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Cool Concepts

  • Check out Hyundai’s cool cross-over hatch concept

    This is pretty nifty. While many of the world's big car makers are launching new models at the New York International Auto Show this week, Hyundai's chosen to release a really promising concept on its home turf. It's called the Enduro and it's more than a little striking. The Korean car maker launched the three door crossover concept at the Seoul Motor Show, also taking place this week. Inspired by the world of motorbike racing, Hyundai claims the Enduro is "the perfect partner for individuals living in the modern city with energetic, athletic lifestyles". Among the new design features...

  • VW intros some fun new Beetles in New York

    Volkswagen has rolled out four new versions of the Beetle at the New York International Auto Show. Each of the new models has a different theme, meant to represent a different kind of lifestyle. The Beetle Cabriolet Denim for instance is all about the colour blue. The body color "Stonewashed Blue Metallic" and the soft top in dark blue with a special fabric texture both make a visual reference to jeans. The "Habanero Orange Metallic" Beetle Wave meanwhile is meant to reflect the American spirit on the East and West coast beaches of the USA. Volkswagen says this is...

  • You won’t believe how good the Subaru BRZ STI concept looks

    Check it out. Subaru has unveiled a pretty insane-looking new concept at the New York Auto Show, although it's not entirely clear to what purpose. The BRZ STI Performance Concept had many of the journalists at the show baffled before it came out from under its wraps, something which was only slightly lessened once it had been revealed. If the concept is about STI performance bits, Subaru hasn't provided any details. It could also be a new model because, as Carscoops notes, there are a few design changes including more angular lights at both the front and back. Among...

  • Bentley says it could easily build its Speed 6, it should

    Bentley has produced a definite contender for best-looking concept at the Geneva Auto Show in the EX 10 Speed 6. The luxury automaker also told press at the event that while it would be easy to put the two-seater sports car into production, it currently has no plans to. Sorry Bentley, but you absolutely need to change those plans. Quite aside from the fact that the Speed 6 looks absolutely stunning, it looks like Bentley's in a place where it could build exactly this kind of 1960s-inspired British sports car and do it well. At the same time as...

  • What happens if Google, Apple actually start building production cars?

    Cars are no longer just cars. No, the humble automobile has essentially evolved into an oversized personal device. Indeed, at the Mobile World Congress last year, Ford bigwig Steven Odell uttered the following words: “Cars are the smartphones of the future”. It’s an interesting perspective. And, since reports of Apple’s apparent intention to build a vehicle of its own -- be it electric, autonomous or both -- sent the iCar rumour-mill spinning into overdrive, it couldn’t be more relevant. True to form, of course, the Cupertino giant’s lips have remained tighter than Kim K’s smallest pair of leggings. However, Google – that...

  • Kia Optima Sportspace will turn you into a wagon driver

    Two words were never quite used in the same sentence before: Kia and sexy. Now that's definitely about to change. The company has unveiled its Kia Optima Sportspace ahead of its Geneva Motor Show unveiling and it could easily put German wagons of much higher calibre to styling shame. Leaked on Bobaedream.co.kr earlier today, the show car looks stunning slathered in shimmering rouge paint. The interior, although slick and minimalist to say the least, looks ridiculously uncomfortable. But, hell, it's a concept, so the exterior is all that really matters. There are more tangible details available regarding the Sportspace though. There will be...

  • Rinspeed creates another crazy concept for Geneva

    If you're more interested in the kind of cars we could be driving in the near future rather than the ones we'll likely be driving in a couple of years time then it's worth paying attention to the annual concept put together by Rinspeed for the Geneva Motor Show. Just look at the Tesla-based XChangeE concept it unveiled last year. This year's vision, called the Budii, is true to form and will have more than a few tech-optimists reaching for their wallets. Among the features present in the smart city car are the ability to make it follow you...

  • This tiny electronic scooter wants to transform your commute

    Okay, we'll admit that when you clicked on this headline, you probably weren't expecting something that looks like the Razr scooters that were so popular among children and startup CEOs in the early 2000s. Thing is, while the ElectricMood may be visually similar to the scooters of a decade ago, it's about as technologically far away from them as your smartphone is from the brick of a cellphone you were most likely lugging about at the same time. For one, you don't have to kick off with your feet to keep the ElectricMood going. The scooter, which is currently...

  • Morgan says it’s got something special planned for Geneva

    If you're the kind of person who prefers Tweed to hi-tech wickable running gear, you might be pleased to learn that Morgan is set to unveil something new at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. That's pretty special given that anachronistic British car maker doesn't release new models all that often (hardly surprising given its size and the hand-crafted nature of the materials it builds its cars out of). Trying to figure out exactly what Morgan will be launching is not however all that easy. The company's site reveals only the teaser image above as well as a countdown clock to...

  • 4 motoring niches we would have laughed at 10 years ago

    In the grand old business of building cars, mainstream segments are where the big money's at. Right? Well, generally speaking, yes. Budget hatchbacks, for instance, have proven to be the bread-and-butter of many a large manufacturer. Cheap to make and popular with cash-strapped consumers (that'd be most of us, then), these often-bland offerings tend to possess the all-important ability to swell the company coffers. But, over the past few years, a handful of automakers have -- while still churning out their traditional volume sellers – managed to uncover (or, in some cases, invent) a few eccentric "niche" segments. That's not...

  • 20 pictures that’ll make you wish the Renault Alpine Vision Gran Turismo was real [Gallery]

    Sixty years ago Jean Rédélé brought Alpine, his vision for a range of rear-engined sports cars and racers, to life. This week Renault, which bought the brand in 1973, announced the latest step in its bid to create an Alpine for the 21st Century. It's a concept, but unlike most concepts you can try it out. Well, as long as you have a PlayStation and a copy of Gran Turismo 6 that is. The Alpine Vision Gran Turismo is the result of challenge laid down to the Alpine team by Polyphony Digital Inc, the development house behind the game....

  • 4 brave (and on-going) attempts at the still-elusive flying car

    We know what you’re thinking: it’s 2015… where’s my friggin’ flying car already? Well, contrary to myriad flighty predictions, the winged automobile is still not a mass-produced reality. No, the imagined highways of the sky remain as deserted as your local bank on a Sunday afternoon. Why? Well, there are all sorts of reasons, besides the obvious mechanical and financial challenges. And legal issues are chief among them. Think about it: would the driver need a pilot’s licence? What about restricted airspace? And would it really be all that much better mindlessly commuting with the same sorry throng of...

  • Toyota provides tiniest glimpse of RND concept ahead of 26 January debut

    Toyota has provided a small glimpse of a tiny portion of its mysterious RND concept ahead of its 26 January debut. The car, which Toyota says will be fast-tracked for development, will make its global debut in the UK outside the confines of a motoring show. The image appears to show the rear of the car, including round tail lights. According to the Japanese car maker, the image released today hints at how the concept’s design marks a "radical shift in direction". Right. And if you can convincingly explain how that's the case, you should probably send your...

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