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Aria Unveiling Mysterious Sports Car On November 30 23
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Posted by Brad Anderson in concepts, LA Auto Show, Reports, tuning on 11 23rd, 2017


Aria Group, the company behind an incredibly-sexy mid-engine Corvette concept, has just teased its latest car project.

Dubbed the Aria FXE, the vehicle will premiere on November 30th at the LA Auto Show and while no details about the concept are known, this teaser previews what seems to be a very promising design.

Key design standouts are a set of slim LED taillights, a brake light at the base of the glass engine cover, and a light blue or silver paint finish. Bold wheel arches and aggressive wing mirrors are also visible.

Now, there are some design similarities to their previous concept from earlier this year, which had Corvette-like features and a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 drivetrain, putting down 650 HP and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque. However, since we might be looking at something entirely different, it’s almost impossible to anticipate what it could do performance-wise.

Stay tuned for more about the Aria FXE in the coming week.

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Aria Unveiling Mysterious Sports Car On November 30 23
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Posted by Brad Anderson in concepts, LA Auto Show, Reports, tuning on 11 23rd, 2017


Aria Group, the company behind an incredibly-sexy mid-engine Corvette concept, has just teased its latest car project.

Dubbed the Aria FXE, the vehicle will premiere on November 30th at the LA Auto Show and while no details about the concept are known, this teaser previews what seems to be a very promising design.

Key design standouts are a set of slim LED taillights, a brake light at the base of the glass engine cover, and a light blue or silver paint finish. Bold wheel arches and aggressive wing mirrors are also visible.

Now, there are some design similarities to their previous concept from earlier this year, which had Corvette-like features and a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 drivetrain, putting down 650 HP and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque. However, since we might be looking at something entirely different, it’s almost impossible to anticipate what it could do performance-wise.

Stay tuned for more about the Aria FXE in the coming week.

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VW Tiguan Accessories Concept Is For The Dogs 22
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Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, VW, VW Concepts, VW Tiguan on 11 22nd, 2017


Volkswagen has unveiled the new Tiguan Accessories concept at the Wags, Wheels and Waffles charity event in California.

Since the event is focused on raising funds to help find homes for rescued animals, the Tiguan Accessories concept is an pet-friendly crossover which is based on the seven-seat Tiguan SEL Premium.

Starting with the exterior, the concept has been equipped with 19-inch Victoria Falls wheels which have a custom anthracite gray finish. The crossover also features an Urban Loader cargo box which can hold up to 17.7 cubic feet (501.2 liters) of luggage. Rounding out the exterior changes are aluminum side steps and side window deflectors.

Volkswagen didn’t release interior photos but the company said the concept has all-season floor mats, custom seat covers, and a Kurgo Tru-Fit dog car harness. There’s also a heavy-duty trunk liner and a WeatherTech PetSTEP ramp. Last but not least, the model has a universal tablet mount in the second row that can be used to hold a variety of tablets.

The concept is powered by a 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder engine that produces 184 hp (137 kW) and 221 lb-ft (299 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a 4Motion all-wheel drive system.

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GMC Sierra All Mountain Concept Laughs In The Face Of Snow 21
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Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, GMC, GMC Concepts, GMC Sierra, LA Auto Show on 11 21st, 2017


The GMC Sierra 2500HD is a formidable truck and the company has decided to kick things up a notch by creating the All Mountain concept.

Set to be unveiled later this week in Colorado, the All Mountain concept is based on the Sierra 2500HD Denali 4WD Crew Cab and it has been equipped with Mattracks which enable the model to handle extremely snowy conditions.

While the tracks are the most noticeable modification, the truck has also been equipped with custom graphics, an LED light bar, and a rugged front skid plate. The model also has side steps, a tonneau cover, and snowboard racks from Thule.

Power is provided by a 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel engine which produces 445 hp (331 kW) and 910 lb-ft (1,232 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed Allison automatic transmission that sends power to a four-wheel drive system.

The concept will be displayed at Vail Mountain over the winter as part of a partnership with Vail Resorts. As GMC marketing director Rich Latek explained “This unique concept truck is a fun way to attract attention to GMC and highlight our partnership with Vail Resorts.”

Fans who can’t make it out to Colorado will be able to check out a similar All Mountain concept which will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Little is known about the model but GMC said it will be based on the Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X.

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600 HP Audi TT Clubsport Turbo Would Make For A Perfect Supercar Slayer 18
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Audi Concepts, Audi TT, Audi Videos, concepts, video on 11 18th, 2017


Hot on the heels of being shown off at the SEMA Show, the Audi TT Clubsport Turbo has been detailed extensively by The Hoonigans channel on YouTube.

The car was first unveiled at the 2015 Worthersee Tour and is powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine delivering 600 hp. However, don’t think this TT just has a couple of off-the-shelf turbos slapped on. Instead, it features an electric turbocharger that receives energy from a 48-volt electrical sub-system.

Furthermore, the powertrain incorporates a small lithium-ion battery that stores the energy generated by recuperation while coasting.

The cool features don’t just stop there. As Dr. Rouven Mohr from Lamborghini explains in the video, Audi opted against using an S-tronic transmission and have instead mated a six-speed manual ‘box to the engine.

Oh, and before you ask, yes, the car does run and sound just as insane as you’d imagine.

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Range Rover SD1 Is A Study On A Fastback Crossover 17
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Land Rover, Land Rover Concept, Renderings on 11 17th, 2017


While Coupe-like SUVs have been around for a long time, if this Range Rover SD1 Concept was real, it could raise the bar for these type of cars.

Designed by Pablo Pereyra, the SD1 SUV Concept looks like a fastback, as the roof slopes downwards all the way to the rear of the car, just like on a classic Mustang Fastback or a Chrysler Crossfire.

While perhaps futuristic, the front end design is still somewhat Range Rover-like, so imagining this thing as a real life concept wouldn’t be so hard, until you get to the rear that is.

The styling of the hatch is unlike anything we’ve seen on Range Rover-badged products, and not only because of the downwards sloping roof line. The taillights are integrated into the roof pillar as well as the fender, a design that may remind you of something like a Citroen C4 Coupe, only those taillights were positioned vertically, whereas these are more horizontal.

Overall, it’s an interesting proposal, one that’s perhaps not as elegant as you’d expect from a Range Rover. Yet, it definitely looks sporty, which some, if not most, should appreciate.

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Tesla Pickup Truck Teased, Looks Like A Giant Toy Car 17
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Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Concepts, Trucks on 11 17th, 2017


Tesla showed a first teaser image of an electric pickup truck during the unveiling event of the new Semi and Roadster models.

The company’s plans for a pickup truck are well known for some time but information remains limited at this point, with the teaser suggesting it will look like a smaller pickup truck version of the Semi.

According to Elon Musk, the upcoming Tesla utility model will be “a pickup truck that can carry a pickup truck”, something that was portrayed in these early sketches. Tesla wants their pickup truck to share as much of the Semi’s technology as possible but allow everyone with a normal driving license to be able to drive it.

“You’ll actually be able to legally drive that with a driver’s license” Musk jokingly said at the presentation. “It’s kind of wrong, but I like it.”

So it appears that the Tesla pickup truck will be a rather large vehicle that will feature a bed big enough to host something like a smaller one-tonne truck, which gives us a good idea of how ridiculously big it will be.

The concept is still in a very early stage of development so Tesla isn’t expected to reveal a fully working prototype for the next few years. After all, it appears that they have their hands pretty full at the moment.

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Ex-Ford Engineer Buys 2004 Shelby Cobra Concept 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in concepts, Ford, Ford Concepts, Reports, Shelby on 11 17th, 2017


Former Ford engineer Chris Theodore has purchased the memorable 2004 Ford Shelby Cobra Concept he helped create.

The one-off roadster sold for $825,000 at the recent GAA Classic Cars auction in North Carolina. All money raised from the auction will go towards the restoration of Fair Lane, the estate formerly owned by Henry and Clara Ford.

The American carmaker created the concept as a modern interpretation of the AC Cobra and briefly considered it for production as a replacement to the GT. While this never happened, the car is fully operational and shares many of its underpinnings with the GT.

Speaking to Automotive News about his purchase, Theodore said, “It’s a dream come true. It’s one of the last cars I worked on at Ford. It’s in beautiful condition and it has been very well taken care of.”

Theodore says he plans on making the Shelby Cobra Concept roadworthy but unfortunately, it can’t be registered.

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Toyota Teases New FT-AC “Adventure” Concept Ahead Of LA Auto Show 16
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, LA Auto Show, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts on 11 16th, 2017


Toyota has a new concept called FT-AC for the LA Auto Show, with the company releasing a first teaser image.

Judging by the photo, the new Future Toyota Adventure Concept (FT-AC) appears to be some kind of hardcore offroader, complete with LED roof lights and some weird fender extensions that don’t sit flush with the rest of the bodywork.

We still don’t know if Toyota’s new Adventure concept is either a pickup truck or an SUV. We did compare the photo against the Land Cruiser, the Tacoma and even the HiLux but still couldn’t tell for sure what’s hiding behind the shadows.

What we do know is that Toyota has been working on the updated versions of the 4Runner, Sequoia and Tundra which are probably going to receive a new hybrid powertrain option, and the new concept might preview some of these upcoming design changes.

Toyota will reveal the new FT-AC on November 30 during the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show at an event that will be also livestreamed, so stay tuned.

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2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography Heading To LA Auto Show 15
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Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Jaguar, Jaguar Concepts, Jaguar Land Rover, LA Auto Show, Land Rover, Land Rover Concept, new cars, PHEV, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport on 11 15th, 2017


Jaguar Land Rover have announced their presence for the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, which kicks off on December 1 at the LA Convention Center, with a range of either new or significantly updated vehicles.

One of them is the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography, which will celebrate its global premiere on the North American shore.

The range-topping version of the SUV will benefit from the same visual updates as the facelifted Range Rover, which debuted last month with a new front end, tweaked cabin, and some revisions made in the engine department.

The automaker says that more details about the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography will be announced prior to the show, when they will also unveil the SVAutobiography Dynamic version.

JLR’s SVO division will also present the 2018 Range Rover Sport SVR, which benefits from the same key enhancements as the rest of the 2018MY lineup, while housing a 575hp supercharged V8 engine under the hood. Naught to 60mph (96km/h) takes just 4.3sec, and the top speed is electronically limited to 176mph (283km/h).

Making its US debut as well, after it was shown in Frankfurt some 2 months ago, is the Land Rover Discovery SVX Concept, which previews “the ultimate Discovery built for off-road enthusiasts seeking epic adventures”, says the automaker.

PHEV versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport have been granted a US visa too, to show their enhanced exterior design in LA, and to inform visitors that they can be driven on electricity alone for up to 31 miles (50km).

The automaker’s first fully-electric production model, which goes on sale next year, is previewed by the Jaguar I-Pace Concept, joined by the I-Pace eTrophy prototype, which “is proof of the company’s electric intent and previews the world’s first single-make electric racing series that will follow rounds of the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship”.

Jaguar will also display the E-Pace SUV, XRJ575 flagship luxury sedan, and XF Sportbrake, at the 2017 LA Auto Show.

Note: Facelifted Range Rover pictured

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Infiniti Design Boss Hints At A Flagship Sedan Concept For Detroit 15
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Infiniti, Infiniti Concepts, Reports on 11 15th, 2017


Infiniti has largely abandoned flagships sedan since the Q45 was phased out in 2006. The company still offers the Q70L but that’s more of a competitor to the Cadillac CT6 than proper flagships from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes.

The company has flirted with the idea of a new flagship in the past and the automaker introduced the stylish Q80 Inspiration concept at the Paris Motor Show in 2014. While three years have passed since that concept was unveiled, Infiniti’s head of design, Alfonso Albaisa, suggested the company could have a surprise for 2018 North American International Auto Show.

Speaking to Car&Driver, Albaisa said “In Detroit, we will show something about that subject [flagship sedans] which is super nice.” The designer went on to suggest the car will be a “sexy” sedan that has a “new proportion because of new technologies.”

That’s not much to go on but it sure sounds like Infiniti is preparing to introduce a new concept that could preview a flagship sedan. Albaisa’s mention of technology is also interesting as it could be a subtle hint that the vehicle might adopt an alternative powertrain such as electricity. This matches up with previous rumors which suggested Infiniti would introduce an electric concept in Detroit with plans for a production model in 2019.

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Seat Leon Cristobal Concept Is The Safest Car In The Company’s History 14
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, Seat, Seat Concepts, Seat Leon, Tech on 11 14th, 2017


SEAT has unveiled the Leon Cristobal concept at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain.

Named after the patron saint of drivers, the Leon Cristobal concept is being billed as the safest car in the company’s history as it features six different systems that have been designed to reduce the risks of being involved in a collision. The systems are probably not what you would expect but they target the main causes of accidents such as drowsiness, distractions, speeding, and alcohol consumption.

In order to tackle these problems, which cause 80% of all traffic accidents, the concept features a built-in breathalyzer that will prevent the car from being used if alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath. Another unique feature is the so-called “drive-coach” which is a voice assistant that provides personalized safety warnings.

Designers also installed a video camera-based display mirror that eliminates blind spots and provides a better field of vision. There’s also a Mentor mode that allows parents to limit the vehicle’s speed and monitor its location when their children are driving . Another interesting mode is the Guardian Angel setting which activates all 15 of the car’s active and passive safety systems.

Should something go wrong, the concept’s black box will send images and data to a smartphone following a collision.

Besides showcasing the Leon Cristobal concept, the company showed 10 eMii prototypes which will soon become available to employees of Metropolis:Lab Barcelona and Pier 01 as part of a car-sharing project. The Smart City Expo also held the Autonomous Driving Challenge grand finale which tasked 50 students from nine universities to develop autonomous driving software that could drive a scale model vehicles through a closed course.

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5,000HP Devel Sixteen Is The Fastest Thing In Dubai 14
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Devel Sixteen, Dubai Motor Show, video on 11 14th, 2017


Devel’s stand at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show has to be among the most impressive ones, and even though Dubai is known for its extravagant and high-performance cars, the Sixteen is on a whole other level.

Thanks to YouTuber Shmee150, we’ve been given a really close look at a finalized concept version of the Sixteen (not quite production-ready), available in three configurations, each one more powerful than just about any hypercar on sale today.

The “entry-level” model features a 2,000 HP V8 setup, and is followed by a 3,000 HP V8 racing version. Of course, the main attraction is the 5,000 HP quad-turbo 12.3-liter V16 version, which is more track-oriented.

Apparently, this hypercar is meant to hit speeds in excess of 310 mph (500 km/h), which is pretty much when you forget about taking it to the track and send it directly to the Bonneville Salt Flats.

The interior of the car is still under development, yet the concept design looks both simplistic as well as futuristic, which isn’t a bad combination. The cabin also looks surprisingly spacious, unexpected for this type of machine.

Also present at Devel’s stand was the Devel 60, a 6-wheeled off-roader powered by a 6.7-liter turbo diesel V8, good for 720 HP and over 1,000 Nm (737 lb-ft) of torque. It’s not the best looking thing in the world, but you wouldn’t bet against it when it comes to tackling rough terrain.

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This Volvo Concept Will Take Care Of You While Driving 14
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in concepts, Renderings, VOLVO, Volvo Concepts on 11 14th, 2017


The car of the future won’t just be emissions-free, fully-autonomous and extremely safe. It will also be able to take care of the people onboard.

Numerous automakers have started experimenting with vehicles that can monitor and improve your health, including Hyundai. Taking inspiration from this slowly-emerging trend, artist Maximilian Troicher has created what he dubs the Volvo Care Concept.

The Care Concept has been designed as a small two-door city car which Volvo could create to care for its employees. As such, the interior of the concept has been designed to cater for the individual needs of the user.

For example, the cabin aims to offer active driving experiences, physical relaxation, and infotainment systems. Users could, therefore, alter their experience within the car depending on whether they want to do the driving themselves or would rather give the car complete control and enjoy the journey from the comfortable passenger seat.

The exterior of the design mimics the vehicle’s caring personality, incorporating a large windscreen that stretches from the roof right to the top of the front bumper.

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Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom Was Possibly The Coolest Bike At EICMA 13
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Posted by Carscoops Staff in concepts, motorcycles, video on 11 13th, 2017


The two-wheel equivalent of the Geneva, Tokyo, and Detroit auto shows rolled all into one, the EICMA motorcycle show never fails to bring out the coolest bikes the world has ever seen.

This year’s has proven no exception to that rule. And this, to our eyes, looks like the coolest of them all. Shame you can’t have one.

It’s the Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom, a tribute on wheels to flat-track competition – specifically the Wrecking Crew, as Indian’s racing team is known.

The showpiece is built around the Scout’s 1133-cc V-twin (that’s a 1.1-liter two-cylinder engine, in automotive terms), kicking out over 100 horsepower. But everything else is, as the name suggests, custom.

Taking its inspiration from the championship-winning FTR750 (but with a much bigger engine), the FTR1200 Custom features a 4130 chromoly steel trellis frame and rear swingarm, with carbon-fiber bodywork, LED lighting, a fully adjustable Ohlins suspension, RSD Traction race wheels with Dunlop dirt track tires, and Brembo brakes.

And as you can tell, it looks serious. Dead serious. Shame it’s just a concept – albeit one that’s going on a world tour after EICMA.

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