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  Future cars in the making. Should they be an innocent drawing, a fine computer rendering or real driving concept, they always preview the cars of the future in some aspects.

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After standing back and watching their sworn rival Nissan grab all the sales in the small SUV market with its Juke, Toyota has finally decided to build such an SUV to rival the Nissan and broaden its range of vehicles. The development isn’t going to start from scratch, as Toyota bosses have stated that the SUV will draw heavy inspiration from the Toyota RSC — Rugged Sports Coupé — that was announced way back in 2001.

Sadly, the market then wasn’t looking for an SUV-Coupe concept as opposed to today’s market where an example like the Range Rover Evoque drives the segment with positive sales figures. So, the project was canned, which was a safe move by Toyota.

With the small SUV market emerging, thanks to the likes of the Nissan Juke and the Dacia Duster, Toyota is considering to join the bandwagon with their rumored SUV. The idea is yet to receive a green light, but if it does, the SUV will sit on either an extended version of the Yaris platform to compete with the Versa based Nissan Juke or the Auris platform for some extra space in the rear — an aspect blatantly ignored in the Juke.

With Toyota enjoying the title as the "World’s Largest Auto Manufacturer,” It is clear that they will build a rival to any car that enjoys a positive feedback in the market, as long as they stay No. 1 in the market.

Image shown is of the 2001 Toyota RSC

Source: Autocar

Rumors of a smaller roadster known as the BMW Z2, which aims to capture the spirit of the departed BMW Z3 , have been swirling for several years, but nothing ever happened. Well, Autocar has resurrected the rumors and we now have a little bit of unconfirmed information on this potential model. It looks like it is the real deal, but you’ll have to be the judge.

While the Z4 is slowly transitioning into a GT car, the rumored Z2 will be an open-top, entry-level roadster that gives the opportunity for roadster fans to buy one without shelling a small fortune, an aspect that made the Mazda MX-5 Miata legendary.

While BMW is bound to call this car a "Z3 successor," the omission of RWD alone isn’t deserving of that description. Let’s see what BMW has in store for us in this exciting project they may undertake.

Click past the jump to read more on the Z2 Roadster.

Source: Autocar
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Exterior The history of the Chevrolet Corvette Chevrolet Corvette shows that the company has been steady with their sports car like soft curves and sporty profile. Recently, a video was released (displayed above) that showed a rendering of the sports car’s future design, detailing a supercar with hard angles and a harder edge fastback. This rendering is more like a daydream as opposed to a viable prediction. Chevrolet has been known to hold on to their core designs for dear life (see: pop-up headlights) (...)

The resurrection of the Facel Vega brand has become a topic of conversation for the past year. While there has been no confirmation on when the revived HK Coupe Concept is going to be revealed, some indications from the people behind the project — one Caroline Castets — seem to suggest that this car is more than just a pipedream.

There’s still that issue of trademarks and the right for the new folks to use the "Facel" brand name, but that’s being discussed as we speak, so any developments on that will probably make news anyway.

As far as the car itself is concerned, the release of a new photo finally shows its front end and gives us an indication of what to expect for this sports car. So, what’s the early aesthetic feedback?

It’s hard to tell because the image is a little too dark for our liking. However, judging from the aggressive angles and the sloping hood, there are some sports car elements there that we like. At the very least, that front end is already looking better than the shagglebot rear that looks like it was designed with the idea of slapping components one on top of the other.

Audi Q7

The next-generation Audi Q7 has been caught testing many times, but details are still quite limited. However, the British magazine CAR has caught the car testing again, wearing almost no disguise. You shouldn’t be fooled by this mule because the new Q7 is hidden under the skin of the current model.

The most notable change can be seen at the rear where the SUV features a new exhaust system with two rather unattractive pipes – a sign that the next Q7 will be offered with a new range of engines with reduced CO2 emissions.

The next Audi Q7 will be developed on a stretched version of the MLB platform that will also be used for the next Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg. This new platform will help reduce the SUV’s total weight by about 350 kilos (770 pounds), but the platform won’t be the only one helping to achieve this reduced.

According to Audi R&D boss Wolfgang Dürheimer, the company could use a combination of carbon fiber and aluminum in an attempt to drop a few pounds. Carbon fiber will be used in the Q7’s body, but the problem is that the high price of this material can seriously increase the price of the SUV, so we’ll have to prepare for a price hike to go along with its new physique.

Source: CAR

Yesterday we saw the latest addition to the Dodge Dart lineup in the form of the new GT version and today we get to see what appears to be the first leaked image of the most awaited version — the SRT4 . This version has been rumored ever since Dodge unveiled the standard Dart at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

All we had until now were rumors, but it appears that this is the final rendering of the SRT4 model that was posted online by a Chrysler employer. He also announced that the SRT4 model will be unveiled in March or April.

The upcoming Dart SRT4 is rumored to feature a turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter engine with its output raised to the 285-horsepower range. Additionally, the SRT4 will be distinguished from the rest of the lineup by a meaner and sportier appearance.

The Dodge Dart SRT4 is rumored to be priced at under $30k.

Source: Carscoop

As previously reported, Maserati’s future looks quite promising and by 2015, the company hopes to raise its sales number to a total of 50,000 units a year. That’s quite a jump from the last year’s 6,159 units. For Maserati, those numbers aren’t just a pipedream and it has invested big in adding three new models to its lineup, plus all-new GranCabrio and GranTurismo models.

It’s still too early to have any details on the next GranCabrio, but rumors suggested it will be smaller than the current model and, of course, will feature an updated design language and a new engine lineup.

Our rendering for the next GranCabrio (above) reveals all-new headlamps, a redesigned front grille, a larger spoiler lip, larger air intakes and a sleeker profile.

Under the hood, we will most likely see the new V-8 engine developed by Ferrari at Maranello. This engine will allow the sports convertible to be more powerful and more fuel efficient.

Expect to see the next-generation GranCabrio unveiled in 2014 with sales to begin in 2015.

Image Note: The above image is a TopSpeed rendering of the new GranCabrio and is not an official image.

Ferrari LaFerrari

Until now, we have only seen prototype versions of the Ferrari Enzo successor and all of them featured an exterior design inspired by the Ferrari 458 Italia . New details, however, suggest that the model, which is internally known as the F150 , will take its design inspiration from the 1963 Ferrari 250 LM (Le Mans).

The 1963 250 LM was supposed to be a successor to the 250 GTO. It was designed by Pininfarina and was offered with a mid-rear engine layout. Up front is pretty difficult to see any similarities between the new Enzo and the old 250 LM, but at the rear it is pretty clear that the F150 will feature the same bulging fenders and circular taillights as seen in the classic 250 LM.

The model will be presented this month to a very select range of customers and will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Ferrari will limit this much-anticipated supercar to only 500 units and it will be priced at about €1 million (about $1.3 million at the current exchange rates).

Source: 0-100.it
Volkswagen Polo R WRC Street

The latest addition to the Volkswagen Polo lineup is the powerful Polo R WRC Street version powered by a 2.0-liter TSI engine with an output of 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This version sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and can hit a top speed of 151 mph. The only problem is that it comes only in front-wheel drive.

Well, now it looks like VW may be having second thoughts about this hot hatch carrying only FWD. According to head of R&D Ulrich Hackenberg, Volkswagen may offer a four-wheel drive version of the Polo R WRC Street, but only for several countries in the world. He confirmed that such a model is still not under development, but he "could imagine it."

If built, the Polo R WRC Street AWD would likely be developed on the company’s PQ25 platform that has already been used for the all-wheel drive Audi A1 quattro. Unfortunately, there we won’t see it here in the U.S., but it’s still cool regardless.

Source: AutoCar
Lincoln MKC

Just a few days ago we reported that Lincoln is preparing to add a new baby crossover to its lineup and today we have created a rendering that will help give you an idea of how the 2014 MKC will look.

As you can see, we have based our rendering on the previous rumors that suggested the MKC will be based on the Ford Escape platform and will feature design elements seen in the recently launched MKZ , including the new horizontal grille that makes the MKC looking pretty aggressive.

Under the hood, Lincoln will place several different powertrain options, almost certainly including the Ford 2.0-liter and a smaller 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost. These engines will transform the MKC into a real competitor for models like BMW X1 .

Lincoln will unveil the first concept version in just a few days at the Detroit Auto Show, so we’ll find out pretty soon how close we were with our rendering.

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