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Mercedes-AMG GT4 Concept may debut at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Could we expect a new premium performance vehicle from Mercedes-AMG that would compete directly against the Porsche Panamera? If Autocar’s sources are to be believed, Mercedes-AMG would soon unveil a concept version of the much rumored Mercedes-AMG GT4 performance luxury four-door sedan at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March.

This design study will preview Mercedes-AMG’s new GT4 offering, serving as the main attraction at Mercedes-Benz’s booth at the Geneva Motor Show. The unveiling of the AMG GT4 Concept would form part of the German premium carmaker’s 50th anniversary celebration this year. According to Autocar, the production version of the AMG GT4 would be launched next year (2018) in Europe. It would be pitted against the likes of the Panamera of Porsche, the 6 Series Gran Coupé of BMW and the A7 and RS7 of Audi. Once it achieves its final form, the AMG GT4 would become the performance brand’s third dedicated series production model line, after the AMG SLS and the current AMG GT. It is said to be the replacement for the CLS Shooting Brake.

Tobias Moers, chief executive of Mercedes-AMG, cryptically indicated in January that the Mercedes-AMG GT4 could be really coming. Moers was answering several questions from automotive Web site Motoring when he gave an ambiguous declaration about the performance sedan – saying that speculations of an upcoming AMG GT4 are not necessarily wrong. This tells us that at least some of the rumored details are true.

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Italdesign Speciali is an ultra-limited supercar

Moncalieri-based Italdesign Giugiaro revealed that it will be launching its first ever ultra-limited series car. This announcement follows the recent launch of its “Italdesign Automobili Speciali.” Designed mainly for creative enthusiasts and collectors, the brand said it will be manufacturing a total of five towards the end of 2017. With this series, customers will get to experience the performance and features of racing cars combined with the usual attributes of a normal road car.

Using a modular chassis composed of aluminum and carbon fiber, this model has an overall length of 4,847 mm, with total width of 1,970 mm and height at 1,204 mm. Under the hood is the 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated engine which allows it to reach maximum speed of at least 330 km/h and acceleration from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds.

Commenting on this limited edition model, Head of Innovation Design Filippo Perini shared that because of the way it is structured, the brand was able to improve the aerodynamics. The reason for this, he added, was to set performance as the goal, resulting in the team going far beyond what was required in terms of style and even from a technical viewpoint.

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Futuristic Porsche sports car concept is targeted at fans of driver-centric performance cars

This is what happens when a guy thinks fast forward into the future. Never mind if autonomous driving is just lurking around the corner. Volkswagen, Chevrolet, Audi and Ford are few of the concrete examples of how some companies are adapting in anticipation of the era of the self-driving vehicle. Apparently, Porsche, Lamborghini and Aston Martin are quite serious about pushing “driver-focused” cars more than anything else.

In the midst of these contradicting principles, a student from Czech Republic renders a Porsche concept focusing on driving experience. Yes. No matter how far advanced we are, David Voltner is a firm believer that no other technology should take the “joy of driving” away from anyone.

As what we can see in the picture, David Voltner envisions a new breed of sports car from the German automaker. The proposed Porsche concept is the designer’s own take in providing a driver-focused performance without missing a thing when it comes to Mission E’s highly futuristic design.

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VW trademarks e-Transporter name as possible production moniker for e-Crafter Concept

Remember the Volkswagen e-Crafter van concept? It looks like its production version won’t bear the same moniker. Instead, VW could be planning to etch the term “e-Transporter” on the concept’s nameplate when it arrives as a production model sometime this year.

The possible change in name came as the German carmaker just recently trademarked four nameplates: e-Transporter, Allsider, Duomotion and Twin Motion. The Allsider moniker could be a new badge for the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Meanwhile the Duomotion and Twin Motion aliases could be suffixes to define the type of powertrain behind the company’s vehicles.

Volkswagen took the veils off the e-Crafter van concept at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany in September 2016. Boasting of zero emissions, the concept van is touted to be a perfect choice for delivery vehicles and logistics service providers. At its core is a built-in 100 kW electric motor that could provide 290 Nm of peak torque, allowing the VW e-Crafter to achieve a top speed of 80km/h. This electric motor derives its juice from 43-kWh battery pack that allows the e-Crafter to travel up to 200 km before needing to recharge. The battery e-Crafter could be recharged up to 80 percent of its energy capacity in less than an hour thanks to a 40 kW DC quick charger.

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For French carmaker Citroen, offering adventure and utility doesn’t really having mean to create an SUV or a crossover. This is why Citroen is introducing a new 4x4 minivan concept that should serve as a stylish and practical mode of transport for the modern adventurer – the Citroen SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept.

According to Citroen, the SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept is a contemporary vehicle that combines off-road ability, versatility and comfort, as inspired by the carmaker’s "E" collection of limited edition lifestyle products. The carmaker described the SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept as an ideal companion for outdoor pursuits, thanks to a ground clearance that is around 60mm higher than the SpaceTourer MPV production model. But that is not all that defines the concept’s adventurous spirit.

Serving as the dynamic core of SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept is a BlueHDi 150 S&S diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. This turbodiesel 2.0-liter, four-cylinder BlueHDi 150 S&S diesel powerplant – already featured in a number of Citroen vehicles – is rated to develop 150 hp (112 kW) of max output and 370 Nm (273 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. This amount of power is sent to all four wheels of the SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept through a selectable 4x4 transmission courtesy of Automobiles Dangel. Thanks to this unique drivetrain, the SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept could enjoy 4x4 traction, with Auto 4WD and R.

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When the Audi Q8 Concept was unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, it immediately became one of the stars of the event thanks to its eye-catching coupe-like design and roomy interior. This concept got many people looking forward to its eventual production and launch in 2018. Nonetheless, a sportier and more dynamic version of the Audi Q8 may soon make its arrival.

Just recently, rumors have started saying that Audi Sport is planning to create a high-performance RS version of the Audi Q8. According to a report by AutoCar, Audi Sport will be previewing the Audi RS Q8 at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. Most likely, a concept version Audi RS Q8 would make an appearance on the show.

As a vehicle with high-performance capabilities, Audi RS Q8 boasts of a power level that should significantly outdo the Audi Q8 unveiled in Detroit. The Audi Q8 Concept is basically a plug-in hybrid SUV that carefully fuses sporty performance with high efficiency.

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Soon, Aston Martin will be mesmerizing us with the follow-up to its Vulcan track-focused supercar – the AM-RB 001, a hypercar jointly developed by the British carmaker and Red Bull. The Vulcan and the AM-RB 001 are a duo of super performance cars from Aston Martin that impresses as a splendid work of art and a product of advanced engineering.

However, there is an automotive designer from Lyon, France who thinks that a third super performance car should be added to the duo – making up a new holy trinity for McLaren. This designer – named Adrien Fuinel – has created a visual rendition of the new (but not official) supercar from Aston Martin, the Aston Martin RR supercar concept. This rendition was then uploaded into his account at Behance, a Web site that allows for showcasing and discovering creative works.

At first look, you wouldn’t believe that the RR supercar concept is an Aston Martin. Well, that could be because -- aside from the front end and a ground clearance derived from the Vulcan and a few styling cues -- the curves and the body work of the RR supercar concept are not typical of an Aston Martin. But since this is a concept, maybe we can forgive Fuinel for that.

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A few weeks before Citroen reveals the production version of the replacement compact SUV for the C3 Picasso, the French carmaker has unfurled its concept variant – the Citroen C-Aircross Concept.

Splashes of bright orange, light grey and fluorescent coral colors are found inside the cabin of the Citroen C-Aircross Concept. The interior also features a sleek dashboard, suspended seats, a single spoke steering wheel with intuitive commands and a fabric-covered dashboard with a tinted "head-up vision" board.

Citroen is also touting the off-road capability of the C-Aircross Concept. It is provided with the so-called Grip Control function that allows the C-Aircross Concept to be brought away from the urban roads, making it a good companion for family getaways and hangouts with friends.

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Whenever the name Pininfarina is mentioned, it becomes easy to catch people’s attention. After all, this world-renowned Italian auto designer and coachbuilder is the company behind the designs of famous production cars like the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, and Maserati Quattroporte, as well as concept vehicles such as the BMW Gran Lusso Coupe and the H2 Speed concept car.

Pininfarina’s latest project has something to do with electric propulsion. According to the Italian company, the new project was commissioned by a Hong Kong-based company named Hybrid Kinetic Group. Dubbed as the H600, this new concept for Hybrid Kinetic will be "both elegant and comfortable." As far as Pininfarina is concerned, every concept and product has been elegant.

The famed Italian auto designer hasn’t really divulged anything solid about this new project, except for a single teaser image that shows the rear end of the H600. It seems that the H600 is basically an electric luxury sedan with sleek rear lights running from side to the other, only interrupted by Hybrid Kinetic Group’s basketball-like logo. Mounted underneath are the words “Hybrid Kinetic.” Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group called this concept a perfect combination of pure design as well as eco-friendly technology.

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Have you seen a shooting brake (wagon) that could be transformed into a pickup, and vice-versa? Well, if you have been to Australia or to New Zealand, it is high likely that you have seen the so-called “ute,” which is basically a passenger car with an integrated cargo bed. In other words, an ute is a low-lying two-door coupe pickup.

Now, exterior designer Valentin Fuchs and visualization designer Pierre Joveneaux – both design interns at Volkswagen – have posted their own take of the ute – the VW Varok. Designed for the Australian market, the VW Varok is an innovative ute concept that could be used either as a three-passenger high-utility low-lying pickup or as a five-passenger shooting brake with ample space for some cargo. With this capability, the VW Varok concept should be a no-compromise ute boasting of everyday utility.

Fuchs and Joveneaux posted their work on Behance, an online platform that allows creative professionals across different industries and companies to showcase as well as discover creative work. Fuchs remarked that the goal of the Varok project was to imagine how the German carmaker could enter in the Australian market with an ute vehicle.

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The Mercedes-Benz W196 is considered as one of the most iconic racing cars. As a Formula One entry, it dominated the event in two full seasons. Such success prompted Mercedes-Benz to produce a “Type Monza” streamliner closed-wheel aluminum version of the W196.

Such a valuable icon is worthy of praises and commendations. In fact, the Mercedes W196 was so valuable that its most coveted form – the one driven by world champion Juan Manuel Fangio at two F1 championships – was sold for a whopping $30 million at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale in 2013. This earned the Mercedes W196 the title of the most valuable motor vehicle ever sold at an auction.

Thus, it wouldn’t be surprising if a design study or a concept of a futuristic Mercedes W196 suddenly appears. And it did appear -- in the guise of a project work by young automotive designer from South Korea, Minwoong Im. Mingwoong dubbed his design project as the Mercedes-Benz 2040 W196R Streamliner.

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Hoping someone or something could carry your groceries for you? Well, the Piaggio Group has new mobility solutions for that task. No, it is not the fictional R2D2 from the Star Wars movies, but is something more realistic and achievable.

The Piaggio Group is known for its motorcycles, scooters and mopeds as well as recreational ATVs. With global brands like Aprilia, Piaggio, Vespa, Scarabeo, Derbi, Gilera and Moto Guzzi under its wings, the Piaggio Group has continued to define personal mobility through the decades. But in its latest projects, the Piaggio Group is redefining mobility not just as a personal ride but also as a smart method of convenience.

These projects are the so-called Gita and Kilo robot luggages, both developed by Piaggio Fast Forward or PFF), a subsidiary of the Piaggio Group that focuses on researching and developing smart mobility platforms. The Boston, Massachusetts-based Piaggio division is in charge of creating lightweight, intelligent and autonomous mobility solutions not just for people, but also for their goods. Moreover, the company wants to accomplish this at the right scale by offering innovations that are larger than aerial drones but smaller than cars and trucks.

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We know how majority of concept vehicles only serve as the basis for upcoming designs and technologies. Some are several years away from the possibility of turning into reality. But have you at least thought about one amazing concept supercar and the endless possibilities it could bring in real life? Well, it would be good if the top players in the automotive industry focuses on turning their concepts into production models, thus, bringing the future a little bit closer. Maybe something from General Motors for a change?

The fact is, most companies only build one-off concept cars to showcase on annual automotive events. On the other hand, many concept artists are already aiming for Porches and Ferraris when rendering futuristic designs for high performance cars. But in case General Motors for instance happens to consider, say, an Opel supercar, we think we’ve found the right tandem.

An Opel Inspira Concept as designed by Insch Design and Sergey Rabchik from Belarus is probably the best front-engined supercar out there. Rendered only last August, the bodywork is highly futuristic as we can see from its aerodynamic fins that replaces the usual side mirrors. It also has this big set of wheels and LED tail lights with slim design that are more than enough to catch serious attention from fellow motorists.

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Emerson Fittipaldi is realizing his dream supercar with the help of two well-known names in engineering and design. According to the press statement, the Indianapolis 500 winner has applied his knowledge of the tracks in building a “new experience” that will further advance the driving ability of super car enthusiasts around the world.

Built in collaboration with HWA AG and Pininfarina, the two-time F1 World Champ’s EF7 Vision is scheduled to make its debut this coming March. To add more fuel to the excitement, fans of Sony PlayStation’s Gran Turismo game franchise can also look forward to driving Fittipaladi’s EF7 in the virtual world. Well, okay. But that’s another story to tell.

Interestingly, a teaser photo of the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision by Pininfarina was presented ahead of the upcoming 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. We couldn’t help but notice how the supercar bears similarities with the Aston Martin Vulcan at first glance. Take note of the carbon rear fascia in black, the so-in-there carbon fibre wing as well as the telltale signs of a fastback coupe.

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Soon, around 300 new DeLorean DMC-12 sports cars will be seeing their new owners. They will be the exact copy of the DMC-12 sports car -- produced between 1981 and 1983 – that surged to its now iconic status thanks to its starring role in the “Back to the Future” franchise.

While the DeLorean Motor Company – a different company from the defunct carmaker of the same name – is busy preparing for the production of the DMC-12 sports car, Yevheniy Bratchyk -- a young design student from Kiev, Ukraine -- has published online his own vision of a modern DMC-12. This vision is dubbed as the DMC-21 and it features a number of similarities with the original DMC-12.

Let’s not forget that the new DMC-12s are actually replicas to be built by an unrelated company also named DeLorean. This company got sued by John DeLorean’s widow for illegally licensing their family name. However, the new Delorean company reached a settlement in 2015 to use the name, trademark and images in the future. Thanks to a Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act passed in 2015, the new DeLorean company could reproduce the DMC-12 in very low volumes in the United States.

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Rendering artist Alex Imnadze visualized a BMW far more advanced than any other concept artist has ever imagined for the German marque. What makes his BMW M1 Shark Concept special is that it was inspired by the 1970s Lancia Stratos protototype by Bertone, the BMW Gina concept and the Peugeot Onyx concept vehicle all at the same time. The result is a stunning concept study that you can bet for the Vision Next 100 or any out-of-this-world concept you could think of.

It’s hard to imagine that there will come a time when we would see this car out in the showrooms. But for now, let us unravel the mystery behind this highly futuristic beast that we won’t probably see in our lifetime.

Technically, if the BMW M1 Shark is indeed inspired by these concepts mentioned above, it should come equipped with mid-mounted engine at the rear, a hybrid surface skin, a computer mounted at the front wheel complete with AI technology and a smart rubber material for the chassis.

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With car shows happening around the world, the Tokyo Motor Show seems to have been left out in the past few years. For us, it would take one spectacular game changer (like the launch of the new generation Toyota Supra for example) to bring it back to the limelight.

We know how Toyota has been very busy developing its new generation Supra for more than two years. Actually, the coupe was already seen being tested recently which signals the fact that something is bound to happen real soon.

It was earlier reported that the new Supra will be introduced as a concept along with the latest generation of the Nissan Z sports car. The news almost confirms that the new generation Toyota Supra will definitely come our way this October at the Tokyo Motor Show. Well, let’s see about that in the next few months.

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When Bentley Motors unveiled the EXP 9 F luxury SUV concept at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, not a few expected the British carmaker to launch a premium SUV sooner or later. Because of the interest vested in what could be the world’s first luxury SUV, this concept paved the way for the introduction of the Bentley Bentayga premium SUV a few years later.

Bentley followed up the EXP 9 F luxury SUV show car by unveiling the EXP 10 Speed 6 luxury sports coupe concept at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. Given the reception for this two-seater luxury sports car, it wouldn’t be surprising if Bentley does decide to introduce a production version. Likewise, considering Bentley’s history, it wouldn’t be a big surprise if the luxury sports coupe would have its own convertible version.

To see whether a coupe convertible from Bentley would make a business case – at least visually – it could be better if the EXP 10 Speed 6 luxury sports coupe concept has an open top variant. As for a graphical representation of a convertible variant of the EXP 10 Speed 6 luxury coupe concept, we could turn to visual artists specializing in automotive renderings. One of these artists is rc-workchop.

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The previous year has introduced a lot of new overhauls in the compact car segment not just for Mercedes but also for other major players in the car industry. In addition to the new overhauls, Mercedes-Benz’s “Aesthetics A” unveiled its new design sculpture for the upcoming A-Class sedan models. The teasers show how the new design philosophy incorporates fewer lines and creases as if everything else have gone back to the basic element of style.

Judging from the side profile, the concept saloon has a smoother and more distinct singular shape unlike anything we’ve seen before. Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer for Mercedes Benz, says that with its sensual surface design, the upcoming generation of the compact class has the potential to herald a “new design era.” This is probably what he meant with the new “Sensual Purity” design language that has almost completely gotten rid of the “sharp creases” and instead replaced it with more “sensual lines” for a flawless finish. We’ve also noticed it to be taking some of the newly updated AMG GT design cues particularly on the vertical slats along the front grille.

Rumors imply that there will also be an all-new four door model in the lineup destined for its North American consumers. In relation to this, the company is also considering a long wheelbase, 7-seater crossover bound for its Chinese market--- but maybe we’ll find out for sure about that at the 2017 Auto Shanghai this coming April.

Read the entire article Aesthetics A Design Sculpture reveals Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan concept

The concept of the vehicle nowadays takes primary consideration of the transition from one place to another, most commonly from home to work or any other destination. There is also another transition that takes place – from the living space to the driving space. Typically, you have to leave your living space and proceed to the garage where the vehicle is parked before you could take off and go where you want to.

Now, at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, South Korean carmaker Hyundai is showing off a concept in which there is virtually no interval between the living space and the driving space. This concept is the Hyundai Mobility Vision smart house concept, in which the car becomes part of the house’s living space.

You may have seen this in TV or movies -- a seemingly ordinary chair turns out to be a high-tech seat that when activated, takes the user to a hidden laboratory inside the house (see Despicable Me), or to a crime-fighting car or robot.

Read the entire article Hyundai unveils smart house and Ioniq Scooter concepts

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