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Would a Polestar 1 Shooting Brake work?

It was just a few days ago that Polestar officially took off the wraps from its very first production model called the Polestar 1. While this was inspired by a vintage-inspired coupe, it comes with modern technology and a powerful plug-in hybrid powertrain. At first glance, one may be reminded of the Volvo P1800. This has led to it being imagined as a shooting brake like that of the P1800ES. In fact, an artist from X-Tomi Design already made a rendering of the long-roof model as early as now.

But instead of rendering it to look like the P1800ES with a huge rear glass, it was the outgoing V90 wagon that gave X-Tomi Design the inspiration. It was designed with a higher roof that appears to give the cabin more space and comfort, while also replacing the tiny bench in the back of the standard Polestar 1 coupe.

Whether this is a coincidence or not, Volvo has actually already considered a vehicle much like the Polestar 1 shooting brake, and it was introduced back in 2014 as the Concept Estate. And three years later, it turned out to be the current V90.

Read the entire article Would a Polestar 1 Shooting Brake work?

First-ever Polestar Space to open in Oslo, Norway by mid-2019

Volvo’s performance brand, Polestar, is all-set to redefine the way people purchase their new vehicles. But even before it rolls out it this innovative brand and retail concept, Polestar is opening its very first showroom based on traditional network of dealerships. Its new showrooms – to be called as Polestar Spaces – will have it first brick-and-mortar location in Oslo, Norway. The Polestar Space in Oslo will commence its operations in the middle of 2019.

Thomas Ingenlath, chief executive of Polestar, called Polestar Spaces as a vital part of the brand’s customer experience, as it serves as the location where the carmaker physically meets its customers. The new Polestar Space will be found on Ovre Slottsgate in downtown Oslo, as located in a prominent retail environment along with other progressive brand stores.

Actually, the performance brand’s choice of location didn’t come as a surprise. Oslo is the capital city of Norway, where people are more likely to buy an electric vehicle instead of a conventionally powered one. Ingenlath remarked that it is logical to start the Polestar Space story in Oslo, since Norway is considered one of the most important EV markets in the world.

Read the entire article First-ever Polestar Space to open in Oslo, Norway by mid-2019

Third-generation Kia ProCeed evolves from a three-door coupe to a shooting brake model

Kia is introducing third generation of the Kia ProCeed. While the next-gen model retained its nameplate, it has changed from a three-door coupe to a shooting brake. To be available in the market in the first quarter of 2019, the new Kia ProCeed offers imposing proportions, a compact footprint and good level of versatility.

The decision to transform the ProCeed from a three-door coupe into a shooting brake was fairly easy for Kia. As explained by Gregory Guillaume, Kia’s European Head of Design, the market for three-door hatchbacks in Europe has been shrinking.

However, Kia was adamant to kill the nameplate just because of low demand. Instead, they created a shooting brake body for the ProCeed, making it more versatile while having no direct rival. While Mercedes-Benz has the CLA Shooting Brake, this offering belongs to the premium segment, while the Kia ProCeed is for the volume market.

Read the entire article Third-generation Kia ProCeed evolves from a three-door coupe to a shooting brake model

X-Tomi’s rendering of Mercedes-Benz A-Class Wagon is a stylish Shooting Brake

Mercedes-Benz has published images of the new A-Class hatchback and sedan models, together with spy shots of the B-Class, CLA, GLA and the GLB. But one thing we have not seen yet is the CLA Shooting Brake. While we’ve heard rumours that the swoopy wagon won’t be renewed, we think that the opposite is true.

In January 2017, Autocar heard from Mercedes’ sales and marketing boss, Britta Seeger, that the wagon will be getting a second generation version. There has been no retraction so we take that as a signal that we will soon see a new generation of the CLA SB. Nevertheless, we regret to say that the larger model, the CLS Shooting Brake, has been terminated due to low demand.

It is true that a lot of people have a thing for wagons, but the number of people who are shifting to crossovers and SUVs are significantly more, and really, automakers will just have to head towards the direction where their business will flourish. This is also why we should be glad that Mercedes-Benz is still giving the CLA Shooting Brake a second generation model.

Read the entire article X-Tomi’s rendering of Mercedes-Benz A-Class Wagon is a stylish Shooting Brake

Have you been imagining yourself driving a Polestar 1? If you have, now is the time for you to pre-order the 600 horsepower (447 kilowatt) hybrid coupe before it arrives in showrooms in 2019. A couple of days ago, the automaker decided to begin taking orders for interested buyers in exactly 18 countries including the United States, United Kingdon, China, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Norway, the Netherlands, and Italy.

For one to get a reservation slot, a $2,500 (2,500 euros or 20,000 yen) deposit must be made, and the great thing about this is that it is refundable.

Since the Polestar 1 made its debut in the public, the company found out that around 7,000 people were interested in owning one of these, and this idea encouraged the automaker even more, according to Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. This is what motivated them to take orders this early, and soon they will be taking the next step towards delivering this beautiful car to their first batch of customers.

Read the entire article You may now pre-order a Polestar 1 for only $2500

The smallest wagon in the Mercedes-Benz family is being treated to a special version that delivers extra levels of elegance and style both on the exterior and the interior. The German premium carmaker will be unveiling this new special compact model series, the Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Night Edition, at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

Mercedes’ new CLA Shooting Brake Night Edition is basically a CLA Shooting Brake that is laden with exterior effects from the carmaker’s AMG performance brand as well as with a rich interior derived from the Urban Line, as marked by black and white accents. Equipped with a DCT transmission, the CLA Shooting Brake 200 d Night Edition consumes 3.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (combined) and emits 101 grams of carbon dioxide per km (combined).

With its introduction at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the new CLA Shooting Brake Night Edition marks the start of a strong barrage of Night Edition version for Mercedes’ compact class models, with AMG also offering its own Night Edition models for the compact segment. Aside from the CLA Shooting Brake, the Mercedes CLA, GLA and B-Class will also be receiving Night Edition models of their own. Interestingly, a brighter version of the Night Edition will also be launched in the future – the Night Edition Starlight.

Read the entire article Geneva 2018: Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Night Edition is a true visual treat

Mercedes-Benz has not unveiled the A-Class Sedan yet, though we think that we will see it very soon because the automaker has already revealed the hatchback, and it should not be too long for the saloon to come out this year.

The Germany based automaker displayed a concept at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. But we have to agree that this model, in Shooting Brake guise, will be absolutely stunning. Aksyonov Nikita has already done the work for us. He released images of an A Class Shooting Brake that looks ready to enter production.

In 2017, the automaker actually made it clear that they will draw a distinct line between the A-Class sedan and the next generation CLA by giving the CLA a fastback styling. The A-Class is going to be the model the CLA will be based on, and will then use the front wheel drive platform of the A-Class, though it will adapt its own distinct style. This will then be placed above the A-Class Sedan in Mercedes’ lineup.

Read the entire article Artist creates Shooting Brake version of 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Niels van Roij Design has revealed a number of new renderings of the company’s upcoming shooting brake. Inspired by the Tesla Model S, this one-off model is scheduled to be unveiled this March 2018. In addition to having a stylish design, this model was developed to effortlessly match up with the Model S. Thus while the front fascia is indeed recognizable, many of the changes can be observed at the back of the A-pillar.

The most obvious change on this model would have to be the elongated roof. Its rear section meanwhile has been fitted with a tailgate-mounted spoiler. Further this model comes with new bodywork and it even has “kick-ups in the glass area.” It also uses chrome generously in its trim.

The company disclosed that it has been doing significant work on the shooting brake for quite some time. In fact according to Van Roij, the company did some design research even before it worked on the first sketches. Once the sketches were finished, the company then built on three various “design propositions” having a total of 16 different design themes. However the company knew it was also important to put emphasis on benchmarking this model versus other high-end one-off models and even high-end performance wagons.

Read the entire article Niels Van Roij Design previews one-off Shooting Brake based on the Tesla Model S

In a bid to get its share of spotlight in the ever-expanding SUV arena, Kia is finally sending its Pro Cee’d out the door by welcoming four new SUV models on stage. These four new SUV variants will be focused towards its European market, including a performance oriented shooting brake that is likely to be launched early next year.

While the Pro Cee’d has been discontinued, Kia is replacing the three-door hatch with exciting new models comprising of a crossover-type SUV, a sport –style wagon, a shooting brake and a long roof variant. The timing is perfect now that the Korean car maker is pushing its products more globally especially in Europe. In the previous year, Kia has sold over 89,000 vehicles in the UK where most of the sales are accounted for its SUVs --- earning the brand a larger market share versus Mini, Mazda, Land Rover, Fiat and Citroen.

With design references coming mostly from the brand’s current SUVs as well as from its popular Euro-spec Cee’d hatchback, Kia’s upcoming compact SUV line will be positioned just below its existing Stonic and Sportage models but otherwise on the same level as the Seat Ateca and Nissan Qashqai SUVs in the highly competitive ground.

Read the entire article Kia gets rid of Pro Cee’d 3-door hatchback but shooting brake and SUV variants will launch next year

A couple of days ago, we saw the very first rendering of the Aston Martin Roadster just a few days after the automaker unveiled the newest Vantage. And we find it so amazing how these artists work on their imaginations so quickly. As mentioned earlier, the Shooting Brake is one of those possible family members.

It was Nikita Aksyonov who was the person behind the beautiful rendering of the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage as a more practical Shooting Brake, and we think that it is a genius idea.

Wouldn’t this baby Aston Martin be a better choice or at least be an alternative to the larger Ferrari GTC4Lusso, as it will more likely be cheaper as well. Overall, it will likely have 100 horsepower more when at its “T” flavor, while the range topping trim with the V12 engine will have as much as 680 horsepower.

Read the entire article 2018 Aston Martin Vantage Shooting Brake would be a worthy rival to the Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Just last week, Tesla’s Elon Musk surprised us all when he revealed the 2020 Tesla Roadster alongside the Tesla Semi truck. And in just a few hours, we have already seen renderings of the new Roadster, which proves that the internet does not sleep and that these rendering artists are always waiting to render something new.

Case in point, Tesla’s newest Roadster has already been rendered by a few artists, designing it in various variants. One that really caught our attention was the Shooting Brake variant that you are looking at right now. Because who wouldn’t want a bit more practicality in a roadster that does the 60 mile per hour sprint in under 2 seconds?

Of course, this rendering came from none other than X-Tomi Design, giving the Roadster a fuller rear. But when looking at its profile, it might remind you of a Hyundai Veloster, where the extended roof slopes down to meet the rear that has been slightly elevated. Naturally, once the shape of the car has been tweaked, it will have to go through a name change as well, and that is why it is now called a Tesla Shooting Brake. Though we do think that a removable targa roof could be implemented for a Targa Shooting Brake, perhaps? What do you think?

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Aston Martin has finally released some new images of its Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. We have to say that it’s one fine vehicle and it’s difficult to tear our eyes away from it. Why you ask? Well, the two-door wagon with double bubble roof is perhaps the most impressive derivative from the entire Vanquish- Zagato collection which consists of the Vanquish Zagato Speedster, the Vanquish Zagato Volante and the Vanquish Zagato Coupe.

The foursome in fact will only be limited to a total of 325 examples, leaving the Shooting Brake as the most practical choice among all of them. With only 99 examples slated for production, the limited-edition Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake will surely be a rare sight to behold. However, it won’t be as uncommon as the Speedster with only 28 units. That leaves the Coupe and Volante models with 99 examples each.

Like the rest of its siblings, the Shooting Brake will be based on the Vanquish S that packs a 580hp naturally aspirated V12 powertrain, a fine-tuned adaptive suspension and a host of carbonfiber components for the body panels. In order to maintain its famous shape with elongated roofline that flows seamlessly down to the windshield, the grand tourer is only a two-seater, two-door variant. Nevertheless, the Shooting Brake comes equipped with an electrically operated tailgate with spacious rear compartment with even a luggage set to match. Its basic features already include the latest underpinnings from the Vanquish S such as the improved hydraulic steering, thicker anti roll bars, revised dampers as well as the Vanquish S’ retuned spring rates.

Read the entire article Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake shows new angles in fresh images

Very recently, Polestar unveiled its very first production model in the form of the Polestar 1 high-performance hybrid coupe. Yet, there are already people who are wondering how a Polestar 1 would look like once it transforms into a convertible. Imagining such could be hard, so a rendering by graphic artist X-Tomi could provide some help.

X-Tomi had actually rendered the Polestar 1 coupe as the Polestar 1 shooting brake or estate wagon. This version of the Polestar comes with a full-length roof and a rear end similar to a hatchback. In a way, the Polestar 1 shooting brake would allow Polestar to offer a unique mix of performance, range and practicality. It looks gorgeous too.

Now, X-Tomi didn’t stop at the shooting brake rendering. He chopped off the roof, the B- and C-pillars, and then added some features that we would usually find in a convertible. With a couple of visual changes, X-Tomi managed to render the Polestar 1 convertible with an exterior that is wrapped in a midnight blue finish and an interior in black.

Read the entire article Polestar 1 high-performance hybrid coupe is rendered as a convertible by X-Tomi

After the highly dynamic Polestar 1 two-door coupe – Polestar’s first ever production car -- was recently unveiled, not a few people’s curiosity was piqued as to how much they should shell out to purchase a unit of this 600-hp four-seater hybrid coupe. Sorry to say, but Polestar isn't planning to sell its first production model in a conventional manner. Not yet at least.

According to Polestar’s plan, customers could get hold of its Polestar 1 performance coupe only through its subscription plan. This means that no one will be able to buy the Polestar 1 coupe, but instead they have to become subscribers to the company’s plan. The subscription plan is good for two to three years. Once the subscription period has expired, a subscriber has to return the Polestar 1 to the company, or its representatives would knock on his or garage to pick up the performance coupe.

As for the returned model, it would be refurbished to return it to its near-pristine state, and would then be made available as a pre-owned model also through a subscription plan.

Read the entire article Polestar 1 will cost up to $177,000

After months of dropping online teasers, Polestar finally reveals its very first production car virtually. The Polestar 1 is a two-door coupe that gets its design inspiration from the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe. It then shares an SPA platform that underpins the “90” series cars and the newest XC60. As for the hardware, half of it is derived from Volvo’s SPA, while the other half represents the partnership between Polestar and Volvo that’s made specially for this new product.

Therefore, the Polestar 1 is more than just a coupe version of the S90 Sedan, considering the fact that the four-seater has to step up its game when it comes to the powertrain. Having said that, its hybrid setup gives out an impressive 600 horsepower and 737 pound-feet (1,000 Newton metres) of torque.

Besides that, it comes with a battery pack that can let the Polestar 1 reach 93 miles (150 kilometers). The automaker claims that in terms of range, the sporty coupe can perform better compared to any production hybrid out there. This is also because the coupe’s body is made entirely of carbon fiber, therefore cutting down a lot of its weight, while improving torsional stiffness by 45 percent. There is an electric axle between the rear wheels with torque vectoring capabilities for more power and precise handling.

Read the entire article 600 hp Polestar 1 hybrid coupe is officially unveiled, production set to start mid-2019

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato makes its debut with a total of four variations including the Speedster and the Shooting Brake trims. As part of the limited edition model, the company will only produce 28 units of the Speedster and 99 examples of the Shooting Brake, alongside the 99 Coupes and another 99 examples of the Volante.

By looking at the Speedster, it seems more aggressive than the Volante with the nacelle found behind the seats. A lot of the body panels are made of carbon fiber to keep the weight down. The nacelle might remind you of Zagato's double-bubble roof that had been twisted. Sadly, all these are very limited, and it is too late if you still plan to get one as they have all been sold out already, and deliveries will begin in 2018. Don't you think that Aston Martin should have built more examples considering the fact that they have already mastered automotive styling?

There are not a lot of photos and details regarding the Shooting Brake variant, but this one tells us that it has an extended roof that goes all the way to the tail. Supposedly, it features double-bubble contour and glass inlays that naturally let the light in the cockpit. On the inside, it will be given a bronze finish on the interior controls and on the upholstery. The two-seater also gets a tailored luggage set mounted at the back, but owners can have access to it from the tailgate. The Shooting Brake will only be hitting the production line in 2018.

Read the entire article Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato gets two more variants: speedster and shooting brake

Polestar is notably known to be Volvo's internal performance specialists, and around last year Polestar revealed to the public that it will utilize electrification to further advance the power of various Volvo vehicles. Only recently, the Swedish marque announced that Polestar is now a separately-branded electrified global high performance car company. Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President of Volvo, will immediately fill in the position of Chief Executive Officer at the former tuning studio in the bid to accelerate the process of establishing Polestar as a standalone organization. Ingenlath is also the one responsible for the company's magnificent new design language that is spotted on the XC70, XC90 and S90.

This news finally clarified the rumors flying about earlier this month, and now we can take a peek of the newly-made Polestar logo that will be adorned on the upcoming performance EV releases. Hakan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo cars, said that by putting Thomas up the Polestar organization ladder, it directly reflects the commitment to set-up a truly distinct standalone brand within the Volvo Car Group.

Samuelsson also said that Polestar will be a believable competitor in the emerging worldwide market for high performance electrified cars. And with this, the company will be able to market electrified cars to the world's most challenging, progressive drivers found in all parts of the world. Meanwhile, Jonathan Goodman will also join Polestar's organization by taking on the position of Chief Operation Officer, leaving behind his previous position as Senior Vice President Corporate Communication of Volvo Cars.

Read the entire article Volvo's Polestar will now be a standalone electrified global high performance car company

The automotive community is now anticipating what BMW will do next after it unveiled the Concept 8 Series a few days ago at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Lake Como in Italy as a preview of the 8 Series production model anticipated to arrive in 2018.

The resurrection of the notable badge, which is slated for next year, will have the 2-door coupe variant heading up the lineup. Nevertheless, more body styles will later join the range in the future. According to different sources, a Convertible and a Gran Coupe will see the daylight soon. But will a shooting brake be included?

It was an ecstatic few days when the German automaker unveiled the adorable 8 Series concept and afterwards someone skilled with Photoshop removed its roof to showcase an imagined convertible, one that might actually occur in real life. The person in question is now delving into the idea of other hypothetical derivatives for the sophisticated coupe by envisioning a Gran Coupe model that is made with an unexpected shooting brake and an unanticipated pickup truck. After the 8 Series concept was revealed, renderers just couldn’t resist the urge to come up with their various examples of the said concept.

Read the entire article X-Tomi Design renders BMW 8 Series as Gran Coupe, shooting brake, pickup truck

A racing team is claiming that it has managed to break the lap record in its category in the ever-demanding Nurburgring circuit in 2016 while driving a road-going Volvo S60 Polestar, but it elected to keep things in secrecy – until now.

Cyan Racing -- the official Volvo factory auto racing team based in Gothenburg, Sweden – said that it did break the record for the fastest four-door, road-legal production car in the Green Hell.

According to the account, after the FIA World Touring Car Championship round in the Nordschleife in Germany, Cyan Ryan opted to stay behind and conduct a so-called secret test involving a road-going Volvo S60 Polestar. This secret test was conducted by Cyan Racing in order to harvest more know-how about the Volvo S60 Polestar as well as to bring more improvements into the car. Taking advantage of their motorsport expertise, Cyan Racing went on to boost the performance levels of the Volvo S60 Polestar, thereby making it more potent on the road.

Read the entire article Volvo S60 Polestar has broken Nurburgring’s record for fastest 4-door production car

It has been revealed that Audi Sport is setting up the final touches on what could be the newest member of the brand’s RS range. This comes just after Audi unveiled at the recently concluded 2017 Geneva Motor Show the new 2018 RS5 Coupe. Spotted lately has been the RS4 Avant which is undergoing the final stages of testing.

The question on everyone’s mind right now though is what is going to follow the RS4 Avant. X-Tomi Design though has presented a possible rendering of a Sportback version and even a RS5 Shooting Brake. The latter however is done more out of fun as there is little or no possibility that it will ever be developed.

To be clear though, Audi did not say that it will be coming out with a RS5 Sportback. However, fans have seen a dealer presentation conducted in Norway showing that this version is presently included in the pipeline. In the same presentation, it was also disclosed that the RS5 Coupe is expected to be in assembly lines by June. The RS4 Avant is then expected to be in the assembly line by December with a potential premiere during this September’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Should the brand proceed with the RS5 Cabriolet, or even the RS5 Sportback, either one could arrive sometime in 2018.

Read the entire article 2018 Audi RS5 rendered as a shooting brake, cabrio and sportback