McLaren commissions design study to pen SUV of the future

November 11th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Car design studies are generally pretty cool even if they almost never actually reach fruition. The latest carmaker to get some futuristic paper concepts going is kiwi-connected McLaren who has entered into a collaboration with the IED design institute in Turin, Italy. The objective is to create an SUV vehicle for 2020, called the 2020 McLaren SUV, it’s to represent the potential future of the British marque’s lineup. Each design was penned with the following requirements in mind: a hybrid, mid-engined four-wheel drive sport-utility riding on a McLaren chassis with space for two occupants.

After getting some one-on-one face time with McLaren top dogs at the Woking, UK facility, the IED students developed thirty-three concepts in total. After that, the number of proposals was whittled down to eleven cars deemed worthy of “further development”, whatever that really means. Ultimately three winning vehicles were approved for 1:4 scale model production these are called the HOLON, the TOROK, and the BIO RENOVATIO, and can be viewed below along with some of the other concepts in the gallery below. Check it out, there’s even a picture of a futuristic lady in a futuristic jumpsuit included. Continue reading “McLaren commissions design study to pen SUV of the future” »

VW Polo wins 2010 European Car of the Year

December 1st, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

VW Polo 2009 fq1

The new VW Polo has scored a narrow triumph in the 2010 Car of the Year Award, beating six other finalists. The result, announced today, show that the Polo scored 347 points against 337 for Toyota’s new city car, the iQ. The pair were well ahead of the next-best runner, the Opel/Vauxhall Astra with 221 points, while the other finalists were the Skoda Yeti (158), the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (155), the Peugeot 3008 (144) and the Citroen C3 Picasso (113).

Announcing the result, Autocar’s Steve Cropley, who is one of six UK based jurors, and one of 59 car experts from 23 European countries who decide the award, revealed that the Polo was chosen as the winning car by 25 jurors, while the iQ was chosen by 20 jurors. The competition was neck-and-neck throughout the counting, with the Polo’s win confirmed only as the last vote was counted.

“This year’s results show that the body of COTY jurors firmly believes that small, economical cars were the best of this year’s crop,” says Cropley.  ”The Polo is a very complete, very refined car which delivers all the consistent qualities VW has become so well known for. However, given its unusual layout, controversial looks and premium price, the iQ did amazingly well, and it was nice to see good support for the Astra, whose maker, GM Europe, was victorious this year with the Insignia executive car. The E-Class Mercedes, considered by many to be the maker’s best saloon model for years, was also well supported.”

The COTY jury is made up of 59 senior  motoring journalists from 23 countries. Their objective is to choose the most outstanding new car to go on sale in the past 12 months. Jurors vote twice:  first to select a short-list of seven from the new cars launched in Europe, then again to choose the winner.

Alice McVay of Hamilton: this month’s winner of the Nikon Coolpix L15 camera

August 7th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham

The winner of our Nikon Coolpix L15 camera for this month is Alice McVay of Hamilton. Alice subscribed to D-photo as a birthday present for her mum. Alice’s Mum is becoming more and more keen on photography and will soon upgrade her old PC to an iMac so she can really do even more clever stuff with photoshop and store all her photos.

Alice didn’t have a camera as she is at Uni and can’t afford one, so this is a great prize for her. Well done Alice!

Alice registered to the D-photo site to get info for her Mum and then saw the D-photo subscription and bought that. Alice has never won anything before and would like to thank all at D-photo for drawing her name out.

If you’d like to be in to win a Nikon Coolpix L15 to capture your family moments (or pictures of your mates being stupid), all you have to do is be registered to any one of our sites or forums. Good luck.