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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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Infiniti reveals Q Inspiration Concept - a preview of their next-generation vehicles

Infiniti finally decides to share with us its Q Inspiration Concept at the recent 2018 North American International Auto Show. And whether you like the design of it or not, you better get used to it because this will be the look of next generation Infiniti vehicles.

For us, we actually find the Q Inspiration’s design quite fascinating. The grille alone is a head turner, considering the fact that it features a weird but interesting design of the company’s current double arch, filling it tightly with louvres. The air intakes on the lower fascia and the wheels give it a sporty aesthetic too. The shape of the headlights looks like cuts, which are complemented by similar lines on the hood.

Moving on to the rear, the design transitions into a sleeker look. The rear is like a fastback, and this flows from a smooth roof with thin pillars. The rounded tail is slightly understated with integrated exhausts. The rear is finished with a long strip of tail lights that stretch from one end to the other, while picking up some design cues from the sharp edged headlights.

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Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept may be a preview of the upcoming LX

The current Lexus LX has been around for quite some time now. That means that it will have to be given a major upgrade if it is to continue to keep up with its rivals. The answer to this dilemma appears to be the recently unveiled LF-1 Limitless Concept. Though it may just be a concept for now, this could actually be a preview of the all new LX. After all, Lexus did say in an interview that their next concept could likely shape the future of a flagship luxury crossover.

To design the Lexus LF-1 Limitless, the automaker partnered with CALTY Design Research in California. The collaboration came up with a concept that has a bold exterior design, which was created by the same team that helped in the FT-1 project that acts as a preview to the new Supra. Similar to some concepts out there, it sits on a set of large 22 inch wheels, while adopting a sharp appearance in line with the company’s recent models.

To be more specific, the LF-1 Limitless’ dimensions are: 5014 mm (197.4 inches) long, 1986 mm (78.2 inches) wide, and 1605 mm (63.2 inches) in height. The concept is just a little bit longer and wider than the LX, and also sits closer to the ground. As for the wheelbase, it is a bit shorter than that of the LX, stretching at 2974 mm (117.1 inches).

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BMW X7 Concept is no-show in Detroit due to damages sustained in transit

If you had plans to head to the 2018 Detroit Auto Show this month to see cars like the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance, we have got some bad news for you. The concept car is currently not on display because it got into an accident on its way there.

The very first time we saw this concept was at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It was then followed by another public appearance in the United States, just six weeks ago. The concept’s next schedule was then supposed to already be at Detroit, unfortunately, it is not meant to be.

In their statement to Autonews, the automaker just said that the X7 Concept got damaged while being transported to Detroit by delivery truck, though they did not share any more details regarding the accident or how it happened. We also do not know how heavily damaged it was. To replace the X7 Concept in the show, the automaker displayed a standard 7 Series sedan instead.

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Nissan is well-known for creating groundbreaking crossovers as well as sports utility vehicles. At the 2018 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show), the Japanese carmaker has unveiled a new design study that signals its design direction for 2020 and beyond – in the form of the new Nissan Xmotion three-row SUV Concept.

Pronounced as “cross motion,” the Xmotion concept explores the possible design for Nissan’s future compact SUV. It features a striking exterior that looks into the future with its sculpted body and menacing front end, as well as a well-crafted interior inspired by Japanese landscape. Just like a purposeful traditional SUV, the Xmotion comes with a high stance, bulked-up fenders, high-utility proportions as well as all-terrain-ready wheels and tires. The new Xmotion delivers American-style utility while taking inspiration from Japanese culture, and also fusing traditional craftsmanship with new-generation Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology.

The new Nissan Xmotion concept sports a bold evolution of the brand’s signature V-motion grille, now wider and deeper, to the point that this new form was the inspiration behind the name of the concept. The new grille dons horizontal bars inspired by Japanese architecture, featuring a blade-like appearance with deep carbon color and high-gloss finish. Nissan hopes to employ this evolved V-motion grille for future production crossovers and SUVs.

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Acura has unveiled the 2019 Acura RDX Prototype at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show), and as expected, the precursor to the luxury brand’s next generation of the premium compact sports utility vehicle didn’t fail to impress. It seems like Acura is sticking to the formula that allowed the RDX to become a best-seller, while adding more space, power and luxury.

Although the Acura RDX unleashed at the Detroit Auto Show is labeled as a Prototype, it is seen as very close to the final production version. Both Honda and Acura are famous for revealing prototypes that are very similar to their final production versions. Thus, the 2019 Acura RDX Prototype could simply be a production-ready example of the newest generation of the premium compact SUV.

The new Acura RDX Prototype embodies the most extensive Acura redesign in more than a decade. Completely redesigned from top to bottom, the RDX Prototype is the first Acura model to fully employ the brand’s new exterior design language that made its debut in the Acura Precision Concept. It is also the first Acura model to feature the new interior design and technology shown in the Acura Precision Cockpit. As penned, the new Acura RDX Prototype features a design that starts from the luxury brand’s signature diamond pentagon grille, and continues through its sharply sculpted body, dynamic character lines. The Acura RDX Prototype features all-LED exterior lighting that makes use of the next-generation Acura Jewel Eye LED headlights.

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Honda disclosed that it will officially debut the 2019 Insight Prototype during the upcoming 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. While the brand’s range of electric-powered vehicle continues to grow, this will be the first time customers get to see Honda’s latest model.

It can be recalled that it was in the same show last year that Honda revealed its Electrification Initiative. It was also during this time that the brand revealed that by 2030, two-thirds of its vehicle sales worldwide will be composed of electrified vehicles. This is not limited to battery electric models but it also includes fuel cell, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid versions.

The Insight boasts high fuel efficiency, combined with a refined driving performance along with a sleek sedan design and a cabin that offers space for five passengers. Furthermore, it clearly positions itself higher compared to other standard compact hybrid models.

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Infiniti has officially named its stylish sedan concept and is calling it the Q Inspiration Concept. Set to make its official debut during the 2018 North American International Auto Show this January in Detroit, this model is expected to reveal the future design direction of the brand.

Serving as a preview, Infiniti has released a teaser photo showing a front section that is heavily sculpted with narrow headlights and with some ribbing in its grille. This highly curvaceous shape is expected to guide the upcoming flagship sedan model of the brand.

Overall, the concept sedan reveals a design that is fairly simple. It is one with more pronounced fenders and a flowing roof. By putting an outlet at the back of the front fenders, it gives this area that additional sporty swagger. Going to the rear section, it is more rounded and displays a wraparound and narrow taillight which goes across the entire width of the model. Its exhaust has been integrated to the bumper’s lower region. From looking at the roof, there’s obviously a large area composed of glass. When combined with a large greenhouse, it gives the impression of an airy cabin and exceptional visibility.

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Infiniti has released a teaser of the concept that the brand is grooming to be its future flagship sedan. In announcing this teaser, the brand revealed that the concept model is an excellent preview of its new generation of vehicles. It is also the first example of the brand’s new design language. The concept model will be officially unveiled during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to be held in January 2018.

While the teaser photo does show the direction the brand is leaning towards, increasing the contrast allows for a better look at the line. The narrow headlight combined with the crevice that goes along the hood going to the fender results in the front section having a more menacing appearance. Meanwhile the presence of the saw-tooth on the model’s grille gives this area a more aggressive feel. Based on the photo, it is likely that this concept sedan will not have that angular aesthetic and instead, it will have flowing lines.

It was back in November when Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Senior Vice President for Global Design Alfonso Albaisa accidentally disclosed that the brand would unveil a concept model for a new flagship sedan during the Detroit Motor Show. It was revealed as well that Nissan would be showing off a production model that is but a few years away from arriving at showrooms. According to Albaisa, the usual four-door version can be considered as being out of fashion and this new concept model can be described as a “sexy sedan.”

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Try and try until you succeed. After not achieving the expected success with the first and second generation of the Honda Insight hybrid, the Japanese carmaker will once again try to resurrect the nameplate associated with its hybrid technology. But before the third generation of the hybrid vehicle is released for the 2019 model year, a prototype version is getting unveiled early next year at Detroit.

The Japan-based company will be unveiling the new Honda Insight Prototype to the global public on January 15 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show). According to Honda, the prototype version will be the forerunner to the all-new 2019 Honda Insight. Essentially the prototype provides a glimpse into the final production version of the next-gen Honda Insight, although it is expected that there will be a number of differences between the two models.

When launched, the 2019 model will be latest of the three generations of the Honda Insight, although all of these iterations are different cars. Nonetheless, all of them are hybrid vehicles; with the first two Insight generations employing Honda's hybrid car technology, Integrated Motor Assist (IMA). Honda introduced the first generation of the Honda Insight in 1999 for the 2000 model year. This is the first Honda model to employ the IMA system and is the first hybrid vehicle in the United States. It was one of the most efficient gasoline-powered vehicles – as certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – a distinction made possible by its hybrid system, its lightweight aluminum structure and its optimized aerodynamics.

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For more than two decades, the Lexus LX has been the automaker’s most premium SUV option within the automaker’s lineup. The LX was partly based on the Toyota Land Cruiser, and is a three-row SUV that has a starting price of $89,880. Any serious fan of luxury SUVs would want to get one. But the thing is, we think that Lexus is ready to separate with the 20-year-old platform when it finally introduces their newest range-topping concept at the upcoming 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

Dubbed the LF-1 Limitless Concept, Toyota designed this car in collaboration with CALTY. If you are not aware, it is the same studio that penned the looks of the FT-1 sports car. As mentioned earlier, Lexus’ newest vehicle will be coming to Detroit in just a few weeks from now. We expect it to look a lot different from the LX, based on the teaser we have seen.

The automaker sees the concept as the next genre in luxury crossover vehicles. Furthermore, it is also supposed to “redefine the boundaries of luxury”. We are not surprised that the automaker is sharing very little information when asked about the upcoming concept. One thing we should know is the fact that it adopts similar styling to the rest of the range, which includes a massive spindle grille and a sculpted rear.

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As the 2018 Detroit Auto Show is fast approaching, we expect to see an exciting array of concept cars and production vehicles from various brands. One of these automakers would be Infiniti and according to reports, the Japanese automaker will be bringing in a performance EV concept once the doors open to the Cobo Center in January. Apart from that, we are also expecting a second flagship sedan that will join the concept.

Alfonso Albaisa, who is the head of design for Infiniti, mentioned in his interview with Car and Driver, that the new and improved QX80 will have a very high level of luxury. The new QX80 will have an active suspension; it also reportedly will use open-pore wood.

Of course, it will also have a ton of luxurious features, befitting of a flagship SUV. Though he didn’t only talk about SUVs in his interview. He also mentioned that Infiniti will be having a brand-new flagship sedan concept at the Detroit Auto Show in January. It will act as a preview of the future production version on a flagship four-door that we will see in the lineup in a couple of years or so.

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Undoubtedly the most surprising and first biggest entry in this year’s NAIAS is Audi’s full-size coupe SUV concept. The Audi Q8 Concept is the company’s first venture into the segment after the Q7, which will soon be ready for production by 2018. According to Audi, the Q8 concept bears the traditional SUV’s functionality with the coupe’s sexy and sporty styling cues. And that’s exactly how we see it.

Given the Q8’s “coupe-like” design, it’s hard to imagine how Audi has managed to come up with enough space for the passengers. But then it could also be because of its long wheelbase that measures 3.0 metres. Either way, the cabin space looks very impressive.

The Q8’s powertrain uses a lithium battery with 104 prismatic cells. This battery pack comes with a 17.9kWh capacity by up to 37 miles electric range or a total of 621 miles of range. Though still a concept model, the Q8 has employed the production drive system’s hybrid technologies. In fact, Audi has equipped the coupe-SUV with a 443hp 3.0-litre turbocharged engine, electric motor and 8-speed automatic gearbox. As a result, the 516.3lb-ft of torque Audi Q8 can accelerate from 0-62mph in under 5.2 seconds with a top speed of up to 155mph.

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With the Vmotion 2.0 Concept, Nissan hopes to show the future of its Intelligent Mobility technology and what direction its sedan design is headed. This concept vehicle was revealed by the brand through a press conference conducted during the 2017 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit.

The Vmotion 2.0 shows a good combination of an emotional design with an excellent sense of style. It offers enough room on the inside with features designed for comfort and technological systems integrated to it.

Overall length of the Vmotion 2.0 is at 191.3 in. (4,860 mm), making it shorter compared to the Altima. Meanwhile, the wheelbase measuring 112.2 in. (2,850 mm) is actually longer than the Altima, and even the Maxima. Excluding door mirrors, width is at 74.4 in. (1,890 mm), meaning it is lower than many of the brand’s sedans. The height of 54.3 in. (1,380 mm) gives it an appearance that exudes style.

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Since every car brand seems so be heading to an autonomous future, automakers like Volkswagen AG won’t want to be left out of the game. Just this week, Volkswagen’s much anticipated electric microbus concept was finally unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Imagine an all-wheel drive mini bus that seats eight passengers and comes with a 270-mile driving cycle. These are what Volkswagen designers had in mind when they penned the futuristic ID Buzz Concept. But to some, this idea is nothing new, especially if you could recall last year’s Volkswagen’s Budd-e concept.

First off, the futuristic ID Buzz has the original concept’s autonomous driving capabilities and all-electric powertrain. Since the two basically share more than a few similarities, the latest concept EV also bears the same 22-inch Galvano Gray Metallic alloy wheels, slim tail lamps, LED headlights as well as the all-glowing Volkswagen logo.

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After showing us the QX Sport Inspiration, Infiniti will be showcasing the QX50 Concept crossover this 2017. The upcoming 2017 Detroit Auto Show slated this January will give us a good view of Infiniti’s next crossover model. Even if it’s still a concept, the QX50 is more feasible for production as compared with the previously launched QX Sport Inspiration they brought over at Beijing and Paris auto show last year.

As for the new new Infiniti QX50 Concept, the latest luxury crossover is more stylish than the QX50 currently in the market. This can be seen on the newly enhanced double arch mesh grille design in chrome finish as well as the crossover’s intersecting lines and creases. The roofline meanwhile goes all the way to the rear with an angled rear window that provides better aerodynamics and styling.

Another interesting element on the new crossover concept is the cabin-forward stance that gives the QX50 a more commanding presence on the road. It also has a pair of metal skid plates on both sides for an off-road appeal.

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In 2015, Audi announced that it plans to launch in 2019 its new Q8 flagship SUV, as part of its plans to provide a solid foundation for its growth path. Now, Audi is inching closer to that plan as it disclosed its intentions to unveil a concept of the Q8 SUV at the upcoming 2017 North American International Auto Show (a.k.a. Detroit Auto Show) on January 9 to 22.

According to the German premium carmaker, the Audi Q8 Concept is a near-production study representing a fusion of the emotional styling of a coupé and the roominess of an SUV. The carmaker said the Audi Q8 concept would be a key to a new segment in the full-size SUV category.

So far, Audi has provided two official renders of the new Audi Q8 concept – one showing the front end while the other parades the side profile (although it is a bit shadowy) of the SUV prototype. These two renderings are aimed at spicing things up and increasing the excitement leading up to the official unveiling of the Audi Q8 concept at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

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Every time Swiss think tank and renowned mobility Rinspeed unveils a new concept, it always brings a unique excitement to anyone who sees it.

After all, their creations have been outrageous but are still within this world. Now, at the upcoming 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Rinspeed is unveiling another concept vehicle that is entirely unique from what we have seen so far – the Rinspeed Oasis concept.

Essentially, the Rinspeed Oasis Concept is an electric vehicle in a hatchback form powered by two in-wheel electric motors with torque vectoring that have been sourced from ZF. However, that is not what makes the Rinspeed Oasis concept a unique and outrageous vehicle. While full of technologies – most of them now existing – the fascinating thing about the Rinspeed Oasis concept is how it employs them to ensure that its user-passengers could relax while on the move and be able to do things usually not viable in today’s passenger cars.

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Kia Motors America (KMA) has unveiled its Kia Telluride Concept at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), providing a glimpse of what might be the future of its full-size SUVs. The three-row, seven-passenger Kia Telluride is essentially a preview of how the brand would want its premium SUV to be like if it decides to ever offer one. Underpinned by an existing platform, the Telluride features a muscular stance while being laden with the latest vehicle technologies.

Both the interior and exterior of the concept were designed by the brand’s studio in California. The Kia Telluride measures 70.9 inches in height, 79.1 inches in width and 196.9 inches in length, making it 4.4-inches taller, 4.7-inches wider, and 9.5-inches longer than the current Sorento. It sits on a modified Sorento chassis with a wheelbase of 121.3 inches (11.9 inches).

Wrapped in Dark Pyrite green paint, the appearance of the Telluride is accentuated by 22-inch five-spoke wheels wrapped in Hankook Ventus ST 275/45R22 tires. Up front, the concept SUV features a larger version of Kia’s signature tiger nose grille, as complemented by recessed quad-LED headlamps and pronounced horizontal LED indicator lights.

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Acura has unveiled its newest show car to the global public at the 2016 North American International Auto Show – the Acura Precision Concept. Developed by the Acura Design Studio in California to convey the brand's DNA of "Precision Crafted Performance," the Acura Precision Concept provides a good glimpse into the future of its vehicle design.

According to Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura, the brand is committed on infusing the "Precision Crafted Performance" promise into its products and its customer relationship.

This new concept from Acura highlights the brand's focus on performance and prestige, thanks to certain styling cues like its ultra-low and wide athletic stance and deeply sculpted surfaces that pour over rear wheel arches, as well as a long dash-to-axle ratio.

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