A team of engineers at the Nissan Technical Center in Stanfield,
Arizona have just put the finishing touches to a one-of-a-kind
LEAF-based pickup truck. The vehicle was created as part of
a team-building exercise, but it will also act as a little workhorse
at the facility, and help haul people and supplies around the
tech center and proving ground - which covers an expansive 3,050
The project took several months to complete and features elements
from both the Nissan Frontier and the Nissan Titan pickups,
as well as the LEAF on which it is based. Nicknamed Sparky,
the truck retains the LEAF's electric drivetrain, chassis, and
front half of the passenger compartment, but where the rear
seats and trunk would normally be, a Nissan Frontier bed has
been added. The engineers had to modify the bed (obviously)
taking a little off the length, width and height. The rear of
the passenger cabin, including the electric rear window, came
from a Titan which was set to go into the crusher. Continue
The headline act on the Peugeot stand at the 2014 Paris Motor
Show will be this, the Peugeot QUARTZ. The QUARTZ is a futuristic
SUV concept with dramatic styling and a 500 horsepower hybrid
drivetrain. The concept is based on the same platform underpinning
the new 308.
Peugeot say the QUARTZ represents their vision for the crossover
segment, and showcases innovative materials as well as the company's
latest HYbrid system. Which in this case consists of a 270 horsepower
1.6 litre turbocharged engine assisted by a 113 horsepower electric
motor which both drive the front wheels. At the rear a second
113 horsepower electric motor drives the rear wheels. The transmission
is a six-speed automatic.
The QUARTZ has three driving modes to suit different conditions
and requirements. In ZEV mode the vehicle uses electric power
alone, allowing it to cover up to 31 miles before needing a
recharge. For higher speeds or longer journeys, Road mode engages
both the engine and front electric motor. And for more rigorous
use the Race mode can be activated which also brings online
the rear motor for maximum performance. Continue
Potential buyers of the all-new
Volvo XC90 now have another choice to make. Do they go for
the R-Design package?
The Volvo XC90 R-Design adds a number of styling enhancements
as well as interior gadgets. It's not any faster or nimble,
and the drivetrain choices remain the same.
"R-Design is created for people with a passion for things
that add spice to life," said Alain Visser, Senior Vice
President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service of Volvo Car
Group. "It appeals to customers that love active driving
and a personal, expressive design. Every single R-Design detail
is designed to contribute to the individualistic and refined
expression these customers desire."Continue
A driver in London resented the fact the fact his car was about
to be towed away for a parking violation, so took matters into
his own hands in a manner even the Duke boys would have been
After climbing onto the back of the tow truck the driver enters
his aged Vauxhall Astra, pulls forward a fraction for a better
run-up, throws it into reverse, and flies off the back of the
At the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the range-topping ADAM S will
be unveiled by Vauxhall/Opel. The ADAM S features a more powerful
engine, an upgraded chassis and some eye-catching design tweaks.
Visually the ADAM S is marked out by a new lip spoiler, side
sills, a new rear bumper, a rear spoiler, ADAM S badging and
unique paintwork options which includes 10 different body colors
and 4 different roof colors. 17-inch wheels come fitted as standard,
with 18-inchers o the options list.
On the inside the ADAM S is offered with four different seat
styles, 3 of which are unique to the sporty ADAM. The optional
leather package features a black and red steering wheel, gear
knob and handbrake, as well as red and white lighting for the
instrument panel and door switches. The standard infotainment
system is fully compatible with latest smartphones using both
ANDROID and Apple iOS. It provides USB and Bluetooth connectivity,
audio streaming, seven speakers and a 7-inch high-definition
colour touch-screen. Continue
Ahead of its public debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Renault
has published details regarding their fuel-sipping EOLAB concept.
The vehicle is being used to showcase nearly 100 technical innovations
which will be appearing on production Renault models over the
next few years.
The Renault EOLAB, which takes its name from combining the name
of 'Aeolous' God and Ruler of the Winds in Greek mythology,
and 'Laboratory', is capable of achieving 1l/100km (282mpg)
and 22g/km CO2 emissions on the official NEDC cycle.
To achieve such impressive figures the concept combines a lightweight
construction method with a hybrid drivetrain and active aerodynamics.
Renault say the EOLAB is roughly 400 kgs (880 lbs) lighter than
a comparable production Clio model. Continue
In order to garner some extra publicity for the upcoming massive
multiplayer role playing game Star Citizen, its creators
have developed a humerous little spoof video showing a Top Gear-esque
review of the Origin M50 spaceship.
In the review a digital Jeremy Clarkson hommage introduces the
M50, before taking it for a spin and pitting it against a previous
model. It's superbly done, and has certainly done the job of
attracting more attention to the crowd-funded game. Not that
it needed the additional exposure, having successfully attacted
over $51 million in funding as of last month! Continue
The first official picture of the new Batmobile which shows
the car in all its glory has just been released. The car will
undoubtedly be one of the stars of the upcoming flick Batman
v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is currently being filmed
in Detroit. However if Batman ever tries to get the thing approved
for road use he may have to have a word with the always helpful
folks at the US Department of Transport.
Of primary concern to the DOT officials will probably be the
dual machine guns up front which appear to be mounted on a revolving
turret equipped with video targeting. However the lack of any
pedestrian safety features may lead to issues if Batman were
ever inclined to put the machine into mass production, as would
the woefully inadequate headlights, lack of windscreen wipers
and poor side (and non-existent) rear visibility. There also
may or may not be rocket launchers mounted sticking out of the
The Kormaran is a speedboat concept with more than one trick
up its sleeve. Not content with making something that looks
like it belongs on the set of the latest Transformers movie,
the creators of the Kormaran have also designed a vessel which
can morph itself into a number of different configurations at
the touch of a button.
Designed in Germany the Kormaran has been in development since
2007. The second more advanced prototype is scheduled to be
built soon based on a proof of concept prototype constructed
in 2012. The company have partnered with a number of specialist
companies to build the vessel. Continue
The Blackburn Beverley was a heavy transport aircraft operated
by squadrons of the Royal Air Force Transport Command from 1957
to 1967. It was a spectacularly ugly aircraft, often described
as "a block of flats with wings". But despite its awkward proportions,
it did its job very well. It was rugged, practical, and could
operate from short runways of questionable quality.
The origins of the Beverley came from the manufacturer General
Aircraft. They designed and built the original two prototypes,
the GAL.60 Universal Freighter and the updated GAL.65. However
after General Aircraft merged with Blackburn Aircraft in the
early 1950s the name of the aircraft changed to the B-101 Beverley.
At the same time the Bristol Hercules engines were replaced
with more powerful Bristol Centaurus engines equipped with reverse-pitch
propellers. These propellers gave the Beverley a very unique
advantage over almost every other aircraft. When on the ground
it could reverse under its own power, making it ideal for operating
in confined areas and makeshift runways. The reverse-pitch propellers
could also be used to slow down the aircraft once it had touched
down, meaning it could land on comparatively short runways.
At full load the takeoff run required 2,370 ft (722 metres)
while the landing run needed was 930 ft (283 metres). Continue
Combining a light aircraft and a RV camper is probably something not
many people have considered before. But the folks at MVP AERO have
not only considered it, they're also in the process of building it.
Back in the late 1990s, when Lamborghini were starting to realise
they needed a replacement for the ageing Diablo, they started reviewing
design proposals from various automotive design firms. Zagato's offering
was the Zagato L147 SuperDiablo, or as it was to be later known, the
Lamborghini Canto. Continue
The PZL-230F Skorpion was a prototype jet aircraft which very nearly
saw production. The project was started in the late 1980s by PZL.
The Skorpion was a compact aircraft, it had a single pilot, twin jet
engines, and was designed to accept both Warsaw Pact and NATO munitions.
Back in the 1990s there were many weird and wonderful concept vehicles.
There were also some downright
terrible ones. Gathered here are five of the best concept cars
from the '90s which deserved a shot at production. Continue