Posted: February 12th, 2017 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Auto News, Concept Car, Concept Vehicle, Lamborghini | Tags: Lamborghini, Stefano Domenicali, Stephan Winkelmann, SUV, Urus, Volkswagen Group | Comments Off on Lamborghini Urus Hybrid Production Confirmed for April ’17
It’s been five years since Lamborghini first unveiled their Hybrid SUV concept – Urus – at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. Since then it’s been waning between remaining a viable but ultimately unrealised vision – like the mythical Estoque super saloon – or a full-fledged addition to the Lambo stable.
In 2013 more hints that the Italian super-car maker was serious about the Urus came from then Chief Executive Stephan Winkelmann who said the company’s future plans were very much in-line with a high-performance SUV in its offer.
Via an interview with Digital Trends, Lamborghini’s current CEO Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that production of the überSUV will begin in April 2017, with prototype test vehicles rolling off the line first. Production of customer-bound examples be underway by July 2017 :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 3rd, 2012 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Auto News, Concept Car, Concept Vehicle, Green Motoring, Grilled, hybrid, Lotus | Tags: concept, Evora 414E, hybrid, Lotus, Sports Car, Track Test | Comments Off on Lotus Track Tests Evora 414E
Lotus Cars – that other Brit sports car maker – has announced the commencement of track testing on it’s Evora 414E Range Extended Hybrid Electric Concept. Testing is taking place at the company’s RAF Hethel track in Norfolk.
Lotus says it’s devoloping the 414E Hybrid to showcase the company’s new developments in plug-in, range-extended electric propulsion, new electronic technologies to enhance driver involvement. We reckon just wow would have been a sufficient reason. Anyone who’s driven the Karts that Lotus turns out will recognise the potential for superfast, extra-sporty electric hybrid racing.
From the outside it looks like Lotus has been evolving, lightening and tightening vehicles since the Elise specifically for this latest batch of low to the ground, corner loving karts. In 414E, Lotus Engineering has developed a highly efficient, high performance drivetrain system consisting of twin motors each limited providing 155 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque to each wheel :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 1st, 2011 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Auto News, Blip, Citreon, concept, Concept Car, Concept Vehicle, design, ecodriver, electric, electric car, Frankfurt Motor Show, Green Motoring, Grilled, M.Aaron Silverman, Peugeot, PSA | Tags: 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Citreon, City Light Electric Vehicle, concept, Concept Car, Electric Vehicle, Peugeot, PSA, VeLV | Comments Off on PSA Peugeot-Citreon VeLV
Peugeot, hmmm, they’ve always made a decent enough Looking automobile, a little lacking perhaps on the reliability front – Peugeot Drivers Be Quiet, servicing your car EVERY month isn’t normal – aside from that little nugget, if don’t fit into a slimline blue pencil skirt or loafers and cardigans, they’ve never really been inspiring. Adding to that image, Peugeot has released pix of it’s latest concept, the VeLV.
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Posted: September 15th, 2011 | Author: Buster Cookson | Filed under: Auto News, Buster Cookson, Concept Car, Concept Vehicle, Favorite New Thought, Frankfurt Motor Show, Grilled, Land Rover | Tags: Concept Car, DC100, Frankfurt 2011, JLR, Land Rover, Motorshow | Comments Off on LANDROVER DC100
Land Rover owners are an odd breed – I know this because I too suffer this disease – they tend to NOT embrace change, until of course it’s here, then they spout the wonders of good British design. Model changes are a rare thing for the ubercool off-roader. When they do happen, purests around the globe tend to get all vocal over how the brand is being watered down and spout 1000 non-nonsensical reasons why Land Rover should hold on to her old values. Of course the newer models are the best though, built tonka truck tough, with a brilliant eye for aesthetics, blah blah blah.
As an avid admirer and indeed driver of Land Rover, I’m excited at the idea of an evolved new version, and evolution is precisely what Land Rover has just unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show – Die Hards Turn Away Now! – Land Rover has just taken the wraps off its already controversial DC100 Concept in Frankfurt :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: September 7th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Concept Car, Concept Vehicle, Favorite New Thought, Frankfurt Motor Show, Green Motoring, Jaguar, Motoring News | Tags: 2011, C-X16, Concept Car, Frankfurt Motor Show, Jaguar | Comments Off on Jaguar’s About to Put the Ü Back Into Über, Meet C-X16!
Droolability, a word not often enough used. Perhaps we’re jaded, perhaps we’ve just been supercarred to death. perhaps the ü has gone out of über? That is about to change. Say hello to the most droolworthy car of the year, Jaguars stunning C-X16 compact coupe hybrid concept. According to the British auto maker C-X16 “marks a new chapter for Jaguar”, featuring a new design language, a technologically advanced drive-train as well as highlighting a new way of thinking without losing any heritage. Whats most amusing about Jaguar is it seems every couple of years they shock us with just how well they can design an automobile, as if it takes us about that length of time to forget how much we love them? :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: June 3rd, 2011 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Concept Vehicle | Tags: 60th birthday, anniversary, mercedes benz, unimog | Comments Off on Unimog: Happy 60th Birthday
3rd June 2011, Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks – MBS – which includes the product ranges Unimog, presented a unique design concept on the 60th Anniversary of Unimog at it’s Daimler plant in Wörth, Germany. It may look like one of the most outrageous automotive concepts Mercedes has created, but the Unimog 4WD Cabrio Truck concept actually has some basis in history – the very first Mercedes Unimog which rolled off the production line back on June 3, 1951 was also a cabrio, it was also green. Based on the current Unimog U 5000 with its exceptional off-road capabilities, the Unimog Cabrio is apparently designed to bridge current and future Unimog design.
The concept is the work of the Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks Unit which produces the Unimog, Econic and Zetros truck ranges. While not exactly a prototype for a future product range, the Cabrio’s press blurb claims “some of its details will turn up in coming product ranges. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 17th, 2011 | Author: Buster Cookson | Filed under: Blip, Concept Vehicle, Rolls Royce, World First | Tags: 10ex, 1926 Rolls-Royce Experimental Vehicle 10EX, 1938 Buick Y-Job, concept vehicle, Experimental Vehicle, prototype, rolls royce | Comments Off on World's First Concept Vehicle: 1926 Rolls-Royce Experimental Vehicle, 10EX Phantom 1 Continental
Unlike most of the concept cars we see at auto shows – dummied up with clay, smoke and mirrors – Rolls Royce has always pursued an entirely different philosophy, building fully functioning Experimental Vehicles. All of Rolls Royce’s Experimental Vehicles has been meticulously hand-built to investigate how a potential production model will operate in real world conditions since 1919, when the Experimental Vehicle – 10EX – was constructed, predating the 1938 Buick Y-Job – often claimed to be the world’s first concept vehicle – by almost two decades. Oh and she’s up for sale by RM Auctions. Read the full article »»»»