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Mazda Takeri Concept Revealed

Published by on Nov 30th, 2011, No Comments

Since the first images of the concept were revealed back in October, Mazda has officially unveiled its new Takeri concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show in the Big Sight expo hall.

Built to preview the next generation Mazda6, The Takeri is the “most-evolved Form of Mazda’s New ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ Design Theme and Breakthrough Skyactiv Technology”. The Takeri is a four-door coupe with a strong and prominent hexagonal-shaped grille, 20 inch alloy wheels and measures 4, 850mm in length, 1, 870mm in width and has a height of 1, 430mm.

The clean interior showcases elegant leather seats, metallic trim and a fully equipped infotainment centre.

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Toyota Fun-Vii Concept Revealed

Published by on Nov 29th, 2011, No Comments

Ahead of its official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota has unveiled its new Fun-Vii concept car. The skin of the bullet shaped car for the “not too distant future” serves as a massive display that can change its colour and display graphics, images, and custom messages for other drivers and bystanders. The skin can be changed using a specialised app and have its interior adjusted as well – the three-seat cabin has a continuous display which spans from the dashboard to the floor. Overall the vehicle measures 4,020mm long, 1,745mm wide and 1,415mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,750mm.

Intervehicle connectivity can detect potentially hazardous situations like making the driver aware of a car in its blind spot or one that is about to break suddenly. The system can also link with surrounding vehicles to locate friends.

As if this isn’t enough, Toyota also envisions that the car will be connected to the internet which has the advantage of bringing information to the driver and providing entertainment content to the driver and the passengers on board.

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New Volvo XC90 – first sketches

Published by on Nov 22nd, 2011, No Comments

Volvo has revealed the first sketches of the new Volvo XC90 that have been etched out by the designers. Showcased in California at Volvo’s forward-thinking Concept Centre, the sketches provide a rough idea of what the all new model will look like.

The all-new model could be launched in 2014 and will feature an ultra-low CO2 diesel-electric hybrid version as part of its line-up. Volvo has confirmed that the new Volvo XC90 will be the first production car to be built on the firm’s upcoming scalable platform architecture with a new four-cylinder-only engine range as part of the plan as well as the use of hybrid and electric powertrains.

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Honda Small Sports EV Concept

Published by on Nov 10th, 2011, No Comments

Among the seven concept cars that will be unveiled at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, Honda is including the new Small Sports EV Concept. As with many of its competitiors the Japanese automaker has decided to go with an electric theme for this year’s show displaying concept vehicles designed for easy and fun mobility in future cities.

While very little information has been revealed about the new full EV, one can see from the sketches the car’s targa top, heavily scalloped sides and bold graphic running around the front of the car following the shape of the grille.

The Small Sports EV Concept

 

According to Honda the Small Sports EV “maximizes the fun of driving while achieving excellent environmental performance.”

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Nissan’s Third Generation Pivo 3

Published by on Nov 9th, 2011, No Comments

Nissan first revealed the wacky-looking Pivo EV Concept at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show before redesigning it as the Pivo 2 in 2007. Now, Nissan has replaced the electric car’s original curves and bubble shape for a sharper look with artistic angles to better suit its city functionality with the Pivo 3. The new ultra-compact city vehicle targeting singles and couples living in an urban lifestyle, measures just 3m in length and seats just three occupants.

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Subaru BRZ STI Concept

Published by on Nov 2nd, 2011, No Comments

The first official picture of the Subaru BRZ STI concept car, that will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Motor show this month, has been revealed. The new concept is Subaru’s version of the rear-wheel drive sports coupe that is being developed with partner Toyota.

Although it vaguely resembles its Toyota relative, the FT-86, the Subaru BRZ concept has a slightly boxier look and weighs around 1200kg. The engine is likely to be a 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer, delivering around 200bhp/170lb ft in regular guise which will allow a low sense of gravity resulting in edgy handling.

As a concept, details are scarce at this stage but the final production model is expected to appear at the Tokyo Motor Show in December before entering into international markets in early 2012.

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Has the Toyota FT-86 Been Leaked?

Published by on Oct 28th, 2011, No Comments

It’s quite possible that this leaked image from the Toyota’s Modellista parts division catalogue is the new Toyota FT-86. While the image looks very similar to the original concept car first revealed, although earlier reports suggested that it wouldn’t, Toyota has not yet verified or commented on the questionable image at this time.

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Chevy Silverado Realtree Concept

Published by on Oct 28th, 2011, No Comments

Chevrolet has teamed up with outdoor outfitter Realtree, with whom they have had a seven year relationship, to create the Silverado Realtree Concept. Called the “ultimate hunting pickup” and based on the Silverado HD 2500, the new concept car will debut at the 2011 SEMA Motor Show.

The champagne silver exterior emblazoned with Realtree graphics, a custom front bumper, winch and 35-inch off-road tyres is powered by a Duramax diesel with 765 pound-feet of torque. Other features include retractable running boards for improved entry and exit and a custom designed rear cab for all outdoor gear storage.

The interior continues the outdoor theme with dark cocoa leather seats bearing camouflage piping and orange stitching.

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