Concepts

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Lamborghini unveils 910-hp hybrid Asterion

Oct. 2, 2014 09:45 CET
Lamborghini has unveiled the mid-engine, all-wheel-drive Asterion LPI 910-4 hybrid concept. The supercar uses a 5.2-liter V-10 engine from the brand's Huracan model as well as three electric motors to produce a combined 910 hp.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Infiniti Q80 will boost brand in Europe, exec says

Oct. 2, 2014 09:17 CET
Infiniti will launch a production version of its Q80 Inspiration concept sedan within three to five years to rival models such as the Porsche Panamera and help boost the brand's image and sales in Europe.... Read More »

 

VW’s XL Sport concept full of surprises

5:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Volkswagen dropped a surprise on Wednesday by rolling out the XL Sport concept on the eve of press previews for the Paris auto show. The biggest surprise, though, is the XL Sport’s engine -- a V-twin adapted from the VW Group’s Ducati 1199 Superleggera, which VW touts as the world’s most powerful two-cylinder motorcycle.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota concept shows Europe-led design shift

Sept. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota turned to its styling center in southern France to create the C-HR concept that will be displayed in Paris next week. Toyota says the hybrid crossover hints at what it intends to bring to the compact SUV segment.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota concept previews new crossover

Sept. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota will unveil the C-HR concept at the Paris auto show. The concept previews a potential new entry in Europe's booming crossover segment.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

SsangYong set to join expanding subcompact SUV segment

Sept. 18, 2014 11:46 CET
SsangYong will preview two subcompact SUV concepts in Paris next month, ahead of the launch of a production model, the X100, next year. SsangYong is the latest automaker to join the fast-growing small SUV segment.... Read More »

 

Toyota FT-1 gets the souped-up 'Gran Turismo' treatment for video game

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Toyota has joined the “Gran Turismo” parade of video game racers with a beefier version of its FT-1 concept. “The design brief of this car was very simple: Take the FT-1 concept car and turn it into the most kickass, badass, super racecar you can imagine,” said Kevin Hunter, president of Toyota's Calty Design Research, during the car's video unveiling.... Read More »

 

Toyota considers utility van entry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Toyota is considering a small utility-van concept vehicle that would compete with compact vans such as Ford's Transit Connect and Nissan's NV200. The Urban Utility, designed at the company's Calty studio in Newport Beach, Calif., was shown last week.... Read More »

 

BMW: Decision on new-look Mini EV still months away

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
BMW won't decide for at least six months whether to build an electric version of the Mini that will move the classic British car further from its original design. The new car, known as the Superleggera, was shown this month in Britain.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

For GM, the self-driving car of the future is also a thing of the past

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A close look at the Firebird II video shows GM made a lot of the right calls on the issues facing self-driving cars -- issues that are still being resolved.... Read More »

 

Urban development

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Chevrolet's EN-V concept vehicles for urban mobility, on display at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Detroit last week, were used to demonstrate the integration of electric powertrains with autonomous-driving and communications technology.... Read More »

 

Divine concept reflects Citroen DS's design direction

Sept. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Citroen's DS brand is hinting at its future styling with the Divine concept car that will debut at next month's Paris auto show.... Read More »

 

Bentley Mulsanne Convertible project is back in the mix

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014
Bentley's Mulsanne Convertible Concept is back on track. Shown by Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer to a select few customers at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2012, the stately convertible was intended for production. But after Duerheimer's departure in 2012, his successor, Wolfgang Schreiber, killed the project.... Read More »

 

MARK VAUGHN

Toyota redresses FT-1 concept

3:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
It's the second coming of the Toyota FT-1. Toyota is showing off the first and now a second FT-1 concept in California to gauge popular reaction to the car among people who might buy it.... Read More »

 

Cadillac Elmiraj concept hits streets of Motown

5:38 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
The Cadillac Elmiraj concept, continuing a global tour that began in California last summer, made an appearance in metro Detroit late Friday, drawing admirers and sparking yet another round of speculation about whether GM will build the big coupe.... Read More »

 

Hyundai plans 'flagship' to protect its home turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Hyundai, feeling pinched in its South Korean home market by premium import brands, will add a "flagship" sedan between the Azera and Genesis.... Read More »

 

Is Superleggera Vision roadster a new kind of Mini in the making?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Instead of the iconic Mini design by Sir Alec Issigonis that debuted in 1959, some future models of the British small-car brand may look like the flashy Superleggera Vision roadster concept unveiled here last month.... Read More »

 

Mini studies new design with Superleggera concept

5:18 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
The future of Mini may look nothing like the iconic model designed by Sir Alec Issigonis in 1959 but a lot like the Superleggera Vision roadster concept the BMW subsidiary showed off Sunday in Italy.... Read More »

 

Top Kia exec casts doubts on Schreyer's hopes for roadster

May 9, 2014 06:01 CET
A top Kia executive doused designer Peter Schreyer's dreams for a sporty roadster, saying it wouldn't adequately build the brand or boost profits.... Read More »

 

Top Kia exec casts doubts on Schreyer's hopes for roadster

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
A top Kia Motors Corp. executive doused designer Peter Schreyer's dreams for a sporty roadster, saying it wouldn't adequately build the brand or boost profits.... Read More »

 

VW readies a rival for Mercedes CLA

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
Volkswagen's NMC concept all but makes its official: VW plans a sedan to challenge the Mercedes-Benz CLA.... Read More »

 

MKX Concept marks Lincoln's first overseas vehicle debut

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2014
Ford's Lincoln, rooted as an American brand by its name and presidential limousines, took a step toward becoming global today by unveiling a car in China. The MKX Concept mid-sized crossover displayed at the Beijing auto show is the first Lincoln revealed outside the United States.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

BMW unveils concept previewing 9-series flagship

April 20, 2014 00:00 CET
BMW's Vision Future Luxury concept car closely previews a new brand flagship that will go on sale in global markets called the 9 series.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Peugeot unveils 340-hp plug-in hybrid

April 14, 2014 13:29 CET
Peugeot will unveil a plug-in hybrid concept car called the Exalt at the Beijing auto show that hints at a future upmarket design direction for the brand.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Audi teases potential Q4 crossover

April 10, 2014 10:29 CET
Audi has released sketches of a new TT-inspired crossover concept that will debut in Beijing later this month and may preview the upcoming Q4.... Read More »

 

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