And the award for the blandest, most unimaginative concept at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show goes to… The Ford Escort concept! Designed to appeal to Chinese buyers looking for a family car which is, in Ford’s words; “stylish – but not one that is arrogant or pretentious”. What they’ve ended up with is really just a blob of car. It’s definitely not arrogant or pretentious, but neither is it stylish.
But in all fairness Ford knows that. And they probably don’t care. They know that any production model based on the Escort concept will be bought by the type of person who views the car buying process much as the average man views the washing machine buying process. As a neccessary but boring event which must be got out of the way so life can resume as normal.
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The Citroen Technospace is a tech-packed MPV concept which the French manufacturer will be unveiling at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The car is built on the company’s Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2), which helps the vehicle reduce its emissions thanks to its lightweight architecture.
From the outside the Technospace concept isn’t all that radical, sharing much of the same design cues as the current Citroen Picasso MPV’s. However it does have a slightly more updated appearance thanks mainly to the new lighting both front and rear.
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As you might have gathered from the name, this concept has something to do with Toyota’s ubiquitous Corolla. Essentially it’s a preview of what the next-generation Corolla might look like – minus the big wheels, bright paint work, and fancy LED lighting.
The Toyota Corolla Furia Concept is longer, wider and has a longer wheelbase than the current Corolla. But it also has a slightly lower roofline. And that all adds up to make a car which looks slightly sportier, while also having more room inside.
According to Toyota, the the Furia is designed around a theme of “Iconic Dynamism,” which uses pure and simple surface elements to create what Toyota hopes is a confident, decisive and recognizable appearance appealing to younger consumers.
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With Ford still in the process of trying to turn their luxury division Lincoln into a profitable and healthy business again, their new lineup of cars need to good. And not just kinda sorta good. They need to be good good. Enough to tempt buyers away from their Lexi, Bimmers, and Caddys, and back into Lincoln showrooms. So that makes the MKC Concept an important vehicle for the company. It might have the c-word tacked onto the end of its name. But rest assured this concept will become reality in the very near future.
The Lincoln MKC Concept is a compact utility vehicle which offers a fairly accurate vision of what a future production model will look like. The compact utility vehicle segment has balooned in the last few years, and Lincoln is eager to get a slice of this lucrative pie by positioning itself somewhere near the premium end of the market.
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After releasing a teaser image of the Renault Captur just a few days ago, the company has decided to publish an extensive gallery of the car and all the details ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut. As mentioned before, the Captur is a development of an identically named 2011 concept, but that’s where the similarity ends.
The all-new Captur is a compact crossover vehicle which is based on the same platform as the Nissan Juke, and both cars are almost equal in size, the Captur being just 5mm (0.2 inches) shorter. In order to appeal to individualistic younger buyers, the Captur will have a number of customization options, including a two-tone paint job, and a range of different interior trims.
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At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Renault pulled the covers off the quirky and bubblelicious Captur concept. Now Renault have published an image of the production Captur, along with a sycophantic promo video, ahead of the car’s debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. However we won’t have to wait that long to see what the Captur looks like as Renault intend to publish more details on the car on January 11 (Friday).
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Peugeot has today unveiled their all new 2008 crossover model. The Peugeot 2008 is a global model, and will be sold in most of the company’s markets across Europe, Asia and Latin America. The car uses the same engine options as the popular 208 hatchback, but offers a slightly larger and more practical package.
The design of the Peugeot 2008 is based on that of the Peugeot Urban Crossover Concept which was debuted at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show last April. There have been a number of changes on the way to production, resulting in a car which is a little less chiseled and striking than the conceptual version. In fact its fairly dull. But then seeing as how it has to appeal to such a diverse range of buyers, Peugeot clearly decided to play it safe when it comes to design.
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Audi’s RS badge usually means one thing. Giant killer. That’s never more true than when its found on the back of a wagon. Since its first appearance the RS 6 has always been one of the most understated performance cars on the market. It has just enough shiny bits on the outside to make it stand out. And more than enough power and performance to make even dedicated sports cars tiny specks in the rear view mirror.
The all-new 2013 RS 6 sees many important changes to the car. The twin-turbo 5.0 litre V10 of the previous car is ditched in favor of a twin-turbocharged 4.0 litre V8. Power is down, but due to a lighter overall weight performance is up. The RS 6 Avant is now capable of hitting 62 mph (100 km/h) in just a fraction under four seconds. And the top speed, once the electronic limiter is deactivated, is 189 mph.
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The fan boys over at Bimmerpost have managed to snag themselves numerous hi-res photos of the all-new 3 Series GT as it went about its business during a BMW video shoot.
The 3 Series GT looks more or less identical to the 3 Series sedan from the front, except for some minor changes to the fender vents. However in profile and from the back it shows off its bulbous, inflated rear end. It’s not quite the same rolling abomination as the 5 Series GT. But it’s also quite clearly the ugliest of the 3 Series family.
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The Volkswagen Taigun is one of the concept vehicles which was unveiled at the 2012 Sao Paulo Motor Show. It is an extrmely compact SUV which is based on the diminutive platform of the new Volkswagen up!. The Volkswagen Taigun measures just 3.86 metres (12.6 feet) long, and 1.73 metres (5.6 feet) wide. However thanks to a relatively long wheelbase, and short front and rear overhangs, the amount of available interior space is maximised.
On the outside the Taigun has been styled to match its considerably larger siblings, the Tiguan and Touareg. It has ruggedized panels around the lower portions of the front, sides and rear, and even a token skid plate to protect its vulnerable underbelly. The aluminium roof rails cleverly incorporate a pair of LED spotlights. However Volkswagen are keen to stress that despite its modicum of off-road equipment and styling features, this really is more of an urban vehicle. The high driving position gives the driver a better view in traffic, while there’s plenty of room for luggage, thanks to a practical 280-litre loadspace that increases to 987 litres with the rear seats down.
The interior of the Volkswagen Taigun concept is simple and spacious, with controls pared back to a minimum. The front air nozzles, for example, not only individually control the direction of the air flow, but also the blower speed and the temperature, which is displayed within the nozzle. Meanwhile the central infotainment system can pair with the majority of smartphones, providing an intuitive interface. Above this are mounted auxiliary instrument gauges that display oil pressure, coolant temperature and turbo charge pressure.
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