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Mazda MX-0 Concept

A mixture of futuristic and zany design, Mazda MX-0 concept will be presented at the LA Auto Show. This model tries to be an efficient four-passenger vehicle, with minimum impact on the environment and low fuel consumption. Despite all those objectives that the manufacturers have tried to achieve, the car doesn’t sacrifice the style, maintaining the futuristic model of the MX-5, but having some components replaced with more simplified and multiple-functional parts, which generates a car less heavy.

Mazda MX-0 has an electric motor that uses inexpensive parts, relying on sustainability. Definitely, this model was a design challenge for its manufacturers.

[Source: Ubergizmo]

1964 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept Car, Up For Auction

1964 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept Car

The picture you see right in front of you is of the first Dodge that used the Charger nameplate, a living legend in our opinion. The car we are talking about is a 1964 Dodge Charger Concept Car. It was developed back in 1963 on Polara underpinnings and it was used by Chrysler to introduce its newest engine at that time, the now popular and legendary 7.0-liter (426-cubic inch) Hemi V8.

Over its 47-year existence, it was owned by several collectors and now it is going to be put up for auction at the 2011 Automobiles of Arizona event which will be organized at Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, on January 20th. Although RM Auction didn’t publish any official estimates, the same car was auctioned three years ago and managed to fetch $1.1 million. We assume that the car is now worth even more than that.

The car is at the moment in the estate of the now late John M. Quinn and it has been fully restored by Fran Roxas, a multiple award-winner, who fitted the car with one of the 15th original race HEMI power units that outputs 600 hp.

1964 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept Car

Looking at the specifications sheet, the very first Charger was fitted with a 3-speed automatic gearbox, independent torsion bar front and rear semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension. In addition, it features a 4.56:1 “Sure Grip” rear axle and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. The block casting of the 1964 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept Car is dated October 1963 which goes to show that this car is as authentic as it can get.

If you take a closer look at the pictures, you will notice that the car is in perfect condition and it has been kept in a climate-controlled storage. Basically, it looks as if it just rolled out of the production line. If I had the money to buy it, I wouldn’t hesitate and choose this over any type of modern vehicle that costs the same as in my opinion, cars like this one will never be made again and it is indeed a great shame, but there is nothing that we can do.

Cadillac to debut Urban Luxury Concept at the 2010 LA Auto Show

It looks like the small luxury cars market is becoming more and more attractive to carmakers, because after Aston Martin confirmed production of its controversial Cygnet, Cadillac announced that the 2010 LA Auto Show will mark the debut of their Urban Luxury Concept.

“While small in size, this concept is an exploration of what Cadillac could be in the future, as the brand continues to focus on redefining industry standards for advanced vehicle design and integrated technology,” said Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac marketing.

Measuring 151 inches (3,8 meters) in length and with a 97.1 inch (2,4 meters) wheelbase, Cadillac is trying to prove, just like Aston Martin, that if a car’s small it doesn’t mean it can’t be spacious and luxurious. Designed in Los Angeles, the Urban Luxury Concept follows Cadillac’s current design philosophy, with bold angles and vertical front and rear lights, plus scissor-type doors. Under the bonnet, the car is powered by a prototype hybrid system that includes a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, engine start-stop function and brake energy regeneration, all contributing to a fuel economy of 56 mpg in the city and 65 mpg on the highway.

“It may not look like Cadillacs on the road today, but it shares the comfortable and high-tech elements that owners have come to associate with larger, traditional luxury sedans,” said Frank Saucedo, the car’s lead designer. “As more customers demand premium features even in smaller vehicles, a vehicle like the Urban Luxury Concept could be a solution.”

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Lamborghini Sesto Elemento to go into production

According to popular French website Automoto.fr, following the great feedback after the Paris Motor Show launch, Lamborghini has decided to put the Sesto Elemento into production. What the Italian carmaker managed to do with this concept is the extensive use of carbon fiber and carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (including a carbon-fiber monocoque structure) which allowed the car to be ultra lightweight and weigh no more than 999 kg (2,202 lbs).

Under the bonnet, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is powered by the naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 from the LP 570-4 Superleggera with delivers 562 hp (419 kW) which, combined with the car’s low weight allows 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration in 2.5 seconds and top speed around 350 km/h (186 mph).

The Sesto Elemento will probably cost somewhere around 2.5 million ($3.44 million) and if that doesn’t hold you back, find out that only 7 to 10 units will be built.

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Citroen Survolt Art Car created by Francoise Nielly

Citroen is launching the new season at their C42 flagship showroom on the famous Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, France and one of this year’s highlights will be a special Citroen Survolt racing car turned into a work of art by French artist Francoise Nielly, with a “bold, vivid and brightly contrasting new fluorescent paint scheme”. According to Citroen, Nielly’s art works were among the inspiration sources for the original Survolt concept and they decided to honor that by putting the art car in the gallery.

Alongside the special Survolt, this year’s showroom includes the customized DS3 by Flavio Melchiorre, the DS3 Racing, the DS4 and the C-Zero.

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Put your sunglasses on: the Toyota iQ Disco concept

It seems the Toyota iQ is creating a lot of buzz recently. After earlier today we told you about Aston Martin putting the Cygnet (basically a luxury iQ), now we have this Disco iQ coming from Germany. The car was created by Toyota Germany to resemble a disco ball and its purpose will be of amusing people at different events throughout Germany.

Beside the obvious blinding mirror cover, the Disco iQ also features 18″ alloy wheels and Lambo doors, while the main highlight is the 1000 Watts professional DJ Sound System with 15″ subwoofers, satellite speakers, 2-channel mixer and two Numark NDX-800 players producing 130 dB, which is louder than a rock concert or a pneumatic riveter.

The Disco iQ will first show up at the “Cologne Rocks” event in Köln and after that, Toyota dealers across Germany will be able to book the show car for different events.

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Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept leaked?

Lamborghini did its best to keep its Paris debut a big secret, but we all know it’s more likely that aliens land at the White House than car makers managing to keep details about a car secret. After releasing a set of teaser photos with a new concept which is scheduled to debut in a couple of days, at the Paris Motor Show, Lamborghini couldn’t keep the secret anymore, because a low-resolution image of the car showed up on French blog blogautomobile.fr.

According to the image, the concept will be called Sesto Elemento, which is Italian for “sixth element”. If we look into the periodic table, that’s carbon, so you might get a clue what this car about. And that is weight. Stephen Winkelmann, Lambo’s CEO, said that, since mid ’80s, due to additive regulations, the average weight of Lamborghini cars grew by 1,100 pounds (500 kg). And considering they can’t sacrifice safety and performance, the only way to make better cars is to lose weight.

Winkelmann also mentioned that all the changes Lamborghini will make to future cars will be about improving handling and acceleration, because the company sees no point in focusing on top speed anymore. And that’s true, because most supercars’ performances are so high regular people can’t reach them on a racetrack, let alone normal roads.

As for the Sesto Elemento (or Sixth Element), there are no details available, except that it might weight around 2,200 lbs (1000 kg) and, judging by this photo, will probably be powered by a V10 engine. But we’ll find out soon, because there so little time left until Lamborghini will release full details about the concept (considering the leaked photo, it might be even sooner).
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GTbyCITROEN to appear at several events this summer

Last Autumn, at the Paris Motor Show, we were really stunned by the GTbyCITROEN concept, a full size replica of the car from the Playstation 3 video game, Gran Turismo 5. At that time, we believed this will be just another breath-taking concept which will never see production, but it looks like the French car maker has some serious plans for the car, because they announced today the GTbyCITROEN will make several appearances at racing events, this summer.

The first one will be the 24 Hours Nürburgring race on May 23rd, where the concept will take a lap of honour before the race. Then, on June 12th, the car will join other supercars in the “Grande Parade des Pilotes” at the Le Mans 24 Hours, taking part in the presentation of the drivers and teams. And finally, the third announced event will be the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, between July 3-5. So, if you’re lucky enough to take part at these events, make sure you don’t miss the GTbyCITROEN, because it’s a magnificient car.

Full Photo Gallery: GTbyCITROEN Concept

Photo Gallery: GTbyCitroen Concept at the Paris Motor Show

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Kia VG Concept (KND-5) photo released

This weekend, at the Seoul Motor Show, Kia will unveil their latest vehicle, the KND-5 Concept, which previews the Korean company’s upcoming luxury sedan, so far only known with the codename “VG”. The car will be a direct competitor to near-luxury sedans such as the VW Passat CC and will share its FWD platform with the next generation Hyundai Azera (will debut in Korea in September). According to Kia World, the concept will measure 4945 mm in length, 1850 mm in width and 1475 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2845 mm. Other than that, the KND-5 concept features headlamps and taillights with LED technology, 20 inch wheels and a huge panoramic glass roof. More details about this concept soon, after its official unveiling on April 3.

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Ssangyong releases C200 Aero Concept teaser photo

The Korean car maker released a teaser picture of the upcoming Ssangyong C200 Aero Concept which will make its debut in April, at the Seoul Motor Show. Based on the C200 Concept which made its debut last year at the Paris Motor Show, the Aero is a more aggressive model which features several new styling elements like a new front fascia, larger alloy wheels and a roof spoiler.

Considering the C200 was introduced with a 175 hp 2.0 liter turbo diesel, we expect the Aero to be equipped at least with the same engine, if not a more powerful powerplant. According to Ssangyong, the C200 Aero project is in an advanced state, with a production version being scheduled to be released later this year.

Photo Gallery: Ssangyong C200 Concept at the Paris Motor Show

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2020 Hyundai City Car Concept created by Nicolas Stone

Nicolas Stone, a young CCS (College for Creative Studies) graduate decided to show his vision of how eco-friendly cars will look in 2020 and created the Hyundai City Car Concept for his thesis (the project was sponsored by the Korean carmaker). Here’s how Nicolas describes his project:

A plug-in hybrid, designed to offer a new interpretation of a compact car, based on breakthrough technologies recently developed at MIT. The exterior shell is composed of new transparent solar panels that collect ambient light, generating electricity. Utilizing a new energy model, the vehicle is powered by an artificial system of photosynthesis. Functioning just like a plant, all that the vehicle needs is water and sunlight.

I remember when I studied photosynthesis in the 5th grade (I think) and I’m sure that if I would’ve said that this process will sometime be used to power cars, my teacher would’ve flunked me. I don’t know how advanced these technologies are, but just the thought that one day these vehicles will be sold in showrooms, is amazing. As for the design, great job, Nicolas!

Photo Gallery: 2020 Hyundai City Car Concept

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BMW Z10 ED sketch released, might make it into production

The concept you see in the sketch above is the BMW Z10 ED, a car that could make it into production in the future. The car was designed by Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW’s new head of design who says the Z10 ED is BMW’s vision of the future, a green car capable of delivering an exciting dynamic experience. According to AutoCar, the Z10 ED will be an £80,000 ($112,000) Audi R8 rival which will offer very low CO2 emissions and an engaging drive. The car will feature BMW’s Efficient Dynamics, active aerodynamics and a wholebunch of other green technologies, like the heat collector, which turns exhaust gas into electricity.

However, van Hooydonk also added that BMW hasn’t reached a final decision about this project so, due to the harsh economic climate, it is possible the Z10 ED to be launched not as a supercar, but be placed in another BMW class. We hope to get more info on this project soon so stay tuned, because rumors say that an official unveiling might be set for the end of this year (maybe the Frankfurt Show).

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Land Rover LRX to become reality, with UK Government’s help

Ok, gimme just a second so I can take a deep breath and chill after I found out this. Land Rover has announced that later this year, they’ll make a final decision whether they’ll start working on an all-new car, based on onw of the most beautiful concepts I’ve ever seen, the Land Rover LRX. However, even though nothing’s certain for the moment, the fact that the UK Government has announced they’ve prepared a grant offer of up to £27 million ($37.5 million) makes us dream about seeing an LRX-based Land Rover in showrooms. The grant offer, which is separate from the Government’s announced automotive support package, will be an important contribution to the £400 million cost of the project.

“Both the design and size of the LRX Concept have generated a hugely positive reaction wherever it has been seen and we’ve also gathered fresh insights on what potential owners would look for in a production equivalent. That knowledge is now being applied to the process of refining the vehicle as it heads towards final approval,” said Phil Popham, Managing Director of Land Rover.

AutoCar sat with Mr. Popham and found out that the car might go on sale in 2011, badged as a Range Rover and it will probably share a platform with the Land Rover Freelander. They also got a photo of how the production version will probably look like and we can see it’s very similar to the concept, except for the added B and C-pillars, bigger door mirrors and revised door handles and bumpers. Popham also added that the car will only get four-wheel drive and it might be the cleanest Land Rover ever, with under 150 g/km CO2 emissions at launch, number which might get even lower, Land Rover considering a hybrid version too, which might get below 120 g/km CO2 emissions and 60 mpg fuel consumption.

All we can say is that, come on Land Rover, make us happy!

Photo Gallery: Land Rover LRX Concept

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Electric Opel Ampera to debut at the Geneva Motor Show

Today, GM has announced that March’s Geneva Motor Show will mark the debut of the Opel Ampera, an electric five-door, four-seat concept. According to GM, the Ampera, which is based on the Voltec powertrain, will offer 60 km (37 miles) of zero emissions driving, while for longer distances, the car will be powered by the same electric motor, powered by a small internal combustion engine. Opel claims this system suits Europeans perfectly, recent surveys showing that, for example, 80 percent of Germans drive less than 50 km every day.

“With the Ampera, Opel will be the first European automobile manufacturer to provide customers several hundred kilometers of non-stop electric driving,” said Alain Visser, GM Europe Chief Marketing Officer. More details on the Ampera will be available closer to its debut.

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EDAG Light Car concept car to debut at the Geneva Motor Show

EDAG, a well known provider of engineering services, decided to take things a little further and started working on the “Light Car – Open Source” concept which will debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The car’s body, which looks like it’s made out of glass, uses innovative basalt fibre, a 100% recyclable lightweight material. Also, using an all-electric drive system powered by a set of lithium-ion batteries, the car has a driving range of 150 km (93 miles). What’s really cool about the car is the in the glass panes, (O)LED lamps mark out the outlines of the headlights and rear lights, outlines which can be customized by each customers, so basically you can redesign your car every time you want to. The same can be done to the interior, where the driver can individually configure the cockpit.

“We have transferred today’s multimedia and lighting technology standards to the car, and in future want to offer the customer scope for free configuration, as the entire surface of the vehicle functions like the monitor of a multimedia installation, and can be used intelligently and individually,” explains Johannes Barckmann, Head of the EDAG Design Studio.

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