In a few months, a new 100-percent-electric car will be on the market –
in France, at least. Called the Bluesummer, the two-door four-seat
convertible was designed by electrical systems manufacturer the Bolloré
Group, but will be built and distributed by Peugeot Citroën.
Zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than two seconds? It can't be done. Well, not in a standard production car, but when you're designing a car destined only for the virtual pavement of a video game, you can go a little wild with your performance estimates. The latest in a seemingly endless stream of Vision Gran Turismo concepts, the Peugeot Vision GT flashes radical styling and even more radical in-game performance.
Peugeot has announced a new version of its 308 family hatchback, although some of its specs are anything but family-friendly. The 308 R Hybrid concept has a petrol-electric engine that is good for the environment and the owner's wallet. However, it also accelerates 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4 seconds flat.
Good design is a functional expression of purpose and after 200 years of creating household technology and a 125 years of designing transportation technology, Peugeot Design has married the two with an ingenious mobile restaurant "Foodtruck" concept.
Over the course of 2014, Gizmag has traveled to the major auto shows of the world in search of the latest cars and in-car technology. In our journey from Detroit, to Geneva, to Beijing and on to Paris and LA, we've seen countless concept cars, some good, some terrible and some that we're still undecided on. Many of those concept cars have been ultra-powerful, aero-optimized sports cars ready to create a new generation of exotics. Here are our choices for the best of the best of 2014.
With introductions like the Renault EOLAB
and Citroën C4 Cactus Airflow
in the days leading up to the 2014 Paris Motor Show, it became obvious that the French had big plans for their home show. French automakers, big and small, didn't disappoint, showing a multitude of highly stylized, tech-heavy concepts and vehicles during the show. They had such a strong showing, in fact, that we thought it appropriate to give them a dedicated space separate from our main Paris wrap-up
. Here's what the French have to say about modern vehicle design.
As we approach the Paris Motor Show, one thing is becoming very clear: The French are quite ready to host a big auto show. We've already seen two very interesting French concept cars in the form of the Peugeot Hybrid Air demonstrator
and the Renault EOLAB
. Now Peugeot has detailed the QUARTZ concept, a hybrid 4x4 that combines elements of crossover and sedan body styles in becoming "an SUV for the future."
A car that runs on air? Peugeot is working on it. The French automaker revealed its Hybrid Air technology
last year and will showcase the 208 Hybrid 2L Demonstrator car at the Paris Motor Show next month. The latest iteration of the Hybrid Air design complements the gasoline-air powertrain with weight- and drag-cutting measures to offer fuel economy in the range of 117 mpg (2 L/100km), which is well above the 81 mpg (2.9 L/100km) it was quoting last year.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLA
was the only vehicle to achieve the maximum 5 stars in Euro NCAP's latest safety ratings, scoring an impressive 96 percent for adult occupant protection, 88 percent for child occupant protection and 70 percent for safety assist.
Easily one of the toughest, meanest new vehicles of 2014, the 2008 DKR
is being prepped for Peugeot's 2015 return to the Dakar Rally. We've already looked at the drastic body modifications, and now we have the details on what will be propelling the rally car up powdery hills, through fiery canyons and over rough desert floors.