Some unofficial sources have announced that BMW is going to create an eco-efficient premium roadster based on the EfficientDynamics concept, with a design inspired by the 2005 California Spyder Concept. The car could enter in production by 2014.
During the celebrations for its 80th Anniversary, Pininfarina has unveiled the Nido EV Concept.
The Nido EV Concept is based on the 2004 Nido Concept and features a platform with a hybrid powertrain and a modular chassis that can be easily adapted to four different layouts, such as a compact pickup and a mini-van with both 2 and 2+2 seating layout and pure-electric or hybrid drivetrain.
The prototype adopts a tubular steel frame, while the final version will have an aluminium space frame.
The Nido EV is powered by a rear-mounted permanent magnet motor coupled with a Zebra Z5 Ni-NaCl battery, which guarantees a range of 140 km, a top speed of 120 km/h (limited electronically), and a 0-60 km/h acceleration in 6.7 seconds.
Additional information can be found in the official press release, reported below.
Maybach has released some official design sketches of the a coupé model based on the 57S sedan. It will be produced in partnership with German Xenatech in a limited series of 100 units, with an announced price of 650,000€.
Chrysler Group has released the first images of the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which has been redesigned and reengineered. The main features are the sculpted body, high off-road capabilities and a premium interior. It will go on sale on next month.
The tehnical highlights of the new Grand Cherokee model are a choice of three 4x4 systems, new Quadra-Lift Air Suspension and Selec-Terrain systems and towing capability of 7,400 lbs.
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is powered by the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that boasts an 11 percent improvement in fuel economy and delivers up to 23 mpg and more than 500 miles on one tank of gas.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x2 models start at a price of $30,995 - $495 lower than the outgoing model. Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 models start at $32,995 - $465 lower than the outgoing model.
Autoblog has published a design sketch that could preview two Infiniti M models set to debut at Pebble Beach on August, including a conventional coupé and a possible four-door coupé, that would expand the corrent M special models line-up.
The "Hispano Suiza V10 Supercharged" is a super sportscar based on the Audi R8 and presented at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show by Spanish Company Delmar 04 SA.
The V10 unit is equipped with two electrically-powered superchargers, and generates 750 hp - power that propels the Hispano Suiza from a standing stop to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.4 seconds.
With an access height of 1,250 millimeters (49 inches), Hispano Suiza drivers will enjoy ease of entry and the interior, furnished in leather, aluminum and carbon.
In its next phase of development, the Hispano Suiza will have a hybrid drive. In this version, a 150 HP electric motor will power the front wheels.
As a result, a total of 900 hp – in combination with the ten-cylinder engine – will be available, or the electric motor can operate alone to propel the Granturismo quietly and without exhaust emissions.
Porsche has unveiled the 911 GT2 RS, the most powerful street-legal model of all times with its 620 hp. Among the features are a weight of just 1,370 kg, a 0-200 km/h acceleration in less than 10 seconds and a top speed of 330 km/h. It will be built in 500 units with a price over 200k Euros.
BMW has released a new set of images that document the development of the Gran Coupé Concept. The gallery includes a number of photos from the clay modeling process and design sketches that put into evidence the main styling elements.
The MG Zero Concept is a compact car presented at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show that could preview a production model planned for market launch in 2011
The 4-meters long car showcases a modern design - with futuristic elements in the interior, such as the touch controls and LED lighting system - characterized by dynamic lines and distinctive lights.
The front end adopts a design language similar to that of the MG6 model, set to be launched in Europe within the year. Among the features is a display positioned at the rear which can display text messages to the outer environment.
The Sonata coupe would be mechanically the same as the recently revamped sedan, offering both the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and possibly the 2.0-liter turbo that was introduced last month at the2010 New York Auto Show.
Kia introduced its redesigned 2011 Optima just last month at the 2010 New York Auto Show, and now Inside Line has photo illustrations of the new Optima sedan less two doors, a shape that could become the Optima coupe.
Built on a new platform, the 2011 Kia Optima sedan is longer, lower and wider than the outgoing model, and its newly stretched dimensions look even more appealing in coupe form.
An Optima coupe (or Optima Koup, as Kia might choose to follow the same marketing direction established by its Forte Koup) would likely offer the same powertrain choices available for the Optima sedan. The midsize sedan presently comes equipped with either a 200-horsepower direct-injection, 2.4-liter inline-4 or a 274-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4. The sedan comes standard with a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional six-speed automatic with shift paddles on the steering wheel.
The 2011 Optima sedan arrives in dealers later this fall. A coupe version would likely follow a year later.
At the 2010 Beijing Auto Show Chinese carmaker JAC has presented the Concept Vision IV, a design study of a 5-seater Multi-Purpose Vehicle with a modern design that shows some similarities with the Opel Meriva. Among the features is the roof with solar panels.
The BMW Concept Gran Coupé is a design study of a four-door coupé that combines a 5-meters length and a flat silhouette with the design elements typical of the brand's coupes, providing an insight into the design philosophy and development strategy.