off the shelf that Genesis is gearing up to recreate a pure e-vehicle or a hybrid one. At the recently held 2017 New York Auto Show, all eyes were on the GV80 Fuel cell concept with a metallic finish that offers a subtle glimpse in what the future holds for the car consumers.
This fuel cell powered exclusive SUV is based on the Genesis' Athletic Elegance design and the GV80 will serve as a predecessor to a whole new future lineage of e-vehicles that Genesis is yearning for. The Genesis Athletic design was previously introduced in the G90 forerunner in the year 2015. Manfred Fitzgerald, Genesis Chief, remarked that the GV80 Concept is considered by the company as the most significant breakthrough that paves the way for further expansion of their vehicle line-up.Read the entire article Genesis Motors unveils latest concept -- the GV80 SUV
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