Jaguar has released the first image of a new concept car due to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.
The C-X16 is described as a “production concept” and is likely to hint strongly at the future style of Jaguar vehicles when it is formally unveiled on September 13 at the huge motor show.
It has been designed by the same team that produced the Jaguar XJ, XF and XK, which is headed by the brand’s design chief Ian Callum, and is expected to be smaller than previous models in an attempt to compete with rivals such as Porsche.
Luxury German auto brand Audi has released the first images of a new electric concept car.
The “Urban Concept” is expected to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September as part of a wider study on city mobility.
A lightweight model, the cockpit has been made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, which Audi says was the product of a new design process based on the principles of minimizing weight and increasing efficiency.
BMW has given out the first details and images of its i3 and i8 models before the concepts are shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show
One of the most notable features of the new design is a bodywork largely made of carbon fibre, described by BMW as a “revolution in automotive design.”
The new material, which has never been used for a car body on a volume-production scale before, offers a weight reduction of between 250 and 350 kilograms, which should considerably lengthen the range and speed of the electric vehicles.
BMW revealed the 328 Hommage concept just before its show debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este near Lake Como, Italy last weekend.
Based on the Vision Connected Drive Concept revealed in Geneva, the 328 Hommage is a modern interpretation of the classic sports car from the 1930s.
Bathed in that distinctive diagonal carbon fiber weave, the 328 Hommage focuses on lightweight construction through carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP).
French carmaker Renault marked its return to fast-growing India on Monday with the launch of a luxury sedan designed especially for the Asian market.
Renault India managing director Marc Nassif said the launch of the Fluence marked “the real first phase” of the carmaker’s entry into India.
Its earlier foray in the nation was the four-door Logan built with former local partner Mahindra and Mahindra, which was aimed at the mid-size segment.
Lamborghini will launch a production version of Sesto Elemento concept in October. The vehicle will start arriving at dealerships in the third quarter of 2011.
Auto Motor and Sport magazine says production will be limited to 10 or 20 units and pricing will surpass €1.9 ($2.8) million.
The Sesto Elemento featured a 5.2-liter V10 engine that developed 570 PS (419 kW / 562 hp) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque.
Swedish automaker Volvo has unveiled a new concept for the Chinese market at Auto Shanghai, which opens this week.
The luxury sedan concept suggests Volvo intends to take a definite upscale direction with its next model and is geared towards China’s growing cadre of luxury-lovers.
Dubbed the Concept Universe, the vehicle is designed to capture Volvo’s traditionally Scandinavian design and to anticipate what modern luxury car buyers want, adding a coupe-like roofline to escape the ‘boxy’ feel of some previous Volvo designs.
Mercedes-Benz looks set to go head-to-head with Audi in the young, urban market, revealing a dramatic redesign concept of its A-Class series.
The new Concept A-Class will go on display at the Shanghai and New York auto shows and is a significant departure from the current, rather boxy A-Class model.
Images released by the automakershow a far lower, swept design with pronounced nose which hints strongly that Mercedes is targeting the Audi A1, which has proved very popular since its launch last year, and the BMW 1 Series.
BMW is to show off a concept version of an M5 sedan at next month’s Auto Shanghai show, it confirmed April 4.
The latest designs for the four-door performance sedan will be showcased at the Chinese show and are expected to hint strongly at a production model slated for later this year, to be the fifth iteration of the iconic car.
The M5 is a reintegration of the M series’ traditional blend of business sedan and performance sports car, with “expressive and unmistakeable design features.”
Toyota took another step towards a new sports model March 1 with the unveiling of the FT-86 II concept at the Geneva Motor Show.
The biggest hint yet of the styling expected from a new production sports model, the FT-86 II was described as a model that paid homage to Toyota’s previous sports cars of the past such as the 2000 GT of the 1960s.
The model features a long, low hood and rear-set cabin and measures 4,235 mm long and 1,270mm high.
Infiniti has released the first pictures of the Etherea, the concept which it will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
Believed to hint at a future model aimed at younger buyers from the Nissan-owned luxury brand, Nissan says that the Etherea brings together elements of coupé, sedan hatchback and even crossover in one highly sculptural, near-mono volume form.
Infiniti currently lacks an entry-level model with direct appeal to the younger market such as the Lexus CT 200h or BMW 1-Series which have both proved popular, successfully widening the appeal of their top-end brands from a traditional audience.
The Sesto Elemento concept was envisioned as a design study, previewing the styling we might expect to see on the next generation of Lamborghini supercars.
But shortly after it was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, reports began to emerge suggesting that the Italian automaker could put it into production, however limited.
You could wait several years for the high-tech supercar to go into production – or you could order one on JamesList right now for €1.85 million.
Images of MINI’s Paceman concept, due to be unveiled at the Detroit motor show in January, have emerged for the first time.
The Paceman is the first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium small segment of the market.
The Paceman has been designed to combine the classic MINI concept with the defining features of the MINI Countryman and the style of a coupe.
The concept car has large headlights and chrome surrounds that extend deep into the front wings along with a contoured bonnet
The radiator grille is essentially the same as that of the Cooper S Countryman barring additional air intakes in the bumper.
The coupé-style windows taper towards the rear and the whole effect is one of a dynamic wedge shape.
The model is powered by a MINI John Cooper Works 1.6l twin-scroll turbocharged engine which develops 211 hp and 260 Nm of torque
The Paceman has yet to be given the official green light, but BMW sources say that the car should go on sale in 2012 at the top of Mini’s price range with a starting cost of over £22,000 for the front-wheel-drive version.
It will be officially revealed at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit on January 10th, 2011.
Sources: Newcarnet – Honestjohn
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that its Concept Shooting Break, unveiled at the Auto China Show earlier this year, will go into production.
The luxury manufacturer said November 8 that the CLS Shooting Brake, a sporty four-door model with distinctive sloping tail, will be available in 2012.
It will be the latest in the CLS series, which is heralded by Mercedes-Benz as a pioneering model that preceded similar ideas from other manufacturers such as the Jaguar XJ and VW Passat CC.
British luxury marque Jaguar has unveiled a jet-powered electric supercar to celebrate its 75th anniversary on the first press day of the Paris Motor Show.
The C-X75 hints at “an exciting evolution of Jaguar’s design” but also plays host to some impressive technology.
The extended range hybrid uses jet engines and can manage a range of 900 km, 110 km of which is all-electric operation.
French carmaker Citroen and French clothing brand Lacoste have collaborated on a brand new concept car to be revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
The buggy-looking concept certainly has a lot of reference to the image of Lacoste, one that promotes a colorful, vibrant, and sporty lifestyle.
It features golf ball-style alloy wheels plus several parts that resemble sections of a tennis net on certain sides of the body.
The conceptâ€™s interior is also replete with Lacoste references including t-shirt-inspired seat trims that hits close to the French clothing brandâ€™s overall style.
One of the coolest features of the door-less concept is the T-shaped structure that extends back to the boot like a “backbone”.
It hides an auto-inflatable hood that deploys all the way along the backbone to form a soft-top roof to somewhat protect passengers from the elements of natures.
At 3.45m long, 1.80m wide and 1.52m high with a 2.30m long wheelbase, the concept model is roughly the same size as a Citroen C1.
Power comes from a three-cylinder gasoline engine, with the French firm claiming that it offers “plenty of performance on tap to power a vehicle of this size and weight.”
Sources: TopSpeed – CarScoop
Sasha Selipanov from Berlin, Germany, aka the Angry Car Designer, has unveiled some renderings of what could be the Ferrari 612 GTO Concept.
The car boasts an aggressive appearance that borrows styling elements from the 458 Italia, 250 GTO, Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, and Aston Martin One-77.
BMW, Ford and Volkswagen have joined General Motors, Mercedes-Benz and other leading Western brands in unveiling concept vehicles for the Chinese market at the Auto China 2010 motor show in Beijing.
Following in the footsteps of German competitor Mercedes-Benz, BMW showed its own four-door coupe, the BMW Concept Gran CoupÃ©.
The concept, intended to combine the “exclusivity of a Gran Turismo with the fascination of a high-performance sports car,” sits some ten centimeters lower than the BMW 5 Series, with a sleek roof that tails off towards the rear.
Mercedes-Benz and Citroen have released pictures of new concept cars, days ahead of the models’ debut at Auto China.
The Concept Shooting Break is a continuation of Mercedes-Benz’s exploration of the possibilities of the coupe and gives some indication of the direction the firm is likely to take in future design.
The concept follows Mercedes’ current design visions of four-door coupes and is clearly reminiscent of the pioneering four-door CLS Coupe, which preceded similar ideas from other manufacturers such as the Jaguar XJ and VW Passat CC.
However, it also takes cues from the recently unveiled SLS AMG, with a large radiator grill (complete with oversized Mercedes-Benz star).
The French carmaker has just unveiled today the Citroen Metropolis concept which will be premiered at the Shanghai World Fair from 1st of May 2010.
Created by CitroÃ«n‘s international design team – based in Shanghai since 2008 – CitroÃ«n Metropolis will be on show in the French Pavilion at the Shanghai World Fair from 1st May to 31st October, 2010.
The Citroen Metropolis is a big luxury sedan with a wheelbase bigger than both the Audi A8 or Mercedes S-Class and it just so happens to follow the debut of the BMW long-wheelbase 5 series at the Beijing Motor Show.