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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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In what came somehow as a suprise, Honda has unveiled an interesting new concept at the LA Auto Show, the Honda FC Sport design study. The three-passengers sportscar concept features a powertrain based on the Honda V Flow fuel cell technology, already in use on the FCX Clarity sedan. By combining lightweight materials, improved aerodynamics and a low center of gravity (due to a modular approach to fuel cell component packaging and the electric drivetrain), the concept achieves quite impressive performances, or at least that’s what Honda says, because so far there were no official specs released.

The FC Sport concept, designed at Honda’s Advanced Design Studio in Pasadena, California, by a team led by Jason Wilbure, looks pretty good, with angular shapes in the front of the vehicle that taper into geometric, hex forms in the rear (which house cooling radiators for the fuel cell), F1-style barge boards behind the front wheels and what I really like are the visible hydrogen storage tanks, somewhat similar to what Ferrari or Lamborghini are doing.

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Italian coachbuilder Castagna has come up with a very interesting concept car, called Tender Two, based on the new Fiat 500. This is the second ‘beach car’ based on a Fiat car we’ve seen recently, after the Portofino van. Compared to the production version, the Tender Two had its doors, rear-seats, tailgate and rooftop removed, its ride height has been increased and the side sills have been reinforced, in order to maintain structural rigidity.

And if you think the removable striped canvas roof-top, the nautical themed teak wood covering the cargo area or the new upholstery is cool, wait until you see what’s under the hood. Because, in cooperation with MES-DEA, Castagna modified the Fiat 500 to run on a zero-emission electric unit which has a maximum speed of 130 km/h (81 mph) and 140 km (87 miles) range, while the battery recharging takes four hours.

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This weekend, in Düsseldorf, Germany, Europe’s largest recreational vehicle show will start and, besides the Fiat Portofino, we’ll also see an interesting concept, this time from Volkswagen. The VW Caddy ‘Topos Sail’ Concept uses design cues from classic yachts and has its multi-functional roof covered with wooden decking surrounded by aluminium roof rails accessed via four matching wooden and aluminium steps in the Caddy’s tailgate.

The Caddy ‘Topos Sail’ design study was created by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles as part of the 20 year anniversary of the California camper. Check out more photos after the jump. (more…)

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At the “Travemünder Woche”, Germany’s second largest annual race week in sailing Volkswagen, in cooperation with North Sails, will present the VW Touareg “North Sails” design study. North Sails is the largest sail manufacturer in the world and the special Touareg features material details and equipment inspired from the sailing world.

On the outside the car has custom 19-inch wheels, outside mirror and reflectors equipped with aquamarine blue colored lenses, while the interior features natural teak wood flooring panels outlined with LED lighting strips, aquamarine zig-zag stitching pattern in the white Nappa leather seats and door panels in addition to North Sail branded stainless steel entry strips. The Touareg also comes with a set of binoculars, compass on the instrument panel round out the interior equipment and included North Sails bicycle.

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Yesterday, CarMagazine wrote a report on what might have benn the fastest Lamborghini to exit the Sant’Agata facility, the Lamborghini Ferruccio. Considering that the article was written yesterday, on April 1, this might be a prank, though we don’t really thinnk so.

CarMagazine reports that the car was designed by Italian coachbuilder Magvisio, and basically, it was a rebodied Murcielago LP640 which also would have gotten a power boost and would’ve been able to go as far as 230 mph. Magvisio is a specialist in customisation jobs for private customers and they named the project after Lamborghini’s founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini.

Though Lamborghini was never involved in the project, rumors say that the Italian officials were monitoring the project and were close to apporving it at some time. But, as designer Pule Magau said: “We have only had three orders, and no one has put down a deposit yet. Let’s just say it’s on ice.”

One of the main reasons why the interest was low, was the price of the Ferruccio. Magvisio planned on creating five coupe and five cabrio versions, each one priced at $1.5 million. Why so high? With its design inspired from past Lamborghinis, such as the rear haunches from the Countach or the light clusters from the Miura, the car would’ve gotten the 630 hp 6.5 liter V12 engine from the LP640 and also the four-wheel drive system. The performance figures are impressive: 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds, 0 to 100 mph in less than 6 seconds and a top speed of over 230 mph. The Ferrucccio’s body and chassis are made from lightweight carbon fibre and on the interior we had carbon fibre seats, carbon dash and carbon doors. doors are carbon.

However, Magau added that they’re currently negotiating with prototyping firm Protoscar, which could cut costs and are really ambitious to create this car. The three customers that placed orders for the cars were supposed to pick up their cars in September but, until they don’t bring in deposits, this won’t happen.


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After we’ve seen the Porsche Traveller design study and now the Scion Hako Concept, we’re beginning to ask ourselves if the designers aren’t in some kind of designers strike (after the writer’s guild model). Because these concepts have some faces only their mothers would love.

The Scion Hako was inspired by the Scion xB and it’s a bizzare mixture of cubic and curvy. Plus, it seems that the designers never heard the “aerodynamics” term, because the concept is probably as aerodynamic as a brick. Not to mention this hilarious part from the press release: “the silhouette is accentuated by slim, race-car-inspired side mirrors”. Yeah, right!

There are no drivetrain specs, because, fortunately, the Scion Hako Concept is only a design study and we don’t want to be mean, but we hope we’ll never see it on the street.

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Fortunately, this is not an official Porsche concept car, but a result of Ivan Volkov‘s imagination. There’s not much to say about it, except that it looks horrible, we hope that Ivan will stay off the vodka and that Porsche will not take into consideration this design. We even started thinking if the Lamborghini Alar is still the ugliest concept we’ve seen.

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While surfing the web today, we cam across this design study, the Ferrari F250 Concept, designed by Idries Omar. Starting from all the rumors going around lately about a possible baby Ferrari, he designed this modern looking Ferrari, at the same time trying to keep the Italian legacy. Being a mid-engine rear wheel drive, Idries Omar was able to give the car a really aggressive stance. Originally, the car was meant to be an interpretation of the Ferrari Dino, but the designer named it Ferrari F250, from the legendary 250 GTO. As for the engine, the designer suggested 2.5L V6 engine (250) that runs on bio-fuel.

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