Ssangyong is returning to the Geneva Motor Show this year with another SUV concept in tow. This time, we’re going to see the e-SIV – a concept that looks suspiciously familiar to the XAVL concept that the brand showcased at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Right now, we don’t have a lot to go on aside from a few teaser shots and a few tidbits of information, so it’s not really fair to pass judgment quite yet. So, with that in mind, will Ssangyong make the same play it has in the past and present itself at the show with another rehashed concept from years past or will it show up with something that’s at least somewhat new to look at? Let’s find out…
2018 Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion
Volkswagen is preparing its latest I.D. Concept vehicle for the 2018 Geneva Motor Show slated to begin March 8. The German automaker’s lineup of I.D. concept models offers a glimpse at what Volkswagen has planned for the future. Three previous I.D. models have made their way across international stages, but this, the I.D. Vizzion Concept, is the first one designed to be fully autonomous. It doesn’t even have the option for human input. Yep, there is no steering wheel, pedals, or shifter – it’s all handled by the computer.
Volkswagen calls this computer the “digital chauffeur.” Simply plug in your destination, and the car takes care of the rest while passengers sit back and use their new free time for other tasks.
More in-depth information will be announced by Volkswagen at the 2018 Geneva show, so stay tuned for that. Until then, check out everything we know about the I.D. Vizzion Concept car.
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Subaru Teases the Viziv Tourer Prior to its Debut at the Geneva Auto Show
Subaru’s Viziv concept game has been on point since the automaker introduced the first concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Since then, we’ve seen crossovers, SUVs, hatchbacks, and even a virtual Vision GT concept all sport the Viziv moniker. All told, Subaru has released five Viziv concepts since 2013. As we prepare for the 2018 edition of the Geneva Motor Show, we’re going to see the sixth version in the form of the Viziv Tourer Concept.
Is BMW Preparing an M8 Concept for Geneva?
The Chicago Auto Show is now open, but for most European automakers, the event they’re preparing for is the next one on the calendar. The Geneva Motor Show is regarded as one of the biggest auto shows of the year. Every automaker worth its salt attends the event. That includes BMW, which is already in line to debut the new X4. Now, whispers abound that another model is coming to the auto show. If these whispers hold true, we could be on the receiving end of seeing a new, 8 Series-based concept from the M Division.
Pininfarina Teases Electric HK GT Concept For The Geneva Motor Show
Slowly but surely, the Geneva Motor Show approaches. True, we’re still over a month from seeing the doors swing open in Switzerland for the world’s biggest auto show, but that isn’t stopping some of the braver automakers from teasing us with what’s to come. The latest comes from Pininfarina, which just dropped a pair of teaser images showing off its latest green-minded design study.
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Nissan Once Again Beats The Winter Blues With Armada Snow Patrol In Chicago
For those of you who may be unaware, the Midwest has been under siege this winter, as a series of heavy storms have dropped tons of the white stuff on the regular throughout the region. But while some are freaking out over it, Nissan isn’t deterred, as its got just the right lineup of customized powder machines to make the most of the frozen landscape. Back in 2016, the Japanese brand headed to Chi Town with a trio of tread-equipped SUVs dubbed the Winter Warriors, and now, its returning to the 2018 Chicago Auto Show with more of the good stuff, including this one-off Armada that shows what can be done to beat the winter blues.
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The Nissan 370Kzi Is a V-6-powered Snowmobile You can’t Buy
Be honest now, how many of you thought that when Nissan first teased the 370Zki it was talking about a special-edition model or even some sort of update to the 370Z? As you probably found out, the 370Zki is nothing more than a convertible 370Z with skis at the front and snow tracks to the rear. Yes, it’s a V-6-powered snowmobile. It’s definitely cool, but far from what Nissan really needs right now. And let’s face it, cars and crossovers with snow tracks are getting a bit old. Not to mention that Nissan has built quite a few in recent years. Unless it’s planning to open a museum or something, I’d say the Japanese would be better off doing something useful. Like a brand-new 370Z already!
We Stopped by the 2018 Paris Concept Cars Show and Weren’t Disappointed
Paris is known as the fashion capital of the world and that even extends into the automotive sector. Every year notable concept cars are brought together in a showcase of pure automotive beauty. The vehicles are displayed and judged purely on aesthetics – not horsepower, technological advancement, or even mass-market appeal. It all comes down to unadulterated beauty.
This year’s winner of the “most beautiful concept car” is the Mazda Concept Vision Coupe, a Mazda design study that debuted at last October’s 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan. The sleek two-door coupe features a fastback roof, a short front overhang, a long rear overhang, and a hood that rival’s the Bat Mobile’s for length. Equally long is its massive wheelbase. The Concept Vision Coupe is also incredibly wide, accented by Mazda’s low-slung, six-sided grille and aggressive headlights.
The Paris Concept Car Show ran until Feb 4th, but we’ve got some cars from the show listed below.
Special shout out to Cyril for the trip and pictures.
2018 Nissan 370Zki
There’s a prevalent belief within automotive circles that the Nissan 370Z is in dire need of an update. The current version of the sports coupe has been on the market since 2009. That’s a long time for any car, let alone one that belongs in a niche segment. As the clamoring for a next-gen 370Z grows louder, Nissan has apparently been listening all along. All this time, the Japanese automaker was actually developing a new 370Z. The only problem is it’s not the 370Z replacement we’re expecting.
Feast your eyes on this creation. It’s a Nissan 370Z…on skis. Nissan calls it the 370Zki, and it’s actually something the automaker is bringing to the 2018 Chicago Auto Show later this month. I don’t suppose it’s the version of the 370Z that we’ve all been waiting for. On the bright side, it is a positively cool creation, at least once you get past the awkwardness of seeing the compact sports car sitting on snowmobile equipment.
Lexus LF-1 Concept Has A Unique Take On Side View Mirrors, And It Might Actually Work
In an effort to eke out every last little bit of fuel economy, lots of manufacturers are proposing replacing the traditional side-view mirrors with small cameras, feeding the view to digital screens inside the cabin. The smaller, blade-like cameras reduce aerodynamic drag, thus increasing efficiency in the process (not to mention adding an extra layer of cool digital bling). Unfortunately, the camera feed is usually relayed to some awkward spot inside the cabin, such as on the other side of the dash or even into the rear-view mirror. It’s understandable, considering the limited real estate offered in the modern car interior, but there has to be a more sensible approach. Luckily, it looks like the Lexus LF-1 Concept has the right idea.
Recently revealed with a debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the Lexus LF-1 is the luxury Japanese brand’s latest forward-thinking look at the SUV segment. We think it looks great, with sharp lines, excellent proportions, and solid use of Lexus’ latest styling language. In fact, we liked it so much, we gave it a spot on our Best In Show list. However, the good stuff isn’t limited to what’s going on outside the vehicle, as the Lexus LF-1’s interior is equally attractive.
The multi-tier layout, the color scheme, the glittering panels – all well-executed features, if you ask us. Of particular note are the twin screens flanking the central display behind the steering wheel. These two screens provide a feed from the side-view cameras, which is perfect for the system in question here. Not only does it make it easy for the driver to watch the right and left sides of the vehicle (no need to turn around or take your eyes off the road!), but the ancillary screens still provide plenty of space for whatever infotainment features you might want to see on the dash.
Well done, Lexus. Now we’ll just wait here to see if it makes it into production.
2018 Nissan Xmotion Concept
Nissan didn’t have as big of a presence as other automakers at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. But that doesn’t matter. What it lacked in volume, Nissan made up for with the debut of the Xmotion, a concept SUV that’s meant to showcase what a future Nissan SUV could look like. The Xmotion generated a lot of reaction, though not all of them were of the positive nature.
Volkswagen Trademarks more I.D. Names: Freeler and Cruiser
Volkswagen’s future I.D. range of electric vehicles is beginning to take shape. We’ve already seen concept versions of the I.D. Buzz and I.D. Crozz make their debuts in the last few years. Now we can expect a few more to hit the stage after the German automaker announced the trademark of a couple of new names that are attached to the I.D. range — I.D. Freeler and I.D. Cruiser
2018 Lexus LF-1 Limitless
Back in 2014, Toyota got us excited with the FT-1 concept, an aggressive-looking sports car that many believed it previewed the next-generation Supra. The spy shots suggest that the production model won’t get that many styling cues from the radical concept, but the FT-1 remains the company’s greatest flagship car to date. Four years have passed, and Lexus is using a similar nameplate, now revised to LF-1, to showcase its own future flagship vehicle. But unlike its parent company, Lexus wants its range-topping luxury model to be a crossover. Meet the LF-1 Limitless, Lexus’ idea for a new genre of luxury vehicle: the flagship crossover.
Unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the LF-1 Limitless preview a brand-new niche in the premium market. Or at least that’s what Lexus claims. Just like it established the luxury crossover segment with the RX 300 some two decades ago, the Japanese firm thinks it could invent a new class with the LF-1, the flagship crossover. Yes, it sounds a bit confusing, mainly because "flagship" is usually associated with the largest vehicle in a lineup, so the LF-1 would make more sense as a model placed above the LX, but hey, it’s the 21st century and rules have changed. Actually, the current automotive market no longer works by the book, so it’s not as awkward as it seems at first glance.
But it’s all PR talk so far, as Lexus hasn’t confirmed actual production plans for the LF-1. But this crossover looks gorgeous, and it’s packed with the company’s latest technology. Let’s have a closer look below.
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2018 Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept
Infiniti has made tremendous progress in recent years, evolving from a brand that used to sell slightly more upscale Nissan models into a full-fledged luxury company that competes against the likes of Lexus and Lincoln. Come 2018, and the Japanese brand is looking to expand into new niches, including the electric car market. The Japanese firm is also readying a new design language, which was previewed at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show by the Q Inspiration concept.
A slightly futuristic midsize sedan, the Q Inspiration is giving us a glance into Infiniti’s future car design. It also signals a next-generation Q70 that’s sportier and uses a new-generation engine with variable compression ratio. "The premium sedan segment has become rather conservative. The Infiniti Q Inspiration previews something that could appeal to a younger audience, who seek modern design and new technologies to inspire and empower them," explained Christian Meunier, the company’s Global Division Vice President.
Infiniti didn’t say whether the Q Inspiration also previews an upcoming flagship sedan, but the concept car should serve as inspiration for all future products. Let’s have a closer look at what it brings to the table in the review below.
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Infiniti, BMW Take Home EyesOn Design Awards in Detroit
The Detroit Auto Show was popping this week with enough debuts and concept car unveilings to make for an action-packed week. Two cars, in particular, were honored with EyesOn Design awards, one for being the best concept in the show, and another for being the best production vehicle. The Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept and the BMW X2 SUV took home top honors in the two categories, respectively.
GAC Enverge Wows Detroit with Virtual Reality Windows and Removable Foglamps
Chinese carmaker GAC has set its sight on selling car in the United States in 2019 and it has been testing waters by bringing all sorts of vehicle at North American auto shows. GAC also joined this year’s Detroit showcase with a bunch of cars that are already available in China. Among them, the GS8, a midsize SUV that will become the first Chinese vehicle sold in the U.S. But by far the most spectacular model shown by GAC at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show is the Enverge concept.
A Kia Concept From Two Years Ago Finally Gets The Green Light
Kia’s presence at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show may have centered around the next-generation Forte, but the Korean automaker also used the show to announce plans to build a production version that’s based on a concept it introduced two years ago in the same auto show. For those who don’t remember, Kia bought the Telluride Concept at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Now, it says it’s moving forward with building a production version of the concept in the coming years.
Three Design Features that Make the Infiniti Q Inspiration Awesomely Unique
Infiniti unveiled a brand-new concept car at the Detroit Auto Show. It’s called the Q Inspiration and previews the company’s upcoming design language. It’s sleek, sexy, and sports a revolutionary engine under the hood. Add in the roomy interior and those cool seats and the future looks bright for the Japanese brand. I could talk about this concept car for days, but there are three cool design features that make this show car unique.
GAC Makes a Statement In Detroit With The Enverge Concept
China’s GAC Motors is in attendance at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show with a contingent of concept vehicles that are getting a lot of people’s attention. One of these concepts, the Inverse, is an electric crossover that features an aggressive look, scissor doors, and the promise of a 370-mile range from a 71-kWh battery. In other words, it’s a legitimate concept that the Chinese automaker hopes will serve as a prelude for things to come when the brand launches in the U.S. in 2019.
The Q Inspiration Concept Might Represent the Future of Infiniti, but Those Seats Will Never Make It
Let’s get one thing straight. The Infiniti Q Inspiration is a stellar concept. It has its flaws, sure, but by and large, it provides a fascinating look into the automaker’s design future. But I’m not here to talk about the design elements the Q Inspiration hit; I’m here to discuss those seats, which are, in my opinion, one of the concept’s weak links. They fit into what concept seats should look like, but as far as seeing them in a production Infiniti in the future, I’m hedging my bets. I don’t think they’ll get that far.
Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept Points To Future Of Infiniti’s Design Language
Infiniti just made a big statement at the Detroit Auto Show regarding its future. The “statement” is called the Q Inspiration, a sparkling concept vehicle that the Japanese automaker is using as a showcase for its design future. The Q Inspiration’s bold appearance isn’t an accident. It’s Infiniti’s way of showing that it’s preparing for the big leagues with a new design strategy that can help reinvent the brand into a bonafide luxury marquee. Look over your shoulders, Mercedes and BMW. Infiniti is coming.