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Lexus teases hybrid LF-Gh for New York Motor Show

Lexus teases hybrid LF-Gh for New York Motor Show

Lexus has released the following press release:Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid Concept To Make World Debut at 2011 New York International Auto ShowStylish and assertive concept advances notions of premium luxuryConcept explores Lexus’ future direction; global design identity evolvesAggressive and bold “spindle” front grille hints at new face of Lexus vehiclesTORRANCE, Calif. (April 5, 2011) – Lexus today announced that the LF-Gh hybrid concept will make its world debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show.The LF-Gh, which stands for Lexus Future Grand Touring Hybrid, sets out to redefine the premium grand touring sedan. Through this exercise, the definition of L-Finesse, the marque’s design philosophy since 2001, has been refined and evolved to include a bolder, more distinct projection of what a luxury car could become in a modern world. The result is the LF-Gh concept, which conveys original thoughts and ideas that may migrate to future Lexus vehicles on a global scale.

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[STORIES] Japanese vision that never was

[STORIES] Japanese vision that never was

Despite Italy is considered to be a center or worldwide fashion and design Japanese designers managed to demonstrate a bunch of innovative design examples. While it is thought that these creations from far east cannot compete with Bertone's or Pininfarina's automobiles, these cars mostly astonish by their sophisticated technique. Probably these stereotypes inspired the first Japanese design examples like Sogna and Vera created by Art & Tech which even had its branch in Turin. However, this story is about another example named Aerosa.The company that created this car is Gigliato Design (Kanagawa, Japan), established by ex-Isuzu designer then 32-years-old Nobuo Nakamura in 1987.

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[REVIEW] Savage Rivale Roadyacht GTS & Roadyacht GTR

[REVIEW] Savage Rivale Roadyacht GTS & Roadyacht GTR

Savage Rivale Roadyacht GTS is a brainchild of Dutch design students Emile Pop and Justin de Boer which was announced in the middle of 2008. The first full-scale roadgoing prototype of the four-door topless supercar was presented on April, 2009 both at AutoRAI show in Amsterdam and Top Marques Monaco show of the exclusive automobiles. Featuring chrome-molybdene chassis under the carbon skin and sophisticated material like carbon, Alcantara and aluminum in the interior this car probably has found its own niche among the powerful, fast and expensive supercars. The Rivale GTS is equipped with a supercharged GM 6.2-liter V8 engine developing a maximum power of 670 hp at 6200 rpm and 730 Nm of torque at 4800 rpm.

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BMW presents Concept M5 at 2011 Auto Shanghai

BMW presents Concept M5 at 2011 Auto Shanghai

BMW has released the following pres release:Following the perfect line: The BMW Concept M5.For 25 years now, the fascinating combination of supreme driving comfort experienced in a premium upper midrange sedan and the handling characteristics of a high-performance sports car has been described by one single unmistakable model designation - BMW M5. In 1984, with the first generation of this model, the BMW M GmbH laid the foundation stone for a completely new vehicle category. The BMW M5 was the first car of its kind to offer racing-oriented high performance in a sedan that could be driven without restrictions in everyday road traffic. This unique concept developed into a remarkable success story spanning four model generations.

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[REVIEW] Frem Automotive - a national supercar

[REVIEW] Frem Automotive - a national supercar

Lebanon is a country better know for militaristic unrest but despite the awkward conditions the passionate automotive enthusiast from this country is chasing his dream to put the first Lebanese car into production. A young design student named David Frem is not thinking about the common passenger automobiles. His core objective is to manufacture national supercars!The relization of this idea started in August, 2005 together with the development of the first-ever car built in Lebanon. It took three years to design and build the car which was named the Frem F1. Featuring a specially-made chassis, the F1 was equipped with a VW 2.

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Spada Codatronza Monza - full details revealed!

Spada Codatronza Monza - full details revealed!

As previously reported, the Corvette-based Codatronca Monza by SpadaVettureSport will be introduced at the forthcoming Top Marques Monaco supercar show.Just before the event the official information and first pictures of the new model are availabel below. Enjoy!Press release:Spadaconcept extend its Codatronca© scale, launched with the TS model, by a futuristic sport car  with  strong lines and shape; a car without compromise (you love it or you hate it! No space for “nice”) however it seems that this car has inspired lot of sports car of that segment as well as production supercars, above all in terms of front design and form language.Spadaconcept is a design studio-atelier founded by Ercole Spada (former designer Zagato, BMW and IDEA institute), by Paolo Spada (ex designer smart and Honda) and Domiziano Boschi (ex Mc Kinsey).The studio combines an original formula of design all over the field  with a vision from the design to the economic feasibility.

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BMW M3 Pickup - world's fastest pickup uncovered!

BMW M3 Pickup - world's fastest pickup uncovered!

BMW has released the following press release:Unique: BMW M GmbH develops the world’s fastest pickup. Drive and suspension technology from the BMW M3 – comprehensive testing completed on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife – 420 hp and 450 kg load capacity – world premiere on 1 April 2011. Munich. Following the BMW M3 Coupé, BMW M3 Convertible and BMW M3 Sedan, a fourth body variant of this globally successful high-performance sports car is about to cause a stir. Under the strictest secrecy, the world’s first high-performance pickup has been created at the BMW M GmbH development centre.

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Hyundai presents Blue2 FCEV sedan concept at Seoul Motor Show

Hyundai presents Blue2 FCEV sedan concept at Seoul Motor Show

Hyundai has released the following press release:Hyundai to Showcase New Thinking at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show- Hyundai unveils next-gen FCEV sedan concept ‘Blue2’ and Sonata Hybrid- Cutting-edge eco-friendly and telematics technologies show Hyundai’s future- Separate booth displays Hyundai’s latest commercial vehicle technologyHyundai Motor Company, South Korea’s largest automaker, showcased its latest `new thinking’ on products, technologies and services to the world at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show, which opened today under the theme of ‘Evolution, Green Revolution on Wheels.’Hyundai unveiled its latest eco-friendly creation, the Blue2 (Read as “Blue square”) concept vehicle, the company’s first sedan-style Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) powered by hydrogen. The automaker also introduced its first gasoline-hybrid vehicle, the Sonata Hybrid, to its home market. Most importantly, Hyundai applied its new brand direction, “New Thinking. New Possibilities.

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Buick announces Envision SUV concept for Shanghai Motor Show

Buick announces Envision SUV concept for Shanghai Motor Show

Buick has released the following press release:Shanghai GM announced today that Buick's new concept SUV, the Envision, will make its global debut in Shanghai on April 18 on the eve of Auto Shanghai 2011.The Envision was jointly developed by Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC). It integrates global design with local aesthetics for the China market, adhering to Buick's "dynamic, fluid, quiet and comfortable" design essence. The SUV has an elegant and smooth exterior that emphasizes its modern styling and contemporary sportiness. The Envision is equipped with an advanced plug-in hybrid system and loads of other new technologies, projecting the future of Buick products.

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Kia unveiled an electric Naimo concept at Seoul Motor Show

Kia unveiled an electric Naimo concept at Seoul Motor Show

Kia has released the following press release:Kia Naimo electric concept stars in Seoul -              Striking all-electric concept car makes world debut at Seoul Motor Show -              Kia Naimo expresses sophistication through simplicity of design-              B-segment electric utility vehicle combines Korean heritage with high-tech innovations(SEOUL) March 31, 2011 – Making its world premiere at the Seoul Motor Show today (Thursday), the Kia Naimo electric concept car combines Korean heritage with innovative modern features.Taking its name from the Korean word “Ne-mo”, (pronounced ‘Neh-mo’, meaning ‘square shape’), the Naimo electric crossover utility vehicle (CUV) was conceived by Kia’s international design team in Seoul, and is characterized principally by its simple lines and solid, muscular stance.The uncomplicated overall design is accentuated by a number of striking key details, such as the wraparound windscreen and asymmetric sunroof design, and the front and rear dot-style LED head- and positioning-lamps.  This juxtaposition of simple and complex is a common trait of many traditional Korean arts and crafts.  Asian Celadon-style pottery, in particular, was a major influence on the car’s styling – with the pottery’s asymmetric form lending itself to the sunroof design, and the typical jade coloring giving Naimo its unique exterior finish.

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