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Nissan IDx NISMO Concept In Jay Leno’s Garage w/ Datsun 510 – Video 10
Mar
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Concept Vehicle, Datsun, Jay Leno, Jay Leno's Garage, nissan, Nissan IDx, Nissan IDx Concept, Nissan IDx Nismo Concept, video on 03 10th, 2014
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The Japanese formula for affordable and fun-to-drive vehicles is getting a new life here in the United States as we set our eyes on future concepts from the likings of Nissan. Vehicles like the good-ol Datsun 510 would be an awesome addition in a fresh new form just as Nissan has inspired in the IDx NISMO concept, which is in Jay Leno’s Garage this week. Of course we will very well see an iteration of the IDx Concept hit the market within the next few years. Hit up the video below with Jay taking the new IDx NISMO for a spin.



Volvo Concept Estate Foreshadows Stunning Design – Videos 28
Feb
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Concept Vehicle, Geneva Auto Show, Geneva Motor Show, video, Volvo Concept Estate on 02 28th, 2014
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I’m a sucker for wagons and that is alright in the scheme of my counterparts who partake in automotive journalism along with many automotive purists and enthusiasts alike. What some may refer as a Shooting Brake design, has taken on a new life in place of that old station wagon conception that brings back memories of Clark Griswold out cruising in the family truckster.

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There is a new onslaught of creative and stunning Shooting Brake designs and Volvo has introduced one that is simply breathtaking. The new Volvo Concept Estate, slated to debut at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show next week, takes automotive design to a new depth where the Swedish company known for pioneering the safest vehicles on the road has stunned everyone.

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The interior is just as advanced as its exterior where the dashboard utilizes a large central touch-screen for just about every control, much like the Tesla Model S.

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Not much is known about this new Volvo Concept Estate but we will have our eyes pealed at the Geneva Auto Show when we will demand a bit more information – because we want them to build this vehicle.

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Hit up the videos of this stunning wagon below and daydream with us!



Nissan Sport Sedan Concept At 2014 NAIAS Could be Next Maxima 13
Jan
Posted by Darryl in 2014 NAIAS, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Concept Vehicle, naias, News, nissan, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Sport Sedan Concept, North American International Auto Show on 01 13th, 2014
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We already knew about Nissan unveiling something that should set the tone of the upcoming redesigned Maxima. What we think is the basis for the next Maxima, was revealed today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit as the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept.

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The new concept has many of the new styling language found in the Nissan brand while it sports 4-doors giving us the indications of being the next Maxima. For a while, the Nissan Maxima received a lot of flak for retaining the ‘4-door sports car’ moniker. It is possible, by the looks alone, that the new Nissan Sport Sedan Concept could capture that nomenclature so consumers and enthusiasts alike won’t give Nissan such a hard time about calling what we see here a 4-door sports car.

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This Nissan Sport Sedan Concept is said to be powered by a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 mated to a CVT transmission. That layout is all-too familiar to what we already see in current Nissan products. We are not so sure a CVT transmission belongs in a 4-door sports car, though Nissan could do away with that old classification. Though, we fail to find the sportiness in any CVT transmission. However, this concept does look pretty awesome and you could easily call it sporty.

Nissan Sport Sedan Concept Press Release

NISSAN SPORT SEDAN CONCEPT MAKES WORLD DEBUT AT 2014 NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

– Nissan provides an advanced look at a future production sports sedan
– Offers bold and exciting sports car proportions with energetic styling, driver-oriented interior
– Embodies next-generation Nissan design signatures, including V-Motion front aspect, distinctive “floating” roof and boomerang-shaped lamps

Design has long been a differentiator between Nissan and its competitors – along with performance, innovation and technology. Now, as the company celebrates its 80th anniversary, it is doing so with the world debut of the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The Sport Sedan Concept, a design study with a particular emphasis on next-generation design and sporty style, was created to embody the essence of a true sports sedan – that rare execution of 4-door sedan with the aura of a real sports car. It previews a future production vehicle intended for owners with a passion for cutting-edge design and driving dynamics.

“The Sport Sedan Concept shows a new, highly emotional and energetic design direction that takes Nissan’s legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan to the next level,” said Nissan Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura. “The Sport Sedan Concept captures that essence with bold and exciting sports car design and proportions.”

Next-Generation Nissan Design Language
The Sport Sedan Concept joins a trio of advanced concepts that share signature design aspects that will be adapted to all future Nissans. Along with the Nissan Resonance and Friend-ME concepts that were introduced in 2013, the Sport Sedan Concept shares the new V-Motion front aspect, “floating” roof and boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights.

As demonstrated by the three diverse concepts, these distinctive design cues will be incorporated into a range of body types from sedans to crossovers.

“Our new design direction mirrors the strength, power and capabilities of the engineering and innovation that serves as the foundation of every Nissan vehicle,” said Nakamura. “Nissan is a brand for people seeking bold and passionate experiences, and who are willing to make choices outside of traditional boundaries. That’s why Nissan is committed to breaking new ground in automotive design, as expressed in the stunning new Sport Sedan Concept.”

The exterior of the Sport Sedan Concept is marked by low, wide proportions, with a lowered hoodline and reduced ground clearance compared to traditional sedans – elements that would be right at home in a sports car.

The “V-Motion” movement of the front end flows from the dramatic chromed grille up through the hood. The front of the Sport Sedan Concept also incorporates the large LED boomerang headlights, a deeply scooped front fascia and wide, sloped windshield.

The profile of the vehicle is equally powerful, with its dynamic bodyside lines adding a strong sculptural feel and connecting the wheels and tires – which are pushed out to the four corners.

There is a projection of motion, even when the vehicle is standing still. The Sport Sedan Concept rides on custom 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels mounted with low-profile 275/30R21 tires.

The distinctive silhouette blends smoothly into the rear design, which is capped by the high deck, large chrome trunk accent and wide, deeply scooped rear fascia. As in the front, the boomerang rear combination lights accentuate the centered feeling and push outward to edges.

The unique “floating” roof adds a sense of openness and lightness in contrast to traditional sedans’ heavy cabin appearance.

“The innovative roofline, which is also prevalent on Resonance and Friend-ME, makes it seem as if there are no pillars at all, enhancing the sense of athleticism and sportiness,” said Nakamura. “The roofline also contributes to the Sport Sedan Concept’s class-leading stance, which balances the look of the substantial lower body and a streamlined cabin.”

The final exterior touch is the unique “Strad Amber” paint that was inspired by the craftsmanship and rich finish of noted classic violins – instruments capable of producing vibrant intensity at times and at other times a soft stillness. The elaborate candy color paint finish is achieved through application of an orange-amber topcoat over a base of gold paint, creating a distinctive depth and bespoke richness.

The Sport Sedan Concept’s interior also offers cues to future production designs. Premium materials are found throughout, with the use of diamond-shaped graphics on the quilted seats, stitching and panels enhancing the sense of dynamic motion. Rather than traditional flat surfacing, the diamond treatment adds three-dimensionality. The edgy and geometric look was inspired by modern furniture, apparel and accessories. The interior also features high-contrast colors and facet metallic accents. All these aspects finely express Nissan’s individual authenticity and modernity.

The front-wheel drive Sport Sedan Concept is powered by a 300-plus horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine backed by a sport-tuned Xtronic CVT® and features an innovative suspension layout with performance dampers.

The Nissan Sport Sedan Concept was created by Nissan Design America in San Diego, California and developed at the Nissan Global Design Center in Atsugi, Japan.

KEY DIMENSIONS
Length
191.7 in. (4,870 mm)
Width
75.3 in. (1,912 mm)
Height
54.3 in. (1,378 mm)
Wheelbase
111.2 in. (2,825 mm)
Front overhang
39.1 in. (992 mm)
Rear overhang
41.5 in (1,053 mm)

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SPORT SEDAN CONCEPT DEBUTS FUTURE LOOK OF NISSAN SEDANS

– Third in a Series of Nissan Concepts
– Resonance, Friend-ME and Sport Sedan Concept
– Defines the Next Generation in Coupes, Sedans and Crossovers

First there was the Nissan Resonance, with its boldly futuristic aerodynamic styling signalling the direction of upcoming Nissan mid-size crossovers. It made its world debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.

Then came the Nissan Friend-ME, showcased at Auto Shanghai 2013, with its category-busting energetic and provocative modern design.

And now, making its world debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit comes the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept – applying real sports car performance standards and new design philosophies to a 4-door sedan.

Together the three concept models form the roadmap to the next generation of Nissan exterior and interior design evolution – and the global design-led renaissance of the Nissan brand.

“Nissan’s design language is our brand promise – Innovation and Excitement for Everyone – rendered in metal,” said Nissan Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura. “We are continually pushing the envelope, as the Sport Sedan Concept shows. It is a car that is more emotional, more exciting and that provides a strong hint of the design direction we are taking.”

Though targeted for specific markets and customers, Resonance, Friend-ME and now the Sport Sedan Concept share distinctive and memorable design signatures.

The strong front end is marked by Nissan’s “V-Motion” movement, which flows from the front grille through the hood to create an impressive cadence and emotional attitude. The unique boomerang-shaped lighting signature also accentuates the rear designs of each vehicle.

The innovative “floating” roof, also featured prominently on Resonance, Friend-ME and the new Sport Sedan Concept, gives an impressive sense of lightness and sophistication. The thin, sculpted pillars make the cabins of each concept appear less heavy and help open the greenhouse for an airy, inviting interior environment.

Resonance, Friend-ME and Sport Sedan Concept also share an edgy muscularity, derived from their low, wide stances with tires placed far out to the corners. The designs also utilize short front and rear overhangs, reduced ground clearances and small gaps between wheels and fenders. The resulting look imparts a sporty and athletic strength, rather than brute and aggressive force.

Inside, the trio of advanced concepts provide private-yet-connected spaces for drivers and passengers. The high tech, streamlined feel of each interior derives from a combination of magnetic detailing and use of high-contrast interior colors and materials.

“These distinctive design aspects will be applied to all future Nissan models,” Nakamura concludes. “Nissan design will possess consistency and diversity which covers all body types, from sedan to crossovers.”



Toyota FT-1 Concept Car Gives Us Supra Dreams at 2014 NAIAS 13
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 NAIAS, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Concept Vehicle, naias, News, TOYOTA, Toyota FT-1 Concept, Toyota Supra, video on 01 13th, 2014
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The North American International Auto Show is off to a BIG start in many ways and Toyota has captivated us with its new Toyota FT-1 Concept Car. Dare we say this is the return of the Supra – starting up those rumors would be digging up that dead horse and beating its bones into fine powder at this point. But hope is still there as the FT-1 shows forward movement off of the heals of the 2007 FT-HS and 2012 Lexus LF-LC concept vehicles.

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The new Toyota FT-1 Concept Car is said to a track-focused sports car created by the CALTY Design Research center. It continues the tradition of sports cars in the brand following the 2000GT, Celica, Supra and the recent Scion FR-S/Toyota FT-86.

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Toyota has released just a bit of information on this vehicle being powered by a balanced internal combustion front-engine and a rear-wheel-drive layout. This particular concept will be available to drive ‘virtually’ on Gran Turismo 6 as new downloadable content.

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The time is NOW Toyota – The Supra awaits us! – The gap between the Scion FR-S and Lexus LFA needs to be filled ASAP!

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Hit up the full press release below for additional information.

Toyota virtually blew the doors off the North American International Auto Show with the reveal of the stunning FT-1 sports car concept. First devised by Calty Design Research in the Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo game environment, FT-1 leapt from the screen to the stage in a race-inspired press conference at COBO Hall.

The name says it all. FT-1 stands for “Future Toyota,” and the number “1” represents the ultimate. According to its designers at Calty Design Research, the FT-1 Concept is the ultimate expression of a Toyota coupe design, building upon Toyota’s rich sports coupe heritage dating back to the 2000GT, Celica, Supra, MR2 and most recently Scion FR-S. In addition, the concept draws inspiration from Calty’s more recent sports car concept work such as FT-HS (2007) and the Lexus LF-LC (2012).

The project started nearly two years ago and represents a labor of love by a passionate, dedicated and gifted Calty design team. “The FT-1 is a dream-project for a designer and car enthusiast like myself,” said Alex Shen, Calty’s Studio Chief Designer. “Our team was heavily influenced by Toyota’s sports car past, especially Celica and Supra, and we sought to capture some of that history. It is an aggressive, track-focused sports car concept with a presence that has been amplified for shock and awe.”

The FT-1’s audacious design represents the pinnacle of Calty’s 40th year of operation. Guided by the Toyota design ethos of Vibrant Clarity, a unique fusion of both emotional and rational factors that delivers a more exciting and dramatic design expression with unique Toyota identity, the concept is a spiritual pace car for Toyota Global Design. The goal of this ideological shift is to develop future generations of products that better connect emotionally with Toyota’s global consumer base.

Traditionally, Toyota’s design decisions have been driven by consensus among a large group of stakeholders. Under Akio Toyoda’s stated directive to invigorate Toyota products with energy, passion and “Waku-Doki” (translation: a palpable heart-pounding sense of excitement), the approval process has been streamlined. This new approach aims to produce cars that connect more deeply with customers, generating a more satisfying ownership experience that complements Toyota’s legendary reputation for quality, dependability and reliability.

“Function-sculpting” design language yields curved, muscular, expressive body forms seemingly shaped by the wind. Inlets, ducting, and vents are features of the exterior design that help reinforce its track–ready nature with elements of purposeful airflow management. At higher speeds a retractable rear wing deploys and tilts forward to create additional downforce. The body’s athleticism is expressed with taut surfaces and dramatic fender forms that seduce the eyes when covered in an unapologetically red hue.

The front engine rear-wheel drive configuration locates the cockpit far rearward within the wheelbase to improve weight distribution. This design element also helps create the classic sportscar proportions one would expect from a vehicle poised to dominate even the most challenging road course. The cockpit’s wraparound windshield and side glass openings are a distinct nod to the design of the legendary Toyota 2000GT.

The interior is a focused, highly functional “place of business” that locates the driver at the controls behind an F1 inspired steering-wheel. The intimate, low slung cockpit has its A-pillars set far back to help optimize cornering vision and sensation of the cabin’s intimacy. A delta-shaped display zone surrounds and integrates the driver to provide an exhilarating sense of being connected to the vehicle. The cockpit’s sense of minimalism adds to the purposefulness of the driver-focused environment with an emphasis on light weight components such as the composite seat covered with just the right amount of padding in only the areas that come into contact with the driver. A color heads-up display keeps the driver’s attention on the road ahead, with vital information projected just above the steering wheel within the driver’s line of sight.

While technical specifications do not accompany the concept, one can assume that the FT-1 represents an ideally balanced front-engine, rear wheel-drive layout that is powered by a high-technology, high performance internal combustion engine. Beneath a transparent glass hood, an ambiguous engine cover hides a powerplant left to the imagination of the onlooker.

In preparation for pitching the concept to Toyota management, Calty worked with Polyphony Digital, creators of the popular Gran Turismo driving simulator, to bring FT-1 to life in a virtual world that captured the excitement, passion and performance conveyed by the concept model. Toyota executives were offered the opportunity to take FT-1 for a timed lap around a computer-generated Fuji Speedway. Behind the wheel of the concept, Toyota president Akio Toyoda, an accomplished race car driver, completed the virtual circuit faster than his best real-world lap time at Fuji in his LFA. From that moment, he was convinced and the concept was approved to be built in model-form for the international auto show circuit.

For Toyota, this concept embodies the possibilities of the new and exciting design mission ahead. “Sports cars represent the ultimate driving expression in its purest form. As car enthusiasts ourselves, this is the kind of project we dream about working on,” said Calty Design Research president Kevin Hunter. “Beyond its obvious five-alarm visual impact, FT-1 is symbolic of a new chapter for Toyota Global Design. This provocative concept truly captures the passion, excitement, and energy of the Toyota we are evolving into and embodies elements of the emotion and performance that Toyota will imprint upon future production designs.”



Jay Leno Previews Cadillac Elmiraj Concept w/ Ed Welburn: Video 29
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac Elmiraj, Concept Vehicle, Ed Welburn, Jay Leno, Jay Leno's Garage, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, video on 08 29th, 2013
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Jay Leno gets to play with all of the latest toys on 4 wheels so it is no wonder that he gets his own preview of the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept at Pebble Beach alongside of VP of GM Global Design, Ed Welburn. Hit up the video below and enjoy!



BMW M4 Coupe Concept Appears at Pebble Beach – First Live Photos 16
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, BMW, BMW M4, Concept Vehicle, News, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on 08 16th, 2013
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Yesterday the internet was buzzed with the very first images of the new BMW M4 Coupe Concept. It left us wanting for more and now Pebble Beach is here to fulfill our desires with Live photos of what the new BMW M4 Coupe will mostly look like in the flesh based of off the Concept you see here. Yeah, it is obvious that the first photos didn’t do this car justice, what we see here is amazing!

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Enjoy!

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Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Emerges from Design to Stun Onlookers at Pebble Beach 16
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac Ciel, Cadillac Elmiraj, Concept Vehicle, News on 08 16th, 2013
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Cadillac never ceases to amaze us with stunning design inspirations in their concept vehicles. The latest stunner, which just hit the field at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the Elmiraj Concept. This vehicle is absolutely stunning and reminds us of the powerhouse of designers that GM has locked up underneath Ed Welburn’s direction.

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The Elmiraj Concept, evocative of the Ciel Concept, begs the question of why does Cadillac not put something like this into production. After-all, we are 99.99% certain it will sell.

The Elmiraj Concept coupe does not stop with its spectacular outward appearance, it has the good underneath to keep us mesmerized with a twin-turbo 4.5-liter V8 producing an estimated 500 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. Yeah, Cadillac needs this in the line-up ASAP!

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We won’t continue to bore you with what our specific thoughts are as you can already tell we are all giddy and cannot contain ourselves until we see something like this in production. Hit up the full press release below and take time out to view this American beauty in action.

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Elmiraj Concept Explores Top of Cadillac’s Range

CARMEL, Calif. – Cadillac today revealed the Elmiraj Concept, a grand coupe expressing the pure enjoyment of driving and exploring new dimensions for Cadillac’s ongoing expansion. The Elmiraj Concept showcases a new vision for luxury driving and the top of the brand’s expanding range.

“Cadillac is fueled by the creativity of our designers, led by Ed Welburn,” said Bob Ferguson, senior vice president, Global Cadillac. “Elmiraj provides a look inside the Cadillac Studio on how we envision performance and luxury for the next generation of luxury drivers.”

A modern update to the classic format of a two-door grand coupe, Elmiraj is a pure expression of streamlined design and engaging rear-wheel drive performance.

At 205 inches (5207mm) in overall length, Elmiraj is four-seat coupe with presence and poise. Taking up from where the memorable Ciel Concept left off, Elmiraj is a statement of pure luxury and performance with a purposeful character and proportion.

The concept advances Cadillac’s philosophy of dramatic design and performance, and its commitment to lightweight, agile cars. Elmiraj is constructed with chassis and structural elements of an ongoing Cadillac vehicle development project slated for future production. This new vehicle architecture expands the brand’s commitment to lightweight RWD performance, exemplified in the ATS sport sedan and the all-new and elevated 2014 CTS launching this fall in the U.S.

“Elmiraj advances Cadillac’s provocative modern design and performance, contrasted with bespoke craftsmanship and luxury,” said Mark Adams, Cadillac design director. “It explores performance driving, as well as how we’re approaching elevating the Cadillac range and new dimensions of Art & Science philosophy.”

Elmiraj is powered by a 4.5-liter twin turbocharged V8 delivering an estimated 500 hp. The engine takes the baseline technology from the new Cadillac Twin Turbo V6 featured in the upcoming 420-hp 2014 CTS Vsport edition, and expands it to the classic performance format of a V8 engine.

Dramatic Exterior Proportion

With a heritage of imaginative designs, Cadillac approaches concept cars as a method for projecting design forward rather than simply exaggerating or “teasing” future production models. Elmiraj was created from this mindset, and therefore suggests new territory for Cadillac Art & Science.

“This concept is the second chapter, following the Ciel Concept, of our exploration of the personas of true luxury,” said Clay Dean, executive director of advanced design. “This project originated around the simple persona of “the drive,” or the visceral experience of driving a great luxury coupe. It’s an expression of the confidence and poise you feel driving a high-performance car, which we feel is an essential element of top-level luxury.”

The dramatic proportion communicates power and performance. A long dash-to-axle front profile, a Cadillac signature, gives the coupe a performance-oriented form. The long wheelbase and clean body side characterizes the car’s spacious dimensions and elevated status.

The fast cabin sits within a fuselage where taut fender lines spline through the full sectioned body, literally blending art and science. Cadillac’s vertical light signature is represented in both the headlamp graphic and tail lamp. A gently applied feature line in the sheet metal extends the full length of the body side, connecting those vertical front and rear elements.

“Elmiraj is about poise and proportion,” said Niki Smart, lead exterior designer. “We wanted a mature statement for Cadillac, where simplicity and subtle adornments create a purposeful presence.”

Elmiraj contains design elements emphasizing Cadillac’s capabilities for engaging driving performance in its production portfolio. Two vents in the car’s long hood are functional, acting as hot air outlets for the twin turbo engine. Elmiraj has 22-x-9-in. aluminum wheels are backed by large ceramic brakes with Cadillac monoblock calipers. The car’s rich blue exterior finish wears the brand’s Vsport designation, Cadillac’s new level slotting directly under the high-performance V-Series.

The face of Elmiraj experiments with new visual elements, yet is unmistakably Cadillac. The grille emphasizes the car’s substantial road presence. The Cadillac Crest appears in a conceptual form, streamlined and tailored to the car’s overall design. This design idea for a revised crest reflects the fact that Cadillac’s unmistakable symbol has evolved dozens of times through history to mark new eras or design achievements.

Exquisitely Crafted Interior

The interior of Elmiraj blends elegantly crafted luxury and generous space with driver-focused performance elements. The upper section of the instrument panel is a single piece extending across the full width of the car, while the lower forms a cockpit space tailored for performance.

“A concept provides not only an opportunity to explore new design ideas, but to pursue new techniques for elegant craftsmanship and materials,” said Gael Buzyn, lead interior designer.

Backlit titanium trim curves from the cowl to the doors, dividing the rich upper camel leather from the wood trim. Cadillac Studio craftsmen handpicked fallen Brazilian Rosewood, a wood veneer prized for its use for hundreds of years in home furnishings and musical instruments. The wood is hand-cut into three dimensional sections for perfect control of the grain flow.

The car’s instrumentation features an analog tachometer and speedometer that are transparent. Directly behind the analog gauges sits a wide screen, high resolution display which projects driver information and the output of a front-mounted camera. A 10-inch touchscreen for navigation and connectivity can be concealed inside the instrument panel when not in use.

The 2+2 layout features high-performance seats, designed to support spirited driving while also delivering luxury accommodation. Elmiraj passengers might actually lobby to sit in the back. The rear bucket seats each contain a valet feature to ease entry and exit. The front bucket seat slides 10 inches forward while the rear bucket seat slides 4 inches forward to meet the passenger, then slides him or her back into position once seated. The rear bucket seats recline for additional comfort.

Many of the most celebrated automotive designs through history have been luxury coupes

“We were influenced in particular by the 1967 Eldorado, both its actual design and the fact that in its time that car was a very stark contrast and a new direction. More recent design like the CTS-V Coupe and the ELR are provocative,” said Dean, the advanced design director. “Both of these cars were major statements of performance and luxury and drove Cadillac forward into new territory.”

Designers at General Motors’ advanced design studio in North Hollywood, Calif., under the direction of Frank Saucedo, led the development of the car’s interior and exterior. Elmiraj was hand-built by in-house craftsmen in Michigan.

Cadillac Elmiraj Specifications

Model Elmiraj Concept
Body Style 4-passenger, 2-door grand coupe

Dimensions

Height 55 in / 1397 mm
Width 76 in / 1930 mm
Length 205 in / 5207 mm
Curb Weight Approx. 4000 lb / 1814 kg

Powertrain

Engine 4.5-liter Twin Turbo V8
Power 500 hp / 373 kW
Torque 500 lb-ft / 678 Nm

 



BMW X4 Concept Revealed 4
Apr
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, BMW, BMW X4, Concept Vehicle, Shanghai Auto Show on 04 4th, 2013
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There is no doubt that BMW has set its eyes on dominating the luxury automotive market while at the same time reaching those looking for entry-level luxury vehicles. Yet another vehicle to be added to the expanding lineup is the new BMW X4 shown in here in concept form.

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The new BMW X4 takes many of its characteristic hatch-back-SUV styling traits from the larger X6. More details of the BMW X4 Concept will be revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show in a couple weeks.

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Closer Look at the Subaru WRX Concept 3
Apr
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Subaru WRX Concept, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Concept Car, Concept Vehicle, Subaru, Subaru WRX, WRX on 04 3rd, 2013
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Here is a closer look at the exterior of the Subaru WRX Concept that Autoweek was able to capture at the NY Auto Show and share.

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Hyundai HND-9 Coupe Concept 2
Apr
Posted by Darryl in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Concept Vehicle, Editorial, Hyundai, Hyundai HND-9, Hyundai HND-9 Coupe Concept on 04 2nd, 2013
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Hyundai-HND-9-Coupe-concept-front-three-quarters-view

Do you think Hyundai is making some serious noise with the recently revealed Hyundai HND-9 Coupe Concept? We think so.

What is described as a ‘luxury sports coupe’ is really getting some attention especially with it featuring a rear wheel drive platform and 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine making 365 horsepower. This concept is slated to be a replacement for the Genesis Coupe and we hope it remains as close as possible to what we see here.

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Hyundai HND-9 Coupe Concept 2
Apr
Posted by Darryl in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Concept Vehicle, Editorial, Hyundai, Hyundai HND-9, Hyundai HND-9 Coupe Concept on 04 2nd, 2013
Hyundai-HND-9-Coupe-concept-front-three-quarters-view

Hyundai-HND-9-Coupe-concept-front-three-quarters-view

Do you think Hyundai is making some serious noise with the recently revealed Hyundai HND-9 Coupe Concept? We think so.

What is described as a ‘luxury sports coupe’ is really getting some attention especially with it featuring a rear wheel drive platform and 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine making 365 horsepower. This concept is slated to be a replacement for the Genesis Coupe and we hope it remains as close as possible to what we see here.

886617_10152740035430121_1885390314_o

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Hyundai HND-9 Coupe Concept 2
Apr
Posted by Darryl in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Concept Vehicle, Editorial, Hyundai, Hyundai HND-9 Coupe Concept on 04 2nd, 2013
Hyundai-HND-9-Coupe-concept-front-three-quarters-view

Hyundai-HND-9-Coupe-concept-front-three-quarters-view

Do you think Hyundai is making some serious noise with the recently revealed Hyundai HND-9 Coupe Concept? We think so.

What is described as a ‘luxury sports coupe’ is really getting some attention especially with it featuring a rear wheel drive platform and 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine making 365 horsepower. This concept is slated to be a replacement for the Genesis Coupe and we hope it remains as close as possible to what we see here.

886617_10152740035430121_1885390314_o

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A Look Back On Innovation: The BMW GINA 18
Mar
Posted by Scott Kepple in Automotive, BMW, concept, Concept Vehicle, Editorial, gina on 03 18th, 2013
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BMW GINA Concept

Some time ago, BMW introduced a visionary concept car called the GINA. GINA was a shape shifting sports car that featured an exterior of fabric “skin” as opposed to hard panels and paint.  Beginning construction in 2001, Chris Bangle, head of design at BMW, brought together a new perspective of art, technology, and functionality.  The BMW GINA would adapt it’s form based on the behaviors it was used for, for instance, the head lights would only be shown when in use.

BMW GINA

 

GINA, which stands for ”Geometry and functions In ‘N’ Adaptations,” used a fabric made of polyurethane-coated spandex, which was both extremely durable, and water resistant. The aluminum wire structure underneath kept the vehicles rigidity, while adapting to factors like speed and weather. Where hydraulic actuators made car transform shapes, a flexible carbon was used.  As a minimalistic touch, Bangle’s outlook was simple: you don’t need to see what is not in use.  For instance, the interior panels would remain dormant and minimal when not in use, and conform to the driver once inside.

BMW GINA

BMW GINA

Unfortunately the GINA never went past it’s concept form, which in all likeliness contributes to the strict factors of legalization, but why? Why does innovation have to stop here? Is this the last we will see of pure creativity, simply because of production reasons? It’ s this writer’s thought that companies should continue to break barriers of artistic science, and novelty, while incorporating new standards of a greener vehicle.

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Check out BMW’s Visionary Outlook below, and let us know what you think about the direction of automobile design, and what you would love to see in the future.

 

 



Spyker Unveils B6 Venator Concept In Geneva 6
Mar
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Concept Vehicle, Geneva Motor Show, Kurt, News, Spyker on 03 6th, 2013
Spyker's B6 Venator concept - image: Spyker Cars
Spyker's B6 Venator concept - image: Spyker Cars

Spyker’s B6 Venator concept – image: Spyker Cars

If you’ve been wondering what happened to Dutch supercar builder Spyker, wonder no more: Saab’s former parent is back with a new concept car, the B6 Venator, launched this week in Geneva. Like the currently-available C8 Aileron and C8 Aileron Spyder, the B6 Venator (Latin for “hunter”), pays homage to Spyker’s aircraft roots, down to the engine-turned dash, vintage gauges, afterburned-styled taillights and “missile launcher” ignition switch.

Spyker's B6 Venator concept - image: Spyker Cars

Spyker’s B6 Venator concept – image: Spyker Cars

Outside, the B 6 doesn’t stray too far from familiar territory. The coupe’s lines are a bit more aggressive than we’ve seen from the brand in the past, but the radiator grill and greenhouse still carry a very familiar shape. While the C8 Aileron conveyed more luxury than sport in its appearance, the B6 seems to lean a bit more towards the sporting side in exterior design.

Spyker's B6 Venator concept - image: Spyker Cars

Spyker’s B6 Venator concept – image: Spyker Cars

Drivetrain layout is mid-engine, rear drive, and the Venator gets its power from a transverse-mounted V-6 engine, said to be good for “over” 375 horsepower. Don’t expect to see a manual gearbox if the Venator sees production, since the concept’s build sheet references a six-speed automatic transmission. Spyker hasn’t published any performance figures, but the B6’s curb weight of under 3,080 pounds should ensure spirited performance.

Spyker's B6 Venator concept - image: Spyker Cars

Spyker’s B6 Venator concept – image: Spyker Cars

We’re glad to see Spyker planning for the future, and we’ll even admit to favoring the B6’s retro-futuristic styling. Still, we’ve been down this concept road with Spyker a few times in the past, and it always seems to come to a dead end. The D12 (later the D8) Peking-To-Paris uber-SUV was shown as a concept in 2006, and has yet to reach production.

Spyker's B6 Venator concept - image: Spyker Cars

Spyker’s B6 Venator concept – image: Spyker Cars

The same holds true for the Spyker E8, a sedan concept that has yet to progress from the drawing board to the concept stage. While we take the reveal of the B6 Venator as good news, Spyker’s track record of putting concepts into production tell us that the car may never progress beyond the show car stage. Spyker clearly needs more models in its portfolio than the aging C8, but we’re not sure the market needs another luxury sport coupe from a low-volume builder.



Spyker Unveils B6 Venator Concept In Geneva 6
Mar
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Concept Vehicle, Geneva Motor Show, Kurt, News, Spyker, Spyker B6 Venator on 03 6th, 2013
Spyker's B6 Venator concept - image: Spyker Cars
Spyker's B6 Venator concept - image: Spyker Cars

Spyker’s B6 Venator concept – image: Spyker Cars

If you’ve been wondering what happened to Dutch supercar builder Spyker, wonder no more: Saab’s former parent is back with a new concept car, the B6 Venator, launched this week in Geneva. Like the currently-available C8 Aileron and C8 Aileron Spyder, the B6 Venator (Latin for “hunter”), pays homage to Spyker’s aircraft roots, down to the engine-turned dash, vintage gauges, afterburned-styled taillights and “missile launcher” ignition switch.

Spyker's B6 Venator concept - image: Spyker Cars

Spyker’s B6 Venator concept – image: Spyker Cars

Outside, the B 6 doesn’t stray too far from familiar territory. The coupe’s lines are a bit more aggressive than we’ve seen from the brand in the past, but the radiator grill and greenhouse still carry a very familiar shape. While the C8 Aileron conveyed more luxury than sport in its appearance, the B6 seems to lean a bit more towards the sporting side in exterior design.

Spyker's B6 Venator concept - image: Spyker Cars

Spyker’s B6 Venator concept – image: Spyker Cars

Drivetrain layout is mid-engine, rear drive, and the Venator gets its power from a transverse-mounted V-6 engine, said to be good for “over” 375 horsepower. Don’t expect to see a manual gearbox if the Venator sees production, since the concept’s build sheet references a six-speed automatic transmission. Spyker hasn’t published any performance figures, but the B6’s curb weight of under 3,080 pounds should ensure spirited performance.

Spyker's B6 Venator concept - image: Spyker Cars

Spyker’s B6 Venator concept – image: Spyker Cars

We’re glad to see Spyker planning for the future, and we’ll even admit to favoring the B6’s retro-futuristic styling. Still, we’ve been down this concept road with Spyker a few times in the past, and it always seems to come to a dead end. The D12 (later the D8) Peking-To-Paris uber-SUV was shown as a concept in 2006, and has yet to reach production.

Spyker's B6 Venator concept - image: Spyker Cars

Spyker’s B6 Venator concept – image: Spyker Cars

The same holds true for the Spyker E8, a sedan concept that has yet to progress from the drawing board to the concept stage. While we take the reveal of the B6 Venator as good news, Spyker’s track record of putting concepts into production tell us that the car may never progress beyond the show car stage. Spyker clearly needs more models in its portfolio than the aging C8, but we’re not sure the market needs another luxury sport coupe from a low-volume builder.







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