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Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS Goes Official

Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS

One of the most interesting cars in my opinion revealed this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show is the Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS. A very long name for a promising plug-in hybrid that has a 134 hp (136 PS / 100 kW) electric motor that can provide a continuous output of 94 hp (95 PS / 70 kW).

Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS

The on-board power unit is a gasoline engine that develops 67 hp (68 PS / 50 kW) that can fill up the battery at low speeds but it also can kick in at high speeds for driving the wheels in the front along with the electric motor. It has a brand new gearbox which has been developed by the company especially for this model.

Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS

It has CO2 emissions of only 32 g/km in combined driving and it can offer a driving range of up to 373 miles (600 km). In electric mode, the Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS concept can be driven for about 62 miles (100 km).

Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS

No word about a possible production version, but we’ll certainly keep you posted if MB changes its mind. Stay tuned for additional details.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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Renault Twizy Has New Ideas About Personal Transportation

Renault Twizy is a two-seater electric vehicle, a concept which redefines our entire image about what we thought vehicles of the future should be. The result? Cities looking similar to electric kart tracks, due to this tiny but fast concept car.

It’s a good-looking open-air car, especially for women’s taste, plus that it offers great visibility in both sides – perfect for ladies who have problems with using only the car mirrors. The comfortable seating for two makes it ideal for all the shopping session with your best friend and in the storage space fits more than your new shoes or a dress.

Renault Twizy is tiny, which make it perfect for congested cities, so you don’t have to worry about fitting in narrow streets, finding a place where to park or sneaking through other cars. It’s 7.87 feet long and 3.9 feet wide.

Another part that should be discussed is its features as EV. So, the charging time: it takes three and a half hour for fully recharging. The range is around 60 miles of city driving, so it might be an option if the bicycle or the motorcycle has been already rejected.

Renalut Twizy is available in two versions: the first, Twizy 45, a 5 HP version with a top speed of 28 mph and a price of €6,990. The second one is the “regular” Twizy with 17 HP and a top speed of 50 mph, up to €7,690. Any of these models include lithium-ion batteries, but they can be rented for €50 ($68) per month.

Would you like such a car for yourself?

[Source: Wired]

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Audi A8 L W12 Exclusive Concept Revealed

Audi A8 L W12 Exclusive Concept

Although the Ingolstadt-based automaker said that this is a concept, they’ve mentioned that it will go into a limited production run of 50 units and each of these cars are going to be identified by a series number. Under that beautiful hood rests a huge W12 6.3-liter gasoline engine that is capable of developing 439 hp (500 PS / 368 kW) and a massive peak torque of 461 lb.-ft (625 Nm).

Audi A8 L W12 Exclusive Concept

What’s even more interesting is the premium interior cabin, finished by the Italian design house Poltrona Frau. The sedan’s seats are wrapped around in Cognac-colored leather and have granite gray piping highlights.

Audi A8 L W12 Exclusive Concept

The additional leather finish of the center console, dashboard, seat consoles, door trims and the tunnel is complemented by the wood inlays of olive ash in a light gray-brown veneer. Leather was also used for the key, while the sills are trimmed with “Audi exclusive concept” lettering. As you can see, the Audi A8 L W12 is wearing a Monsoon Gray paint finish which looks gorgeous.

Audi A8 L W12 Exclusive Concept

No word at the moment about the price tag for this special A8 L W12 edition but it is safe to assume that it won’t be cheap at all.

Source: Audi via Motor Authority

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Ford Fiesta ST, Live In Frankfurt

Ford Fiesta ST Concept

It is a busy Frankfurt Motor Show for the Blue Oval, with lots of new cars shown. One of them is the Fiesta ST concept, which previews the production model which will be launched in 2012. In the past, Ford said that they won’t launched an ST version of the Fiesta because they assumed that it won’t be appealing enough to the general audience, but I guess they’ve changed their minds.

Ford Fiesta ST Concept

One reason for this is thanks to the success of the Fiesta in North America, alongside the need for a faster Fiesta in Europe as well as the necessity of a factory Fiesta RS to run in the WRC. This FWD concept exhibited in Frankfurt is motivated by a 4-cylinder, 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine that fires 178 hp and has a peak torque of 177 lb.-ft and it is linked to a 6-speed manual transmission. At the moment, the most powerful Fiesta available on the market is the S1600 which has a 1.6-liter engine with 132 hp.

Ford Fiesta ST Concept

This Fiesta ST concept is capable of doing the 0-62 mph sprint in less than 7 seconds, en route to a top speed of 137 mph, which is roughly the same as the 6.9 seconds needed for Renault’s Clio 200 to do the sprint, before hitting a maximum speed of 141 mph. Ford mentioned that the fuel consumption figure is going to be “attractive”, while CO2 emissions will fall under the 140 g/km mark.

Ford Fiesta ST Concept

The style for the Ford Fiesta ST has been inspired by the company’s WRC Fiesta model as well as the ST version of the Focus. It sports a big, trapezoidal front grille that has a honeycomb mesh, along with a twin exhaust system and a bigger diffuser out in the back. It has a full ST bodykit and rides on a set of 17-inch alloys. The car has an attractive Motel Orange exterior paint, which can also be found inside the cabin, along with the sports seats from Recaro.

Ford Fiesta ST Concept

Source: Ford via Autocar

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Mercedes-Benz F 125! Makes An Apperance At Frankfurt

Mercedes-Benz F 125!

Mercedes brought to this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show a very interesting concept, dubbed F 125! It is their way of showing us how a luxury flagship for 2025 could look like. It is in fact a plug-in hybrid fuel-cell vehicle that has a 10 kWh lithium-sulphur battery, four electric motors and a hydrogen fuel tank. Those four motors offer a peak output of 308 hp (313 PS / 230 kW), allowing the car to do the sprint to 62 mph in only 4.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 137 mph (220 km/h).

Mercedes-Benz F 125!

On electricity alone, the Mercedes-Benz F 125! can be driven for up to 31 miles (50 km) and after that the fuel-cell kicks in, increasing the range up to 621 miles (1,000 km). Some of the technological goodies include a massive 17-inch retractable display, a 3D instrument cluster and the new generation of the @yourCOMAND infotainment system that can be controlled by hand-gestures, touch or speech. It also offers Internet connectivity and manages to be very customizable, plus it supports cloud-based computing as well as a Social Community Assistant.

Mercedes-Benz F 125!

Source: Mercedes-Benz via WCF

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Frankfurt Motor Show – VW NILS Concept

VW NILS Concept

One of the many concepts revealed today at Frankfurt is the VW NILS, the automaker’s vision of personal urban mobility for the year 2030. It is a one-seat EV based on a F1-style layout with the driver in the middle and the powertrain in the rear, featuring an aluminum spaceframe that allows the car to have a curb weight of only 460 kg. The reason why VW chose this one-seat configuration is due to the fact that about 90% of commuters who travel by car do it without any passengers.

VW NILS Concept

The VW NILS concept measures 3040 mm long, 1390 mm wide and 1200 mm high, which makes it 500 mm shorter, 250 mm narrower and 280 mm lower in comparison to the company’s smallest car in the lineup at the moment which is the Up! Although its dimensions are limited, the German automaker says that the car is safe as just about any car out there.

It rides on a set of freestanding outboard alloys that measure 17 inches and features cool glass wing doors which manage to provide easy access even where there isn’t a lot of room. The “practical bootspace” is located above the rear-mounted powertrain.

VW NILS Concept

Driving the wheels in the back is an electric motor that generates 34 hp and 96 lb.-ft of torque and is powered by a 5.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that allows the car to be driven for up to 40 miles. It needs 11 seconds to do the 0-62 mph sprint, before reaching a maximum speed of 81 mph. Filling up the battery requires two hours which is quite decent.

Thanks to its low curb weight, the car doesn’t require power steering and VW says that it “drives like a sports car.” The front and rear feature a wishbone suspension.

Source: VW via Autocar

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Infiniti FX50 Vettel Concept Unveiled At Frankfurt Motor Show

Infiniti FX50 Vettel Concept

About six month ago, rumors started surfacing the Internet about a special edition of the FX which has the signature of the current world F1 champion Sebastian Vettel. After a couple of teasers, we finally get to see the car, and from the beginning we have to tell you that it won’t make it as a production model as this is only a one-off concept.

Infiniti FX50 Vettel Concept

The chassis of the car has been lowered by 20 mm and they’ve also implemented a new aerodynamic package that includes both revised front & rear bumpers. For the front splitter as well as the rear diffuser, Infiniti’s engineers have used carbon fiber, while the mirror covers, front grille and the side sills benefit from the same treatment. Thanks to these upgrades, the coefficient of lift (Cl) has been improved by 30% over the standard model while the coefficient of drag (cd) is now 5% lower. The car rides on massive black-painted 21-inch alloys that have silver rims.

Infiniti FX50 Vettel Concept

By installing the aforementioned carbon fiber components and the lightweight wheels, they’ve managed to reduce the weight of the car by 101 pounds (46 kg) in comparison to the regular FX50S Premium and it now weighs 4,517 lbs (2,049 kg), which is still a lot if you ask me.

Infiniti FX50 Vettel Concept

Real black carbon fiber was used for trimming the door panels, center console and the dashboard, while the gearshift paddles and the steering wheel got the Alcantara treatment. The FX50 Vettel features specially-designed sport seats that have additional support and have been wrapped around in black quilted suede cloth that was finished with purple stitching and a couple of “SV” logos.

Infiniti FX50 Vettel Concept

The car is powered by a revised version of the standard V8 5.0-liter engine and it now has a new exhaust system and a remapped ECU, which increases the output to 420 hp, up from the standard 390 hp. They’ve also ditched the V-max limiter and included a longer final drive ratio which allows the vehicle to hit a top speed of 187 mph (300 km/h). It is also faster in the 0-62 mph sprint, being able to do it in 5.6 seconds, which 0.2 quicker than the regular model. Other modifications include re-rated dampers as well as stiffer springs.

Infiniti FX50 Vettel Concept

As we said in the beginning, this is only a one-off concept and at the moment there are no plans of launching a production version but we’re almost certain that if the feedback is very good they’ll change their mind and roll out a limited series which will probably carry an exorbitant price tag.

Source: Infiniti via Carscoop

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Kia GT Concept Confirmed For 2013 Production

Kia GT Concept

Kia is making a very bold appearance at this year’s edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show, showing its most interesting model in the company’s entire history, the GT concept. The Korean automaker stated today that the car will spawn into a production version which will be out in 2013 and they also said that they’re working on a hot version of the popular Cee’d.

Kia GT Concept

This stunning GT Concept is powered by a turbocharged V6 3.3-liter gasoline engine that fires 390 hp and has a peak torque of 394 lb.-ft. All of those ponies are sent to the back wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Kia GT Concept

The concept was born in the company’s Frankfurt design studio and offers us a glimpse about the automaker’s upcoming expansion plans. The GT has a very bold front-end that incorporates the firm’s new “Schreyer grille”. Other than that, it features heavily sculpted sides, a gently sloping roofline and a very interesting design for the taillights.

Kia GT Concept

Next year at the Detroit Motor Show, Kia will exhibit a drop-top version of its funky Soul model while in Geneva they’ll bring a small FWD roadster which will be based on the mechanicals of the aforementioned Cee’d. This week at Frankfurt, the Korean automaker will exhibit the facelift version of the Soul and the 3-door Rio.

Source: Kia via Autocar

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The “Stay Connected” Side of Volvo Concept You

The 2011 edition of Frankfurt Motor Show is full of surprises, especially related to technology. Volvo Concept You doesn’t make an exception and come with an interesting tablet-like interface. So, it features a hands-up display, a large touchscreen display (with a 10 inches diagonal), one between the rear passenger seats and two more intergarted into the steering controls.

“Smartphones and smart pads have brought mobile infotainment into a new era. Here, we use a number of touchscreens to replace buttons and controls in order to make the driver totally connected, totally in control,” explains Peter Horbury, vice president Design at Volvo Car Corporation.

But, let’s talk about the main screen, the one which is claimed to be in standby until someone looks at it. Yes, a little time ago this was science fiction. Now, it became possible. How is this technically realized? By using an IR sensor which to detect the eye movement. Apparently, everything is sensor-based, as another sensor then detects the hand movement and uses its sensibility to identify whether the passenger or the driver has touched the display to provide the appropriated content. The entire content can be moved to the hands-up display or shred with the screen in the rear of the car.

Besides all these screens and displays, the Concept You is equipped with an high-performance Alpine sound system. Although this is only a concept, its technological suggestions are quite interesting, despite the little problems that remain unanswered(such as: could the feature of this concept still be properly used when the weather is sunny, streaming in through the back window?).

What do you think about this concept?

[Source: Pocket-lint]

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Frankfurt Motor Show – Land Rover Defender DC100

Land Rover Defender DC100

The British car maker Land Rover has revealed today the second version of its DC100 Concept at the 2011 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show. With this second iteration of the concept, LR wants to demonstrate the design and image flexibility that it plans on implementing on the production version which will be out sometime in 2015.

Land Rover Defender DC100

Wearing a yellow exterior paint, the DC100 Sport is an open-top speedster-style car that has cut-down screens as well as a twin-humped fastback tonneau to shroud its payload area and rear seats. It rides on massive 22-inch alloys that are wrapped around in ultra low profile rubbers. Just like the first DC100, this one features a 3+3 seating configuration, a throwback to the seating arrangement of the original Land Rovers.

Land Rover Defender DC100

The car is motivated by either a 2.0-liter gasoline or diesel engine and can offer hybrid capabilities as well, while the engine is mated to an 8-speed transmission. The now popular stop/start system is standard, as well as the newest generation of the Terrain Response. The engine benefits from a traditional transfer box in order to provide permanent AWD, but it also has a so-called “driveline disconnect” system that can decouple the wheels in the back for improving fuel efficiency when you don’t need the all-wheel drive system.

Land Rover Defender DC100 (Frankfurt Motor Show 2011)

On the roof of the Land Rover Defender DC100 are solar panels, while another interesting technology would have to be the continuous Internet connection, as well as the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) which is a new type of key fob recognition.

Land Rover Defender DC100

When the production version will be launched in 2015, experts in the industry estimate that the new model will be sold in approximately 50,000 units per year. Until then, we’ll probably see many other similar concepts that will offer a sneak preview of the road-going model.

Land Rover Defender DC100

Source: Land Rover via Autocar

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Jaguar C-X16 Concept Goes Official

Jaguar C-X16 Concept

The British car maker Jaguar has decided to unveil its gorgeous C-X16 Concept before the car’s public debut which will occur this week during the Frankfurt Motor Show. It is a RWD 2-seater coupe that has a hybrid powertrain and a 50:50 weight distribution. The vehicle measures 4,445 mm in length, 2,048 mm in width and 1,297 mm in height, while the wheelbase is 2,622 mm, which makes it the smallest Jag since the 50s.

Jaguar C-X16 Concept

The C-X16 Concept is motivated by a V6 3.0-liter engine that churns 375 hp (380 PS / 280 kW) and has a peak torque of 332 lb.-ft (450 Nm), mated to an eight-speed transmission with a built-in motor generator. The latter draws its power from a 1.6 kWh battery pack and generates 95 PS and 173 lb.-ft. This additional boost is activated by the “Push to Pass” button located on the steering wheel. In order to feed the batteries, the sexy coupe benefits from regenerative braking.

Jaguar C-X16 Concept

The Jaguar C-X16 Concept is able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in only 4.4 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h). It can be driven for up to 50 mph (88 km/h) on electric mode while CO2 emissions stand at 165 g/km.

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Source: Jaguar via WCF

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Toyota FT-86 II Concept – even more teasing!

Dear Toyota, please stop acting like a young virgin that can’t make up its mind about having sex for the first time or not. You keep telling us that we’ll see the Toyota FT-86 concept get into production someday, but you keep stalling and saying that the Toyota FT-86 II is slightly better.

You’re promising to reveal more at Frankfurt next week, but we just don’t know what to think. “It’s lighter”, you say and you show things like this teaser:

But please stop mocking us and let us have it already!

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Tronatic Atmos Concept – a French electric sportscar in the making

Have you ever dreamt of driving/riding a Light Cycle? Well, have we. There may be a small, but likely chance that you’ll get to drive a Tron inspired car made by a team of French designers. It’s called the Tronatic Atmos Concept and it looks… flabbergasting!

We’re using big words because this is quite the concept! French graphic design studio Tronatic, specialized in 3D animation and graphic, has created a test drive featuring this concept, which is both futuristic and intriguing. The concept was presented at the end of last year and is an all original design that makes the car really stand out.

Just like in a SciFi movie, the Atmos Concept has strong graphic elements and contrasts between the white stripes and the dark paint, which is surely to make it an eye catcher. The interior is as much as a spaceship as the exterior, and its fluent lines seem prepared for an airport runway more than a usual road.

There are no other technical details yet, but you can find out more from Tronatic’s nifty website.

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The Audi A2 Concept in pictures and numbers

Audi couldn’t miss to line up its new creation for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, so it has released pictures of the lovely A2 concept.

Audi is planning to take on BMW, with their i3 model, but BMW seems to be about 2 years ahead with their release, which is planned for 2013. Premium EVs are a hot segment and I’m sure the competition in it will be fierce.

The Audi’s plans for the A2 is to fit it with a 85kW electric motor that moves the front wheels through a single-speed transmission. The car can produce 199 pound-feet of torque at most and the lithium-ion battery pack is created to last for 125 miles. Zero to sixty in just over 9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 93 mph is not so bad for an EV.

Since the battery ads a lot of extra weight, a lot of aluminum and carbon fiber was used to get the weight down to 2,535 pounds. Audi states that an autonomous driving mode will be part of the package for the A2.

We can’t wait to see what they’ve prepared for Frankfurt, which starts next Tuesday! Until then, check out the entire photo gallery of the Audi A2 concept on our Facebook page.

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2012 Kia Veredus Concept goes to the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

Today we have a new Kia concept that has made quite an impression among our car loving friends. The 2012 Kia Veredus Concept is quite good looking, with it’s smooth lines and great details. The concept looks like it’s sculpted from a big chunk of metal and I bet that’s it’s as aerodynamic as a cheetah.

The concept is rear-wheel drive and keeps its composure and elegance, although it’s proportions are clearly intended to position it as a four-door sports sedan. Quite an impressive look for a four-seater Kia sedan!

‘No matter from which perspective you look at it – this concept car is roaring with energy and ready for take-off.

I believe the car is a strong statement from Kia: we are ready to fast forward to an all new chapter.’

, declared Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors Chief Design Officer

If you’ll visit the Kia stand in hall 3.1, booth A21, along with the 2012 Kia Veredus Concept you’ll be able to see the world premiere of the new three-door Rio and a refresh of the Kia Soul.

What do you think about Kia’s new design style?

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