http://youtu.be/CBztCw3iSGk Did the promise of the headline pique your interest? It did for us, the super-rare screamer that is the Lexus LFA and one of the sexiest recent concept cars, side-by-side, on track! It didn’t turn out that way, unfortunately, but it’s still good to see the duo together, living proof that Lexus can make desirable cars for those who love cars. The Lexus LF-LC Concept was first shown at Detroit 2012, where the red stunner won the EyesOn Design Award for best concept car. Lexus then brought one to the Sydney Motor Show, wearing a handsome Opal Blue suit. So far this year, it has made stops at the Thai Motor Expo and Seoul Motor Show. Recently, Wards’s Auto reported that the Lexus LF-LC has been pretty much green lighted for production as a coupe with a price tag similiar to the flagship Lexus LS limo, according to Lexus VP of marketing Brian Smith. They should, just because it looks so good. Gallery here. … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Lexus LFA and LF-LC concept car on track
General Motors has only had seven design bosses in its entire history, and Harley J. Earl was the first of them, starting in 1937. A year later, he decided it was time to create a real dream car to combat the mood following the Great Depression. Named Buick Y Job as a nod to the aviation industry, the fully functional prototype was penned by George Snyder, and built by Buick’s chief engineer Charlie Chayne, who used a chopped Century chassis as a base. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Y Job came with a longer, wider and lower body featuring hidden power headlamps, power windows, a power soft top and an automatic gearbox, as well as a standard 140 horsepower engine, while rolling on tiny, 13-inch wheels. That trick made it ride even lower.Since Mr. Earl decided to use it as his daily driver for the next decade or so, the concept went through a number of changes, getting different bumpers and trim as the years went along. Still, many design elements of this car were so … [Read more...] about Behold The World’s First Concept Car
Global auto component manufacturer Varroc Group’s theme for Components Show is ‘Excellence’, reflected through its products and technologies. The key highlights of this year’s pavilion include a concept car developed by Varroc Lighting Systems that showcases advanced exterior lighting technologies for four-wheelers, along with India’s first adaptive bending beam head lamp and anti-glare adaptive high beam LED headlamp.Apart from these, the pavilion is divided into four zones for scooters and mass-market motorcycles, commercial vehicles, passenger vehicles and high-end motorcycles.The pavilion was inaugurated by Vipul Goel, Minister of Industries and Commerce, Environment and Industrial Training, Government of Haryana. Goel said, “Haryana is the largest hub for the automobile industry in India. The state government is committed to promote the investment and employment opportunities in this field.” The Varroc Group has had a longstanding … [Read more...] about Varroc displays concept car with advanced exterior lighting tech
This is the Detroit auto show, right? So where are the concept cars -- the crazy, cool, or maybe clunky and clumsy experimental vehicles we used to have so much fun either faulting or falling in love with?Isn't Detroit supposed to positively detonate with ideas? If Tokyo's concepts were wacky and Geneva's gaudy, Detroit's were always brawny and brazen; head-turners like the Cadillac Sixteen.Where are the Cadillac and Chevy concepts of days gone by? Or maybe something fun and fashionable from Ford. Yes, Jeep does its Moab concepts each year, but why not some kind of conversation starter in Detroit, like the Gladiator of 2005?Nissan and Infiniti gave us two real concepts -- the Nissan Xmotion and the Infiniti Q Inspiration -- so a tip of the hat to the group's new design chief, Alfonso Albaisa.Lexus gave us the LS-1 Limitless, and Chinese maker GAC trotted out the Enverge crossover concept as it prepares to cross over the Pacific to our shores.Of course, all-out concept vehicles have … [Read more...] about Where are the cool concept cars in Detroit?
This week's snippets of automotive news include the Jaguar I-Pace, Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept car, autonomous driving and Toyota's V8s. Jaguar I-Pace:It's of little surprise that Norway has the highest number of pre-orders for the electric Jaguar I-Pace, given its local incentives for electrified cars, which mean that 35% of car sales are now electric or plug-in hybrid. Jaguar Land Rover sales boss Andy Goss said Norwegians “don’t have range anxiety” and the firm has a “healthy four-digit” pre-order book for Norway. Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept car:The Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept car will be turned into a fully running prototype to allow Mitsubishi to develop the technology within it for production, according to Mitsuhiko Yamashita, the firm’s executive vice president. The concept is a runner already but will now switch from being a design study to more of an engineering one. Autonomous driving systems:Autonomous … [Read more...] about Autocar confidential: Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept car, Toyota’s fight for V8s & more