Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato ConceptTue, 24, May 2016
The Vanquish Zagato Concept, the fifth collaboration from Zagato and Aston Martin, debuted on May 21 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy. Aston Martin's chief creative officer, Marek Reichman, and Andrea Zagato led the design, while vehicle development and engineering took place at Aston’s HQ in Gaydon, England. The bodywork features large pieces of carbon fiber, while new taillights evoke classic Zagato design. The wing mirrors are inspired by the One-77 and the rear end gets cues from the new DB11. The Zagato also features a retractable spoiler, rear luggage hatch and quad exhaust “nestled in rippling carbon fiber sills.” As with Zagatos of the past, the latest concept receives a wrap-around windshield and a side strake that runs from the wheel arches to the doors. The roof has the “double bubble” shape, also a hallmark of earlier collaborations.
The safe and timeless trapezoidal grilleFri, 20, May 2016
The grille may be the most difficult part of the car to design. Not only is it important to thermodynamics and aerodynamics, it must be aesthetically pleasing, or at least not so unsightly that it repels potential buyers. Remember the Edsel? Automakers can't afford to get the front fascia wrong, so many of them are playing it safe by adopting some version of the trapezoidal grille - a style that since the 1950s has been most commonly associated with Aston Martin (the Rapide is shown). It's a familiar, prudent design that allows a lot of air to move through the engine compartment. Ford borrowed liberally from Aston on the 2013 Fusion sedan. Now everyone, it seems, is using some version of the trapezoidal grille. Here are some examples.
Peugeot 3008Mon, 23, May 2016
Peugeot has given the new 3008 a more aggressive design to help the model stand out in the compact SUV segment.
BMW 2002 Hommage coupeMon, 23, May 2016
BMW has created a design study based on the M2 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the 2002 coupe, a significant model in the automaker's history.
Fiat EaglesMon, 23, May 2016
To grab dramatic footage aerial footage of the Fiat 124 roadster, ad agency FCB Chicago used a trio of eagles with small Sony Action Cams attached to them. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the agency wanted to convey the feeling of freedom that comes from driving a 124 Spider convertible. The ad was shot in southern Italy.
Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt spy photosFri, 20, May 2016
Spy photographers have spotted autonomous Chevy Bolts testing on the streets of San Francisco.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Zenith CollectionFri, 20, May 2016
Rolls-Royce is ceasing production of the Phantom Drophead Coupe and Phantom Coupe and the last 50 cars will feature unique mementos: pieces of the assembly line.
Volvo Concept 40.1Wed, 18, May 2016
Volvo's Concept 40.1 previews a crossover that will be part of a new 40 series line of small vehicles based on a new compact modular architecture.
Volvo Concept 40.2Wed, 18, May 2016
Volvo's 40.2 concept previews an all-new compact car -- dubbed the 40 series -- to be built off a new compact modular architecture.
Kia sport sedan spy photosTue, 17, May 2016
Kia’s sedans look to be getting a sibling. New spy photos indicate that a sport sedan is close to production. Reports have said the car is likely to debut in 2017. The shots, captured down the street from the Hyundai Design Center in Irvine, Calif., show a rakish, full-size car with a fastback profile. The style echoes that of the Kia GT concept car that debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show. The unnamed car is expected to slot between the full-size Cadenza and the midsize K900 luxury car at the top of Kia’s range. The new entry is expected to share a rear-wheel-drive platform with the Hyundai Genesis, with all wheel drive coming as an option. Powertrain details haven’t been announced but this is one of several Kias expected to share the new 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 Hyundai has shown in its latest Equus sedan. Pricing is expected to start at more than $40,000. -- David Undercoffler
2017 Cadillac CTS spy photosTue, 17, May 2016
The Cadillac CTS nameplate will soldier on for another year but feature a new grille for 2017 and other styling cues borrowed from Cadillac’s new flagship, spy photos of the midsize luxury sedan reveal.
Audi A8 spy photosTue, 17, May 2016
Audi's next generation A8 luxury sedan has been spotted undergoing testing in Austria and southern Germany and will adopt many styling cues from Audi's series of Prologue concepts.