Wednesday, April 28, 2010

JAC Concept Vision IV

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.
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BMW Concept Gran Coupé

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.
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Monday, April 26, 2010

Lamborghini Murciélago SuperVeloce China Edition

At the 2010 Beijing Auto Show Lamborghini has presented a special edition of its flagship, the Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce - called China Edition.
An orange stripe, symbolising the strength of an erupting volcano, decorates the flat grey painted carbon shell of the Murciélago.
The Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce is more powerful, lighter and faster than the Murciélago LP 640.
With the output of the 6.5 liter V12 increased to 670 hp and a weight reduction of 100 kg (220 lbs), the Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce has a power-to- weight ratio of 2.3 kg (5.1 lbs) per hp.
It accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 3,2 seconds and hits reaches a top speed of 342 km/h.
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Chevrolet Volt MPV5 Electric Concept

At the 2010 Beijing Auto Show Chevrolet has unveiled the Volt MPV5 Electric Concept, a study of a crossover variant of the Volt electric model which is characterized by larger dimensions, an aerodynamic-driven design and the same electric powerplant.
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Ford Start Concept

At the 2010 Beijing Auto Show Ford will unveil the Start Concept, an eco-efficient compact vehicle that expresses the company's vision for the future of urban transportation in growing markets. Among the features is the 1.0 liter 3-cylinder engine and the use of advanced lightweight materials.
The Start Concept is powered by an all-new 1.0 liter 3-cylinderEcoBoost gasoline engine which delivers CO2 emissions under 100g/km.
The exterior design takes inspiration from the spirit of exotic sportscars from the past, such as the Porsche 356 Speedster and the Alfa Romeo Zagato SZ.
The interior design development was focused on offering passengers great visibility and a tactile analog experience, while reducing the number of total parts.
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Autodesk Sketchbook Pro for iPad

Autodesk has announced the availability of the SketchBook Pro App for iPad, a new paint and drawing application designed exclusively for the iPad and targeted to both occasional and professional users. The app is available on the App Store at $7.99.
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2011 Scion tC

The Scion tC gets its first major overhaul this fall, when the 2011 edition arrives at U.S. dealers. The sporty coupe will feature a larger, more powerful engine and new transmissions.
As part of its first major redesign since its 2004 launch, the tC is being fitted with a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 180 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque, compared with 161 hp and 162 lb-ft for the 2.4-liter unit that powers the current model. Toyota said the 2.5 also will get better fuel economy and will be equipped with a sport-tuned exhaust system.
Two new transmissions, a six-speed manual and a six-speed sequential-shift automatic, replace the current five-speed manual and four-speed automatic.
The 2011 tC rides on a new platform with a lower ride height than its predecessor. Suspension is via MacPherson struts in front and double wishbones in the rear. Eighteen-inch alloy rims and larger brakes are part of the package, along with a new electronic power steering.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break Concept

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the Shooting Break Concept, a show car that combines the design elements of a station wagon with the proportions of a coupé. It takes inspiration from the iconic CLS and gives some indications on the brand's future design direction.
The interior is dominated by natural wood and leather materials, and features four identical seats, upholstered with porcelain-coloured nappa leather combined with metallic-silver perforated leather inserts.
The powertrain adopts a new 3.5 liter V6 gasoline engine with direct injection, which produces 225 kW (306 hp) and 370 Nm and is in line with the BlueEFFICIENCY criteria.
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Citroën Metropolis Concept

Citroën has revealed the Metropolis Concept, a sleek luxury sedan concept car that pays homage to China's development. Designed by the company's Shanghai-based design team, the Metropolis will debut at the Shanghai World Fair in May.
Metropolis’ hybrid drivetrain utilises an optimised 2-litre V6 petrol engine and a 7-speed, dual-clutch electronic gearbox.
At low speeds, Metropolis runs in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mode, with its electric motor developing a continuous 55bhp (40kW), peaking at 95bhp (70kW).
At steady speeds on main roads and motorways, the petrol powerplant efficiently provides 272bhp (200kW) and 375Nm of torque.
When additional performance is required, such as during overtaking, the car uses both the electric motor and the combustion engine to deliver a maximum power output of 460bhp (345kW) and 430Nm of torque - equivalent to a 4-litre V8 petrol engine.
There’s also a four-wheel drive mode for when extra grip is needed.
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Saturday, April 17, 2010

JAC IV Concept preview

At the 2010 Beijing Auto Show Chinese automaker JAC will unveil the IV Concept, a compact two-seater that could compete in the same market segment as the Smart ForTwo. Among the features are a dynamic design with a panoramic windshield and a hybrid powertrain.
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