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Volvo is in the midst of a three-stage design revolution. The first stage came with the reveal of the Concept Coupe in Frankfurt just this past September. What you see here is our first glimpse at the second stage.
The Volvo Concept XC Coupe previewed here will be unveiled in full on January 8 in advance of the Detroit Auto Show. While the previous concept was all sleek, the Concept XC Coupe takes a more rugged, utilitarian approach with a hatchback roofline, higher ride height, knobbier tires, lower body cladding and a rooftop box. From what we can see, it looks like a cross between the previous concept and an XC70 wagon that could preview a soft-road replacement for the C30 hatchback.
That’s about all there is to say at this point, but you can scope out the press release along with the video below and the trio of teaser images in the gallery above.
A rather clever mass-transit concept with a silly sounding name, the “Willie” bus by designer Tad Orlowski is intended to “transform city landscapes.”
With nothing displayed on the side-elevation transparent LCD screens, there’s not much differentiating the Willie from a traditional bus – except for its “organic” frame. Said frame is contorted into all sorts of shapes, and is meant to create “an impression of restless energy attempting to cut through the unblemished surface of the glass [screen].” But if the Willie bus makes it into production, chances are the screens will be switched on most of the time, displaying advertisements on the road and useful information for passengers at bus stops.
We like the bus-as-television idea, but we can’t help but wonder if it will create yet another distraction for drivers, and why there don’t seem to be windows that open for passengers? Head below to watch a demonstration of the Willie bus concept in action.
We may still be several months off from next year’s Geneva Motor Show, but with Frankfurt well behind us, European automakers are already counting down the days. And you know what that means, boys and girls: that’s right, another outside-of-the-box concept from Rinspeed.
This year’s concept is called the XchangE, and it focuses on autonomous driving and advanced infotainment to keep occupants busy while underway. Frank M. Rinderknecht and company aren’t saying much in the way of details at this point, but the concept looks similar in form to a Tesla Model S, but with a drive-by-wire cockpit that allows the steering wheel to slide out of the way and the seats to be either reclined or swiveled around to create a mobile living room of sorts, with a Carl F. Bucherer clock in the dashboard.
We’ll have to wait to find out more, but for now you can scope out the pair of renderings in the gallery and the initial press release below to see what Rinspeed has in store for us this coming March.
Called Intrado, Hyundai’s new concept car takes the form of a high-riding crossover with styling that takes its cues from the Korean automaker’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language. Designed and engineered in Germany, the concept bears the codename HED-9, a giveaway that it’s the ninth concept from Hyundai Europe Design. Inspiration is said to have been drawn from aircraft, with a lightweight form and a name borrowed from the underside of an airplane’s wing.
Hyundai isn’t saying much more, revealing only the teaser rendering above. But it has indicated that the Intrado concept packs a new hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain that’s both smaller and lighter than the one powering the existing ix35 Fuel Cell, which (last we heard) Hyundai was hoping to bring Stateside as part of its Tuscon lineup by 2014 with a $ 499/month lease.
We’ve written about approximately 187,000 rumors about a return of the Toyota Supra to the land of living cars. There are a couple of good reasons for this: first, Toyota won’t stop dropping hints about a new halo sports car. Late this summer, Toyota sales guru Kazuo Ohara called a Supra successor “one of the options we have” – a comment followed by a hint that there would be “better news” on the subject in the future.
The second reason for all the Toyota tales is, of course, that we all have missed the Supra since its departure from the US market in 1998. So, when a member of the Autoblog team is party to a nudge-and-wink-filled conversation about a new Supra concept headed to January’s Detroit Auto Show, we tend to listen up.
A 400+ horsepower hybrid sports car would match up pretty well with the upcoming NSX.
Recently, a few very well-placed members of the Toyota team indicated to us, in not-so-cryptic terms, that the Japanese automaker is ready to shock the world with a Supra concept car for this year’s shindig in the Motor City. Further, the indications we’ve been given are that this “concept car” will signal broadly about a production version still to follow.
In 2007, the FT-HS concept (pictured) seemed like a perfectly promising Supra replacement, right before the economy fell off a cliff and everyone in the business shelved all non-essential product plans. This year, however, there’ll be about 16 million cars sold in the US and a 400+ horsepower hybrid sports car would match up pretty well with the upcoming Acura NSX from rival Honda, not to mention president Akio Toyoda’s mandate to shed his company’s staid image.
Of course, on the record, Toyota is still staying perfectly mum – not only on the topic of the previously rumored gas-electric powertrain, but on the existence of the concept itself. Our requests for any official confirmation have been met with firm retorts of approximately “no comment” from our friendly Toyota PR staffers.
Still, the pattern of executive-dropped clues about a new sports car follows that which composed the achingly long lead up to the eventual Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ. We’ll have to wait about a month to see just what Toyota has under the sheets in Cobo this year, but we’re crossing our fingers and hoping the new year brings with it a new Supra, at long last.
Judging by the direction Audi is taking with recent concept vehicles, the forthcoming Audi Q1 crossover – confirmed for production in 2016 – should be an exciting little crossover. Last year, the automaker revealed the Crosslane Coupe Concept, and now it has announced it will reveal a new CUV concept at the Detroit Auto Show next month.
Teased in a trio of sketches, Audi says this unnamed concept is designed with a shooting brake style, which to us it makes it look like a combination of an Audi Allroad and a three-door A3. Little information is available on this concept, but it is about seven inches shorter than the Q3 and Audi notes that it will possess “design elements that are typical of e-tron models,” which suggests some sort of powertrain electrification. There’s still about a month before the Detroit show kicks off, but until then you can check out the sketches and press release (posted below) that Audi has provided.
Solar energy is one method for powering homes and such with renewable resources, something that has seen great strides in past years but that still suffers from various limitations. One Japanese company has a big vision for the technology that would overcome some of these limitations, and it involves putting solar panels on the moon […]
This is the Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA45 AMG, and what we mean by that is, “This is the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG.” Mercedes has just unveiled the liveried ‘concept’ at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, giving potential customers a very good look at the newest lunatic in the AMG asylum – a 355-horsepower, 332-pound-foot crossover that uses the same 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the CLA45 AMG and Europe’s A45 AMG.
Joined with a seven-speed, AMG Speedshift dual-clutch transmission and an AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, Mercedes promises a sub-five-second run to 60 miles per hour. That’s not just quick for a crossover, that’s quick full stop.
That sleek, lifted body has also been tweaked by the minds at AMG’s Affalterbach facility. A new rear spoiler, side sills and front clip are the primary aerodynamic tweaks. Aesthetically, AMG has fitted the requisite “Turbo” badges, gloss-black accents (including exhaust tips and roof rails) and a set of 21-inch, AMG-spec alloy wheels to round out the overall package. Based on the spy shots we’ve seen, expect slightly toned down aerodynamics when the GLA45 AMG arrives in showrooms.
It’s unclear just when that will be, though, rest assured, it is coming – Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers has said as much. “With the Concept GLA45 AMG, we are setting a stake firmly in the ground of the strongly growing market segment of compact SUVs. Our customers – a young target group who set great store by styling, dynamism and independence – can now start looking forward to a dynamic high-performance car.” Stay tuned for more on the Concept GLA45 AMG from the LA Auto Show. Scroll down for the official press release.
Of all the vehicles Toyota brought to the Tokyo Motor Show, the FV2 might be the most creative. The minimalist single-seat concept is a glimpse at Toyota’s idea of a “fun to drive” vehicle in the future.
The FV2 is essentially a pod with a diamond-shaped wheel array (what powers said wheels has not been disclosed), and Toyota says that the technology of the vehicle allows it to gauge the driver’s mood and suggest possible destinations. The interaction between driver and vehicle is also displayed in an augmented reality screen on the windshield, and the car can also act as a mood ring of sorts with exterior colors and patterns that can change based on the driver’s mood. We can just see it now: “Don’t mess with Jim today, his car is red.”
Scroll down for a brief press release on the FV2.
It happens all the time. We get excited about a really attractive Subaru concept, and then the production car comes out and, well, “disappointed” isn’t a strong enough word. (Compare that hot Impreza concept to the final production car.) So while we’re hopeful that this new Legacy concept previews something sleek for Subaru, allow us to be fully on record as not getting our hopes up.
Anyway, let’s talk about how good this car looks. From the front, comparisons to the Buick Regal GS are warranted, but from all other angles, it has a very four-door coupe-like shape. The concept rides on 21-inch wheels with bulging wheel arches that Subaru says hints at the car’s all-wheel-drive system (standard Subaru fare, BRZ aside).
As for what exactly this concept previews, the safe guess is, of course, the next-generation Legacy midsize sedan. And while we’ll keep our fingers crossed for a sweet-looking production sedan to come out of Fuji Heavy in the near future, it’s safe to say we’re still skeptical.