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Italdesign and Airbus unveil Pop-Up air and ground transport concept at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

For decades, people have been toying with the idea of cars being able to fly in the sky. There have been several concepts presented before, including cars with wings. Now at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, a new concept of a flying car is being presented by Italdesign and Airbus – the new Pop.Up modular system for air and ground transport.

The Pop-up Concept is a modular, fully electric zero emission concept that makes use of both ground and air travel, thereby helping relieve traffic congestion that has become one of the challenges in megacities. By offering the flexibility advantage of using both ground and air for moving from place to another, the Pop.up concept could become a user-focused mobility solution of the future.

Actually, the new Pop.Up concept is not just one vehicle – but is a combination of two vehicles covering two different routes (ground and air). Passengers will primarily be carried in a small two seater capsule carried by a ground module, with the availability of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) air unit. capsule comes in form of a high-tech, carbon-fiber monocoque. Measuring 2.6 meters in length, 1.5 meters in width and 1.4 meters in height, the capsule could be attached to the ground module for land travel, thereby becoming a city car. The capsule could also be attached to the air module for sky transport, thereby becoming a VTOL vehicle.

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Italdesign Speciali is an ultra-limited supercar

Moncalieri-based Italdesign Giugiaro revealed that it will be launching its first ever ultra-limited series car. This announcement follows the recent launch of its “Italdesign Automobili Speciali.” Designed mainly for creative enthusiasts and collectors, the brand said it will be manufacturing a total of five towards the end of 2017. With this series, customers will get to experience the performance and features of racing cars combined with the usual attributes of a normal road car.

Using a modular chassis composed of aluminum and carbon fiber, this model has an overall length of 4,847 mm, with total width of 1,970 mm and height at 1,204 mm. Under the hood is the 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated engine which allows it to reach maximum speed of at least 330 km/h and acceleration from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds.

Commenting on this limited edition model, Head of Innovation Design Filippo Perini shared that because of the way it is structured, the brand was able to improve the aerodynamics. The reason for this, he added, was to set performance as the goal, resulting in the team going far beyond what was required in terms of style and even from a technical viewpoint.

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ItalDesign VW W12 Nardo Concept

Italdesign Giugiaro stopped at nothing until it was able to transform two W12 concept cars into becoming the fastest cars worldwide with its systems that led to the highest levels of performance and driving dynamics.

The W12 Nardo Concept is the third stage of evolution of these two cars. It was at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show that everyone first witnessed the W12 Syncro prototype. Then at the 1998 Geneva Motor Show, we all saw the debut of the “roadster” – an improved version of the W12 Syncro – at Volkswagen’s stand.

At the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show, audiences saw the final form of this sports car project, which is powered by a W12 engine derived from the motor sports world. After its debutt, the concept came into the stage of production development where tough decisions had to be made.

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ItalDesign Chevrolet Corvette Moray Concept

Italdesign’s Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro pay homage to the Chevrolet Corvette’s 50-year reign as the epitome of the American sports car with their Moray project, which was launched at the 2003 Geneva Motor Show.

Moray, a fish that looks like an eel, is the inspiration for this car with its pure profile that appears to be pulled by drifting tides with its long and slim front lights.

Another design characteristic that makes it resemble a moray is its sinuous contour line that forms the long front portion (a signature feature of the Corvette grill) that lends to a much stronger, more emphasized curvature in the serpentine bonnet. Since this has a forward projection, it is a contrast to the elevated cut-off tail.

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One of the most reminisced concept cars from the 1990s, the ItalDesign Nazca project was created by the famed ItalDesign and Giugiaro. Sadly, this very potent project never made it to production. All can be traced to 1991, when the project began to take shape.

Back then, there were speculations that the Nazca may enter production as a BMW vehicle and will come after the success of the BMW M1. Once realized into production, the Nazca car would have been the fulfillment of the dream of many enthusiasts. However, all that we can do now is to muse over what could have been.

A total of three BMW Nazca prototypes were made, one of which is a convertible spider version. Giorgetto Giugiaro himself designed the Nazca M12, which generated around 300 hp of max motive power from its BMW 750's and 850's 5.0-liter V12 engine. Entering the BMW Nazca is done through gullwing windows combined with conventional doors. Powering the Nazca is a V12 engine from BMW.

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Italdesign Giugiaro has launched the Parcour coupe and convertible at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Italdesign Giugiaro’s new Parcour is believed to be creating a new niche, which is of a high-horsepower four-wheel-drive mid-engined two doors with SUV-like appeal. The Parcour, which marks the 45 years that Italdesign has been in business, gets its name from parkour enthusiasts.

In a release, Fabrizio Giugiaro said that parkour is meant to “move around as efficiently as possible.” Giugiaro said that parkour is quick, simple, and safe, which are the car’s features too. The Parcour car can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds, due to a 550-hp V-10 from Lamborghini. This car is also equipped with four driver-selectable settings that have an impact on the ride height and the engine setup.

It comes with settings that could make adjustments for comfort, off-roading, winter conditions, and track driving. The Parcour obviously has styling similarities to the present Lamborghinis. One difference is an A-pillar that’s disconnected from the front windshield. This feature, just like the design, affects aerodynamics. Hence, it lessens the appeal.

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Italdesign Giugiaro a.k.a. the Italian design company owned by Volkswagen, unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show the Parcour crossover based on the Lamborghini running gear. The Giugiaro Parcour Concept was created as both a coupe and a roadster an it is powered by the 5.2-liter V10 engine found on the Lamborghini Gallardo and uses an all-drive drive system.

According to Italdesign Giugiaro, the concept blends elements from SUVs, crossovers, GTs as well as sports cars. The Giugiaro Parcour is 4530 mm long, 2070 mm wide and 1335 mm high. Despite its dimensions, it can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 199 mph or almost 320 km/h.

Furthermore, the Parcour Concept features a hydraulic system that can adjust the height from 210 mm to 330 mm. The exterior design of the car is completed by the big 22-inch alloy wheels. According to the manufacturer, the concept is inspired by parkour, which is a sport where you adapt your body to cross obstacles in any given environment.

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At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the popular Italian design studio ItalDesign Giugiaro has unveiled a working prototype of how it envisions a posh four-seat that combines GT with eco credentials. ItalDesign Giugiaro, which has been owned by Volkswagen since 2010, said that the ItalDesign Brivido, which measures nearly 5.0m, makes use of VW Group running gear.

According to studio director Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Brivido’s design is meant to “allow people to dream and imagine the future.” Giugiaro, the designer of the original Volkswagen Golf and Scirocco, said that this project is meant to prove that a vehicle that offers amazing sports car performance in an eco-friendly manner could have tremendous technological features and extreme comfort as well.

The Brivido’s drivetrain consists of a 355bhp/339lb ft 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine with an electric motor and eight-speed automatic transmission. This rear-wheel-drive concept offers a top speed of 171mph and a 0-62mph acceleration time of 5.8sec. It also comes with a CO2 emissions level of 154g/km.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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According to the German premium carmaker, the production version of the Audi e-tron GT concept is set to arrive in around two years. This means that could expect the third member of the e-tron family by late 2020, with initial deliveries set in early 2021. It follows the Audi e-tron SUV as well as the Audi e‑tron Sportback scheduled for 2019.

As designed, the Audi e-tron GT concept features the proportions of a classic Gran Turismo – flat and wide with a long wheelbase – as reflected on its dimensions of 4.96 meters (16.3 ft.) in length, 1.96 meters (6.4 ft.) in width and 1.38 meters (4.5 ft.) in height. Its overall shape is marked by a gently sloping roofline extending into the rear, a cabin tapering strongly toward the rear, well-sculpted wheel arches and shoulders as well as a flat floor that is unusual for an EV. The e-tron GT concept is wrapped in a new exterior color kinetic dust, which is a warm, dark color similar to titanium.

The Audi e-tron GT concept boasts of new arrow-shaped front section marked by the hallmark Audi Singleframe with a more horizontal architecture -- the upper half featuring a cover in body color. The grille is flanked by matrix LED headlights with laser high beam as well as animated function. The large front air inlets helps in effective cooling of the assemblies, battery and brakes while the hood echoes Audi’s Aicon and PB18 e-tron show cars.

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Carlex Design isn't a beginner with regards to tuning the Mercedes-Benz X-Class. In fact, it has even created a version with Maybach-like appearance and features. It has also created Off-Road-focused and Urban-tailored versions. Now, Carlex Design seems to be not contented with how far it has gone with the X-Class and is now presenting a new concept design for the luxury SUV from Mercedes.

Indeed, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class represents the luxury side of pickup trucks. While offering a drive that is comparable to a sports utility vehicle, the X-Class also delivers a smooth, comfortable ride that is expected of luxurious vehicles. Furthermore, it is laden with features usually found in premium cars. But at Carlex Design, the X-Class can be turned into luxurious 6x6 beast off the road. This can be well seen on the new X-Class Exy 6x6 Concept by Carlex Design.

The X-Class Exy 6x6 Concept is essentially the X-Class evolved into a whole new luxurious beast. It is much different from Carlex Design’s previous re-imaginations of Mercedes’ luxury pickup. The concept pickup has six wheels – two wheels more than a standard X-Class and previous Carlex Design X-Class creations. This also meant an extra axle on the rear section of this X-Class 6x6. The addition of two wheels naturally resulted to an extended bed, allowing this conversion of the X-Class to load and carry a greater volume of cargo.

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Imagining the future of automotive luxury more than three decades from now seems to be a daunting task. It would be hard for a typical person imagine such future without having the sense of vision and an eye for design. But for students at the Royal College of Arts in London, imagining how automotive luxury would look like in the future is their true calling.

In a dynamic collaboration, Bentley and Royal College of Arts (RCA) sought how the automotive luxury could be defined in 2050, or more than 30 years from now. The collaboration asked student at the world renowned RCA to imagine a truly luxurious Grand Touring experience for the future, by employing elements of physical materiality, technology and craftsmanship – all of which refuse to die even this era of virtual and digital world.

Interestingly, the current Design Director at Bentley was a graduate at the RCA. Stefan Sielaff, an alumnus of the RCA’s renowned Automotive Design program, remarked that the collaboration challenged millennial students for their vision of the automotive future, as laden with luxury.

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Just last month, Porsche unveiled the new 935 during the “Rennsport Reunion” motorsport event at Laguna Seca Raceway in California. Featuring a body evoking the legendary Porsche 935/78, the 935 is definitely a race car you would want to drive in the track. Nonetheless, it isn't car you can just drive on the road from your garage to the track. After all, the 935 is a track-only race car and can’t be driven legally on the road.

The problem of getting a track-only race car from a garage to the circuit without circumventing any laws or local ordinances has already been solved a long time ago. To solve such a logistic issue, teams or carmakers have been using transporters, which can be large enough to accommodate more than one race car.

Such a situation is the main theme of one of the latest creative visual projects of Igor Shikitov, an automotive designer from Moscow, Russia. Posted at the Behance social creative site on October 3, 2018, Shikitov’s work was aptly titled “Volkswagen Renntransporter.” After all Porsche is now part of the Volkswagen Group.

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It was only in June this year when Porsche unveiled the 911 Speedster Concept. Perhaps due to overwhelming response or just a part of its plans, the German sports maker has disclosed at the 2018 Paris Motor Show that it will be putting the Porsche 911 Speedster into production.

At the same time, Porsche unveiled at the event the second concept of the 911 Speedster. Essentially, the 911 Speedster Concept II and the 911 Speedster Concept are identical, with the differences being their paintwork and finishes as well as their wheels.

Both 911 Speedster concepts feature shorter window frame with a more inclined windscreen as well as shortened side windows – resulting to a stockier profile. Both concepts also come with a special rear cover made from carbon fiber, featuring a double bubble cover behind the front seats.

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