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Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept could be a new flagship SUV

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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Production of Toyota FT-AC Concept will start within two years

The new Toyota FT-AC Concept (Future Toyota Adventure Concept) did excite and thrill many when it was unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The third small SUV concept that Toyota unveiled this year was designed for those with adventurous lifestyles but still have to be connected to the online world. Now, it appears that the FT-AC Concept would soon be developed for production with a market launch seen to happen in the next few years.

Jack Hollis, General Manager for Toyota Motor North America, told Motor Authority that for the next few years, the Japanese carmaker is planning to create and introduce a small SUV as inspired by the FT-AC Concept. Presently, Toyota’s crossover and SUV offerings include the C-HR, RAV4, 4Runner, Highlander and Sequoia, as well as the largest of them all, the Land Cruiser. In terms of size, the FT-AC would belong to the same segment as the C-HR, making it sit below the compact RAV4.

At first glance, offering a production version of the FT-AC and the C-HR would mean that Toyota is having two products in the same segment that might cannibalize each other’s sales. But as Hollis put it, the situation in the near future could be the same or similar to the 1990s, with Toyota offering more than one vehicle in each segment if they are distinct enough. This means that the FT-AC production version would be greatly differentiated from the C-HR.

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Toyota FT-AC Concept allows livestreaming of adventures

Prior to the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota had promised to unveil an off-road sports utility vehicle concept that has all the ingredients needed to conquer an adventure, and people set their expectations. The Japanese carmaker was referring to its Future Toyota Adventure Concept, or FT-AC. But when the LA Auto Show came, Toyota unveiled more than what people – especially young ones -- expected.

According to Toyota, the FT-AC is a catalyst that invites and allows people to break their daily routines and embrace the unexpected. To achieve this, Toyota designed the new FT-AC to be versatile enough for those living an active lifestyle as well as for those who are active in their social medial life.

The new FT-AC is wrapped in Prospect Green finish with Fortress Gray accents, emphasizing its go-anywhere attitude. This character is further highlighted by its wide, black front grille flanked with bright LED headlights. Its fog lights are removable from their pods, allowing owners to use them as portable lights or even as lighting units on a mountain bike. The new FT-AC is also given a dynamic look and confident stance, as made possible by its long wheelbase, wide track, generous ground clearance, extra wide fender flares and 20-inch wheels shod in beefier all-terrain tires. It also features skid plates that help protect the short front and rear overhangs.

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Nissan brought 7 Star Wars-inspired vehicles to the 2017 LA Auto Show

We are just a few days away from the most awaited movie of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And you might have noticed that wherever you look, you’re reminded of this movie. It seems that Star Wars has invaded our everyday lives, as seen in clothing brands, to shoes, and everything in between to celebrate Star Wars Eight. And of course, Nissan is not going to be left behind.

This is why they introduced no less than seven modified vehicles, which were all brought to the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show to be put up on display. The partnership between both the Japanese automaker and the franchise began this September when it was officially announced. Two months later, Nissan proves how ready it is for the movie’s premier in December with their expressive designs, where each car portrays a certain character or craft from the upcoming film.

All in all, Nissan modified three Maxima vehicles, and one of the following models: Altima, Rogue and Rogue Sport, and brought them to the City of Angels. Each car was designed by artists who work in Lucasfilm. This all started with a pen and paper, where the design team paired certain characters and crafts with cars from the newest film. They then chose colour palettes, graphics, textures and designs for each of them. You probably already know that the 7 vehicles will only be concepts, so don’t expect to get your hands on one.

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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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At the end of this month, Toyota plans to reveal their new off-road SUV concept they call the FT-AC, which stands for Future Toyota Adventure Concept. So far, the company has not given much information on this model, but then they promised that the concept will have all the ingredients needed for your next adventure. If you would like to learn more about this SUV, better check it out at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The FT-AC’s teaser, as you can see, highlights the car’s headlights and LED lights up front. This gives us a slightly better look at the FT-AC. The concept looks more rugged with wider fenders and chiseled styling. The side mirrors also don’t look conventional, giving the car an interesting appearance overall.

The concept SUV now has groups of six LEDs on both sides of the front bumper, apart from the existing headlights, so lighting it up should not be a problem. The roof has also been illuminated.

Read the entire article Toyota releases teaser of FT-AC off-road SUV concept before its official debut

November 17 is considered a very special day for Tesla, as this is the day that they revealed the highly anticipated Tesla Semi. But Elon Musk did not think the Tesla Semi was enough, so he stunned all attendees with a new Roadster that he revealed alongside the truck.

The 2020 Tesla Roadster has been a long waited model, and it is finally here, well at least the prototype. Musk announced that we can expect to see the model on the road sometime in 2020, with some pretty impressive performance figures. Like many other models, this could just be hype, but maybe it really is worth all the marketing - we will leave that up to you.

Here are some of the details that Musk provided us with during the reveal. Though he did not say how much horsepower it has in terms of output, apparently, it will have 7,376 pound-feet of torque. As for performance, it will likely be the fastest ever production car in the world (as of today), with its 1.9 seconds acceleration for the 0-60 mile per hour sprint. Moreover, in only 4.2 seconds, it can hit 100 miles per hour from standstill, and only 8.8 seconds to reach a quarter of a mile - that beats every single production car out there. As for the top speed, it is said to have a little over 250 miles per hour. And for the range, it can do as much as 620 miles of highway.

Read the entire article Tesla surprises us with the 2020 Roadster prototype

After several teasers, we have finally seen Infiniti’s newest creation. Infiniti built the Q60 Red Alpha Concept with the main intention for it to go fast. That is why it has a gutted interior and a huge drag racing parachute attached at the back.

However, during the 2017 SEMA Show, Infiniti announced that there will be a whole range of performance parts specifically for the Red Sport 400 versions of the Infiniti Q50 and Q60.

Thanks to AMS Performance, they developed a number of upgrades for the Red Alpha concept car. Customers can get their hands on most of these starting early next year at Infiniti showrooms.

Read the entire article Infiniti Q60 Red Alpha Concept shows us a new range of accessories

It isn't real-life, but this car is making real waves in the automotive world. Honda is introducing the new Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo (GT), a 400-hp sleek and mean machine that is only drivable in virtual reality.

The new "Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo" is a mid-ship-engine two-seater coupe that is the product of an ingenious collaboration between the design team of Honda and the Gran Turismo realism-based video game. Honda is calling the Sports Vision Gran Turismo a fusion between dynamism and functionality. As a true sports model, the Sports Vision Gran Turismo is born from Honda’s corporate culture for doing things that simply looks fun.

In the initial stages of its new project, Honda launched a competition among its designers from different parts of the world. Eventually, the Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo – created by a design team in Los Angeles -- was named as the winner of this global design contest. In the course of developing the final design of the concept, the LA team was joined by other designers in the United States and Japan. In fact, the quarter model was built in the US, while the modeling data and hardware of the GT concept were developed in Japan.

Read the entire article Honda Sports Vision GT arrives digitally in Gran Turismo Sport

Massachusetts may not be the first thing that comes to mind when hypercars are the subject of the conversation. There aren’t even any race tracks or mountain roads in the area. That’s why it’s quite a surprise for many people that the future of fast cars can be seen now in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

These all began when Lamborghini joined forces with a select group of MIT geniuses. This resulted into an all-new concept car they call the Terzo Millennio, which translates to “Third Millennium” in English. The machine has the design and engineering of a Lamborghini. Stefano Domenicali, CEO of the Italian automaker, describes this as “an important page in the future of the super sports car.”

When you hear Third Millennium, please know that it doesn’t refer to the next generation Lamborghini. Instead, it is the code for technology and design that could come to fruition in the near future.

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Lexus stunned the motoring world in January this year when it unveiled the fifth generation of its Lexus LS flagship sedan (2018 model year) at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show. Around nine months forward, Lexus is unveiling a more futuristic yet achievable concept version of the LS luxury sedan – laden with a wide array of technological elements – at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan.

Introducing the Lexus LS+ Concept, a study of flagship’s future form as loaded with state-of-the-art technologies. As Lexus sees the new LS+ Concept, this study was developed to symbolize its vision for the future, especially when it is fitted with automated driving technologies that the luxury carmaker plans to apply in its flagship sedan by the end of the decade (2020).

In terms of design, the LS+ Concept is derived from the latest generation of the Lexus LS flagship sedan, particularly with regards to its shape. However, compared to the 2018 LS sedan, the LS+ Concept comes with a more futuristic front and rear ends. After all, the LS+ Concept provides a glimpse into the new design direction of the next generation of Lexus vehicles, as derived from the brand’s L-finesse*3 design philosophy.

Read the entire article New Lexus LS+ Concept previews future design and technologies for the flagship sedan

Not a few have been expecting Japanese carmaker Mazda to unveil the much-anticipated RX-9 rotary powered car, or even a concept that previews such creation, at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. It would have been based on the elegantly sports RX Vision Concept unwrapped at the same auto show two years ago.

But to the chagrin of many, Mazda didn’t unleash the RX-9 or its preview at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Instead, Mazda is presenting a styling study that closely resembles the RX Vision Concept both in looks and name – the new Mazda Vision Coupe Concept.

From what we see, the new Mazda Vision Coupe Concept is more of a styling exercise than a technology or engineering concept as a whole. This concept essentially embodies Mazda’s pursuit of distinct elegance, as achieved by adopting classic Japanese aesthetics. Overall, the Mazda Vision Coupe Concept employs the Japanese minimalist concept of “less is more,” allowing it to boast of a beauty that while subtle and restrained, is also rich and abundant.

Read the entire article Mazda Vision Coupe Concept is a larger four-door evolution of the RX Vision

Could this be the future appearance of the Mazda3 compact hatchback? Mazda has just unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan a new design concept that previews the styling of future Mazda vehicles – the new Mazda Kai Concept. This new design study was unveiled by Mazda along with another concept, the Mazda Vision Coupe.

According to the carmaker, the new Mazda Kai Concept compact hatchback heralds a new generation of inspired vehicles from the company. While Mazda provided some details of the new Kai Concept, it still has to divulge the specifics.

Basically, the new Mazda Kai Concept debuts a more mature expression of the already well-known KODO design language. It is underpinned by the SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture and will be powered by the next-generation SKYACTIV-X petrol engine. Thus, overall, the new Mazda Kai concept is an embodiment of what could be expected from Mazda’s next-generation models in terms of technology, engineering and styling.

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The current Nissan Qashqai (known as the Rogue Sport in the US) has been around for about three years now, and it also recently went through a facelift. In Europe, the model is very important for Nissan as it has been a huge success for them, being the automaker’s best-selling compact crossover in continent, and the best-selling model built in the United Kingdom. The Qashqai is not only popular in Europe as the automaker has also commercialized this C-segment CUV in larger markets all over the world.

To keep its success continuous, Nissan must play its cards right for the next and third generation Qashqai. And already, the Japanese automaker mentioned that the next Qashqai will have some similarities with the IMx Concept that is currently on display at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, when it comes to the design.

Alfonso Albaisa, who acts as the company’s senior vice president of global design, says that the IMx concept is just a design study, which means that it will probably never reach the production line. However, he did say that we should expect a production model that will be bigger than the Juke, and it will also get some of its design elements from the IMx. Of course, we should not expect the 2020 Qashqai to look very much like the show car and that it will definitely not be as flashy, but some of the concept cues will be having a road-going equivalent. Albaisa said that the IMx’s strong features will definitely be toned down for the production model.

Read the entire article 3rd-gen Nissan Qashqai gets design inspiration from IMx Concept seen at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

The 2017 Tokyo Motor Show is one event that a lot of car enthusiasts look forward to, and perhaps not just those people, because automakers like Toyota and Honda bring out some other interesting concepts in these shows. For instance, Japanese automaker Honda took off the covers off a couple of small mobility concepts that most, if not all of us, have never seen before.

So they didn’t just come to Tokyo to reveal show-stopping Sports EV and Urban EV concepts, but Honda also brought with its five other concepts that will blow your minds. Honda is known for dependable and reliable people movers, and these concepts can definitely make them even bigger.

The first one is called the Honda RoboCas concept. It is a compact vehicle that runs on electric power, which has different types of carrying space with a canopy. It actually looks cute at first glance, as it sort of looks like a golf cart. It was created to make people’s dreams come true, so they can turn this into a poolside valet, a lemonade stand, a drinks cabinet or whatever you can think of.

Read the entire article Honda reveals five cool concepts at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

As I write this article, the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show is currently ongoing. And in the event are a number of interesting concepts and production models. One of them would be the near production prototype of the new Crown, which we might see sometime next year. We first saw the current and the 14th generation Toyota Crown in 2012, following a facelift it went through in 2015. Now, the model is almost five years old and its about time for it to get a successor. The Crown’s legacy began way back in 1955.

What we are most excited about the new Crown Concept is the fact that it will be based on a brand new platform, the TNGA, which all future Toyota models will be switching to as well. The new platform will make driving more enjoyable for the driver while pursuing a future mobility society. The automaker’s statement may sound a bit vague, but we are guessing that the new model would be lighter, and would be easier to handle with its improved driving stability. This model will even be tested at the Green Hell. It all boils down to one thing though, the automaker’s promise that customers will enjoy the Crown’s driving experience.

Based on the photos we have seen, the new Crown looks much longer than the current generation. The new one measures 193 inches (4,190 millimeters), while its predecessor is at 192 inches (4,885 mm). With a longer wheelbase, passengers will have more space and larger trunk capacity too. However, it is 39 millimeters narrower compared to its predecessor.

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People have always known and associated Yamaha with motorcycles and bicycles. But a deeper research would reveal that it also designs and produces recreational vehicles, boats, small tractors and marine engines, as well as snowmobiles, golf carts, industrial robots, wheelchairs and even musical instruments. Now, Yamaha is unveiling a new vehicle at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show that fuses some of the possibilities of the company’s diverse mobility products – the Yamaha Cross Hub Concept.

At first look, the Cross Hub Concept looks like a small pickup truck. However, it was really designed as a new “lifestyle car” that connects the outdoors and the city. Yamaha wanted the Cross Hub Concept to not be too small or too large, thereby making sure that it is “just the right size.” This means that the size of the Cross Hub Concept is suitable for both city driving and off-the-road trips and is practical enough to be able to transport other Yamaha recreational products, like a motorcycle or an ATV. The result is a concept vehicle with a cabin that could accommodate up to four adults, and a rear cargo bed that could be loaded with up to two motorcycles.

Interestingly, the Cross Hub Concept has the driver centrally seated between two passengers. However, the driver’s seat is located a bit forward from the side passenger seats, allowing the driver easy access to the centrally positioned steering. With another passenger sitting behind the driver, the Cross Hub Concept comes with a diamond-shaped cabin layout. Yamaha has found that this diamond-shaped cabin layout allows the Cross Hub Concept to keep its compact size while still being able to carry four occupants and a lot of cargo on the rear bed.

Read the entire article Yamaha Cross Hub Concept is created for city people with off-road aspirations

Not that long ago, we talked about the Leaf-based electric SUV by Nissan. The one where we were first teased with just a dark silhouette, and was followed by another teaser where robots were molding it. And after all that, the actual car has finally been revealed as the Nissan IMx Concept. By looking at it for the very first time, you would probably agree that it has a bold appearance with many lines on its angular body, suicide doors, and the new V-motion grille. Though not everyone may be a fan of how it looks, it sure is something else.

When looking at the SUV from all angles, you would notice that both the front and the rear fenders look like they’re floating as they are designed to point upwards. That’s not only the new thing it features, the EV has got a massive panoramic glass roof that runs from the front to the rear, so it looks pretty amazing when viewed from above, and from inside too, as you get a full view of the sky. The exterior has been finished in a pearl white body predominantly, combined with a vermillion colour and contrasted with black roof and pillars.

Since the IMx is still a concept, the interior only gets a minimalist layout, with only four seats and no physical controls. There is an OLED display that acts like an instrument panel located right above a wood grain-pattered display that stretches onto the door panels. The seats feature a laser-etched katanagare diagonal pattern that is matched with kumiki (Japanese interlocking wood puzzle) motif on the headreasts that the IMx boasts, as Nissan used a 3D printer to design the seats’ frame.

Read the entire article Nissan IMx Concept – an electric SUV based on the Leaf – offers astounding 373-mile range

It looks like Mitsubishi will be resurrecting the Evolution badge or “Evo,” as the Japanese carmaker is set to unveil a new study -- the e-Evolution Concept – at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan. However, the concept bearing the Evolution name isn't a sports sedan, but an all-electric performance sports utility vehicle.

The Evolution had been the official designation for the sporty version of the Mitsubishi Lancer compact sedan. The Lancer Evolution lasted only until the tenth generation, with production now totally ceased. But as early as March 2014, Mitsubishi issued a press release saying that while the Evolution, a high-performance four-wheel drive sedan, won't have a successor, the carmaker would explore the possibilities of creating high-performance models with electric vehicle technology. Mitsubishi did explore, and the result is the new Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept.

According to Mitsubishi, the e-Evolution Concept is a technical prototype that combines the strengths of an SUV and an EV, as well as the ability to integrate new systems to allow for a connected mobility customer experience. The carmaker added that the e-Evolution Concept embodies the brand’s new strategic directions under its "Drive your Ambition" strategy.

Read the entire article Former Mitsubishi Evo has evolved into an e-Evolution Concept

Just a month ago, Audi unveiled one of its latest studies -- the new Audi Aicon Concept car -- at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show to show how the carmaker visualizes the future of autonomous vehicles. That concept looked so promising, especially when we take into consideration that it was supposed to be a fully self-driving luxury vehicle in which a ferried passenger just has to sit back, relax and wait for his or her arrival at a preset destination.

Now, here comes the Audi Atom, a concept that also visualizes the future. It looks so promising that it appears like it was a preview for the Audi R8 of the future. There is one big exception, though. This Atom isn’t from Audi. In fact, Audi didn’t even design this Atom. Actually, this Audi Concept Atom is a rendering created by a Russian graphic artist named Konstantin Pankratov who shared this work on online professional sharing site Behance.

Sadly though, Pankratov didn’t provide any detail or description of the Audi Concept Atom. However, we could make assumptions just by looking at this rendered creation. The appearance of this Audi Atom is definitely assertive. However, it isn’t aggressive enough to be regarded as a supercar or a hypercar. Usually, design studies or concept are heavily aggressive and boasts of extra-dramatic designs. If this Audi Atom previews a future Audi hypercar, it should have very forceful appearance. But as we said, this Atom doesn’t have that particular look.

Read the entire article Audi Atom Concept rendering seems to preview a future GT
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