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Much of Nissan's design work was in the front

Nissan unveiled its new Hi-Cross Concept at the Geneva Motor Show this week. It's unclear if the concept will become an actual model - or if Nissan even really has room for another crossover - but the car does show a potential design direction for future models. It also shows how seven people and a hybrid powertrain can fit neatly into a relatively small crossover.  Read More

The Ssangyong XIV-2 convertible concept

SsangYong's new XIV-2 "convertible" concept car broke cover this week at the Geneva Motor Show and it appears there's every chance it will see production. The premium convertible CUV (crossover utility vehicle) is a derivative of SsangYong's 2011 XIV-1 show car, and SsangYong has announced production in various body styles. Extensive gallery for this story.  Read More

Nissan's Juke Nismo Concept is headed for production

Having first unveiled its Juke Nismo Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan has chosen the 2012 Geneva Motor Show to give the car its European debut and reveal that it will indeed go into production as the first in a series of production cars to get the Nismo treatment.  Read More

It may not look like it there, but that's a pickup truck, convertible and SUV

Major automakers come up with pretty cool concepts on their own, but for really "wow-worthy" designs, sometimes you need to pay attention to what the other firms are doing. Take the MILA Coupic concept from Austrian engineering firm Magna Steyr. This innovative concept gives you the hauling capacity of a pickup truck, the family moving comfort of an SUV and the stylish driving enjoyment of a convertible - all from the same driver's seat.  Read More

The Macan will add a smaller SUV and fifth model to Porsche's lineup

Porsche first announced development of a compact crossover SUV based on the Audi Q5 in late 2010. The model has been going by its project name "Cajun" since it was but a rumor but has now been upgraded with its official name - the Macan. Porsche teased us with a sketch, video and website for the Macan crossover this week.  Read More

The Ssangyong XIV-2 Concept will be shown in Geneva

Ssangyong is obviously exploring the shape of the Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) of the future if its last two concept cars are anything to go by. Last year's XIV-1 concept offered a stylish exterior and an entirely new take on the CUV interior, and now the XIV-2, which we'll see at the Geneva Motor Show, will give us a convertible crossover. The two concepts are designed to preview SsangYong’s upcoming compact crossover for Europe.  Read More

The SCBS system will feature in Mazda's upcoming CX-5 crossover SUV

The CX-5 Crossover SUV marks a few firsts for Mazda. It will be the company's first production vehicle sporting the new KODO - Soul of Motion design language seen originally in the Shinari concept vehicle, the first vehicle featuring Mazda's efficiency-boosting Skyactiv technology, and the first to feature Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) - a system designed to avoid or reduce the damage from low speed collisions.  Read More

Tesla's Model X crossover electric vehicle is based on the same platform as the Model S

Tesla has unveiled its latest electric car, the Model X, at its California Design Studios. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the prototype crossover vehicle on display was the company's most advanced to appear at a launch so is unlikely to differ significantly from the vehicle that will be put into production. The vehicle will be available in both rear- and four-wheel-drive versions. The latter packs two independent electric motors - one on the rear axle and the other in the "engine bay" - with a "Perfromance" all-wheel drive model able to accelerate from 0 - 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in under five seconds.  Read More

Nissan's JUKE-R concept

Happy times must be returning to the world economy when a car company can put its cash toward a concept like this. Nissan has fulfilled the wet dreams of hot hatch lovers all over the world by cramming the engine, drivetrain, suspension, electronics and sheer maniacal giggle factor of its monstrous GT-R supercar into the compact dimensions of the funky Juke city car. The Nissan Juke R (which can really only be pronounced as "Jew car") is an outstanding example of what happens when you give your best engineers the freedom to build what's in their hearts - in this case, a 480-horsepower, 4WD mega-mini-SUV that handles like a racer and should eat Ferraris for breakfast on the way to pick up the kids from soccer. Awesome.  Read More

The Volkswagen Cross Coupe concept making its debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show (Image: G...

The opening day of the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show has seen Volkswagen unveil its Cross Coupé crossover concept. Featuring a long wheelbase and short overhangs, the all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid is visually a cross between a four-door coupé and a compact SUV. The vehicle also represents the first public outing of Volkswagen's new modular transverse matrix (Modularer Querbaukasten or MQB) platform, which is intended to form the basis of a variety of different models (including the upcoming Golf and Audi A3), allowing the use of the same set of components while providing the flexibility for individual models to have a variety of wheelbase, track and external dimensions.  Read More

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