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Mercedes-Benz adds passion to SUV range with Concept Coupe SUV

The Concept Coupe SUV, being shown at the Beijing auto show, heralds a needed injection of style for the Mercedes-Benz SUV line.

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Maserati Alfieri concept is one heckuva 100th birthday present

Maserati designed the Alfieri concept for its 100th anniversary.

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GENEVA–Automotive history is littered with car companies that didn’t quite make it. Even recently we’ve seen upstarts Fisker and Coda added to the list of automotive also-rans. For a company to count 100 years in business is quite an achievement, something that Maserati celebrated at the 2014 Geneva auto show.

And what better way to celebrate such a milestone but to build a gorgeous GT concept car? Maserati took that tack, unveiling the Alfieri in Geneva.

Rather than a concept leading to a production model, the Alfieri is a bit of a vanity project, yet Maserati points out that the new concept hints at the next century’s worth of styling for the Italian automaker. More importantly for the present day company, it shows off a new GT design with 2+2 seating at a time when the company’s most recent models have been sedans.

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Ford brainier concept a step toward self-driving cars

Ford CEO Alan Mulally next to an electronically augmented S-Max concept car at the IFA show in Berlin.

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Ford Motor, trying to show off its electronics credentials, unveiled a new concept vehicle with technologies that Chief Executive Alan Mulally said will eventually lead to self-driving cars.

The concept car, a modified version of the compact S-Max that Ford revealed at the IFA electronics show in Berlin, has a variety of digital-era advancements:

• Vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology, a variation of Wi-Fi networking, that lets cars communicate directly to discover risks like a stopped vehicle around a blind curve.

• A system that uses radar and cameras to watch for pedestrians and apply the brakes if a collision is imminent.

• A parking assist technology that can park the car in either parallel or perpendicular parking spaces — and then unpark it afterward. The idea should be very popular in super-cramped European parking garages, Mulally said.

• A heart-rate monitor built into the seat that can record health information and, if authorized, share it with a doctor.

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Kia teases ‘mischievous ‘ concept car for Frankfurt

Kia will show off its design direction at the Frankfurt auto show with this concept car.

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Gearing up for the International Motor Show in Frankfurt next month, automakers are releasing half-lit photos showing a bare portion of the cars they will unveil. Kia merely described its entrant as a B-segment concept and did not release a name.

However, a couple of high-resolution images revealed a few details. The front shot looks like a coupe with a high stance. LED lights up front are a staple of concept cars, but are also making their way into production cars.

Kia’s press release calls the car “mischievous” and describes it as having a “clearly robust and substantial yet stylish bodyshape.”

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The interior shot reveals quite a bit more. Molded seats flow seamlessly over the console, and a unique-looking drive selector points toward the dashboard. Anodized paddle shifters are mounted on a sporty-looking steering wheel.

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3D-printed concept car would build itself

The Genesis concept would build itself.

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Designers and makers have been busy imagining uses for 3D printers, ranging from casts to houses to duck feet. Vehicle designer Nir Siegel doesn’t just want to 3D-print cars, he wants them to assemble themselves.

Siegel’s Genesis concept would involve the delivery of a specialized 3D printer to a car buyer. The printer would then print out a car all around itself to match the buyer’s specifications.

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Siegel’s vision of the car-buying and car-building future earned him a Pilkington Design Award from the Royal Colleg… [Read more]


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Convertible Toyobaru concept to debut in Geneva

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It looks like Toyota’s looking to rebuild buzz for one of the hottest cars launched in 2012 by dropping the top on a convertible concept variant of the GT86 coupe at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.

We've seen open-topped Scion FR-S customs at the SEMA show, but now Toyota's getting in on the drop-top fun.

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The FT-86 Open revives the “FT” concept designation and hints at a possible, future open-air version of the GT86 coupe. The 2.0-liter, RWD coupe (which is sold in the US as the Scion FR-S and has been nicknamed the “Toyobaru” thanks to its co-development with Subaru) has been compared on many occasions to Mazda’s MX-5 Miata, which boasts a similar power-to-weight ratio and emphasis on handling, so a roadster variant does make a bit of sense. We’re expecting a power-retractable top, because (unlike the Miata) the GT86 has a back seat to reach over. However, it is unclear if the retractable roof will be a hard or soft type.

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Kia builds jumbo concept for Chicago

Kia says this new concept, which looks like a hatchback from the picture, is bigger than its Sorento SUV.

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The trend for crossover vehicles grew over the last five years, so it is not surprising that Kia’s newest concept, set for an unveiling at the Chicago Auto Show, bears the name Cross GT. The big surprise from this concept is that Kia says it is bigger than the 2014 Sorento.

The Cross GT bears a little resemblance to the concept Kia will unveil at the Geneva auto show. It uses similar slim headlight openings and a hatchback-style body. However, the Cross GT’s grille looks more like those on Kia production cars and the roofline extends all the way back to the rear of the car, somewhat like that of the Hyundai Veloster.

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McLaren proves P1 concept car has an engine

In this video released by McLaren Automotive, we see the P1 concept car, originally unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, undergoing track testing.

The car sports typical camouflage for models under development, somewhat odd considering the earlier reveal of the concept. One key difference between what was seen at Paris and the model in the video is a big wing sitting on the back of the car. The wing approximates the shape of the P1 at the rear, so could possibly be retractable, although its height would argue otherwise.

As of this posting, McLaren had not specified an engine for the P1, although the testing footage certainly argues that the question has been settled. Most likely, the P1 uses a similar twin turbo 3.8-liter V-8 as the one in the current MP4-12C model. The current engine produces 616 horsepower, but may get a boost in the newer car.

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