The Jaguar C-X75 Concept was one of the most innovative and attractive concepts from any automaker in the past few years. Powered by turbines and shaped like sex, the ambitious project was mothballed for being too expensive. But a new all-aluminum concept, called the C-X17, has a much better chance of making it to production.
While Swedish automaker Volvo is known mostly for safety and station wagons, once upon a time it built one of the cleanest coupes of any car company; the P1800. With Volvo now under Chinese control, I wasn’t sure what direction the design would take, but the new Volvo Concept Coupe is a jaw-droppingly gorgeous tribute to the P1800, and it’s a hybrid to boot.
While BMW has been dabbling in diesel sedans and readying i3 and i8 for their 2014 debut, the German automaker has not neglected those who would rather have a hybrid. Next month at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the BMW Concept X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid will be unveiled to the world, and though not confirmed for production, it certainly looks ready for primetime.
Even though the Frankfurt Auto Show doesn’t open its doors until mid-September, automakers are already rolling out the first official images and info of concepts that will make their debut. For GM the big news is the Monza Concept, shared by both Opel and Vauxhall, which will utilize a next-generation Voltec drivetrain, and could point the way forward for the plug-in hybrid.
While the Toyota Yaris is about as far from a sports car as you can get these days, it is the model Toyota choose to debut a new performance-hybrid drivetrain. The Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R uses a 1.6 liter four-cylinder GRE (Global Racing Engine) mated to a pair of electric motors to deliver an all-wheel drive sports car in an econobox platform. It’s a bit baffling if you ask me.
Jamie Dunst has a great idea for a dream car. He wants to sell you his idea, in fact, as something he calls the “IDEA MotorCar”. Here’s the thing, though: he doesn’t want to sell you his ideal dream machine, he wants to sell you yours. “I usually have a hard time explaining it to […]
Automakers are all trying to leave their mark on the next generation of transportation. For BMW, the future is hydrogen, and like other companies they’ve trotted out plenty of hydrogen-powered concept cars. But there is a hydrogen concept that stands out though because of how it looks and how it performs; the BMW H2R, the “Hydrogen Record Car.”
While Audi may have lagged behind some other luxury automakers when it comes to adapting alternative fuels and drivetrains, they seem just about ready to roll out with a vengeance. Rumor has it that a new Audi Sport Quattro concept will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month, and it could boast a 400 horsepower twin-turbo V8 with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
At next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Toyota will roll out a new performance concept called the Hybrid-R. The latest teaser reveals that the concept will have around 400 horsepower and be based on a current production model. And judging from the teaser shot, that model is probably a…Yaris.
Despite being skeptical of hybrid technology at first, major automakers are really starting to dig into the potential of dual-drivetrain vehicles. While Mazda still doesn’t sell a hybrid vehicle, it has joined forces with Clemson University to build the Deep Orange 3 concept car. What makes this concept so cool is its ability to switch between front, rear, and all-wheel drive.
Thanks to cars like the GT86/Scion FR-S and the record-setting P002 electric race car, Toyota has started to rekindle a passion for performance that helped them climb to the top of the sales charts. Coming next month is the Hybrid-R sports car concept that is the product of those passions.