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When Toyota showed the highly futuristic Concept-i at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Japanese carmaker captured the attention of many by imagining a future vehicle that isn't just friendly but is also focused on the people that use it. Not a few looked forward to Toyota making true of this promise in the possibly near future. But it turns out that the Concept-i was actually the first of three of futuristic vehicle series from the Japanese brand.
Toyota has disclosed that it would be unveiling two more additions to the Concept-i at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan – the new Toyota Concept-i Ride and the new Toyota Concept-i Walk. Just like the Concept-i introduced at the 2017 CES, the Concept-i Ride and Concept-i Walk are electrically powered vehicles mainly supported by artificial intelligence.
This AI interface -- dubbed as AI Agent by Toyota – could provide responses or even implement actions according to the driver's commands, requests or even questions. Since AI Agent could recognize emotions and learn the driver’s preferences, it could anticipate his or his needs, initiate communication or even act on its own when necessary, like when the driver is in a high-stress situation.Read the entire article Toyota Concept-i Ride prepared for 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
Rubber and plastic parts supplier Toyoda Gosei will be arriving at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Show with a rubberized vehicle in tow. The peculiar Flesby II Concept is a compact vehicle designed for pedestrian’s safety and so it comes with a soft protective outer body.
Since Toyoda Gosei envisions the Flesby II as a vehicle from the future, the extremely compact vehicle is so advanced that it can alter its shape with the use of e-rubber technology. The highly futuristic material designed for 2030 allows its users to change the vehicle’s exterior using electric controls. Featuring soft absorbing layers, translucent surface and LEDs, the exterior conceptualizes a way of communication with the outside while providing utmost safety to the pedestrians and its surroundings.
The company will also showcase the Flesby II interior concept separately to give its audience better understanding of the features that come with each product. Designed to resemble the shape of an egg, the vehicle’s interior is made of soft-textured materials with LED lighting to bring a very relaxing and comforting ambience.Read the entire article Toyoda Gosei to introduce Flesby II concept at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
Fuel efficiency and going the distance may not be among the things that immediately come to mind when one mentions SEMA. But that hasn’t dissuaded Hyundai from what it has already set its mind out to do as we’re learned that the automaker will debut its newest creation dubbed as the HyperEconiq Ioniq Concept at the said show. From the name alone, it’s sure to be based on the Ioniq hybrid.
To make this hybrid version excellent in every possible way, and to squeeze out the maximum number of mpgs from the Ioniq, the Korean automaker had to work together with Canadian firm Bisimoto Engineering. Aside from aerodynamic tweaks, the vehicle received friction reduction modifications as well as mechanical adjustments.
The HyperEconiq Ioniq Concept will take the Ioniq where it has always been expected to go, minus sacrificing its drivability, according to Bisi Ezerioha, president of Bisimoto Engineering. He further says that they have a number of technical elements that not only help bring efficiency, but also raise aerodynamics and design to the highest level.Read the entire article Hyundai HyperEconiq Ioniq Concept is headed to 2017 SEMA Show
Have you been stuck on the decision whether to get an SUV or a van, but can’t fit both in your garage? Well, worry no more because Toyota has come up with a solution to your problem. The concept is called the Tj Cruiser, and it is a hybrid of a van and an SUV. The “T” stands for “toolbox”, while “J” stands for Joy. And of course, there is no need to explain where “Cruiser” comes from as it has been used for years. Toyota plans to unveil this concept at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show later this month.
First of all, Toyota gave the Tj Cruiser a special finish on the hood, roof, and the fenders to keep it scratch and dirt resistant - especially when objects unexpectedly come in contact with them. Like all other upcoming Toyota cars, the boxy half-van half-SUV will be engineered on the TNGA platform, while it gets a hybridized 2.0 liter gasoline engine. The concept will be able to accommodate both a front- and all-wheel drive setup. It will sit on a set of 20-inch alloy wheels wearing Bridgestone tires, and has a beefy suspension setup. Physically, it still looks like a minivan, especially with the flat roof and the seamless window line.
With the huge sliding doors, passengers will not have to worry about getting in and out of the vehicle. But it is not just the passengers who will benefit from this but also will be convenient to those who will have to load or unload large bags and sports equipment. Having said that, the Tj Cruiser concept can actually fit items up to three meters (118 inches) long, when both the front and rear seats are folded. What makes this SUV even more practical is that it comes with a number of tie-down points behind the seats as well as deck boards for anchoring things. As mentioned earlier, it has so much space that it can fit equipment like bikes, surfboards, and other bulky objects through the back door.Read the entire article Toyota solves your SUV-or-van dilemma with the TJ Cruiser Concept
Recently, Toyota developed its newest sports car range, the GR nameplate, which will make its way to Tokyo as production models. This will hopefully include the brand new Supra that Toyota has been developing with BMW. But together with these models will be the GR HV Sports Concept, which will make its very first appearance in public. It is a two-seater performance vehicle with a Targa roof similar to that of Toyota’s Le Mans prototype, the TS050 Hybrid race car.
The engine can be found up front, but it brings power to the rear wheels. There are some things about the GR HV Sports concept that will remind you of the TS050 Hybrid. For instance, the unique headlights upfront come with stacks of LED clusters where there are two horizontal units floating on top of three vertical headlights.
And that is not all, the design of the concept’s alloy wheels, as well as the spoiler, is also similar to that of the TS050 Hybrid. However, once you move on to the side profile of the car, it looks more like the existing 86. But then, it looks different up front and at the rear, also because it comes with a Targa configuration and not a regular fixed metal roof. It is also a little wider than the 86, and is 5mm taller. Speaking of the 86, Toyota once came out with a concept, which they called the FT-86. It was a convertible 86 that unfortunately never reached production stage.Read the entire article Toyota finally unwraps the GR HV Sports Concept with Targa top
Mitsubishi offers a sneak preview its e-Evolution Concept ahead of its world premiere later this month. The e-Evolution is an all-electric concept taking the form of a futuristic CUV. Featuring huge wheels, side view cameras, and slim LED headlights, the unconventional exterior design is so advanced that it has no visible door handles.
An AI (Artificial Intelligence) is said to be featured in this concept, making it quite an interesting vehicle to observe during the exhibit. Aside from the e-Evolution concept, Mitsubishi will be bringing twelve other vehicles at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Among them are the Mitsubishi Outlander plugin hybrid EV and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV.
The AI system enhances driver capabilities and vehicle performance which means the car will come equipped with a number of sensors including coaching function that will let the driver see the road and traffic situation in advance. The AI should also be able to adjust the vehicle to the driver’s skills while reading changes within the environment. Its program provides feedback to the driver through the vehicle’s infotainment system located within the dashboard with the help of a computer-generated voice assistant.Read the entire article Brace yourself for Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
At the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, expect automakers like Toyota to recall some of its performance vehicles from two to three decades ago. According to Car and Driver who cited this rumour from Best Car, expect also to see new concepts for the new Supra, as well as future Corolla GTI and a new evolution of the S-FR.
Sources say that the Corolla GTI will come with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder with an output of 250 horsepower (186 kilowatts). Furthermore, this also gives us an idea of how the next generation model would look. The Japanese automaker has not revealed many details regarding the new vehicle, but as mentioned earlier this week, Toyota will be moving all their future models to the TNGA platform. Not only does that include this Corolla, but also covers the latest Camry, C-HR, and Prius. In the United States, these models will be assembled at the newest factory that they built with Mazda, after a $1.6 billion investment.
That is not all from Toyota, rumours say that a new version of the S-FR concept is also on the way, though we have no idea how this would differ from the earlier model. As for the design, it has a rounded styling that seems to have been borrowed from the Toyota Sports 800 from the ‘60s. This model was a tiny rear-wheel drive sports coupe with a front-mounted engine.Read the entire article Expect to see the Toyota Corolla GTI Concept at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
The new McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo has quite impressive specifications, giving out as much as 1,150 horsepower with its unique hybrid setup.
This model was made specially for the upcoming Gran Turismo Sport video game. Under the hood is a 4.0-liter V8 engine by McLaren that has been taken from the 720S. In the virtual world, the Ultimate Vision GT had been given two front wheels on both the front wheels. Thanks to its hybrid powertrain, it gets an impressive torque of 1,275 Newton metres (940 pound-feet).
The Ultimate Vision GT is not all about its four-digit horsepower and torque, and its all-wheel-drive setup. Physically, it looks like it teleported from the future to the present time. Its design is like one of McLaren’s vision of a high performance model for the year 2030 and beyond. In the video game, players will be able to drive the car with three available configurations, including Performance, Ulterior and Noir. Each configuration also looks incredibly unique in their own way. We think that the Noir is the best looking version with its blacked out livery, but there’s actually no clear winner as each variant is outstanding.Read the entire article Check out this virtual McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo
With the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show coming up, we expect automakers from all over the world to be ready to present the coolest, most technologically advanced and weirdest models they have conceptualized and designed.
The Tokyo Motor Show is looking more and more interesting with the number of concepts lined up to be revealed. And one of the most recent ones that has been added to the list would be the Honda Sports EV Concept. As its name suggests, it will be an electric sports car designed with square taillights. This hints that the compact coupe might be related to the Urban EV concept, which they revealed at Frankfurt earlier this month.
So far, Honda has not given full details regarding the Sports EV concept, apart from it being a zero-emissions car and that it will have a friendly face. That actually gives us another reason to believe that the two concepts are somewhat connected. As you can see in the sketch, the Sports EV Concept has a retro and futuristic vibe that is quite attractive, thanks to its sleek roofline and bulging fenders.Read the entire article Honda teases the Sports EV Concept ahead of 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
Suzuki will be introducing a range of new concepts for the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show and one of them is the Xbee (or Crossbi as how you’re supposed to say it) that bears similarities with Toyota’s FJ Cruiser. From the outside, the tiny Xbee (or Suzuki’s own mini version of the FJ Cruiser) seems to have drawn its design inspiration from the Hustler minivan J Style II concept from 2015.
For this year, Suzuki’s Spacia tall minivans will be joining the Xbee on stage at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The Xbee will be arriving there in black Street Adventure trim along with Xbee’s beige colored Outdoor Adventure. There’s also one variant that’s yellow with a black colored roof.
According to the Japanese car manufacturer, the crossover is designed primarily for different people with different lifestyles. The Xbee is perfect for those who love driving close to nature or around the city. The small crossover wagon features SUV-like bumpers with plastic protectors to further enhance the adventurous image it wants to convey. With its ample space, the Xbee not only functions like an SUV but is also fun and easy to drive.Read the entire article Suzuki will bring three Xbee concepts at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
Suzuki will once again drive us far ahead into the future at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Collectively known as the future of the compact sport utility truck, the e-Survivor Concept will be featuring a two-seat open cockpit with hints of Jimny and Vitara’s styling cues. While the truck-like ladder body frame is quite similar to a Jeep Wrangler at first impression, the e-Survivor also has some very unique designs by incorporating glowing wheels and clear view side doors into the concept.
The images released ahead of the premiere show us what appears to be an off-road capable SUV with highly sufficient ground clearance and wheels that extend more than the actual width of the vehicle. Think of the old X-90 and Samurai if there are no other ways to describe it. Sitting on a small wheelbase of 2300mm, it is said to come with measurements of 3460mm long, 1645mm wide and 1655 tall. There isn’t a lot to say yet except it does have an integrated electric propulsion and all-wheel drive system with individual hub motors on each wheel. It is likely to employ lightweight materials and show some excellent approach and departure angles.
Since Suzuki’s latest off-road concept should also have the most futuristic cabin design, the e-Survivor is equipped with a full-width digital display that sits just below the windshield. If you think that’s enough, there is one more at the dashboard facing the passenger side, another one at the steering wheel and a couple more could be found between the seats along the center. Both the entertainment and navigation system use a spherical display which is located on top of the center console. The built-in climate control vents instead are mounted on the seats. All said, the specs of the battery and power output up to now remain a mystery.Read the entire article Suzuki e-Survivor Concept to debut at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
Honda is showcasing the retro-inspired EV concept in Germany’s 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show which will last until September 24. The retro styled city car, which is also the Japanese car brand’s first production EV for the European market, is featuring a funky design with two rounded headlights akin to the hatchbacks from the seventies and eighties.
Beyond the wide-eyed front fascia and small dimensions comes a deep muscular stance that not only provides the Urban EV with sporty driving capability but also make it more stable for its size. If compared with the Honda Jazz supermini, the Urban concept will come out 100m shorter with its current length of 3,895mm.
Inside, the cabin features a wind screen with some thin A-pillars for better visibility and a couple of bench seats to make room for up to four occupants. There is also a large dashboard with wood veneer as well as a screen that wraps around the dash that goes throughout the hatchback’s two main doors. The main display provides specific information about the EV’s energy consumption, battery life and range status while the wrap around screen on both side of the doors work as the vehicle’s side mirrors with the help of the digital camera.Read the entire article 2017 IAA: Honda goes retro with its enchanting Urban EV concept
If you know of the Japanese-spec RX-8 Spirit R special edition from 2011, you would be aware of the rotary engine. In fact, it was the last model to be equipped with the said engine. But recently, Mazda hinted that the RX might come back to life, and this may look like the RX Vision concept unveiled in 2015. Furthermore, when the Japanese automaker celebrated the 50th anniversary of rotary power this year, they did say that “the story is not over yet” - another reason why we should expect to see this soon. Therefore, we are hoping to see a new rotary-powered show car for next month’s 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.
The new concept that seems like an evolution RX Vision may actually be closer to a production model. During the Frankfurt Motor Show, Matsuhiro Tanaka, Mazda’s Vice President for R&D Europe, said that the model will represent an intention from the design and engineering community to turn it into a reality. He further explained himself saying that they are trying their best to make things work, and make them a possibility. Coming from him, that is more viable than just a gossip.
Unlike before with the MX-5 / 124 Spider where Mazda partnered with Fiat, they will be working solo this time, says Tanaka. The company made it clear that they are currently not interested in teaming up with another automaker to cut down on development and costs.Read the entire article Expect Mazda to bring rotary-powered concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
Clearly, Renault is way ahead of many automakers with their all new Symbioz Concept. The concept isn’t intended for this year or the next as it’s targeted to be ready by 2030.
As seen at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, it is a five-door hatchback that can be converted into a space that functions like a living room. While presenting it to the audience, Renault showed how you can drive this all-electric into a house, park it, and turn it into an extra modular room. This appears to be the French automaker's interpretation of a mobile home.
The Symbioz is the next concept that Renault has come up with after the Trezor from last year's Paris Motor Show. It’s different in its own way. It has a low and flat roof design, a large greenhouse, and C shaped LED headlights and tail lights. When talking about the design, Renault argues that the Symbioz' appearance is suitable for the year 2030, when everyone will be driving nothing but electric cars.Read the entire article Renault Symbioz Concept can double as a mobile living room
Brabus has unveiled the Ultimate E Concept in Germany, an extremely styled Smart ForTwo Coupe equipped with a transverse electric motor, a type of layout in which the electric motor is installed right behind the vehicle’s rear axle.
The environment friendly city car is wearing the Brabus Widestar body kit, a sporty package exclusively developed for Brabus Ultimate models featuring wide fenders, Monoblock Y Wheels and 18-inch wide base tires. Currently on exhibit at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Ultimate E concept in bright yellow body paint has also received a specially developed Brabus suspension and aerodynamic parts such as the wind-tunnel developed spoiler with rear diffuser and rocker panels also aerodynamically enhanced using the same technology.
Inside, the bespoke interior shows an aluminum brake lever, shift knob, stainless steel pedals while the fine leather upholstery comes in blue Brabus Mastik leather material. This breathable and velvety soft leather with honeycomb quilting pattern has been wrapped throughout the dashboard, C-pillars and A-pillars as well as across the two door panels and the two main seats.Read the entire article 201 hp Brabus Ultimate E Concept debuts at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
Mercedes-Benz has been planning on extending their full lineup of electric cars, and this time, it is the new EQ A Concept that they have just unveiled for a futuristic three-door hatchback. As seen at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the EQ A is even smaller than the Vision EQ ForTwo Concept that is great for future car-sharing fleets.
Similar to other Mercedes-Benz EQ concepts, the EQ A has a smooth, rounded shape. It is slightly different with its round nose with short overhangs that lead to a steeply raked windshield and flowing roof that goes over the hatch. Overall, it definitely looks like it has come from the future.
New upgrades had been added to the EQ A such as high-tech bits and pieces. For instance, it was designed with an adaptive grille instead of the conventional ones we often see, and this even reflects the car's driving modes. For instance, when on Sport mode, the grille draws a horizontal blue line to indicate this. On Sport Plus mode, the image on the Panamericana grille switches to vertical red slats instead. How cool is that?Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz EQ A Concept has quite the futuristic design
BMW is presenting at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show a new concept that allows the public to see a more immediate future of electric mobility, as interpreted by the German premium carmaker. This new concept – the BMW i Vision Dynamics – intends to show that the future of electric mobility has already arrived at the BMW Group, according to Harald Kruger, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG.
While BMW’s NEXT 100 vehicles presented in 2016 dwell more into the far future of mobility, the BMW i Vision Dynamics looks into what will arrive a few years from now. As intended, the new BMW i Vision Dynamics is a dynamic and progressive, four-door Gran Coupe that envisions future electric mobility between the BMW i3 and BMW i8. Kruger noted that the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept envisages how the carmaker partly plans to carry out its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy, which in part entails offering 25 electrified models – 12 of which will be all-electric – by 2025.
Even though the i Vision Dynamics concept is a vehicle from the future, it is still easily identifiable as a BMW, thanks to a number of familiar design cues up front. For instance, the new BMW i Vision Dynamics still features the already iconic BMW kidney. But as expected, the design of the BMW kidney on the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept has been reinterpreted to mold the past and the future of the brand. The kidneys are now prominent and enclosed. Featuring no large grille openings, the kidneys now function as an intelligent surface where the sensors of the concept are embedded.Read the entire article BMW previews near-future of its electric mobility with i Vision Dynamics at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
Imagine a futuristic D-segment car that could ferry up to four passengers in utmost convenience and luxury. Yes, there is no driver involved and the passengers just need to sit back, relax and wait for their imminent arrival at the predetermined destination. Now, if your imagination is failing you, then one of Audi’s newest concepts – the new Audi Aicon Concept car -- being displayed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show could help you visualize the future of autonomous vehicles.
As designed, the new Audi Aicon is a 2+2 technology show car that measures 5,444 mm (17.9 ft.) in length, 2,100 mm (6.9 ft.) in width and 1,506 mm (4.9 ft.) in height, with a wheelbase of 3,470 mm (11.4 ft.). The focus of the new Aicon is to provide a spacious and functional cabin where passengers transitions from the point of departure to the destination – all done autonomously. The new Aicon is capable of Level 5 autonomy, which means that it employs a fully-autonomous system that is good enough to replace a human driver in any driving situation or condition. The autonomy level of the new Aicon is determined to be good enough to pull up to a charging station on its own in an AI Zone and recharge its battery sans human intervention.
The interior of the Aicon has been designed to resemble that of a first-class airline cabin – spacious, comfortable and luxurious. To achieve a great sense of space, the Aicon is provided with large glass surfaces both at the front and rear as well as with convex side windows. The side windows feature a hard line running along them from the A-pillar to the D-pillar, thereby helping accentuate the Aicon’s length. This is addition to the fact that its wheelbase is 240 mm (9.4 in) longer than that of the Audi A8 flagship.Read the entire article Audi Aicon imagines the future of zero-emission Level 5 autonomous premium vehicles
At the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen revealed the all-electric I.D. Crozz II Concept as a way to tell the audience that they are pushing through with electrification in 2020. At first glance, the design of this concept will remind you of the earlier I.D. Crozz. The compact crossover picks up design cues from it, but is more stylish and eye-catching with its two-tone colour scheme. The one we are seeing live is finished in a Hibiscus Red Metallic paint and a silver roof.
Herbert Diess, Volkswagen CEO said in his statement that their company focuses on making technology more accessible to people. He also said that the Golf of the future must still be the people’s car.
Better than the first concept, the Crozz II aesthetically looks better with its new and cleaner headlights, getting rid of the louver-like strips of LED lights. The contrast that the two-tone paint gives really helped with the vehicle’s design, especially from the rear three-quarters perspective. There is a nice balance between the silver roof and the red body, making it really stand out from the crowd.Read the entire article VW I.D. Crozz II Concept looks more stylish than the previous electric crossover concept
As I write this, there leaves no doubt in my mind that the new Audi A8 (D5) is going to be one of the hottest stars at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The full size luxury sedan comes with a number of autonomous driving system meeting level 3 requirements. Already, the A8 sounds quite awesome, but it will be joined by two other concept that are even more high tech - one with level 4 capabilities and another one with a level 5 status, sans the steering wheel and pedals.
The first concept, with level 4 capabilities, will have a coupe-SUV shape based on the E-Tron Sportback concept that we first witnessed at this year’s Auto Shanghai. It will still come with the same dimensions of 4.9 feet in length (16.1 feet), that carries three electric motors delivering a combined output of 496 horsepower (370 kilowatts). This concept enables the car to drive at speeds of 81 miles per hour (130 kph) on the highway, and it can even change lanes automatically without the help of a human being.
The even more advanced concept, on the other hand, will have the shape of a large car (D segment) with at least four electric motors. Naturally, we would expect a lot of power from this, and the automakers say that these will have a battery pack with enough power for 435 to 497 miles (700 to 800 kilometers) and Audi. They also said that the model will feature a “spectacular and groundbreaking” design both on the exterior and the interior.Read the entire article Audi Aicon and Elaine concepts will join the A8 at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
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