Subaru has already trotted three Viziv (Vision for Innovation) designs out over the past two years – the original 2013 Viziv concept, the Viziv 2 and the Viziv GT video game race car. Now it's reusing that semi-portmanteau once again for the Viziv Future concept. All the Viziv concepts have been forward-looking, but none more so than the Future. The new concept car is infused with next-generation technologies and design solutions inside and out.
A PSA Peugeot Citroën driverless vehicle has journeyed 580 km (360 miles)
on the motorway from Paris to Bordeaux entirely in autonomous mode. Automatically
maintaining its speed to the road conditions and traffic, as well as
independently changing lanes to pass slower traffic, the Peugeot Citroën
completed the journey without incident and demonstrated the increasing
viability of driverless motor vehicles.
For a long time now, BMW has hung its hat on the fact its cars are the Ultimate Driving Machines. All of its vehicles – including the big SUVs and front-drive minivans – are billed sharp handling sports cars. That same mentality is writ large in the new X4 M40i, a "sporty" SUV with big wheels, uprated brakes and stiff suspension ... oh, and it will also hit 100 km/h in under 5 seconds.
The 2015 Tokyo Motor Show gets underway later this month and automakers are busying themselves revealing and previewing planned premieres. We've seen vehicles of various shapes and sizes from Honda, Nissan's idea of what the digital generation might want to drive and now a couple of intriguing concept cars from Suzuki, including a roomy minivan that clearly borrows some inspiration from the Volkswagen Bulli.
Having previewed water injection in the M4 GTS Concept at Pebble Beach earlier this year, BMW has whipped the covers off a production version. Just 700 examples of the new, lightweight M4 GTS will be built to commemorate 30 years since the original M3 was launched.
The last time we looked in on the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, it was burrowing through the earth below London. The still-camouflaged crossover has been out having fun once again. Land Rover has put the car through its off-road paces in preparation of next month's launch.
Study after study shows that young adults don't really care about driving a car the way previous generations did. That doesn't bode well for automakers. In an attempt to get the younger generation more excited about automotive possibilities, Nissan has designed the all-new Teatro for Dayz concept. The concept focuses on digital life and sharing, debuting as a high-tech mobile device that keeps occupants connected to a world far beyond the one visible through the windshield.
We've seen some unusual uses of cardboard before, including for a skateboard deck and for furniture. Lexus has perhaps trumped everything else though, by building a full-size, driveable cardboard car. The Origami Car is a faithful and life-size version of the Lexus IS saloon.
Earlier this year, Deltawing provided a bit of insight into the funky, triangular road car it was developing. A few patent sketches hinted at what the car would look like, and now those sketches have been filled out with real body panels. Deltawing revealed a full-size GT concept car at the 18th Annual Petit Le Mans race in Road Atlanta late last week.
Daimler Trucks has shifted gears in its ongoing effort to develop autonomous vehicles. By fitting its Highway Pilot self-driving system to a Mercedes-Benz Actros truck and steering it down a stretch of Autobahn 8 near Stuttgart, the company has marked the first time an autonomous production semi has been tested out on public roads.