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During the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Nissan showed off its Sport Sedan Concept (pictured above), an orange creation meant to foreshadow the next generation of the brand’s “Four-Door Sports Car,” the Maxima. For the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, though, Nissan is going to deliver a Chinese take on a future four-door, with the New Sedan Concept (imaginative name, we know).
Like the Nissan Friend-Me Concept from the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, the NSC has been designed by Nissan Design China in Beijing. Outside of that, information is in short supply. Nissan claims this latest concept is targeted at the Chinese digital lifestyle. Whether it serves as an evolution of the Friend-Me’s swoopy design or a regional take on Nissan’s Detroit concept, though, remains to be seen.
We’ll have the full slate of info on the Nissan New Sedan Concept, along with everything else that happens at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, when the floor opens on April 23. Take a look below for the official press release from Nissan, which also includes a recap of previously debuted models that will be shown at Beijing.
Although Samsung is making strides in the wearable market, the new Gear models are still sitting uncomfortably on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to form and function. The Gear 2 and Gear Neo watches are sleeker than the Galaxy Gear, but they haven’t completely shed their bulky, boxy exteriors quite yet. The Gear Fit is much more practical and discreet, but lacks the functionality of its larger counterparts. What we need is a middle ground, and that’s exactly what Gábor Balogh’s concept design is hoping to bring to the table.
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The official photos of Mazda’s Hazumi concept leaked out yesterday, but we have finally gotten to see it in real life at the Geneva Motor Show. Our view is that its Kodo lines looks as good on the diminutive car’s sheet metal as they did in photos.
The Hazumi was designed to appear to be bursting with energy, and it seems to deliver. While Mazda refuses to actually say that this is the concept for the next Mazda2, it makes it clear that the little hatchback is “foreshadowing Mazda’s next-generation subcompact car.” We can all read between the lines.
Hazumi also introduces the new Skyactiv-D 1.5-liter diesel engine but details about it are scant at the moment. The specs for the engine are still unannounced, but the company promises that it is both very efficient and has lots of torque for its size. Mazda is also promising that its Mazda Connect infotainment system will be available in the car too. Scroll down for the brief press release a brace of videos that celebrate the tiny concept’s arrival.
Hyundai says the Intrado is “relevant to consumers” and is “far more than a styling exercise.”
Just because it’s packing a futuristic powertrain doesn’t mean that the new Hyundai Intrado concept isn’t a preview of a crossover we’ll be seeing on the road in the near future. After all, the hydrogen CUV unveiled today at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is from Hyundai, which is just about to launch the hydrogen-powered Tuscon fuel cell in the US later this spring. The accompanying press release even says the concept is “relevant to consumers.” If that’s not a hint, we don’t know what is.
Intrado apparently means the underside of an airplane wing, and the CUV that bears the inscription tries to lift off with a sleek, lightweight and aerodynamic body that Hyundai says, is “far more than a styling exercise” and the focus “inside and out is on meeting the needs of consumers with busy lifestyles.” That means the interior is as uncluttered as the shiny outside, with lots of carbon fiber accents. Thanks to a next-generation hydrogen fuel-cell stack and a 36 kW li-ion battery, the Intrado has a range of around 375 miles.
As if we needed another hint that the Intrado is previewing a production vehicle, we’ll leave you with a statement from Woong-chul Yang, vice chairman at Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) Namyang R&D Centre, who said the Intrado is, “a vision of how eco-friendly cars will deliver delight to our customers.” Feel free to read more in the press release below.
You’re looking at the third leg of Volvo’s award-winning concept trilogy, the Concept Estate. Despite its banal name, this sweeping longroof showcar has our attention like few other cars at the Geneva Motor Show.
It’s not just that we have a weakness for shooting brakes or Volvo’s take on the genre in particular (we can see some P1800ES in this design). We just think this car is exceptionally well surfaced, with a fantastic stance and the sort of clean lines that are singularly appropriate of a Scandinavian design. We also appreciate the details that are expected to inform future production models, including the T-shaped headlamps, strong rear shoulders and floating grille mount. In fact, the vast majority of the Concept Estate’s design idiom is expected to make it to showrooms in future models, starting with the long-overdue, second-generation XC90 crossover.
We hope – but don’t expect – that attitude carries over to the interior, which has stunning, white leather, floating clamshell seats backed in plaid. If there’s one cabin feature that’s expected to make it to production, it’s a derivative of the car’s new infotainment system, which features a massive touchscreen with tablet-like gesture controls.
Volvo isn’t saying what – if anything – powers the Concept Estate, but any production model would likely sprout a pair of extra doors (adopting a more traditional station wagon form) and turbocharged, four-cylinder power.
What are you waiting for? Soak up our gallery of live photos, then scroll down to view a trio of official videos.
Of all the brands under the Volkswagen Group umbrella, Škoda is not the one we’d most associate with cutting-edge design. Its hatchbacks and sedans tend to be styled rather conservatively to cater to tastes that would be turned off by the flash of a Seat or even a VW. But that changes here and now at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show with the reveal of the VisionC.
Looking like a Czech take on an Audi A7, the VisionC concept rides on the same MQB platform as the Octavia, the Golf, the Leon and the A3. But where those vehicles all adopt rather conventional forms (or rooflines, anyway), the VisionC cuts a more dashing profile, rendered in the same shade of Metallic Kermit you might see on a Škoda rally car.
Despite the rakish good looks, punctuated by hyper-modern angular lighting, the VisionC packs a 1.4-liter turbo four with only 109 horsepower to offer, but offers flex-fuel capabilities to burn either gasoline or compressed natural gas. In other words, it’s green in more ways than one, and if this foreshadows the future of Škoda design, you just might find us standing on the shore gazing longingly across the Atlantic and hoping for its arrival.
We are used to seeing full vehicles being unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, or at least concepts that presage a future model, but the German engineering group EDAG stripped things down even further to imagine a future car cockpit. Really, it’s a way for the company to show off its next-generation manufacturing technology that allows it to make parts in a single production process.
The company says that a turtle’s skeleton inspired the cockpit’s design (which is a bit morbid), and that it features a protective shell on the outside to support the fragile parts inside. It’s made using a technique called fused deposition modeling, which is similar to the process used in 3D printing but on a much bigger scale. In the case of the Genesis, robots laid down layer after layer of thermoplastic to produce the complex shape. EDAG says that it could also be done with carbon fiber as well to offer strength and lightness.
The company admits that this technology is still in its infancy, and we are still far away from large-scale industrial production of components like this. However, it is technically possible. It believes that fused deposition modeling could revolutionize the auto industry by allowing new, stronger designs. The Genesis isn’t a car today, but it previews how they may be built tomorrow. Have a slightly more dynamic look at the concept in the video, below.
Korean automaker SsangYong used to have a reputation of building some of the least attractive cars in the world, but if its new XLV concept at the Geneva Motor Show is any indication, it may be putting that reputation behind it. That isn’t saying that the crossover is a beauty, but it certainly shows progress.
SsangYong says that XLV stands for “eXciting smart Lifestyle Vehicle,” and the styling is covered in vast expanses of relatively flat, monolithic panels. The front features a tall grille with LED headlights. The blacked-out roof appears almost invisible because it sits on a super-skinny black A-pillar and no B-pillar. All the visual support comes from the thick rear pillar. The suicide doors open wide and make it easy to peer inside, but it probably wouldn’t work on a production model. The roof is mostly made from a piece of glass that can be switched from transparent to opaque electronically. Inside, the XLV seats seven in three rows, but the rear center seat can slide forward and back between the second and third rows depending on what is needed.
The concept is propelled by a 1.6-liter diesel engine with a 13-horsepower (10-kW) electric motor and 500-Watt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. The company did not say how much power the full system produces but claims the hybrid system reduces emissions by 10 percent.
The XLV is just a concept for now, but SsangYong says a vehicle like it will “underpin its future growth.” The Korean company has an eye towards eventually launching in the US, and it could do worse than a model like this to kick off.
Volkswagen dug into its commercial vehicle fleet for its latest Geneva Motor Show concept, blending the versatile body of the T5 MultiVan with a luxuriously appointed interior, 4Motion all-wheel drive and a thrifty diesel powertrain.
That 177-horsepower diesel engine routes its power to the AWD system through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Based on that alone, we’d expect the Multivan Alltrack’s behind-the-wheel experience to be somewhat familiar. That all-wheel-drive system and van body contribute to the 21-degree approach and 15-degree departure angles of this soft-roading MultiVan.
What wouldn’t be familiar is its exquisite cabin. Volkswagen opted for a nautical theme for the concept’s interior, featuring grey-blue leather seats from Poltrona Frau and a floor finished in real wood. The dark wood trim can also be found throughout the interior, running below the windows and on the dash.
The exterior, meanwhile, is more or less a T5 MultiVan body with unique front and rear bumpers that are finished in shade of grey that contrasts nicely with the Moonstone Mother of Pearl paint. 19-inch alloys also add a bit of flair to the traditionally utilitarian body of the MultiVan.