Concept Cars

Maserati Grand Cherokee To Be Built In Detroit

Posted in Bizarre, Car Buying, Concept Cars, Jeep, Maserati by Kurt Ernst | August 20th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Image: Tennen Gas

Chuck Berry penned these lyrics made famous by George Thorogood: “I met a German girl in England who was going to school in France, said we danced the Mississippi at an Alpha Kappa dance.” It would appear that the tale of the upcoming Maserati SUV is no less confusing, since it involves Maserati, Jeep, Italy and Detroit. Here’s what we know: Maserati will build their own SUV, based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and it will be assembled in Chrysler’s Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit. Read More…

Ford To Bring Back The Capri?

Posted in Concept Cars, Ford, Newsworthy by Kurt Ernst | July 7th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Ford's Iosis Max concept, the new Capri? Image: Ford Motor Company

Autoevolution reports that Ford will bring back the Capri in honor of the car’s 40th anniversary. That sounds like good news to us, but here’s were the good news ends. Unlike the original car, which was front engine and rear drive, the replacement Capri will be front engine, front drive. Also unlike the original car (the 1970’s version, at least), the new Capri won’t be good looking. In fact, it’s rumored to be styled on the lines of the Iosis Max, a concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009. Read More…

Jaguar’s C-X75 Hybrid Supercar To See Production

Posted in Car Tech, Concept Cars, Jaguar, Paris Auto Show by Kurt Ernst | May 9th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

Image: Flickr user SbastienRondet

When Jaguar showed their visionary C-X75 Concept at last year’s Paris Auto Show, I’ll admit that I had a hard time taking the car seriously. Sure, it was a stunner, but it was also shown as a non-functional turbine-electric hybrid, and history has not been kind to turbine powered automobiles. Remember the 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car? How about the GM Firebird Concept from 1953? Gas turbine engines may be ideal for vehicles like helicopters, but their complexity, power delivery and heat output make them less than ideal for road-going vehicles. I guessed that the C-X75 would never see production, but it turns out I was only half right. Read More…

Ram “Long-Hauler” Lives Up to its Name.

Posted in Chrysler, Concept Cars, Dodge, Domestic Rides, General, Other Rides, Rides, Trucks by MrAngry | April 29th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

With the price of fuel expected to top $6 per gallon by the end of the summer, Americans are doing everything they can in order to save a buck. Used fuel efficient cars, both new and used are flying off the lots, with big full-sized gas guzzlers being left out there to rot. One company however is thumbing it’s nose at the higher cost of fuel and has in fact come up with a vehicle that not only sucks it down, but holds upwards of 160 gallons of it. Meet the Ram “Long-Hauler” Concept, a pickup truck that could possibly be the ultimate road burner for long distance travel. According to Pickuptruck.com, the Long-Hauler has a 197.4-inch-wheelbase and is based on a Class 5 Ram 5500 medium-duty chassis cab commercial truck. However, it’s been fitted with an 8-foot cargo dually-based cargo bed, and two custom fuel tanks that enable this monster to carry a whopping 162 gallons of diesel fuel.
Read More…

Brabus iBusiness 3D Mercedes-Benz Viano

Posted in Concept Cars, Custom, European Rides, General, Mercedes Benz, Other Rides, Rides by MrAngry | March 21st, 2011 | 3 Responses |

brabus mercedes-benz viano ibusiness

Mercedes-Benz super tuner Brabus is known for bringing us some pretty outlandish stuff. From obscenely powered vehicles like the 800 hp Brabus 800 Widestar SUV, to the office minded S600 iBusiness, the people at Brabus not only know how to outfit a vehicle, but how to charge top dollar for them as well. Not ones to rest on their laurels, Brabus has now introduced the new Brabus iBusiness 3D Mercedes-Benz Viano (it’s a mouthful I know). The iBusiness 3D Mercedes-Benz Viano is the ultimate cross between a pimped-out luxury limousine and a fully functioning office space. For example, in what other vehicle can you find a 40-inch 3D capable Sony flat screen TV that has a digital receiver and PS3. It also has full connectivity allowing it to be used as a giant monitor for the pre-installed Mac Mini which has internet connection via UMTS and HSDPA. Oh, and just in case that’s not enough there is also an iPad, iPhone and an iPod, hell, it’s like the entire Apple factory got sick and up-chucked all over the interior of this thing.
Read More…

Wiesmann Spyder: Part Roadster, Part Running Shoe

Posted in Concept Cars, European Rides, Geneva Motor Show by Kurt Ernst | March 3rd, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

If a car is small enough to make a first generation Miata look spacious, doesn’t include such luxuries as a windshield or a roof and has absolutely zero storage space, does it even qualify as a car? If that same vehicle packs a 420 horsepower V8 into its sub-2,200 pound chassis, do you even care what it’s called, as long as you get to drive it? In this case, I’m talking about the Wiesmann Sypder, the latest creation from the eccentric German constructor. Unveiled as a concept (with no immediate production plans) at this week’s Geneva Motor Show, I’d certainly sign on the dotted line to strap one on. Read More…

Mazda Minagi Concept Premiers In Geneva

Posted in Concept Cars, Geneva Motor Show, Mazda by Kurt Ernst | March 2nd, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Image: Mazda

We first told you about Mazda’s Minagi concept in January; back then, it was nothing more than a design rendering, but Mazda’s been working overtime to roll out a Minagi concept vehicle in time for this week’s Geneva Auto Show. Designed to be a replacement for Mazda’s aging (and Ford-sourced) Trubute SUV, the Minagi is the first Mazda vehicle penned under their new Kodo design language. Meant to personify the “Soul of Motion”, the Kodo styling is a lot less goofy than their outgoing design, and that should definitely help bring customers back into showrooms. Designed as an “urban SUV”, the Minagi blends the handling that Mazda is known for with their new Skyactiv engine and transmission technology, for maximum fuel economy. Read More…

Mini Debuts Rocketman Concept In Geneva

Posted in Auto Show, Concept Cars, Geneva Motor Show, Mini by Kurt Ernst | February 24th, 2011 | 1 Response |
Mini Rocketman Concept

Image: BMW Group

I like Mini Coopers well enough, but all their cars look alike to me. Even with a gun to my head, I’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between a Countryman, a Clubman, a Piltdown Man or even their latest concept, dubbed the Rocketman. I get the whole iconic-brand-identity thing, but isn’t it time you branched out on the exterior styling of a new model? The Rocketman is a kinder, gentler but visually similar Mini; unlike recent models, it isn’t supersized. In fact, the Rocketman is shorter dimensionally than a base model Cooper. It’s designed to be uber-fuel-efficient, so the spaceframe chassis is made of carbon fiber instead of steel. Power comes from something, but Mini isn’t telling us exactly what; instead, they’re highlighting the concept’s fuel efficiency, which they claim is three liters per 100 kilometers based on the EU standard. Doing that math, that works out to be .79 gallons per 62.14 miles, or 78.66 miles per gallon. Read More…

Toyota FT-86 to be badged as Scion in North America.

Posted in Concept Cars, General, Import Rides, Other Rides, Rides, Scion, Subaru, Toyota by MrAngry | February 14th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Toyota FT-86 Concept

There has been a lot of buzz recently about Toyota’s budget minded rear-wheel drive FT-86 sports coupe. Truth be told this is one nifty little bugger and if the rumors of a Subaru derived 305hp / 290 lb-ft turbo 4-cylinder are true, it’s also going to be an absolute pistol to drive. The FT-86 will be built under a joint venture between Toyota and Subaru. However according to Toyobaru.net, U.S. residents will be seeing the FT-86 badged under the Scion nameplate as the Scion FT-S when it eventually hits U.S. shores. There are also rumors of an AWD version to be released under the Subaru nameplate with a price tag that could be upwards of 40k… that’s big money for a little car that would be a pretty close competitor to Subaru’s own 4-door STI. Production of the Scion FT-S is rumored to begin in the 4th quarter of 2011, so stay tuned for more information.

Russia Releases New “Time Warp” Technology.

Posted in Concept Cars, Funny, Funny Videos, Motorcycle Rides, Other Rides, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | January 30th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Russian Coal Bike

Russians… I love those goofy bastards. First they surprise us with Sputnik and now this. Apparently this is some sort of top secret Russian coal powered motorcycle that is capable of speeds that are well into the double digits. Built on a three-wheeled frameless platform and utilizing stealth control technology, it’s obvious why it’s been kept under wraps for so long. Hell, with the speed it produces it almost feels like it creates a constant state of déjà vu for all those around it. Weird right? Could it be that it warps time? Whatever the case I’m just glad to see that Russia is still putting all their resources into their military and making advancements in new technologies.