Joss which is intended to be the first Australian supercar was first shown at Melbourne Motor Show in 2004. Demonstrated as a prototype the sportscoupe from down under was then built around composite aluminium and honeycomb steel space frame and was equipped with a mid-mounted 6.8-litre V8 engine developing 500hp at 5750 rpm and 650Nm of torque at 2800 rpm. Proposed weight of the vehicle was just 940 kg thus enabling the car to accelerate from zero to hundred in 3.7 seconds.
Bugatti has released the following press release:World debut of an exceptional partnership between the Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin (KPM) and Bugatti.World’s first vehicle using porcelain elements for exterior and interior design. Berlin/Molsheim, June 30, 2011 – With the partnership between Bugatti and the Königliche Porzellan-Manufatur Berlin (KPM) the renowned manufacturer emphasizes the ability in creating pieces of automotive art. The “L’Or Blanc” celebrates its world premiere with an exclusive unveiling ceremony on June 30, 2011 at the KPM workshops in Berlin. This unique version of a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport is the world’s first motor car to wear the finest porcelain on its body, as well as in its cabin.
Lexus has issued the following press release:Lexus Reveals Unique Full Hybrid LS 600h L LandauletTo be used on the occasion of the wedding of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of MonacoLexus’ full hybrid technology will allow the converted LS 600h L to operate in zero-emission mode for most of the newlyweds' tour of the Principality on July 2ndFeatures one-piece transparent roof manufactured using advanced technologies from aerospace industry A unique Lexus full hybrid LS 600h L Landaulet* featuring a one-piece, transparent polycarbonate roof will serve as the official Royal Wedding car on the occasion of the marriage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco to Ms. Charlene Wittstock on Saturday 2nd July 2011.Equipped with Lexus Hybrid Drive, Prince Albert’s LS 600h L offers all the performance and comfort expected from a Lexus flagship, and generates significantly lower CO2, NOx and particulate emissions than any comparable car.'Lexus is very proud to present this exceptional full hybrid vehicle to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince of Monaco', said Andy Pfeiffenberger, Vice President of Lexus Europe.
Toyota has released the following press release:Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will show the "GRMN (GAZOO Racing1 tuned by MN2) SPORTS HYBRID Concept II", a convertible mid-ship gasoline-electric hybrid concept, at the 39th Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race to be held near Nürburg, Germany, from June 23 through 26.The GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II is an updated version of a gasoline-electric sports concept shown at Tokyo Auto Salon 2010 and has been developed to embody the enjoyment of automobiles. The vehicle features advanced styling and an improved sports-hybrid AWD system with the main power unit (gasoline engine, rear-wheel drive motors and transmission) located in the middle of the body and a front-wheel drive motor in front—all positioned to improve maneuverability, enhance driving enjoyment and provide enhanced stability. Meanwhile, top-down driving in electric-vehicle mode gives a fresh and exhilarating driving experience.TMC launched the world's first mass-produced gasoline-electric vehicle in 1997, and has long conducted active research on applying hybrid technologies to racing and sports cars.
Mini has released the following press release:A recipe for unbridled driving fun: The MINI Coupé.MINI is expanding its product family with the launch of a model geared squarely to maximising driving fun. The MINI Coupé indulges the keen driver with a level of agility unmatched in the small car segment, along with a unique body and interior concept and the brand’s customary commitment to premium levels of design, quality, equipment and individualisation. The first two-seater in its current line-up sees MINI not only breathe new life into its successful racing history but also provide a shot in the arm for the super-compact sports car class. The selection of engines, chassis set-up, weight distribution and aerodynamic properties of the MINI Coupé are all focused on delivering optimum performance.
Chevrolet has released the following press release:Chevrolet reveals second show truck of its next generation midsize pickup in Buenos AiresColorado Rally Concept conveys robustness, strength and capabilityColorado Rally gives another glimpse of the next generation global Chevrolet midsize pickup truck Buenos Aires (Argentina) – At the Buenos Aires International Auto Show, Chevrolet revealed the Colorado Rally, a second show truck version of its next generation global midsize pickup. The debut of the adventure themed vehicle follows the reveal of the first Colorado show truck at the Bangkok motor show in April of this year. "Both trucks give a glimpse of the next generation Chevrolet global midsize pickup, which is of huge importance to consumers in many countries around the world. For example, in Brazil, costumers made Chevrolet's midsize truck the vehicle segment leader for 16 consecutive years," said Brad Merkel, GM Global Vehicle Line Executive.Chevrolet's unmatched heritage in durable and dependable pickup trucks is exemplified in the Colorado Rally's sturdy and robust appearance.
The development of the first-ever Polish supercar - the Veno - was announced in 2008 when renderings of the automobile highly resembling the Lamborghini Reventon were released. The proposed hypercar was to be powered by an Audi V8 engine, however later the option list was updated with Corvette C6 LS3, LS9 and LS7 power units. The latter should have been tuned by a well-known American tuning company Lingenfelter up to 1100 hp! Since then, the development of the Veno continued resulting both in the renaming - now know as Arrinera - and a heavyly redesigned exterior appearance. However, apparently this is not all since the car now features a supercharged V8 developing 640 hp of power and 819 Nm of torque. The lightweight steel tubular chassis construction is made using both carbonfibre and aluminum.
One of only ten Bugatti Grand Raid roadsters built and one of just two examples bodied by Carrosserie Worblaufen in Switzerland. Specially commissioned by flamboyant Swiss collector, Mr. Jules Aellen, 57260 was completed just in time for Aellen and his wife to show the car at the second Concours d’Elegance at Montreux on Lake Geneva in Spring 1935, where it won the Grand Prix d’Honneur. Following Aellen’s ownership the roadster remained in Switzerland – in and around Geneva – well into the 1950s. From there it went to France before an American collector finally acquired the car in 2000 and commissioned its complete restoration over an 18-month period.
Mercedes-Benz has just released the following press release:"60 Years Mercedes-Benz Unimog": A spectacular design concept for the jubilee To celebrate their jubilee "60 Years Unimog", Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks (MBS) is presenting a design concept based on the U 5000 with its outstanding off-road mobilityA formal unveiling and presentation will take place at the ceremony on 3 June in the CustomerCentre at the Mercedes-Benz Plant in WörthThe design concept has been created as joint cooperation between the MBS development team, the Daimler commercial vehicle designers in Sindelfingen and a model designing partnerYaris Pürsün, Director of Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks: “Future meets history – the design concept is a further milestone in the Unimog legend”As an analogy to the very first Mercedes-Benz Unimog of the product range 2010 which was built in 1951, the design concept from 2011 also has an open cabStuttgart / Wörth on Rhein – The unit Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks (MBS), which includes the product ranges Unimog, Econic and Zetros, presented a spectacular design concept on the occasion of the ceremony "60 Years Mercedes-Benz Unimog" on 3 June 2011 at the Daimler plant in Wörth. It has an impressive, dynamic and extremely expressive "face" corresponding to the future form language of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle design. The design concept combines the past and future of the Unimog in an extremely avantgardist way. "We have taken the Unimog-DNA with its unique concept features to 100 percent into consideration when creating this design concept," says Bertrand Janssen from the Daimler department for commercial vehicle design. Furthermore, this design concept gives the observer sufficient room for thought to interpret its technical innovations.
Audi has released the following press release:Aggressive power and Audi ultra – the Audi R8 GT SpyderOpen limited-production, top-of-the-line version of the high-performance sports car85 kilograms lighter, body parts in carbonV10 FSI with 412 kW (560 hp), 0 – 100 km/ h in 3.8 seconds Even lighter, even more powerful, even more captivating: The Audi R8 GT Spyder delivers breathtaking performance. The open-top flagship version of the high-performance sports car develops 412 kW (560 hp) and – thanks to Audi ultra – has trimmed a full 85 kilograms (187.39 lb) from an already low weight. The R8 GT Spyder accelerates from zero to 100 km/ h (62.