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2018 Porsche 911 Speedster Concept is the coolest roofless model

After the German automaker unveiled a new 911 Speedster Concept on Friday, we are starting to think that Porsche’s long line of Speedster models could expand again. Just like the newest 911, the Speedster concept uses a familiar formula by chopping the windshield and position it at a more aggressive angle, get rid of the vestigial rear seats and add a new double bubble cover to replace the 911’s vestigial rear seats.

All this can be found in the Speedster Concept, with the latter item made of carbon fiber. Speedsters also often get rid of the electric roof. Porsche did not provide us with any photos of the lightweight cover on the Speedster Concept, but it did confirm that the unit will provide some weather protection.

Under the beltline, Porsche used the body of a 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet. But instead of using the 911’s traditional mirrors, we instead used a set of chromed, Talbot style racing mirrors, which are also probably the coolest mirrors on this planet. The rest of the body is then dressed in GT Silver and White paint, just like that of Porsche’s racers of yesteryear. On both sides, there is a huge number 70 in a white circle, which gives tribute to the automaker’s seventieth anniversary, below that, of course is the Porsche lettering. The automaker also modified the headlights with a cover that’s reminiscent of old racing headlights.

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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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Here’s the fastest VW GTI Golf ever – the 286hp TCR road version

Have you been thinking of getting yourself a hardcore Volkswagen Golf GTI? Well, if you have, you might want to hear this first - the track-only TCR version is going to receive a road-legal equivalent in the near future. Watch out for the Golf GTI TCR as it makes its debut on May 9 during the annual GTI meeting, which will be held at Worthersee. Without a surprise, this will be billed as a special edition model. Therefore, there is a good chance it will end up being a limited run hot hatch.

Right now, the only part of the car we could really see would be a section of the car’s rear end, and it is only through an appealing digital sketch that shows off the aggressive fins of the diffuser flanked by a pair of huge exhaust tips. By the looks of it, it seems like the Golf GTI TCR has full LED taillights and it rides on what seems like a set of 18 inch wheels.

Under the hood, you’ll find a turbocharged 2.0 liter gasoline engine dialed to carry out as much as 286 horsepower (213 kilowatts) from 6,800 rpm as well as a peak torque of 273 pound feet (370 Newton metres) that starts from 1,600 rpm. This engine will be paired to a seven speed dual clutch automatic gearbox offered as standard equipment, together with the front axle differential lock. Just to remind you, the track ready model is still a lot more powerful with 345 horsepower and 310 pound feet (420 Nm) of torque.

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Pininfarina unveils new H500 electric saloon at 2018 Beijing Motor Show

Following the unveiling of the HK GT Gran Turismo at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Pininfarina is showing off another all-electric car concept. Dubbed as the H500 saloon, this new electric study is being presented at Auto China 2018, also known as the 2018 Beijing Motor Show.

The new H500 saloon is actually one of the two new electric concepts born from the collaboration between Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group, a Hong Kong-based high-tech brand. The other is the new K350 four-seat sports utility vehicle.

HK GT Gran Turismo, H500 electric saloon and K350 SUV are the newest products of the companies’ joint effort to develop clean energy vehicles. All three are being shown at the Beijing Motor Show. The new H500 electric saloon was designed to suit customers with a dynamic lifestyle. It exudes both elegance and sportiness, while boasting sophisticated elements and pure forms.

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Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group are not stopping their product concept onslaught as the partners took advantage of the current auto show in Beijing, China to unveil to the global public their latest creations, including the K350 electric 4-seater SUV.

The new K350 electric 4-seater SUV is one of the three concepts being displayed by Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group. The other two concepts are the H500 electric saloon and the GT Gran Turismo. The GT Gran Turismo actually made its global debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, while the H500 is making its first public appearance alongside the K350 at the Auto China 2018 (2018 Beijing Motor Show).

These three new models – K350 4-seater SUV, H500 saloon and the HK GT -- share a number of elements, including their electric powertrain that features a range extender. All featuring Pininfarina styling, these three new HK electric vehicles are influenced by the same clear, straightforward design language. They are laden with advanced technology, and boast of better ergonomics as well as sophisticated materials.

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Geely Auto Group, the Chinese carmaker that also owns Volvo Cars, has unveiled to the global public the new Geely Concept Icon at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show (Auto China 2018). A new futuristic concept car, the new Geely Concept Icon explores the extent that the Chinese carmaker could stretch its design DNA to deliver a distinctive offering for its customers in the future.

The carmaker designed the Concept Icon through the use of a simple yet refined design language which focuses on two guiding stars: “high tech” and “inspiring.” Its development was done at Geely Design’s studio in Shanghai. The project – led by Guy Burgoyne, the center’s design chief and Vice President of Geely Design China – was meant to see how Geely’s DNA could explore new territories by considering the needs and wants of the next-generation customers.

To create the new Geely Concept Icon, designers had to ponder the definitions of an “icon” and fused all of the answers into the carmaker’s mobility solution, Burgoyne said. He added that the new concept car needed to visually look like an icon.

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Many of us are excited for the upcoming 2018 Beijing Motor Show. But one of the models we are particularly thrilled to witness is a concept based on the Volvo S90, its flagship sedan. The show car first came to life as the three seater Excellence version. But the model had gone through a number of changes on the inside to make the ride experience even more enjoyable for rear seated passengers.

Included in the model highlights would be the headliner on which various visual elements are displayed based on the passenger’s preferred theme. This varies from the Northern Lights, Archipelago, Swan Lake, to the Scandinavian Forest. Aside from the themes mentioned, the S90 Ambience Concept also features what they call a Nocturnal mode, which can be turned on when the passenger wants to rest. In contrary to that, there is also a “Freedom” mode that will give you a boost and lifts your energy. But that’s only if you want to be woken up.

Inside the cabin, the Volvo S90 Ambience has been equipped with the Bowers and Wilkins sound system. Therefore, the dynamic ceiling makes use of the aforementioned sound system. Each theme can be selected with the use of dedicated smartphone app, which can personalise the aural experience. The high end audio system has also an ace up its sleeve as it comes with small tweeters embedded into the headrests.

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The Maybach sub-brand has already come to characterize utmost exclusivity among luxury vehicles. Thus, if Maybach unveils an all-new concept with “ultimate luxury” as part of its moniker, it would only be dutiful to take a peek at this new study. As not to disappoint, a new concept vehicle dubbed as “Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury” has just been unveiled by the sub-brand at the Auto China 2018 in Beijing.

As its name indicates, the new Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury represents how the sub-brand views the future of ultimate luxury, as packed in a shape of a premium crossover. Measuring 5,260 mm in length, 2,110 mm in width and 1,764 mm in height, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is practically a luxurious electric car powered by four compact permanent-magnet synchronous motors for a fully variable all-wheel drive configuration.

Total output is pegged at 750 hp (550 kW), with energy derived from a flat underfloor battery with a capacity of around 80 kWh. This battery allows the concept to travel more than 500 km as per NEDC, or over 200 miles as per EPA. The study has an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.

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As we all know, the newest Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury will be officially revealed on April 25. However, even before its actual premiere, images of the said model had already been leaked on the internet. As you can see here, the same images were posted on CarNewsChina. Take note that these are actually the official shots of the new Vision Mercedes Maybach Ultimate Luxury. Some describe this SUV as a sedan with a tall roof and a lot of ground clearance provided by the jacked up suspension.

In fact, Mercedes refers to this as an SUV saloon that will meet the requirements of affluent Chinese buyers who are vital in the success of super luxury car sales worldwide. It obviously has similarities to rival models like the Bentley Bentayga and the upcoming Rolls Royce Cullinan.

As expected, it still gets the aforementioned “bold new grille”, which doesn’t differ from the vertical slats of the facelifted Mercedes Maybach S Class and the much longer Pullman version. In the back is a retro-like split window layout. Nevertheless, we still think that the design on the previous Vision concept looks better. We’re referring to the Vision Mercedes Maybach 6 from two years ago.

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Buick has yet to officially unveil the newest Enspire Concept in China but it gave everyone a juicy preview ahead of its scheduled debut on April 25 in Beijing. The concept not only looks great, but it also features an electric powertrain that gives it an output of 550 horsepower (410 kilowatts) and that allows for a 370 mile (596 kilometers) range. According to Buick, their estimated sprint time for the Enspire would be four seconds to hit 60 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour).

Buick used the Enspire to show off their take on its existing design language. Up front, you will notice a broad grille and there are skinny, chrome spears that incorporate the LED headlights. Each corner of the vehicle’s face is dominated by big intakes. There are smooth contours on both the side and the rear of the vehicle, contrasted with the trendy floating roof. To match the front, there’s a strip of LED taillights that stretch all the way across the back.

“Surround skyline” is what Buick calls the cabin’s theme. However, as you can see, they have only provided one photo here so we don’t really have a good look at the interior. Although from that image alone, we can tell that it is quite a high tech place. It features theatre-type seating that gives the Enspire a bright and spacious interior. Some of its cutting edge technologies include an OLED display screen and an intelligent augmented reality technology based head-up display.

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You will probably be surprised that there is a Volkswagen pickup truck on US soil. Yes, it’s true. It’s called the VW Atlas Tanoak Concept. But before you get too excited, VW has said that it is not planning to bring this model to production.

CEO of Volkswagen North American Region, Hinrich Woebcken, even made it clear that he is not interested in selling a truck in the United States market. Last month in Chicago, during a roundtable interview, he told reporters that the full size truck market in the country is too loyal to their brands that a newcomer is unlikely to make an impact.

Meanwhile, the midsized truck segment will just not work for VW when it comes to sales as the volume is too low. The automaker sees the potential to grow in the segments it is currently in. Unfortunately, pickups are not on the list.

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During the 2018 New York Auto Show, not only did Genesis reveal to us the G70 manual equipped sports sedan, but alongside it, they also pulled the covers off of an electric concept car that they call the Essentia. All we can say is that it is very striking even beside various machines at the show - and that is an understatement.

This concept is pretty new for Genesis in many ways. For instance, its body, monocoque structure, and chassis are all made from carbon fiber. The Essentia is also considered to be Genesis’ very first full-on battery electric vehicle. And even if we still have not gotten details on the power just yet, it is said to have multiple electric motors that can send the Essentia to 60 miles per hour in an estimated three seconds. Of course, this is a concept vehicle so most of the information we are getting are not final or confirmed.

One thing we must consider though is how beautiful this car physically looks. According to Genesis, the Essentia embodies the classic Gran Turismo design elements, like the long hood and the swept back styling and low profile.

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Fans of McLaren are sure to be excited as the company has revealed it will be presenting a bespoke Senna Carbon Theme during the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. This is one of the five themes that are being developed in partnership with McLaren Special Operations.

As implied by the name, the most striking feature of this model is the complete body kit, all of which is composed of carbon fiber. In addition, the company revealed that this special edition supercar has a total of 67 parts, all of which took an estimated 1,000 hours to make. The Solar Yellow detailing for example took around 250 hours of work.

The black main hue and yellow detailing can be seen on the front active aero blades, the sill exteriors, and the rear wing. This particular color combination on the outside can also be seen on the interior particularly on the Alcantara sports seats in black contrasted by the yellow stitching. Its steering wheel even has a leather centre band in the same yellow hue. While the exterior has the Laurel Green brake calipers, the inside has the doors gas struts in the same color.

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This isn't the actual Toyota Supra yet, but the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept essentially confirms the commitment of the Japanese carmaker to resurrect the legendary nameplate. Likewise, Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept marks the return of the Supra name, around 16 years after it was last used on a vehicle. The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept is being displayed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

The GR Supra Racing Concept is a compact, two-door car with a pure front-engine/rear-wheel drive configuration. A concept created by Toyota Gazoo Racing – the international umbrella organization for Toyota's global sporting program -- GR Supra Racing Concept is packaged in a body that measures 4,574 mm in length, 2,048 mm in width, 1,230 mm in height as well as 2,470 mm in wheelbase.

It extensively employs strong yet lightweight composite material for the wide front and rear bumpers as well as front splitter and rear diffuser. The same material is also used for side skirts, door mirror housings and its massive rear wing, as well as the hood featuring louvered air inlets. The windscreen and side windows of the concept are made of plastic.

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Soon, Hyundai’s new vehicles – from sedans to sports utility vehicles -- will be donning a completely new look as the South Korean carmaker is introducing a completely new design language. This new design theme is now being previewed through a new design concept named Le Fil Rouge at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

The new Hyundai Le Fil Rouge concept car represents the first embodiment of the new Sensuous Sportiness design language. Meant to deliver a glimpse of the brand’s future design direction, Le Fil Rouge – which means “common thread” in English –reflects Hyundai’s belief that its past, present and future designs are all linked.

In particular, the Le Fil Rouge concept car reinterprets – in a very modern and advanced manner – a Hyundai concept unveiled around 44 years ago at the Turin Motor Show, the 1974 Hyundai Coupe Concept. Thus, the Le Fil Rouge concept car links Hyundai’s past design (1974) to its present, as well as to its future styling. According to the Executive Vice President and head of Hyundai Design Center, Luc Donckerwolke, the carmaker builds on its long history of distinctive and sporty vehicles to open a new era for Hyundai design.

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SsangYong is practically announcing its intentions to offer an electric vehicle –an SUV competing in the C-segment – by unveiling the new SsangYong e-SIV electric concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Penned under the design concept of ‘New horizon, smart dynamism,’ the new e-SIV embodies the brand’s future approach to electric vehicles, autonomous driving as well as connectivity.

Building SUVs is nothing new to SsangYong, as the South Korean carmaker prides itself as a specialist maker of utilities and other vehicles that are designed for on-the-road and off-the-road use. The brand sees the new vehicle concept as instrumental in shaping the next generation of its utilities and EVs. The new e-SIV – which stands for stands for Electronic Smart Interface Vehicle -- is SsangYong’s fifth electric car concept shown at Geneva Motor Show. It follows the KEV1 in 2010, KEV2 in 2011, e-XIV in 2012, and Tivoli EV-R in 2015.

Essentially, SsangYong developed and built the new e-SIV concept to demonstrate not just its commitment to electric vehicles, but also its approach to creating a connected mobility solution and autonomous driving. As intended, the new e-SIV is both a styling study and a technology concept.

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It isn't just a vehicle as it is also a service. This is how Renault describes its latest concept, the Renault EZ-GO, at its official unveiling at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The new EZ-GO previews the future of both personal and shared mobility, as packaged in an all-electric, autonomous ride.

According to the French carmaker, the new EZ-GO is an electric, autonomous robo-vehicle and ride-hailing concept that features an iconic design that allows it to integrate into the environment while maximizing new ways of urban mobility.

With operations undertaken by either private or public companies, EZ-GO allows people to hail a ride either from a pre-determined or a mobile location. Renault believes that mobility solutions and smart cities of the future could achieve success by integrating vehicle-service to city infrastructure, as this enables them to leverage sensors, data analytics and connected services as well as multimodal systems.

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German premium carmaker BMW is officially previewing in metal the precursor model for the most exotic variant of its new flagship model. Providing a glimpse of the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe and the BMW M8 Gran Coupe, the new BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe is being unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

Essentially, the new BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe serves as a follow up for the BMW 8 Series Coupe Concept. Unveiled in 2017, the 8 Series Coupe Concept offers a glimpse into the possible design of the much-awaited 8 Series grand tourer that will be launched into the market this year as part of BMW’s massive product offensive. Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, remarked that the Concept M8 Gran Coupe serves as a window to what he described as the most exotic and alluring variant of the new 8 Series flagship. It defines luxury in a whole new meaning – it is polarizing and ultra-sporty.

Just like the BMW Concept 8 Series, the new BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe is influenced by BMW’s new design language, as evident on its expressive surfaces, which graphic arrangement is underscored by precise character lines. The front end sports a muscular, precisely contoured bonnet as well as radiator grille kidneys which contours broaden as they drop towards the road to emphasize the low center of gravity of the Concept M8 Gran Coupe.

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Audi’s first all-electric model is on the way, and the German premium carmaker is brandishing a new model -- the Audi e-tron prototype SUV – at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. This new prototype serves as a precursor of an upcoming all-electric sporty SUV from the brand with the four rings.

The Audi e-tron prototype is wrapped in camouflage, but this isn’t the traditional prototype disguise. Whereas traditional camouflage is intended to conceal the true appearance of a certain new model before they are officially revealed to the public, the one worn by the vehicle simply reveals the status of this study as a prototype that will be used for various tests.

The camouflage worn by the e-tron prototype is a specially developed design film that expresses the vehicle’s designation as an e-tron model. The camouflage is basically a distorted e-tron lettering that spans from the front end, through the flanks, over the roof and to the rear end.

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As early as 2018, Volkswagen already has a clear vision of its sedan offering for the year 2030. As an embodiment of that vision, the German carmaker is presenting at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show the all-electric I.D. Vizzion Concept, a four-door sedan boasting of full autonomy and artificial intelligence.

Joining the I.D. compact, I.D. Crozz SUV and I.D. Buzz microbus in the carmaker’s I.D. family, the I.D. Vizzion Concept offers level 5 autonomy, with operations directed through voice and gesture. It is capable of learning, as made possible by artificial intelligence. Volkswagen will launch the I.D. Family at the start of the next decade, bringing into the market new electric vehicles featuring visionary designs and long driving ranges.

On the exterior, the all-electric sedan by VW, envisioned for 2030, looks like a typical four-door model of today. In terms of dimensions, it measures 203.3 inches in length, 76.7 inches in width and 59.3 inches I height. Thanks to the fact that the I.D. Vizzion has a long roof and wheelbase (122.0 inches) as well as short front and rear overhangs, the concept offers more space than current premium sedan in the market.

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