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  • The Subaru Impreza Sedan concept looks good, probably won’t set hearts on fire

    Subaru on Wednesday unveiled its Impreza Sedan concept and, apart from the fact that it has a few new design elements, there's really not much else to say. According to Subaru, the new Impreza will be the first example of the car maker's next-generation vehicles using a new modular platform. That means that some of the design elements seen on the concept will likely make their way onto future Subarus. That said, there's plenty on this car that'll be familiar to Subaru aficionados, including the grille and "hawkeye headlights". At this stage, it's worth noting that this isn't really...

  • 4 things this year’s Tokyo Motor Show tells us about the future of driving

    Most major motor shows are dominated by the official unveilings of new production vehicles – essentially models you’ll very soon be able to buy. But not a certain Japanese event… No, the Tokyo Motor Show rarely bothers itself with production car reveals. Instead, this biennial exhibition showcases the possible future of the industry via all manner of weird and wonderful concept cars. The 2015 version, of course, didn’t disappoint. Indeed, this year’s show featured as many impossibly long bonnets, incredibly large alloys, and eye-searingly bright paint schemes as usual. But what we’re really interested in is the ideas behind...

  • Mazda’s RX-Vision Concept is absolutely astonishing

    This year's Tokyo Motor Show has already produced plenty of wild concept cars, but when the dust settles there's little doubt that we'll remember Mazda's RX-Vision Concept as one of the most special. In part that's because it's heart-breakingly beautiful, with the kind of curves more typically found on luxury British roadsters. Add in rear-wheel drive and you have enough ingredients to put a smile on most people's faces. But the thing about the RX-Vision that's really setting car nerds' hearts aflutter is the fact that it's powered by a rotary engine. Before you get too excited though, you...

  • Merc’s got another autonomous concept planned for Tokyo

    Mercedes-Benz seems determined to prove to the world that it's ahead of the pack when it comes to autonomous motoring. The German auto giant on Sunday posted a teaser image of its latest autonomous concept ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show. The car will be the second such concept from Merc, following the sensational debut of its F 015 concept at CES back in February. From the looks of things, this particular vehicle seems likely to have a larger passenger capacity than the F 015, but retains the distinctive windowless side-panels. That suggests there will once again be plenty...

  • Mazda teases new sports car concept ahead of Tokyo

    This should be exciting. Mazda is set to launch a new sports car concept and, if the teaser images are anything to go by, it'll look pretty damn special. The sports car concept will make its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, where it'll be joined by 13 other models including the crossover concept Mazda KOERU making its first appearance in Japan, two racing-spec Mazda MX-5s and the Cosmo 110S, first introduced in 1967. According to Mazda, the design of the car concept to be unveiled in Tokyo is modern but "maintains a sense of lineage and authenticity, appearing almost...

  • 5 potential Tesla-fighters of the near future

    Right now, the Tesla Model S has no direct competitors. Not a single one. Sure, there are a handful of other all-electric vehicles bouncing around various markets. But none can match the combination of performance, range and outright desirability offered by the ground-breaking Model S. Yes, the luxury electric sedan is hard to beat both on paper and out on the road. The all-wheel drive P85D model, for instance, has a range of more than 400km, yet can dispatch the zero to 100km/h sprint in an almost unthinkable 2.8 seconds (with the “Ludicrous” speed upgrade, that is). Thought of a direct...

  • Porsche unveils riotous Mission E electric concept at Frankfurt

    Things are getting pretty serious in the electric car space, with the big German players now taking the fight straight to Tesla. Perhaps the most telling blow so far was delivered by Porsche with the unveiling of the Mission E, its first all-electric four-seater sports car. Unlike most of the announcements to have come out of Frankfurt so far, Porsche's is all about the numbers: four doors and four single seats, more than 600 hp (440 kW) system power and over 500 km driving range. All-wheel drive and all-wheel steering, zero to 100 km/h acceleration in under 3.5 seconds...

  • 3 future pickups set to take the fight to the Hilux and Ranger

    The one-tonne pickup truck segment in many parts of the world -- specifically Latin America, Africa, Australia, and Europe -- has long been dominated by a select few vehicles. Yes, the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger are the undisputed top dogs in many such markets, including here in South Africa (read our on-paper shootout of the two upcoming new models here. Of course, there are also various other capable load-lugging options around, from the Isuzu KB, Nissan Navara, and Volkswagen Amarok to the much-anticipated new Mitsubishi Triton (or L200 as it’s also known in some markets). But, over the...

  • You want this Hyundai concept to be the future of racing

    Hyundai has lifted the lid off its N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo concept car and it looks absolutely astonishing. The digital concept looks like a futuristic endurance track racer and, as far as we're concerned, Hyundai should let its engineers loose with the long-term goal of making this concept a reality. The concept, which is designed to promote Hyundai's N sub-brand, will officially be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show. At the same time, the Korean motoring giant will launch the New Generation i20 WRC car being previewed ahead of the 2016 World Rally Championship season. It'll also...

  • Here’s everything you need to know about Peugeot’s mental Fractal concept

    Major European motor shows and zany Peugeot concept cars go together like ice cream and chocolate sprinkles. The French auto giant has a knack for allowing its designers to let their imaginations run wild and this year's Frankfurt Auto Show is no exception. At the show Peugeot will unveil the Fractal, an "electric urban coupé" that seems to mainly be about sound. And no, we don't mean just in the pumping Bang & Olufsen sense either. Totally Math If you're wondering how this concept gets its name, here's a brief explanation (courtesy of Wikipedia) of what a fractal actually is:...

  • Hyundai shows the world it knows about luxury with ‘Vision G’ concept coupe

    It looks like Hyundai's trying to shed its reputation of sensible mid-range family cars. The South Korean automaker recently unveiled its "Vision G" concept to a select group of US journalists and, apart from a gaping fish-mouth of a front grill it appears to be everything you could possibly want from a luxury coupe. According to a press release marking the occasion, the Hyundai’s team of designers centered their work on the notion of “chivalry” when putting the Vision G together. This, they felt, best defined the idea that one doesn’t need to shout to be noticed and respected....

  • Google’s car division has a name and it’s boring

    Google has quietly set up its own car company, and it's name is not exactly thrilling. According to documents obtained by The Guardian, the internet giant's play in the car space is called...Google Auto. The news publisher reports that the division is headed up by Chris Urmson, project lead for Google’s self-driving cars. Over the past few months Urmson has been out to charm the world's big car makers, in the hopes of partnering with them to include Google's technology in their vehicles. “Making cars is really hard, and the car companies are quite good at it. So, in...

  • Could a future Apple car be based on the BMW i3?

    No matter how persistent Apple is in its claims that it has no plans to build a car, the rumours just won't go away. This one though is a little more specific than most and states that the rumoured car will share a platform with the BMW i3. According to German publication Manager Magazin, the two have negotiated a far-reaching cooperation which includes the use of the i3 platform. BMW has long been associated with the Apple Car, although the Bavarian automaker has always quashed any speculation that it was working on an Apple-branded car. Instead, it's generally stuck...

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