Category Archives: concept

More EQ Silliness from Mercedes-Benz

Using a thread bare marketing technique, borrowed interest, the role model for the EQ Silver Arrow is the W 125 twelve-cylinder, record-breaking car built by Mercedes-Benz in 1937 as a Grand Prix racing car. Continue reading

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New Genesis G70 Luxury Sport Sedan Makes Concours Debut

The all-electric, high-performance Genesis Essentia Concept made its world debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show to mixed reviews among the press I talked with there. Continue reading

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Ongoing Death of the Diesel: Toyota Shows Next Gen Zero Emissions Heavy-Duty Fuel-Cell Truck

Toyota put another shovel of dirt on the diesel engine grave by unveiling the second iteration of its hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 truck before a crowd of media and industry leaders during the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars in Northern Michigan. Continue reading

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Chinese Currents – Buick Enspire All-Electric Concept

The car is remarkable because it debuts during a trade war invoked by the Trump Administration and China, the world’s largest car market. The Chinese have expressed the desire to replace the fleet with electrified vehicles, but no standards or rules have thus far been published. Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence Next Big Thing in Autos?

As just the latest example of the growing use of sophisticated computer programming, some of it quite invasive and reckless in customer privacy issues, Mercedes-Benz is presenting what it calls “innovations and initiatives” from a variety of fields as part … Continue reading

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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Didi Chuxing Sign Chinese Car-Sharing MoU

Automotive Alliance to explore future business opportunities with global Chinese transportation company. Continue reading

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Toyota to Use Hydrogen Fuel Cells for Zero Emission Trucking

The Project Portal platform is designed to provide the target performance required to support port drayage operations. The truck generates more than 670 horsepower and 1325 pound feet of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery, in what appears to be a small battery to support class 8 loads. The concept’s gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 pounds and its estimated driving range is more than 200 miles, under normal operation. Continue reading

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Qoros Shows Model K-EV Concept at Shanghai This Week

While U.S. journalists are obsessing over the New York Auto Show this week (not a mea culpa, but AutoInformed is admittedly part of this) in the world’s largest car market – China – Qoros Automotive will reveal its Model K-EV, an electric concept car at Shanghai Auto 2017. Continue reading

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Geneva: Toyota i-TRIL Concept Car

With its One-plus-Two seating layout, the i-TRIL has odd, but potentially effective interior space. Current interior design philosophy hinges on everything being built around the driver, with rear seat passengers very much regarded as second class citizens. Continue reading

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Chrysler Portal Concept, Millennial Family Wheels, New at CES

In what it is calling the “fifth generation” of family transportation – the Chrysler Portal concept debuted today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Eschewing its home town auto show, NAIAS that opens next week, the electric-powered Portal is estimated to have more than 250 miles of range on a full charge. Continue reading

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Lexus Serves Sriracha IS – Hot and Spicy

Whether this is an early April Fool’s spoof or luxury automaker Lexus is serious about bringing a playful, potentially dangerous take to a concept IS sedan by partnering with Sriracha sauce remains to be seen. Continue reading

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Another SUV Concept Debuts in Los Angeles – Subaru VIZIV-7

“We know customers in this segment want a full-sized vehicle and the next 3-row from Subaru will be the biggest Subaru vehicle ever,” said Takeshi Tachimori, corporate executive vice president, of Subaru owner Fuji Heavy Industries. Continue reading

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Fast Eddy Concept – the Chevrolet Aerovette XP-882 Revisited

The design pays homage to the Chevrolet Aerovette XP-882 that had a mid-engine configuration using a V8 engine. The Aerovette was revealed in 1977 as a concept, but went no further. Continue reading

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BMW Motorrad Reveals HP4 RACE in Milan

At this year’s EICMA trade show in Milan, BMW Motorrad showed a peak at what it is calling “the most exclusive model in its history,” the BMW HP4 RACE. Continue reading

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Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Fuel Cell Ready for Army Testing

GM and TARDEC developed the Colorado ZH2 contract to concept in less than a year. Who paid for what was not specified, but it certainly wasn’t Donald Trump’s non-tax dollars. Continue reading

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