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Lexus LC Convertible Concept unveiled at 2019 Detroit Auto Show

It has been three years since Toyota’s luxury division, Lexus, unveiled the LC Coupe at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), which is also known as the Detroit Auto Show. Now at the same venue, Lexus is presenting to the global public an open -top study of the LC Coupe – the Lexus LC Convertible Concept.

As the luxury carmaker puts it, the Lexus LC Convertible Concept suggests future direction of its LC flagship. The premium carmaker calls the LC Convertible Concept as an aspirational halo vehicle for the entire Lexus lineup. In terms of looks, the LC Convertible Concept is essentially the LC Coupe without a fixed roof. For three years, not a few have imagine how the LC Coupe would appear if it become a convertible. The LC Convertible Concept is the realization of this imagination in metal.

As Tadao Mori, Chief Designer of the Lexus LC Convertible Concept, quipped, the show car re-imagines the unmistakable design of the LC Coupe as a future convertible. He added that the LC Convertible Concept is a blend all the best aspects of the original LC Coupe, but with the dynamic design of a convertible.

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Skoda Sunroq Concept is the convertible SUV we did not expect

Of all automotive brands, the last automaker you could think to slap its badge on a convertible SUV, would probably be Skoda. But their new Sunroq is actually what that is - a droptop version of the compact Karoq, the latest concept to come from Mladá Boleslav. The concept actually began in October 2017 when a team of 23 students from Skoda’s own trade school got together to work on a one-off project.

Do not get us wrong though, because the automaker is not planning to chop off the compact crossover’s roof for a production version since the Sunroq will remain purely a concept car to demonstrate the skills of Skoda’s vocational school. These students are very talented and they took the roles of engineers and designers, but of course, actual professionals lent a helping hand during the development process of turning the Karoq into a convertible.

The Czech Republican crossover loses its model’s roof. However, they have kept the rear doors as well as the rear seats to maintain that high level of practicality you would expect from a Skoda. Of course, Skoda keeps it’s vehicle interesting, as you can see here, the automaker’s logo is projected onto the road by LEDs mounted underneath the concept’s front bumper. You can actually get those on the production Karoq where these are mounted underneath the front doors.

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Rc-workchop creates convertible rendering of Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept

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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Volkswagen unveils T-Cross Breeze open-top SUV concept at Geneva Motor Show

Volkswagen has unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show the T-Cross Breeze concept, the first compact SUV with an open top. The T-Cross Breeze features dimensions of 4,133 mm (162.7 inches) in length, 1,798 mm (70.8 inches) in width excluding door mirrors, and 1,563 mm (61.5 inches) in height when the soft top is closed.

It also has a long wheelbase of 2,565 mm (101.0 inches) with short body overhangs. Comparatively, the T-Cross Breeze is slightly longer than a CrossPolo and is wider than existing cars in the Polo class. Moreover, passengers in the T-Cross Breeze also sit higher up.

Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand, remarked that the T-Cross Breeze serves a preview for the most compact SUV that the carmaker is planning to build. He added that the T-Cross Breeze will serve as the “nucleus” of a new SUV and convertible design in the compact sector.

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Beautiful sun, warm temperatures, and winding roads are perfect matches for the Lexus LF-C2 concept, which globally debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The LF-C2 concept is a study in design for a 2+2 roadster and surveys major style motifs informing the brand's future, more daring style direction. Also, the LF-C2 is a luxury Grand Touring concept with inspiration from Lexus’s driving passion.

The LF-C2 concept demonstrates what's planned for the brand's future design language. This concept car illustrates to consumers every Lexus' dedication to dramatic designs as well as the company’s passion for an extraordinary drive experience.

The LF-C2 concept encompasses a highly stylised 2+2 arrangement derived from a purely simple sports coupe vision. Its design is open-air, allowing drivers and passengers to feel the wind in their hair, enjoying the vehicle’s performance on their favourite snaking road. As a roadster concept, there is not top cover to the LF-C2’s cabin.

Read the entire article 2014 LA Auto Show: Lexus LF-C2 Concept shows that good things come to those who wait

Bentley Grand Convertible is considered as one of the ultimate expressions of British automotive luxury. Regarded as Bentley’s most sophisticated open-top car so far, the Grand Convertible features an iconic yet understated styling. Handcrafted by skillful craftsmen employing the very finest materials, the Bentley Grand Convertible offers the finest in powerful, luxurious, roofless motoring.

Wolfgang Durheimer, chairman and chief executive at Bentley, remarked that the Grand Convertible shows the carmaker’s ability to create a premier convertible Grand Tourer that embodies pure elegance. He quipped that the new Grand Convertible combines the sensory pleasure of open-air driving and the opulent Mulsanne experience, while fusing luxury with performance. Bentley is waiting for customer response to the new Grand Convertible, while ensuring that this concept – once it becomes a production model -- will be a very exclusive, extremely limited collector's item.

Wrapped in Sequin Blue – a color inspired by a single sequin from a customer's haute couture gown -- the new Bentley Grand Convertible has a silver "liquid metal" finish to its windscreen frame and bonnet. Its rich blue body work is contrasted by the Bentley directional wheel design and is hand- finished and given a glossy polish.

Read the entire article 2014 LA Auto Show Preview: Bentley Grand Convertible is the open-top Mulsanne we’ve been waiting for

After one teaser, Toyota unveiled today the FT 86 Open Concept, a convertible version of the popular GT 86. Set to make its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the FT-86 Open Concept is a study model and features an electrically operated soft top, allowing a feeling of oneness with nature. As expected, the interior is identical to the coupe and comes in a high-contrast white and navy blue combination with yellow-gold carpeting.

Under the hood, there is the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that delivers 200 hp and 205 Nm of torque (151 lb-ft).

“A Milan-based designer color-coordinated the interior and exterior, with the resulting design evoking quality and sportiness. The interior and exterior feature high-contrast white and navy blue that emphasize the vehicle's proportions as well as the integrated nature of the design. In addition, yellow-gold stitching in the floor mats and seats acts as an accent conveying a sporty feel. Furthermore, the styling conveys a dramatically different impression when the roof is opened.” said the press release.

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The Fiat 500C Abarth is not the only vehicle from the 2012 LA Auto Show that comes with a distinctive canvas roof that opens to the rear: ladies and gentlemen, this is the Hyundai Veloster C3 Roll Top Concept. As expected, the C3 stands for Convertible 3-door as the vehicle combines open-air freedom with the style of a coupe and the functionality of a tailgate.

According to the press release, the vehicle was designed by Hyundai Design North America and comes with a dual-function power-retractable roof that is combined with the tailgate in order to give the C3 a dual personality. In fact, the vehicle acts like a stylish pickup truck: roll the top forward, open the tailgate, fold the rear seats and the car becomes perfect to carry yor surfing board, bike or kayak.

Moreover, the Veloster C3 Roll Top Concept also comes with large free flowing circular exhaust pipes, robust intake manifold sound, a bold hexagonal front grille, sculpted side skirts, diffuser vents in the lower rear fascia, eight individual headlight LED accents and new 18-inch wheels with chrome inserts.

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About 4-6 weeks after Land Rover’s unveiling of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept at the Geneva Motor Show is when the company will decide if it will enter production. Land Rover said that the Evoque convertible concept is intended to ‘explore the potential for the world's first premium convertible SUV'.

Land Rover is currently monitoring the public’s response to the convertible at the show. A similar strategy was used by Land Rover earlier to evaluate how accepting the public will be to the DC100 concepts that could form the basis of the next Defender. As long as the response is positive, lowering the price of the drop-top Evoque would fit neatly into Land Rover's plan for the expansion of the reach of the Evoque model range.

This is partly due to the success of the smaller car and its continuing growth. The Range Rover Evoque convertible may be either two or four wheel drive and would be powered by either petrol or diesel too.

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We know that the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is not the sexiest convertible crossover on the market (as it received the title as the Most Disliked Car of 2011) and didn’t see impressive sales but it appears that this didn’t discourage Land Rover as the British manufacturer revealed the Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept.

According to the manufacturer, this concept wants to explore the potential for the world's first premium convertible SUV and Land Rover needs to receive some positive feedback in order to thinks about a production version. As expected, the new concept is based on the Range Rover Evoque Coupe and features a fully retractable premium roof system with a Roll Over Protection System [ROPS].

Moreover, the concept combines the capability and versatility with a drop down tailgate and a comfortable four seat package. Because it is a convertible, the concept’s body needed to be rigid, but according to Land Rover the body style has been achieved with minimal changes to weight and torsional rigidity. Still, we are very curious to see the soft top on. Regarding the design.

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Honoring tradition, Chevrolet unveiled a new Synergy concept at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. For those who may not know, it was at the SEMA Show that the Camaro Synergy Special Editions were born. The Camaro Synergy Concept for this year is based on the Camaro Convertible.

It features a special Silver Ice exterior color with black Synergy stripes on the hood. It also has decklid and “mail slot” decals with red line inserts and Synergy gill decals and no SS or RS exterior badges.

In addition, the vehicle has new Chevrolet Accessories effects and grille that has the same color as the body. It rides on a fresh set of 21 wheels (black with red stripe). Its suspension lowering kit is by Pedders (Chevrolet Official Licensed Product).

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Lotus has released the first official images of the Elite with its roof down. Meant to rival the new Ferrari California, the Elite is set to go on sale in 2014.

This car will be fitted with a folding hood as standard to rival the California, as well as Mercedes’ SLS AMG Roadster and Aston Martin’s DB9 Volante.

Not many details are available about the Elite’s roof mechanism as the car still has a long way to go before reaching prototype stage.

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Infiniti revealed today the Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) G Cabrio Concept, a new car set to take the center stage at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. This car follows the first production Infiniti Performance Line variant, the G Coupe and comes in an impressive Malbeck Black finish (a pearlescent black paint with red hints) and a Monaco Red leather interior.

The concept can transform itself from a coupe to a cabrio in just 25 seconds and promises to enter production if the feedback received from Paris is positive.

The car is powered by a 3.7-litre V6 boasting 338 hp, with 18 more than the production version of the G Coupe, thanks to the new high-flow dual exhaust system. Also, it delivers 374 Nm of torque, with 14 more than the standard version. This engine can push the car to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 6.0 seconds while the top speed achieved is over 270 km/h (167 mph).

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Pininfarina planned to mark its 80th anniversary in an uncommon style, presenting an out of the ordinary model- the open Alfa Romeo. The new 2uettottanta was reviled at Geneva Motor Show and celebrates in the same time also 100 years since Alfa Romeo was founded.

With an exclusive looks, the new sporty model represents the perfect combination between performance, style and dynamics.

Pininfarina chose the spider Alfa Romeo to highlight this special celebration as they consider it the most representative Italian automotive brand, a successful export brand, representing the inexhaustible talent that the whole world associates with Italy.

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Fiat celebrates its 120th anniversary at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show by unveiling a special concept car that expresses its bold, democratic future vision as derived from its rich history and extensive experience. This new concept car -- dubbed as the new Fiat Concept Centoventi – serves as a perfect expression of how Fiat views electric mass mobility in the near future.

The new Fiat Concept Centoventi is aptly named as such as “centoventi” actually means “120” in Italian. According to Fiat, naming the electric concept car as Centoventi reveals its destination to break away from the past and push beyond. In addition, Fiat said that the Concept Centoventi projects the Italian brand into the future by become “ABC of cars. Affordable But Cool."

Being a democratized car, the Fiat Concept Centoventi offers great freedom to customize. This is evident on the fact that not only its exterior and interior are customizable but also its electrical power source. Fiat is offering a set of modular batteries. As standard, the Centoventi comes out of the factory with one battery that delivers a range of 100 km. If a customer needs to travel a longer distance, he or she may opt to install another battery to give the Centoventi a total range of 200 km.

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Aston Martin’s Lagonda luxury marque is confirming its plans to launch an all-new crossover in the near future by unveiling a new concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed as the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept, this show car essentially serves as a preview to the brand’s upcoming crossover.

According to Lagonda, the All-Terrain Concept is an ultra-stylish, luxurious, all-electric emission-free vehicle. This marks a new step into the brand’s goal of becoming the first luxury electric automotive brand in the world. The All-Terrain Concept basically builds on the designs and materials in the Lagonda Vision Concept that was unveiled last year. While the Vision Concept was design to be driven purely on the road, the All-Terrain Concept pushes the boundary by showing that a luxurious drive could also done off the road.

While the exterior of the Lagonda Vision Concept was inspired by the Concorde, the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept, on the other hand, was initially influenced world of the super yacht. This allowed the design team at Lagonda to give the All-Terrain Concept a futuristic surfacing as well as forms and shapes seemingly created by “planetary forces of gravity fields.”

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Nissan has unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show a new concept vehicle which design and advance technology provides a glimpse of what customers can expected from Nissan’s next generation of crossovers. This new showcar – the all-new new Nissan IMQ concept vehicle – could be considered as an amalgamation of Japanese heritage with modern human-centric technology.

Design to cater to the European market, the new Nissan IMQ concept boasts of electrified propulsion, although the car itself isn't an electric vehicle. It features the next generation of e-POWER, which a 100-percent electric motor drive system allows for instant, linear acceleration. This system – designed to deliver 250 kW of max output and 700 Nm of peak torque -- is an evolution of the e-POWER technology found in the Nissan Note and Serena models in Japan. The new system directs output via a new multi-motor all-wheel-drive system. By combining e-POWER and AWD, the IMQ concept could excel even in low-grip conditions.

Aside from the next generation of the e-POWER, the new IMQ comes fitted an advanced prototype version of Nissan's ProPILOT driving assistance system and the carmaker’s Invisible-to-Visible technology that was revealed at the CES 2019. This new Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) technology allows drivers see around corners, as well as visualize information about traffic jams and determine optional routes.

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Alfa Romeo is signaling with pure clarity its intent to enter the compact utility vehicle segment with a new concept that is currently being displayed at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland. This new concept car – the new Alfa Romeo Tonale – combines practicality, dynamism, style as well as electrification.

The Alfa Romeo Tonale show car essentially marks a new milestone for the brands. It is the brand’s first compact SUV, albeit in concept form. Moreover, the Tonale is Alfa Romeo’s first entry into the world of electric cars, although in plug-in hybrid configuration. For customers, the new Tonale serves as preview for the Italian carmaker’s up and coming CUV.

Alfa Romeo actually announced last year its product road map for the period covering 2018 to 2022. Aside from its current offerings of six models – MiTo, Giulietta, Giulia, Stelvio, 4C Coupe and 4C Spider – the brand is planning to cover 71 percent of the premium market with the new Giulietta MCA, the production version of the Tonale, Giulia MCA (LWB), Stelvio MCA (LWD), GTV and the 8C.

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Audi has finally taken the veil off its latest electrified creation at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show – the new the Audi Q4 e-tron concept. This new concept car is a compact four-door SUV that basically provides a good look at the German premium carmaker’s fifth batter electric vehicle that would enter the automotive market by the end of 2020.

Wrapped in “Solar Sky” paint finish, the exterior of the new Audi Q4 e-tron concept is only constrained by its compact dimensions pegged at 4.59 meters in length, 1.90 meters in width and 1.61 meters in height, with a wheelbase of 2.77 meters. It is almost impossible not to indentify the Q4 e-tron concept as an Audi, as the prototype is marked by on the front end by Singleframe with the four rings.

Furthermore, it is also fairly easy to distinguish the concept as an electric Audi e-tron as it features upright octagonal frame instead of a traditional radiator grille. Large inlets can be found extending from below the concept’s two matrix LED headlights to the front apron.

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It looks like Aston Martin will soon be following up its Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro offerings with a third hypercar. This comes as Aston Martin presented the design concept for the new AM-RB 003 at the 2019 Geneva Motor Showin Switzerland.

Its terms of styling and aerodynamics, the new AM-RB 003 shares the same fundamental philosophy with the Aston Martin Valkyrie. This is evident on the pronounced front keel and large rear diffuser. In addition, the AM-RB 003 features a variable airfoil that spans across the rear wing. This variable airfoil is made possible by a new technology from FlexSys Inc. – FlexFoil.

With this new system in place, the downforce AM-RB 003 can be changed without changing the physical angle of the entire element. This new system also virtually gets rid of the turbulence and the associated drag increase in present active wing designs.

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