Hyundai’s show stopper at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show was this little number. An extremely sporty looking pickup truck, which looks extremely appealing. The Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept is aimed at a younger generation of buyers – those born in the early ’80s or later.
The Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept is designed to act as a multi-purpose vehicle, just as good at the daily commute as it is at hauling cargo or friends and luggage. Hyundai call their prospective buyers for the concept “Urban Adventurers”, and they see them as active people who have a busy work life and an even busier social life.
Stylewise, Hyundai’s designers have knocked this one out of the park. Even people who aren’t normally drawn to pickups can’t argue that the Santa Cruz Crossover Truck isn’t a looker. The front view features an upright, hexagonal grille with cascading lines framing the sides, dual lens-free, honeycombed headlamp projectors, and prominent LED fog lamps. The side profile is highlighted by oversized wheels, Michelin tires with a special tread design, center-locking hubs and yellow Brembo brake calipers.
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Hot on the heels of the Shelby GT350 Mustang, which was unveiled in November 2014, Ford has unveiled the even higher performance Shelby GT350R Mustang. Ford are making some big noises about the GT350R, calling it the more track-capable production Mustang ever built.
“The Shelby GT350R Mustang is a no-compromise car in the pursuit of maximum track capability,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “It is a thoroughbred street car making use of technology and ingenuity to deliver performance few enthusiasts have ever experienced.”
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Bentley has finally revealed what their upcoming all-new SUV will be called. It’s going to be called the Bentley Bentayga. In explaining the name Bentley’s Chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer,said: “Bentayga is a name that reflects what we know our SUV will do better than any other car in the world – combine the best automotive luxury with outstanding performance to take the Bentley experience to new environments.”
It is also the name of one of the rugged mountain peaks in the Canary Islands, which are located off the east coast of Africa.
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At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet pulled the covers off a concept vehicle designed to preview a future production all-electric affordable electric car. Called the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the five-door hatchback has similar proportions to the BMW i3 with short front and rear overhangs. To improve efficiency, and also counteract the added weight penalty of the heavy batteries, the Bolt EV is constructed using lightweight materials such as aluminium, magnesium and carbon fiber.
GM’s CEO Mary Barra stated that the production Chevrolet Bolt EV will have a range of more than 200 miles on a single charge, and a starting price of around $30,000, although she didn’t mention if the latter is with or without state and federal tax incentives.
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When Ford unveiled the Ford GT concept in 2002, people got excited. When they put it into production in 2005 people got really excited. When they discontinued it in 2006, people got a little bit less excited. And now in 2015, with the introduction of the all-new Ford GT at the Detroit Auto Show people are going f***ing nuts.
The all-new Ford GT is set for a 2016 production date, which also marks 50 years since the historic 1,2,3 win at Le Mans in 1966 with a trio of Ford GT40s. Just like the previous Ford GT, the new supercar takes some inspiration from the original car. But whereas its predecessor was more or a modern-day clone, the 2016 car is much more abstract.
The 2016 Ford GT also marks a departure from the V8 engine, and instead it features a twin-turbocharged 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6. But before anyone starts booing the loss of two cylinders, that V6 manages to produce over 600 horsepower, and is packed full of race-bred technologies, including an all-new, port/direct dual fuel-injection setup to improve engine response, plus a low-friction roller-finger-follower valvetrain. The transmission of choice is a seven-speed dual-clutch unit which Ford say offers near-instantaneous gear changes.
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The anticipated convertible version of the Alfa Romeo 4C has finally been unveiled. The car made its world debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, with sales due to begin later in the year.
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider retains much of the coupe’s styling, however there are some subtle differences apart from the removable and storable fabric roof. Changes include new headlights – which are thankfully far more attractive than those of the coupe, a new rear decklid which features three functional heat extractors, a revised rear spoiler, and LED tail lights. In addition an optional high-performance dual-mode Akrapovic performance exhaust system with center-mounted carbon fiber tips is available.
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GM is still trying to figure out exactly what Buick is nowadays, and what they should be building. They want to take them back upmarket, but then again they can’t really tread on Cadillac’s toes. But on the other hand they’ve got a lucrative niche selling rebranded Opel models in China under the Buick name. They’re even bringing the Opels to North America. But clearly GM have got bigger and better things planned for Buick, at least for now.
The Buick Avenir concept is a flagship sedan model designed to reinvigorate the brand, as well as explore the future design direction of the company. The Avenir is the creation of a global team of Buick designers and sculptors who were inspired by historic Buick vehicles. Its name means “Future” in French.
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The Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE is a five-seater plug-in hybrid SUV which is designed to preview a future model for the North American market. The concept, which made its debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, provides a good indication what the all-new seven-seater SUV – scheduled for production in late 2016 – will look like.
The Cross Coupe GTE is the third concept car presented by Volkswagen on the way to the production version of the mid-size SUV. Previously, the company unveiled the CrossBlue concept, and the CrossBlue Coupe concept.
The Cross Coupe GTE has an aggressive front fascia with an aluminum grille and LED headlights. The concept also has muscular fenders, gloss black accents and strong character lines which lend themselves well to the vehicles upscale demeanour. The concept also features a sloping roofline, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and large 22-inch aluminum wheels.
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A pre-production model of the Buick Cascada has been unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The Buick Cascada will go on sale early in 2016, and when it does it will end a 25 year drought of convertibles for Buick. The car is essentially a rebadged version of the European market Opel Cascada, with just a few minor changes to suit the American market.
The styling of the Buick Cascada, which was designed from the outset as a convertible, features a flowing, sculpted profile and raked A-pillars. When lowered, the top folds neatly and completely beneath a hard tonneau behind the rear seats for a sleek look. The convertible roof lowers in just 17 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. When raised, superior thermal and acoustic insulation contribute help keep the cabin quiet and comfortable.
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At the Autosport International Show in the UK, Zenos Cars unveiled the latest addition to the E10 range. The Zenos E10 S builds on the E10’s platform, offering a more powerful engine and more creature comforts – including a windscreen as standard.
The E10 S, a road legal, lightweight sports car, boasts 250 hp of power and 295 lb-ft of torque courtesy of its turbocharged 2.0 litre Ford GDTI Ecoboost engine. This is a 50 hp increase over the naturally aspirated 2.0 litre found in the regular E10. Both cars use a 5-speed manual transmission to send power to the rear wheels.
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