Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept

The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept is a preview of the styling direction for the future Discovery family – the first of which is due to arrive in 2015. Like the previous model, the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept offers plenty of space. There is room for up to seven occupants, or – by using the touchscreen interface – the seats can be folded away to make it a six-seater, five-seater or even a four-seater with what Land Rover call ‘limousine’ mode.

Despite its sleek and futuristic appearance, the interior of the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept has been designed with practicality in mind. Hopefully it should handle muck and grime with the same rugged way its predecessors did. The leather is a special wipe-clean water and oil resistant type and covers all the surfaces which might come into contact with dirt. The floor features a wood veneer finish which is designed to be easier to clean than a regular carpet.

As you might expect, the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept is packed full of the latest gadgets and technology from Jaguar Land Rover.
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Peugeot EXALT Concept – “Bare metal and Shark Skin”

Peugeot EXALT concept car front

The Peugeot EXALT concept is the latest innovative concept car from the French manufacturer. Following on from the Peugeot Onyx concept car from 2012, the EXALT uses a range of unusual materials and textures, with the end result being something both unusual and desirable.

The Peugeot EXALT is a saloon car with a very distinct two-part body. The front three-quarters of the car are finished in bare stainless steel, while the final section is coated in a man-made textile dubbed “Shark Skin”. Colored red, this material gives the rear of the EXALT a striking appearance, however it also improves the aerodynamics of the car slightly.
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Ford S-MAX Vignale Concept offers upmarket features

Ford S-MAX Vignale concept

Ford today introduced the S-MAX Vignale concept in Milan – fitting seeing as Italy is where Vignale was originally founded. The concept is designed to showcase the upmarket features of the Vignale luxury division of Ford Europe. A production version of the Ford S-MAX Vignale concept has already been given the go-ahead. It will be the second Ford Vignale vehicle to go on sale, joining the Ford Mondeo Vignale which is due to arrive next year.

The Ford S-MAX Vignale concept was introduced not at an auto show, but at the Salone del Mobile, the world’s largest furniture expo. This is because the Vignale’s real difference can be found on the inside, where the materials and equipment are of far higher quality than in the standard car. In addition, select Ford dealers will be fitted with “Vignale Lounges”. Luxury waiting rooms and sales floors where potential buyers will be offered a dedicated relationship manager throughout the buying process, as well as VIP collection and delivery services. In short, Ford want offer a premium buying experience to their Vignale customers.

The Ford S-MAX Vignale Concept features a few upgrades to the exterior. Namely 21-inch alloy wheels, chrome details and mirror covers, a unique hexagonal Vignale grille, special “Milano Grigio” paintwork, and of course Vignale badging.
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Lexus Kunai Concept – Clever, Complicated

Lexus Kunai Concept

The Lexus Kunai concept is a futuristic family sports sedan created by the talented French graphic designer Sebastien Cabanel. The concept gets its name from a multipurpose Japanese hand tool/weapon commonly used by ninjas. Not now obviously… That would be silly.

But like its namesake, the Lexus Kunai concept is intended to be versatile. It’s designed to be both sporty, safe, and have easily enough room for four people.The exterior of the Lexus Kunai concept features a striking single-piece windscreen/roof/rear window panel which is actually shaped similarly to the dagger-like Kunai tool.

The Lexus Kunai concept is constructed using a clever combination of carbon fiber and hemp. Which isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Hemp composites are already being studied for their low weight, high strength properties. And what what a great way to build a car. Use natural materials but adapt them for 21st century needs.
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Citroen DS 5LS R Concept combines performance and luxury

Citroen DS 5LS R concept

Citroen has just announced that at this year’s Beijing Motor Show they will be debuting a concept car based on the recently launched DS 5LS. The car, called the Citroen DS 5LS R concept, is a high-performance, luxury orientated vehicle which the French manufacturer hopes will give the production car a bit of a media boost, while also showcasing what they are capable of when they give their designers and engineers a bit of freedom.

The Citroen DS 5LS R concept is the third performance-orientated vehicle released recently – following on from the DS3 Cabrio Racing and the DS4 Racing concept. It’s pretty safe to say the ‘R’ in the DS 5LS R’s name stands for Racing.

The styling of the Citroen DS 5LS R concept is closely based on that of the production DS 5LS. However a number of aerodynamic alterations give it a considerably sportier appearance. There is a new lip spoiler, side skirt extensions, and perhaps most obvious of all are the gray colored stripes which adorn the front doors just under the mirrors. The Citroen DS 5LS R concept also sits 15mm (0.6 inches) closer to the ground and has a wider front track and large 20-inch wheels. There are also numerous ‘R’ badges and a special paint color called anodized Carmine Red was brewed up specially for the concept.
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Lamborghini Burlero concept supercar

Lamborghini Burlero

The Lamborghini Burlero is a supercar concept created by the Armenian designer Tigran Lalayan, a graduate of the Masters Transportation and Car Design course at the Scuola Politecnica di Design in Italy. The Lamborghini Burlero concept was designed during his time at the university and developed in collaboration with Lamborghini.

The Lamborghini Burlero concept is designed to be a track-focused vehicle, lightweight and simple in its construction. Tigran’s goal for the styling was to create a Lamborghini sports car with what he calls a “slightly softer” appearance. It looks good, but with all those pointy bits, it can hardly be described as soft.

Like almost all Lamborghinis, the Burlero is named after a bull. In this case Burlero refers to a famous fighting bull of the same name who killed the Matador Jose Cubero in the summer of 1985.
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Retro Concepts: 1962 Toyota Publica Sports

Toyota Publica Sports concept

The Toyota Publica Sports was a concept car introduced for the first time at the 1962 Tokyo Auto Show. It was a preview of Toyota’s very first production sports car, the Toyota Sports 800. The Toyota Publica Sports featured an unusual sliding canopy which provided access to the interior. There were no doors, and the occupants had to climb over the sides to gain entry. The canopy could be completely removed to turn the Toyota Publica Sports into a dinky roadster.

For a first try at a sports car, the Toyota Publica Sports was quite attractive. It wasn’t particularly stunning, but it was also far from ugly, especially with the roof removed. The Publica name was taken from a much more pedestrian small family car the company started producing the year before. Publica had been selected by Toyota as the company wanted to give the car mass market appeal. They thought giving it a name which sounded similar to Public might help.
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Mk5 Toyota Supra rendered

2015 Mk5 Toyota Supra

One of my first experiences of a truly quick car was riding up a twisting mountain road in a 400 + horsepower Toyota Supra Twin Turbo owned and being driven by a track instructor who worked at the Shanghai race circuit. Since then I’ve always had a soft spot for Toyota’s giant slaying sports car. And like many, I can’t wait until the Mk5 Toyota Supra makes an appearance.

There have been a few false alarms. The closest being the 2007 Toyota FT-HS, which was supposed to be a preview of the Mk5 Toyota Supra. But 7 years on it’s nowhere to be seen. Then earlier this year Toyota unveiled the stunning FT-1 concept – a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive piece of automotive loveliness inspired by models like the 2000GT, the Celica, and of course, the Supra.

Even more interestingly, when Toyota introduced the FT-1 at the 2014 North American International Auto Show they said it was a preview of future Toyota sports cars. They didn’t specifically say it was a precursor to the MkV Toyota Supra. But it should be.
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Ford Hot Rod concept – carbon fiber overkill

Ford Hot Rod

The Ford Hot Rod concept is a fantasy creation from designers Pawel Wisniewski and Jans Shlapins. Wisniewski provided the initial sketches, while Shlapins turned them into the eye-catching 3D renders you see here.

The concept is pretty far out there. It looks like it was designed for combat rather than cruising the strip. Tiny little windows provide the driver with a slit-like view of the world, while the massive swathes of carbon fiber panels look more like protective armour plating than bodywork.
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BMW CS Vintage Concept – ’60s style, modern performance

BMW CS Vintage Concept

The BMW CS Vintage Concept is a beautiful, retro-inspired concept car created by David Obendorfer, a designer working at Officina Italiana Design. Officina Italiana Design is a design studio who count Riva yachts as one of their clients. The BMW CS Vintage Concept is based on the current BMW 6-Series platform. Yet despite its modern underpinnings, the inspiration for its styling comes from the Giovanni Michelotti designed 1968 BMW E9 Series (including the 3.0CSL) and its predecessor, the 1965 BMW 2000 CS. That influence can be found in most aspects of the car’s design, but it’s especially noticable up front.

The BMW CS Vintage Concept has a classy, understated look about it. Obendorfer says of his creation: “The style, despite numerous citations from the past, is substantially contemporaneous with updated proportions and with modern details, many of which are inspired by nautical styling solutions.”
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