Torque, torque, torque. One of GM’s greatest gifts to man has always been bountiful offerings of torque. Nowhere in its vehicle line-up has torque been more plentiful than in the Z Corvettes. Now with the new 2015 Z06 unveiled at NAIAS 2014 in Detroit, torque junkies are set to truly get their 635 lb-ft (816 Nm) fix on.
Last week, Volkswagen released a sketch of its 2014 Beetle Dune
concept, which it promised to show "in the flesh" at the North American International Auto Show. Well, that event is now in progress, and we did indeed spot the car on the tradeshow floor in Detroit. Here are some more details on VW's one-off dune buggy version of the Beetle.
Over the past couple of years, Volkswagen has revealed various Beetle derivatives at major US auto shows, including an electric Beetle
and the new Beetle Convertible
. For this year's North American International Auto Show, it has something a little more fun and playful in mind. The Beetle Dune is a rugged, sand-ready Beetle concept.
Following up on a teaser from late last year, Volvo has revealed its Concept XC Coupé
in full. The second of three related concept cars, the XC showcases sporty, new design language while highlighting the Swedish automaker's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). It leaves us wishing for a similarly styled production crossover or two.
Not known as the sportiest marque in the industry, Kia has been using auto-show concepts to experiment with more playful designs. We saw it last year with the Niro
concepts, and the automaker is starting 2014 off with the GT4 Stinger. As that name implies, the 2+2 concept shows a little more aggression than the average Optima.
The holidays are a time for stocking stuffers and BMW has given us one with a hint of what’s to come in the new year. On Monday, the car maker announced that it would present the new Mini John Cooper Works concept at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2014, running January 13 to 26 in Detroit. Since we’re getting just a taste of what is still a concept, there aren’t a lot of details and BMW is keen to talk more about style than engineering, but we do get a bit of an idea of what this track-oriented concept is about.
At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Volvo shot us a peek at a bolder future with the simply-named Concept Coupé
. In addition to styling, the concept was meant to showcase one application of Volvo's new Scalable Product Architecture, which will make its production debut on the 2015 XC90. The next preview of that architecture is the Concept XC Coupé, a stylish small crossover.