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.
Infiniti's long-awaited electric sportscar is now just a week away from all being revealed, with Infiniti leaking official photos of the car during the last few days. The curvaceous Emerg-e will be unveiled on March 6, no doubt by reigning F1 champion and Infiniti Brand Ambassador Sebastien Vettel. Details of the powertrain are still scarce prior to the launch, but it is known to include a gas-powered range extender.
Italian coachbuilders Zagato and archetypal Brit sports car company Aston Martin have had a relationship since 1960 when the Milanese artisans created a lightweight racing body for the DB4, by hand naturally. The 19 units made at that time all still exist and are valued at around US$6 million minimum apiece. While AM continues developing the replacement for its aging VH platform it still needs to make a buck and guaranteed collectors items seem to be immune to global financial instabilities. The new Zagato V12 is clearly influenced by that original DB4, and to a lesser extent the 1985 and 2002 incarnations, but here's the thing - was the new vehicle actually designed by the chaps at Aston Martin and not the sharp suits in Milan?
The DS4 Racing concept from Citroen promises much - a light stytlish 256 bhp turbocharged pocket rocket with a decade of WRC domination behind its design.
Six months after the Evoque hit showrooms, Range Rover is to show an Evoque Convertible Concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March. No production plans have been announced, as the design is intended to gauge the market potential for a premium convertible four-seat SUV.
Ford's Tourneo Custom Concept will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, giving what we believe is an accurate preview of the next generation of Ford Transit people movers and commercial vehicles. The styling is based on the same "Kinetic Design language" used in the latest passenger cars, the driving experience is also fashioned more on a car than a van, and even though the rear of the eight-seater is trimmed in leather with sumptuous multi-adjustable leather seats, they can be easily removed for special purposes.
The world's automakers continue to provide a glimpse of what to expect
at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March. The latest teaser comes from Bugatti, which will unveil its Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, calling it the world's most powerful roadster - time to invest in some super-strength adhesive for that toupee.
Next month's Geneva Motor Show will be stocked with new concept cars from various parties - automakers, design houses and educational institutions. One of the latest concept cars announced is the Cisitalia 202 E, a modern reinterpretation of the original 1947 Cisitalia 202.
With the 82nd Geneva Motor Show
just weeks away, the world's automakers are gearing up to display their wares. As usual, many companies have already teased us with previews of what they'll have on display, including new small cars from the likes of Peugeot
, plus concepts from Rinspeed
. With the number of teasers multiplying by the minute, it's time for a quick round up of some of the other notable vehicles headed for the floor of the Geneva Palexpo convention center.
If you live in a traffic-nightmare city like New York or London or Bangkok, an ultra-compact urban electric car is great. They're so tiny that they fit in the smallest parking space, they're quiet, they're often exempt from congestion charges and they're tailpipe emission free, which is important if you live where the air is so dirty that it's visible. Unfortunately, they also have all the boot space of a glove box and the travel radius of a tortoise in a hurry. Unless you have the ideal lifestyle that allows you to work within the vehicle's limitations, there will come the time when you'll need to carry more than a messenger bag or drive farther than a single battery charge. When that happens, you'll probably wish you had some way to magically add an extra boot or a bigger battery. Rinspeed's Dock+Go concept car looks forward to a day when that may be possible.