Hyundai drops covers off next-gen i30 hatch

September 7th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The current model Hyundai i30 has proved a global sales success for the Korean brand and the next-generation model will be unveiled at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

The new i30 has a fresh design and a more distinctive appearance compared to the outgoing version. The exterior styling follows the Fluidic Sculpture design language of Hyundai’s i45 and Elantra models. There’s a large hexagonal front grille, wraparound headlamps, a bulging belt line and pumped out front wheel arches.

The interior is also modeled on Hyundai’s current product with recessed sports-style instrumentation, a prominent centre console and curvaceous dashboard. Continue reading “Hyundai drops covers off next-gen i30 hatch” »

Audi releases first images of A2 concept

September 7th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Audi has revealed the first batch of computer-enhanced photos of its electric A2 concept before its unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The eco-friendly concept is expected to provide the base for a production version scheduled to go on sale in the next two years.

Details are thin at this stage but it is thought that the new A2 will be built with both full electric and conventional petrol powerplants.

In terms of size the A2 concept is taller than Audi’s current A1 hatch but is shorter at 3,800mm and also narrower at 1,690mm. Despite its small dimensions Audi claims the A2 will be a genuine four-seater thanks to a flat floor, ultra-thin seats and the absence of a traditional dashboard with lower console. Continue reading “Audi releases first images of A2 concept” »

Volkswagen reveals single-seater Nils concept

September 6th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Volkswagen Group is backing small electric cars in the future with the proof being two ‘pod’ style concepts unveiled before the Frankfurt Auto Show.

Audi’s Urban concept features a two-seat configuration but VW’s recently revealed Nils concept is strictly a single seater. The tiny concept uses two polycarbonate gullwing doors (plus a rear hatch) in a unique shape that envisions a future style of transportation for European commuters.

The Nils weighs just 450kg and rides on four exterior wheels with individual guards. The concept is powered by a 15kW electric motor that allows a range of around 64 km, but it has a overboost feature which takes output up to 25kW. This can move the Nils from 0-100kph in 11 seconds, top speed is rated at 128kph. Continue reading “Volkswagen reveals single-seater Nils concept” »

Fiat reworks unpopular Punto for 2012

September 6th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Fiat’s super cute 500 is continuing to be a sales superstar in various global markets which has left its Punto sibling feeling like a bit of an ugly duckling. But Fiat is determined to keep the Punto looking sharp and has done some tweaking for the 2012 model.

The current Punto was first released back in 2005 as the Grand Punto, but it began to look its age. To combat this Fiat launched the reworked Punto Evo in 2009 but now that update isn’t selling anymore so its time for another update.

On the 2012 Punto, the black plastic mouldings have been dropped and the chrome trim on the nose. The interior has also seen some work and there’s two new engines on offer in global markets. Fiat’s popular 900cc two-cylinder unit can be  had and another 1.3-llitre MultiJet diesel has also joined the range. Continue reading “Fiat reworks unpopular Punto for 2012” »

Citroën reveals Tribek concept – shagging wagon of the future

September 5th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Keen bumper sticker readers would have surely seen the classic “If the wagons rocking don’t come a knocking” label affixed to the occasional van. Now Citroen has brought the shagging wagon into the 21st century with its latest show car concept. The French carmaker has just revealed official images of its new concept van named the Tubik which is set for an official debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

The French have done more for romance than just invent pashing a.k.a French kissing, they also came up with two of the first shagging wagons – the 1939 Tub van and its replacement, the 1948 Type H that was produced up until the beginning of the 1980s. The Tubik concept pays homage to these historic machines and adds a range of modern conveniences.

The Tubik isn’t just about the horizontal action and can serve as both a commercial van and a people carrier with very usable dimensions; 4.8 metres long, 2.08m wide and 2.05m tall. The space age carrier can seat up to nine passengers in three lounge-style seats, with the driver operating in a separated compartment. As for windows – who really needs them? Continue reading “Citroën reveals Tribek concept – shagging wagon of the future” »

Ssangyong partially reveals XIV-1 concept

September 2nd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

After various teaser renderings SsangYong has released two new images of its new XIV-1 concept car before its official debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

The South Korean carmaker is now part of India’s Mahindra Group and is pushing the XIV-1 as a “premium crossover utility vehicle (CUV)” designed for global sales. The name is derived from the phrase ‘eXciting user Interface Vehicle’, and highlights the show car’s focus on interaction with the driver and passengers.

The latest renderings reveal that plenty of design cues have been borrowed off Land Rover’s latest offerings and the XIV-1 sports pillarless doors and a full-length glass roof. Continue reading “Ssangyong partially reveals XIV-1 concept” »

Land Rover previews next Defender with DC100 concept

September 1st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Land Rover Defender is an automotive icon and one of the most recognisable cars in the world so replacing it is no easy feat. But Land Rover is busy making plans to do exactly that and has just revealed its first concept – the DC100.

Scheduled for its first public showing at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, the DC100 concept gives a glimpse of the styling which may feature on the Defender replacement in 2015.

Commenting on the DC100 concept car, Land Rover’s design boss, Gerry McGovern, said, “Replacing the iconic Defender is one of the biggest challenges in the automotive design world; it is a car that inspires people worldwide. This isn’t a production-ready concept but the beginning of a four-year journey to design a relevant Defender for the 21st century.” Continue reading “Land Rover previews next Defender with DC100 concept” »

Honda teases new 2012 Euro Civic

September 1st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Honda has dropped a teaser image of its upcoming euro-spec 2012 Civic model before its official reveal at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

The next-generation Civic will be offered only as a 5-door hatch in Europe and the image reveals much of the Civic’s rear styling. The shot shows a dual-purpose integrated spoiler and third brake light that Honda says helps manage the vehicle’s aerodynamics at speed. It’s a clever design element but just the sort of thing that polarizes opinion on Honda’s current design language. Continue reading “Honda teases new 2012 Euro Civic” »