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Cool Concepts

  • Mutants with wheels: what (production) cars would the X-Men drive?

    Given that the protagonists have superpowers (some of which allow them to fly), it's not all that surprising that cars don't play too big a role in the X-Men universe. In fact, the only mutants to consistently have their own vehicle is Cyclops, who has a motorbike and various types of car, and Wolverine, who has a Harley Davidson. But the other grown-up mutants must have their own cars too. After all, Storm's hardly going to summon the weather to pick up a few things at the grocery store (there's also the fact that at least one movie shows...

  • Could this weird-looking concept take on the Smart FourTwo?

    Smart, the Mercedes Benz-owned city car brand, has always set the mark pretty high when it comes to technology and innovation in small vehicles. But if one, relatively unknown, Russian carmaker has its way, that could soon change. The manufacturer, called Mirrow, has unveiled refreshed designs for its concept, which it calls the Provocator. Rather than trying to shrink every aspect of a car down, as Smart has done, Mirrow's decided that what people actually want is a car that's about as tall and wide as an SUV, but which is only 270cm long. While it seems a...

  • Volvo goes for ultra luxury with S90 Excellence Interior Concept

    Volvo's gone for the very top end of the market with its latest interior concept. Unveiled this week at the Beijing Auto Show, the S90 Excellence Interior Concept is strictly for people who have no idea what their butler's surname is. “We had such positive feedback with our original Lounge Console Concept in the XC90 that we wanted to take it a step closer to reality in an S90 Excellence interior. With this interior we wanted to create a piece of art, a sculpture. We’ve taken many of the original concepts and made them come to life,” said Robin...

  • Merc’s yacht concept looks better than any car you’ve ever seen

    If you're a car maker and you want to remind people that you're all about luxury, it's hard to beat building your own yacht. Bugatti did it in 2015, and now Mercedes Benz has come to the party. Launched in Nice earlier this week, the "Arrow460–Granturismo" is a 706 kW (960 hp) piece of ocean-going beauty. Nick-named "Silver Arrow of the Seas", Merc says the yacht combines the performance of Mercedes-Benz sports cars with unique innovations from the boat industry. The yacht can accommodate up to 10 persons and includes large side windows that are retractable, and the windscreen...

  • Apple Car being tested in secret Berlin lab – report

    Thanks to numerous reports, we know that Apple is hard at work on its first car, but we now have more details on the project courtesy of a German website. According to Faz.net, the Cupertino company has a small, secretive lab in the middle of Berlin which is devoted to the automotive project. The report further claims that there are between 15 and 20 people working at the lab, with backgrounds in engineering, sales, software and hardware. It also adds that the Apple Car is expected to be released in 2019 or 2020. In a rather interesting twist, the report mentions that Apple has...

  • Aston Martin and Red Bull’s hypercar: 3 reasons it could be truly glorious

    A British luxury car-maker and an energy drink brand from Austria. When it comes to hypercar collaborations, that doesn’t sound anything like a match made in heaven, does it? Well, the two are indeed teaming up to build what they describe as a “ground-breaking” new hypercar. Indeed, the odd couple says its upcoming creation will “represent the ultimate blend of cutting-edge F1 technology with Aston Martin’s signature sports-car design”. Of course, these days, Red Bull is more than a mere peddler of caffeine-infused beverages. The 32-year-old brand has numerous business interests, and has made a particular habit of purchasing and rebranding...

  • Toyota’s latest project? Mobility for the blind

    This is interesting. The latest concept from Toyota isn't some crazy, high-tech supercar, or a tiny runabout, but a personal mobility solution for the visually impaired. Called Project Blaid, the device is designed to fill the gaps left by canes, guide dogs and basic GPS devices by giving users more information about their surroundings. Worn around the shoulders, Toyota says the device will help people better navigate indoor spaces, such as office...

  • Is this strange little car the start of a hydrogen revolution for the masses?

    A handful of the biggest automakers in the world have long been hard at work attempting to create a viable hydrogen-powered vehicle for the masses. But they may all have just been upstaged by a comparatively tiny company based in the town of Llandrindod Wells in Wales. Yes, Riversimple Movement Ltd has taken the wraps off the road-legal engineering prototype of its Rasa hydrogen-powered two-seater car. And it looks very promising – if a little eccentric – indeed. Riversimple says it has one main purpose: to systematically eliminate the environmental impact of personal transport. In essence, it says its...

  • Looking to predict the future? Your car might hold the answers

    Thought F1 was fast-paced? The speed of innovation in the automotive industry makes it look like a donkey cart race. The last few years have seen the development of disruptive new technologies that are set to change the face of society forever. Ever since the first Ford Model T hit markets around the world, people have been obsessing about what the car of the future might look like. While the century since the Model T’s invention has brought plenty of changes to the automobile industry, the current crop of innovations represents a massive shift. At this year’s Consumer Electronics...

  • VW is actually building its BUDD-e concept

    A little while back, we told you about the BUDD-e concept that Volkswagen unveiled at the Cosumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas back in January. Well the embattled carmaker this week announced plans to actually build out. Built to be a contemporary replacement for the German company's legendary microbus, the BUDD-e is built on a new Modular Electric Platform (MEB) designed specifically for plug-in vehicles and built with the Internet of Things firmly in mind. Originally designed to show what will be possible in the next three to four years, when it anticipates that electric cars will have...

  • Is the Hyundai Ioniq the hybrid to finally topple the Toyota Prius?

    The hybrid is no longer an unusual automobile. But, interestingly, the vast majority of the world’s modern examples are based on existing, conventionally fuelled models. Yes, these days, you can have a hybrid version of everything from a BMW X5 or Volvo XC90 to a Ford Fusion or even a Toyota Yaris. Indeed, what’s rather more rare is a hybrid that takes the form of a standalone model. Honda tried it with the Insight, which lasted a couple of generations. Chevrolet is still trying with the Volt, which does things a little differently by treating its petrol engine as...

  • Opel thinks its GT Concept is the future of sports cars

    Meet the latest concept from Opel. Set to be unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show, running from 3 to 13 March 2016, the German manufacturer reckons it's the future of sports cars. According to Opel, the front mid-engine and rear-wheel drive GT Concept is a direct descendant of the Opel GT and the Monza Concept and represents the next step forward in its design philosophy. As is the case with many concept cars unveiled over the past few years (and approximately none on the road), the GT Concept features no door handles or wing mirrors. "We are taking...

  • Audi unveils zero-emission Quattro concept

    Audi's Quattro badge originally became famous in the heady, petrol-spewing days of Group B rally racing, but in the near future it could find itself attached to a car that produces no emissions at all. That's if the H-Tron Quattro concept shown off by the German car-maker at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), currently underway in Detroit, is anything to go by. While there's nothing especially outrageous about the car's looks, Audi is promising big things with the H-Tron. According to the Ingolstadt-based company, the concept is capable of around 600km on a single tank of hydrogen,...

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