Mazda Kaan Concept Car

Mazda Kaan is an electric race car that was created for the 2008 LA Auto Show Design Challenge. Inspiration for the Mazda Kaan comes from electric fields and textures seen in nature, particularly those in a lightning bolt.

Mazda Kaan concept was designed to compete in a conceptual race series Mazda has dreamed up - E1 racing.

Mazda Kaan Concept Car

Mazda Kaan story says that in 2025, California freeways have been resurfaced with a sub-level electro-conductive polymer that powers the electric cars of the modern world.

Mazda’s electronic tire system uses this technology to power the Kaan concept to reach 250 mph with no harmful emissions!

Mazda Kaan Concept Photo

The vehicles are piloted by individual drivers but teams are made up of thirty cars, all on the track together. Using strategies similar to those in cycling peletons, the tighter the group sticks together, the more aerodynamic and powerful it becomes.

Mazda Kaan Concept Picture

The car is uniquely designed around its powerful electric wheels while the cockpit acts as a capsule to safely house the driver, allowing for tighter peloton formations and a team victory.

Mazda Kaan Image

E-Go Revolt Concept Car

E-Go Revolt is a stylish sports car concept from Moscow-based coachbuilders E-Go. This concept car is under Mitsubishi platform on its skin and drivetrain.

E-Go Revolt concept sits on 19″ wheels and may outputs 550 horsepower with twin-turbocharged, 3.0 litre V6 mated to a 6 speed transmission.

E-Go Revolt Concept Car

E-Go Revolt also features active air suspension, and a touch screen monitor which controls all the cars interior electronic functions.

E-Go Revolt Concept Car

Although E-Go Revolt’s exterior design is original in majority, but the front end does have a degree of Nissan GT-R about it.

E-Go Revolt Concept Car

The only thing that remains to be seen is whether E-Go can change the Revolt from a computer model into a working, viable vehicle.

E-Go Revolt Concept Car

HSV GTS 40th Anniversary Limited Edition

Holden has released HSV GTS 40th Anniversary Limited Edition at the Australian International Motor Show, to celebrate 40 years of the GTS Holden Special Vehicles. Powered by a LS3 Generation 4 V8 engine, HSV GTS 40th Anniversary may outputs 317 kW.

HSV GTS 40th Anniversary comes with an aerodynamic twin post Sports spoiler and Magnetic Ride Control suspension with Track mode.

HSV GTS 40th Anniversary Limited Edition

HSV GTS 40th Anniversary features a tire pressure monitoring system, black heritage stripes, a commemorative ‘40 years of GTS’ logo embedded on the headrest, sill plates, brake callipers, and also on the rear panel of the car.

With only 100 units of this limited edition car will be built, the price of this HSV GTS 40th Anniversary will be at $80,170.

HSV GTS 40th Anniversary Picture

Lexus IS 250C Debut in Australia

Lexus IS 250C has been showcased at the 2008 Australian International Motor Show. Based on the IS 250 platform, Lexus IS 250C features a three-piece folding roof made from lightweight aluminum that has an opening time of 21 seconds.

Lexus IS 250C will be powered by the 2.5-litre V6 engine that outputs 153kW and has a 0.29 drag coefficient, which is 0.2 more than the IS 250 sedan.

Unfortunately, no announcement released yet for the Lexus IS 250C price.

Lexus IS 250C Australia

Press Release
Straight from its worldwide debut at the Paris Motor Show, Lexus has revealed the all-new IS 250C coupe/convertible at the 2008 Australian International Motor Show.

Based on the IS 250 platform, the Lexus IS 250C features a lightweight three-piece folding roof structure, category-leading boot and rear occupant space, and superior noise suppression and wind turbulence properties.

Constructed entirely in lightweight aluminum, the new Lexus IS 250C’s three-piece folding roof boasts an impressive opening time of just 21 seconds.

Activated via a dash-mounted button, the quiet operating mechanism features a unique ‘roof brake’ feature which slows the closing of the hard top as it approaches the windscreen head - ensuring that the roof descends smoothly into place.

The entire roof headlining is trimmed in fabric, aiding noise suppression, comfort and aesthetics. Lexus IS 250C’s compact three-part folding roof mechanism affords the advanced new model large boot space and generous rear seat access, while a spacious rear passenger compartment is almost on a par with that of the four-door IS range.

Lexus IS 250C’s rear overhang was also increased by 50mm over the sedan. It combines with the compact roof to generate a significant increase in luggage space, allowing stowage of a nine-inch golf bag even with the roof down.

Lexus IS 250C Australia Photo

With the roof up, Lexus IS 250C’s steeply raked windscreen, smooth profile, aerodynamic under body and ‘duck tailed’ rear styling contributes to the convertible’s impressive 0.29 drag coefficient, just 0.2 more than the Lexus IS 250 sedan.

Lexus IS 250C’s aerodynamic body, use of acoustic glass and a roof sealing system ensure the convertible maintains Lexus’ high standards of noise, vibration, harshness (NVH) minimization and wind noise suppression, even at highway speeds.

Passenger comfort and safety were paramount for the engineering team, who paid particular attention to reducing turbulence in the cabin with the roof down at all speeds.

Safety goals saw extensive revisions to body structure and suspension components to afford Lexus IS 250C exceptional torsional stiffness and composed ride comfort - on par with the Lexus IS sedan.

The Lexus IS 250C also gains Lexus’ hallmark pre-crash, vehicle dynamics integrated management system and features a newly designed enlarged side airbag which provides head protection in the event of side impact.

The convertible body shell has also been equipped with additional energy absorbing side impact pads for both front and rear seat occupants.

Australian engineers also tested the vehicle locally for the impact of temperature, vibration and wind on the vehicle, along with the effectiveness of ventilation, dust and water sealing designs, ensuring Lexus IS 250C is the best possible product for the local market.

Lexus IS 250C Australia Picture

Lexus chief executive John Roca said that IS 250C was an important addition to the IS line

“For the first time in Lexus history we can now claim we have an IS range.

“IS 250C will join the soon-to-be-launched IS F and new IS 250 sedan to form a very strong backbone for the brand,” Mr Roca said.

“IS 250C has been developed to strict Lexus standards. Its superior NVH suppression, wind turbulence characteristics, ride comfort, interior space and versatility will set a new benchmark for convertibles in its class.

“It will also arrive at a time when practicality and versatility are driving purchase decisions. IS 250C consumers will not have to choose between sedan versatility and convertible enjoyment.

“Lexus is extremely excited about the addition of IS 250C to the local model line-up in the later half of 2009,” Mr Roca said.

Lexus IS 250C Australia Image

Lexus IS 250C will be powered by Lexus’ proven 153kW 2.5-litre V6 power plant mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The exterior will be distinguished by all-new body panels from the A-pillar back, unique LED tail lights, high-mounted stop light, revised front bumper styling and unique alloy wheels.

On board, the driver’s instrument binnacle has been extensively revised to increase open-topped motoring visibility. The instrument panel and surrounding components, as well as the steering wheel, are shared with the IS sedan range.

Fiat Bugster Concept

Fiat Bugster concept will be premiered by the Italian brand, during the next Brazilian San Paulo Auto Show. Fiat Bugster concept was designed in Brazil to be an environmentally friendly buggy.

Fiat Bugster’s body is made from natural fibers combined with nanotechnology and offers higher durability and weight limit.

Fiat Bugster concept is powered by an electric motor and is built from recycled materials.

Fiat Bugster

Fiat Bugster Concept

Honda The Great Race 2025 Concept

Honda’s The Great Race 2025 concept was created for the 2008 LA Auto Show Design Challenge.

Honda concept is designed to act as a vehicle to fulfill all the demands of a similar race in 2025. Competitors must circumnavigate the globe in 24 hours on land through the United States, by sea through Asia and by air over Europe.

Honda The Great Race 2025 Concept

The vehicle’s sonar/echolocation sensors are able to detect changes in speed, terrain, and altitude, allowing it to switch to any configuration.

Honda The Great Race 2025 Concept

With experience in automotive, marine, robotics, and jet technologies already in place, Honda envisage a future vehicle in which any one of these areas can be conquered.

Honda The Great Race 2025 Concept

The whole idea for this Honda concept revolves around the great race in 1908, when 17 men dared to take on the “toughest race ever devised.”

Honda The Great Race 2025 Concept

Spanning six months, the Great Race brought these men over 22,000 miles, through three continents and around the world.

Honda The Great Race 2025 Concept

Alfa Brera S Car

Alfa Brera S - a car developed specifically for UK roads has been launched by Alfa Romeo. Featuring a Prodrive enchanced suspension and chassis, Alfa Brera S limited edition delivers precise driver feedback and handling.

The Alfa Brera S comes with a choice between two petrol engines: a 3.2 V6 JTS engine with an output of 260 bhp and 322 Nm of torque, and a 2.2 JTS developing 185 bhp and 230 Nm of torque.

The performance figures of the two versions of the Alfa Brera S are: 0 to 60 mph in 8.6 and 7.0 seconds for the 2.2 JTS and 3.2 V6 JTS respectively, while the top speed is 139 and 155 mph.

The Alfa Brera S price will starts at 24,950 pounds OTR for the 2.2 JTS and the price will goes up to 28,450 pounds for the Alfa Brera S 3.2 JTS.

Alfa Brera S Car

Press Release

Few sports cars are developed specifically for Britain’s roads. Those that have been tend to become true ‘driver’s cars’. Alfa Romeo is planning for the new, limited edition Alfa Brera S to join those ranks.

After a year of intensive suspension and chassis development at Prodrive, the world-leading motorsport specialist, the result is a sports coupe that subtly enhances all that is good about the original Alfa Brera, while bestowing it with outstanding driver feedback and handling.

Distinctly different from the rest of the line-up, this unique addition to Alfa Romeo’s UK range includes refined styling changes, inside and out. And to ensure ultimate exclusivity, production of the Alfa Brera S will be limited to just 500 individually numbered models.

Power comes from a choice of two existing direct injection petrol engines – the 185 bhp 2.2 JTS and the 260 bhp 3.2 V6 JTS.

Marketing director at Alfa Romeo UK, Nicholas Bernard, says: “Significantly, the Alfa Brera S isn’t simply about brute force, it’s about how the available power is transferred to the road and how the road surface is communicated back to the driver to bring new levels of sports handling and driver-focused confidence and involvement.”

Briefed to make the Alfa Brera S less of a long-distance tourer and more sporty on UK roads, the engineering team at Prodrive developed a unique suspension set-up. Prodrive engineers meticulously experimented with spring rates and ride heights to match the reduced weights of the 2008 model year Alfa Breras. Then followed an extensive damper tuning exercise to achieve the desired ride/handling balance and steering response required by driving enthusiasts in the UK.

Alfa Brera S Car Picture

According to Prodrive Project Leader, Peter Cambridge, the result is “a car that ‘shrinks’ around the driver and delivers all the fun and engagement of a sports car driving experience on A and B-roads. Yet, on motorways, offers a compliant and composed ride.”

The sports car driving experience is achieved by reducing roll and pitch, flattening the cornering attitude, and subsequently instilling confidence-inspiring steering.

Peter Cambridge comments: “Our painstaking work with the spring set-up controls exactly how much the car pitches and rolls with every lump, bump, camber and pothole on our roads. Then we developed the dampers to control the rate at which the springs respond. Once we were satisfied with that, we set about really affecting the feel and response of the steering to inspire confidence.”

To reduce roll and pitch and achieve an even flatter cornering attitude, Prodrive commissioned bespoke Eibach coil springs and Bilstein dampers.

Spring rates are increased by over 50 per cent compared to the standard Alfa Brera, giving the car a more nimble and agile feel, while the specially tuned gas-filled mono-tube dampers give tighter body control. A careful balance has been created to maintain good compliance over ridges and bumps in the road.

At the same time, the suspension static geometry has also been revised to optimise steering and handling. These changes, together with new 19” alloy wheels and Pirelli PZero Nero tyres, have created a more responsive turn-in to corners, with increased driver feedback, allowing the driver to explore the dynamic limits of the car.

To further enhance suspension geometry, the cars have been lowered by 10 mm front and rear. This lower centre of gravity helps reduce roll and improve cornering and braking performance. In addition, the lowered suspension gives the Alfa Brera S a more purposeful stance.

Alfa Brera S Car Photo

At each corner of the Alfa Brera S, unique Alfa 8C Competizione-inspired, lightweight 19” alloy wheels have been fitted. Although the wheels are eye-catching, the all-new design was commissioned by Prodrive primarily for performance, rather than just cosmetic appeal. The reason is unsprung weight – the weight carried by the car on the ‘road side’ of the spring and shock absorber. This plays a significant role in the way the car steers, handles and transmits feedback to the driver.

The lighter the wheel, the better it tracks undulations in the road surface without requiring heavy damping to control it. The unsprung weight has been further reduced by the adoption of hollow anti-roll bars and aluminium suspension components from the Factory.

As a result, the weight of both Alfa Brera S models is lower than the rest of the range. The front-wheel drive 3.2 V6 JTS is almost 100 kg lighter than the Q4 version and the 2.2 JTS version weighs 35 kg less.

The Alfa Brera S also sounds different from the standard range. The original characteristic growl of the V6 has been enhanced by careful redesign of the rear silencers. Thanks to a Holmholtz resonator connected in tandem with each silencer, the 2.2 JTS model now emits a sportier yet refined burble.

The exhaust has been altered to mirror the shape of the rear lights. Finished with chrome embellishers, they feature a Prodrive logo on the tailpipe exterior. This is just one of several subtle exterior enhancements to the award-winning Alfa Brera, including Prodrive branded front stone deflectors, and a bespoke red ‘S’ or ‘SV6’ on the C-pillar.

Alfa Brera S

Inside the 3.2 V6 JTS Alfa Brera S, changes are more obvious. Not only are the supportive sports seats upholstered in soft black Frau® leather with red stitching, so are the dashboard fascia, door panels, steering wheel and gearlever. The centre console and instruments are faced in a dark finish. This interior can also be specified on the 2.2 JTS version.

Foot pedals are fashioned from drilled aluminium and the headrest recess houses a limited edition Brera S aluminium plate, featuring the flags of Italy and Britain.

For the record, the 2.2 JTS and 3.2 V6 JTS Alfa Brera S can reach 62 mph from rest in 8.6 and 7.0 seconds respectively, on the way to maximum speeds of 139 and 155 mph.

The transition from Alfa Brera to Brera S takes place at Alfa Romeo UK’s dedicated import centre, near Bristol, and is overseen by Prodrive.

Nicholas Bernard says: “The standard Brera is well loved and delivers a great all-round driving experience. But the Alfa Brera S is deliberately honed, tuned and fettled for British roads and aimed directly at a dedicated audience of driving enthusiasts.”

Alfa Brera S Car Limited Edition

Renault Ondelios Concept Car

Renault Ondelios concept car has been unveiled by Renault as their latest concept car. Renault Ondelios concept will have its premiere at the Paris Motor Show. Powered by a 2.0 dCi engine, Renault Ondelios may gets 450 Nm of torque between 1,700 and 3800rpm and a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 7.8 seconds. The Renault Ondelios concept has a fuel consumption of 4.5 litres/100km and a 120g/km CO2 emissions level.

Renault Ondelios concept car is a high-end crossover that measures 4.8 meters in length and 1.6 meters in height and has a high drag efficiency and a Cd of just 0.29. The Renault Ondelios has a fluid design that’s inspired by motion rather than speed and embodies Renault’s vision of high-end car.

Renault Ondelios Concept Car

Press Release

The Paris Motor Show sees the wraps come off Renault’s top-of-the-range concept car Ondelios designed for lovers of long-haul travel who set store by comfort and refinement. Ondelios epitomizes Renault’s vision of the high-end crossover, combining a comfortable ride with respect for the environment. Clear illustrations of that vision are the vehicle’s ethereal design, its interior layout, and an original hybrid powertrain.

Renault Ondelios Concept Car

A sleek design that answers the call of the open road

The 4.8-metre-long, 1.6-metre high Ondelios has drawn inspiration from the world of aviation design to deliver high drag efficiency and a Cd of just 0.29. This long-distance voyager boasts sleek, smooth, amazingly fluid lines that make it appear as though it glides over the ground. It embodies Renault’s vision of high-end car.

“Ondelios is inspired by motion rather than speed and is a whole new response to the call of the open road,” enthuses Patrick Le Quement, Renault’s Design Director.

The aluminium-finish grille is flanked by headlamp units that also suggest flowing motion, while its high-performance LED headlights are both longer lasting and more efficient.

Another feature of Ondelios’ aerodynamic styling is the boomerang-shaped tail lights.

They are built into the bodywork and ringed with air extractors to control the flow of air from the wheel arches.

The glazed roof further emphasises the vehicle’s airy look and feel, bathing the interior in natural light. The steeply raked windscreen, which extends well down the bonnet, further accentuates this ethereal feel.

“We think of it as made from a single material, where the body and glazed areas merge into one. Ondelios is a glimpse of what the automobile might be in the medium term future,” adds Patrick Le Quement.

The butterfly-type side doors, which also feature an extensive glazed area, add a further touch of elegance to the car’s overall styling. They swing out and upwards as the sills slide down to facilitate ingress.

The dark blue anthracite of the bodywork blends perfectly with the tinted glazed area, making the car look as if it were all of a piece and a single colour.

The tailgate’s upper section rounds off the sleek, aerodynamic lines with a profiled glareshield that slides inwards to air and cool the cabin.

Ondelios sits on seven-spoke, 23-inch aluminium alloy wheels which contribute to its profiled styling. The propeller-like hubs draw airflow from the sides of the car to prevent turbulence.

They operate in conjunction with the rim-side brake discs to ensure they suck in air effectively.

The sleek sidewalls of the large diameter 255/40 Michelin Pilot Sport tyres deliver outstanding drag performance. Their tread pattern is designed to minimise deformation of the contact patch while on the move to help curb rolling resistance.

The tread has efficient, active flow channels which, together with the wide circumferential groove that helps clear water, strengthen the image of a high-end, high-tech tyre.

Renault Ondelios Concept Car

Business-class comfort for a long-haul journey

The elegance of the Ondelios interior is in harmony with the call of the open road suggested by its exterior. To begin with, its layout is designed to profit from all the available space. There are three rows of seats that offer individual seating for six. With their cantilever mounts they give the impression of floating, while their kinematics are redolent of airplane seats. The electrically adjustable backs fold into comfortable, business-class positions, while occupants can deploy and retract their footrests at will. Although their slim lines speak of lightness, they are designed, like giant leaves, to hug their occupants who can curl up in them to enjoy the comfort and support they afford. The height of the seats is carefully designed to ensure occupants are perfectly at ease when they talk to each other.

Unlike conventional door opening systems, the doors are hinged to the roof, which makes getting into the car extremely easy. The second row of seats slide forward and folds down to facilitate access to the third row.

In addition to seating comfort, the cabin exudes a highly refined ambience. The materials used are drawn from contemporary interior design and give the impression of sitting in a lounge on wheels. They blend soft, supple textures like light grey leather and fabric, as seen on the dashboard, seats and door panels. The colour of the seatbacks blends gradually from ochre to purple, further enhancing the sense of security and comfort.

Interior features and fittings are both modern and intuitive. The ergonomically designed controls, in keeping with Renault’s touch design approach, afford users efficient, comfortable ease of use.

The ample, flowing yet sober design of the broad dashboard echoes the car’s aerodynamic exterior. It is further highlighted by a roomy, suspended stowage compartment which is protected by a lit shell, while all the dashboard’s functional components are particularly userfriendly:

- active display skins show driver aid and ride information;
- a monitor at the base of the windscreen displays the different menus and pictures from the door mirror cameras;
- three large strip displays provide driving-related information, revs and how the hybridized drivetrain is operating;
- a digital speedometer.

The technologies with which Ondelios is equipped enhance the collective and individual wellbeing of all occupants. All the passengers, including those in the back row, have their own Samsung interactive portable multimedia devices which they can use for sharing data or multiplayer gaming. Speakers are also incorporated into the headrests and a multizone HVAC system enables each passenger to set the temperature to his or her own liking.

The smart technologies that have gone into designing Ondelios help drivers to settle in at the wheel, include a Samsung cell phone which also acts as a hands-free door lock recognises the driver and loads all his or her personal settings, e.g. seat-adjustment settings and favourite music. The vehicle adds a final, friendly touch in the form of the back-lit logo which lights up to show that it has recognised the driver.

Renault Ondelios Concept Car

An environmentally friendly voyager

To complement the extensive work that has gone into Ondelios’s aerodynamics, some of the car’s structural parts are made from natural flax fibre for greater recyclability. In keeping with the commitment to make the car as light as possible, its body is made from carbon and the glazed areas from polycarbonate.

Ondelios is powered by a hybrid powerplant which combines a more powerful 205hp (150kW) version of the 2.0 dCi engine, with two 20kW electric motors at the front and rear. They operate in mild hybrid mode, giving the engine extra boost as required. They use a brake and boost system, recovering energy during braking then delivering it to the engine to boost acceleration. The front motor also uses fuel-saving stop-start technology.

The electric motor mounted on the rear axle drives the rear wheels when the ESP sensors detect a loss of traction, thus giving Ondelios the capability of a 4WD vehicle. The car is equipped with a lithium-ion battery that can deliver power of up to 4kW/h.

With torque of 450Nm between 1,700 and 3800rpm, the diesel engine provides comfort and flexibility at all engine speeds for long-distance driving pleasure. The 2.0 dCi unit takes Ondelios from a standing start to 100kph in just 7.8 seconds. Driving through a seven-speed, double-clutch gearbox, it affords outstanding driving pleasure, while keeping fuel consumption at a frugal 4.5 litres/100km and CO2 emissions at a lowly 120g/km – very impressive for a topof- the-range vehicle.

Similarly, the body, chassis design and hybrid powertrain contribute decisively to protecting the environment.

Ondelios is a long-distance travel-loving aerodynamic crossover born for the open road. It is proof that caring for occupants and the environment is entirely compatible. Ondelios is a concept car that illustrates Renault’s vision of the high-end car of the near future.

Renault Ondelios Concept Car

Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero Concept

Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero was created for the 2008 LA Auto Show Design Challenge. Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero is a race car concept designed for 2025.

The Formula Zero Racer incorporates the thrill of Formula One, the track dynamics of the bobsled or luge, and the grace and efficiency of yacht racing.

Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero Concept

Reminiscent of the Mercedes Benz racing heritage of the 1930’s, the Mercedes Formula Zero Racer concept is loaded with technology designed to extract the maximum thrust from the electric hub motors, aero-efficient solar skin and high-tech rigid sail.

Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero Concept

Each team is allocated the same amount of stored energy and it is left to the teams and drivers to manage the variables to win the race. The winner is determined by total elapsed time combined with the energy efficiency factor.

Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero Concept

Spectators at the Mercedes Benz Formula Zero racing Series would be treated to a new dimension of racing as the transparent track is visible from all perspectives - even from below!

Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero Concept

Audi R25 Concept Car

Audi R25 is designed for the 2025 Los Angeles round of the ALMS. Audi R25 was Audi’s entrant in the 2008 LA Auto Show Design Challenge.

The theoretical future racing series incorporates innovative features never previously seen in any form of motor sports, such as high-velocity banks and tunnels, which allow cars to race “inverted” and the opportunity to pass anywhere with aerodynamic racecars.

Audi R25 Concept Car

All top sections of the tunnels and banks are also WiTricity wireless electrical charging zones, which encourage the drivers to utilize these free energy zones instead of fuel stops.

Audi R25 Concept Car

Audi R25 is designed to utilize and excel in this new racing environment, with features such as:

- The new Dynamic Space Frame, allowing much greater degree of flexibility, integration of circuits and rigidity

- Algae bio fuel for endurance and electric motor capability through Wireless power transfer technology

- Audi Design: Staying true to the “Form is Function” philosophy, there is not an ounce of needless element in the R25, which incorporates advanced technique and efficient form management into one. The car also uses: active micro-control surfaces which optimize airflow during the race; Man Machine Interface, which inputs all vehicle data output into the driver’s helmet visor; all-around vehicle dynamic sensors and integrated on-board HD cameras with real-time data links to allow for spectator interaction, allowing fans to virtually “sit” and experience the race in any racecar through monitors and virtual reality booths.

Audi R25 Concept Car

Audi R25 Concept Car

Fiat Bugster Concept to Break Cover at Sao Paulo Motorshow

Fiat Bugster ConceptThis greenish two-seater concept that looks like a crossover variant of the KTM X-Bow (check it out by clicking here) is the Fiat Bugster and it will make its world debut at the bi-annual Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil which takes place this year between 30 October and 10 November. The concept vehicle that has been developed by the Italian firm's automotive engineering division in Brazil features a zero-emissions electric engine while its outer body is made completely out of renewable natural fibers thus reducing the environmental impact of the vehicle. Follow the jump for one more picture of Fiat's Bugster concept. -Continued

Fiat Bugster Concept

GTbyCITROEN Concept Car

Citroen has unveiled the GTbyCITROEN concept car, after all the teaser images and videos that released a few weeks ago. GTbyCITROEN concept is the result of the partnership between Polyphony and the French manufacturer and is a replica of a vehicle from the Gran Turismo 5 game on Playstation 3.

The two-seater GTbyCITROEN is designed to inspire speed and power, with an oversized rear-end, dynamic styling, sculpted lines and sharp graphics.

GTbyCITROEN concept car sits on 21″ aluminum wheels with diamond-effect, and it has 4.960m in length, 2.080 wide and 1.090m in height. GTbyCITROEN concept car is equipped with an electric drive train powered by a fuel cell.

GTbyCITROEN Concept Car

Press Release

With GTbyCITROEN, a show-car presented at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, Citroen becomes the first vehicle manufacturer to cross over to the virtual worlds: An original take on a road car, GTbyCITROEN is a style replica of a vehicle from the digital world. The car is the result of a partnership between Citroen and Polyphony, designer of the driving simulation game Gran Turismo 5 on Playstation 3. Already shipped in more than 50 million units worldwide, Gran Turismo is renowned for its quality, design and realism. In the game, GTbyCITROEN features an electric drive train powered by a fuel cell with no pollutant emissions. It is a car designed to square up to the strongest competition.

“GTbyCITROEN shows how the worlds of virtual and real-life motoring can join together to create a truly innovative partnership. We were delighted that Citroen approached us and gave us the opportunity to combine our creative strengths to build this very special concept car. To see the car take shape in game and then for real has been a truly unique experience as our work normally stays in the digital world. I just hope I can get behind the wheel of GTbyCITROEN and drive it on a real race track!” Kazanori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital Inc and creator of Gran Turismo.

GTbyCITROEN Concept Car

Performance first and foremost

GTbyCITROEN is geared to the world of motor racing, with its dynamic styling, sculpted lines and sharp graphics. The rear end is oversized, made exaggeratedly long in order to create an effect of retinal persistence. The idea is to make the concept car even faster visually. The white-to-grey gradation on the body side further underlines this impression of continuous movement.

GTbyCITROEN Concept Car

Top-level driving

The cabin of GTbyCITROEN, designed to seat two adults, expresses the grand touring vision behind this show-car. The on-board ambience allies premium, extensively worked materials with a more high-tech effect for the driving position.

The layout of the low driving position was dictated by driving pleasure. The aim is for the driver to be able to concentrate on the road, assisted by a head-up display clearly displaying driving information.

GTbyCITROEN Concept Car


- Power and flowing lines

The design of GTbyCITROEN reflects a quest for optimal aerodynamic design. The show-car is a vehicle of flowing, taut lines, stretched to the extreme. The cleanly drawn sides, ribbed at the top, and the pearlescent shade of the bodywork enhance the vehicle’s sleekly muscled looks.

The determined look of the front end is enhanced by wide air intakes and clear-cut horizontal headlamps. The headlamps feature penetrating blue LEDs in order to light the road effectively and keep rivals at a respectful distance! The chrome chevrons on the smooth bonnet express the Marque’s identity.

The carbon rearview mirrors on their finely profiled supports appear to be suspended as if to cleave the air, giving GTbyCITROEN an excellent on-road stance.

The large wraparound windscreen flows seamlessly into the roof and on into the rear mobile airfoil with its exaggeratedly long shape. The fast-flowing lines create the impression of a car in perpetual movement. The whole body expresses performance and continuous movement.

GTbyCITROEN also expresses strength and power through generous volumes, (length: 4.960m, 2.080m and height: 1.090m) underlined by strongly marked wheel arches. The diamond-effect 21-inch aluminum wheels enhance the car’s sporty personality.

GTbyCITROEN Concept Car

- Exceptional handling

The interior design confirms the vehicle’s dynamic and powerful style. The interior of GTbyCITROEN, designed to seat a driver and co-driver, expresses the racing spirit of this concept. The on-board ambience allies rich, premium, extensively worked materials with a more high-tech effect for the driving position, inspired by the world of motorsports.

Looking beyond the spectacular visual effect, the gullwing opening of the two doors gives GTbyCITROEN a level of accessibility rarely seen on this type of vehicle. The driver and co-driver can therefore slip into their seats and get out on the track as quickly as possible.

The dark interior of this show-car is a surprise, compared with the light bodywork. Upholstered in black leather with subtle touches of rare materials such as copper and steel, the cabin of GTbyCITROEN is distinctly sporty.

Two padded racing seats upholstered in dark leather, each fitted with a four-point harness, enfold the driver and passenger for exceptional driving sensations. Placed low down to highlight the impression of speed, the elegant seats are a perfect fit with the rest of the interior.

The top-stitched leather of the door panels and floor adds to the opulence of the interior.

The driving position expresses the spirit of competition. The design was objectively guided by the motivation to win.

The dashboard, with its clean uncluttered design, flows into the receding lines of an imposing copper sculpture. The thrusting modern lines of the sculpture become the central tunnel of the vehicle, illustrating the power of GTbyCITROEN and appearing to catalyse its strength.

Created in a twist of this same copper sculpture, the leather-and-steel steering wheel also reflects the sporting spirit of the cabin.

To promote maximum concentration, the driver of GTbyCITROEN has a head-up display for driving information. Using red LEDs, this system projects key driving information – such as speed and navigation data – onto the windscreen in the driver’s direct line of vision.

The head-up display makes a significant contribution to safety with its direct read-out. Drivers assimilate data more quickly and do not have to look away from the road.

GTbyCITROEN Concept Car

- Aerodynamics optimised to combine performance and driving sensations

Special emphasis was placed on the aerodynamics and flowing design of GTbyCITROEN, these being key Citroën values. The objective was to enhance the vehicle’s dynamics and to create exceptional driving sensations.

Looking beyond its taut, dynamic lines, this racing car features innovative equipment such as enlarged air intakes at the front, a flat underside, and a mobile spoiler and air diffuser at the rear. All these features play an active role in reducing lift and – above all – drag, to pin the car to the ground.

With its flowing lines, original architecture and its use – in the game – of what is potentially the best environmental technology, GTbyCITROEN embodies the sporting spirit as seen by Citroën and underlines the Marque’s ambitions to meet new challenges.

GTbyCITROEN Concept Car

SEAT Altea Freetrack 2.0 TDI Car

SEAT Altea freetrack 2.0 TDI 140 hp has been launched by SEAT as a new version of the Altea freetrack. Powered by a 2.0 liter engine (as the name suggests), the SEAT Altea freetrack 2.0 TDI may develops 140 hp and 320 Nm of torque at 2500 rpm.

The SEAT Altea freetrack 2.0 TDI has a top speed of 193 km/h and the 100 km/h mark comes in 10.1 seconds. The acceleration from 80 km/h to 120 km/h in fifth and sixth gear takes 10.3 and 13.1 seconds.

SEAT Altea Freetrack 2.0 TDI

Press Release

- New 140 hp 2.0 TDI with four-wheel drive and DPF
- Impressive mix of performance, economy and low emissions
- Capable and confident both on- and off-road
- Availability of latest generation SEAT Mediasystem navigator

The SEAT Altea freetrack line has grown with the addition of the 140 hp 2.0 TDI engine, making SEAT’s allroader engine range more complete and versatile. The Altea freetrack delivers excellent performance with moderate fuel consumption, as well as extreme driving pleasure with effective response over any terrain.

The arrival of the 140 hp 2.0 TDI engine is SEAT’s response to the growing demand for combining economical efficient diesel engines with allroad vehicles, which makes the Altea freetrack such an attractive option.

Outstanding performance

The 140 hp 2.0 TDI engine delivers incredible performance, and all the SEAT models equipped with this engine can boast of their efficiency.

Mated as standard to a six-speed manual gearbox, the new engine allows the vehicle to reach a top speed of 193 km/h, accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.1 seconds and cover the 1,000-metre ‘dash’ in 32.0 seconds.

This elastic, direct injection turbo engine delivers a maximum torque of 320 Nm at 2500 rpm, giving in-gear acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h in fifth and sixth gear in 10.3 and 13.1 seconds.

Naturally, excellent fuel economy goes hand-in-hand with this performance. The combined average figure is 6.5 litres/100 km, which drops to 5.5 litres on the extra-urban cycle. Meanwhile, CO2 emissions are limited to just 171 g/km.

The use as standard of a state-of-the-art DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) helps the freetrack clean up its act still further. The DPF technology helps remove fuel exhaust soot particles which would otherwise remain suspended in the air, attracting other, potentially harmful elements. Diesel engine emissions comprise about 0.3% gases such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, sulphur dioxide and nitric oxide, as well as soot.

SEAT Altea Freetrack 2.0 TDI Car

Four-wheel drive, with Haldex clutch

Created to be as flexible off-road as it is capable on it, the Altea freetrack features part-time all-wheel drive via a Haldex-type clutch arrangement. Its hydro-mechanical connection and electronic control ensures that drive is distributed in a particularly progressive, precise manner.

The Haldex coupling is basically a multi-plate clutch that governs the difference in rotational speed between an input and an output shaft. The shaft which leads from the gearbox serves as the input shaft, while the output shaft is connected to the rear axle via a propshaft.

Under normal conditions, drive is directed entirely to the front wheels. But, when circumstances dictate, as much as 50% can be sent to the rear axle.

Add the car’s innately agile chassis set-up, plus modest front and rear overhangs, and you get a vehicle with an angle of approach of 17.6 degrees and an angle of departure of nearly 23 degrees.

Better still, the use of the 140 hp 2.0 TDI adds only a modest 64 kg to the car’s kerb weight (1,568 kg) versus the standard two-wheel drive Altea, which barely alters the impressive performance stats. The figures speak for themselves: a top speed of 193 km/h, 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in 10.1 seconds and 0 to 1,000-metre acceleration in 32 seconds. On the front-wheel drive version the figures are 196 km/h, 10.2 seconds and 31.9 seconds respectively.

The efficient Haldex system that controls the four-wheel drive means precious little difference in fuel economy, too, with a combined figure of 6.1 litres/100 km on the 2WD and 6.5 litres on the 4WD version.

Brakes are uprated on the Altea freetrack, with larger 260×12 discs (225×10 on the 2WD version), ensuring assured stopping power in any situation.

The following table compares the 2WD Altea with the new 140 hp 2.0 TDI Altea freetrack in terms of performance, fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

SEAT Altea Freetrack 2.0 TDI Car Photo

Top-notch safety

The Altea freetrack is equipped with the latest safety elements for peace of mind traveling alone or with the whole family.

The freetrack features six airbags as standard across the entire range (driver, passenger, side and head airbags) and two more can be added to cushion the rear sides without hindering the possibility of sliding the rear seat for increased cargo. The rear seats are also fitted with Isofix anchoring points for child seats.

The car also includes all the usual electronic active safety systems: ABS, TCS and ESP + DSR with EBA and tyre pressure warning.

The TCS traction control intervenes in the engine management to prevent the wheels from spinning when accelerating on slippery surfaces while the ESP (Electronic Stability Program) teams up with the Driving Steering Recommendation (DSR) system, which detects the quality of braking at each axle and takes corrective action by transmitting a small impulse to the steering wheel to keep the vehicle on the correct course. EBA (Emergency Brake Assistance) can also come to the driver’s aid by boosting the brake pressure during an emergency stop.

The ESP system fitted to the freetrack also incorporates TSP (Trailer Stability Program), which is specifically designed to enhance vehicle safety when towing. TSP helps stabilise a trailer when towing in bad weather, on a poor road surface or under emergency braking.

The chassis structure itself is yet another safety feature, and the freetrack’s has been developed as a protective cell. In the event of an impact, the areas of programmed deformation have been well-studied to provide maximum energy absorption and the highest level of passenger protection.

SEAT Altea Freetrack 2.0 TDI Photo

New latest generation SEAT Mediasystem navigator

Technology is clearly at the heart of this vehicle, thus the latest Altea freetrack features the sophisticated new SEAT Mediasystem navigator as an option. Many significant improvements have been made to previous navigation equipment, and the new Mediasystem integrates numerous extra functions.

The system includes DVD mapping information featuring no less than 28 Western European countries, a 6.5″ colour touch screen with VGA (800 x 400) resolution and a 30 Gb internal hard disk, to slash route planning calculation times.

Manufactured by Siemens, and with Navteq mapping, the SEAT Mediasystem includes several other non-navigation facilities that improve communication and deliver stereo sound quality. One of its highlights is sound adjustment - it optimises sound according to the volume and shape of each model’s passenger compartment.

With the new Mediasystem, the SEAT Technical Centre in Martorell has furnished all current and future audio and video needs by developing a system that responds to new uses and available technology.

On-board entertainment can be enhanced still further via an innovative, optional, 7″ TFT screen multimedia system. The screen folds down from the car’s roof lining, and the system includes an RCA connection to plug in DVD players, video games consoles, laptops and MP3 players, with sound played through the car’s own sound system.

Generous standard equipment

The SEAT Altea freetrack features a broad range of standard equipment including fog lamps front and rear, electric heated door mirrors, twin chrome tailpipe, roof rails, dual zone climate control air conditioning, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, leather steering wheel and gearknob, one-touch electric front windows with anti-trap function, rain sensing windscreen wipers, cruise control, trip computer, ‘coming home’ headlight function, CD/MP3 stereo radio with steering wheel controls and AUX-in connection, remote controlled central locking, electromechanical power steering, front and side airbags with front passenger airbag deactivation, Isofix child seat anchoring points, height adjustable front seats with lumbar control, tyre pressure monitoring and 225/50 tyres on 17-inch alloy rims.

The range of optional extras includes tempting choices such as the new generation navigation system with 6.5 inch touch screen, DVD player and 30 Gb hard disk, Bluetooth connection with steering wheel controls, heated front seats, Bi-xenon headlights and AFS, rear privacy glass, rear side airbags and more.

The SEAT Altea freetrack 4WD equipped with the efficient 140 hp 2.0 TDI engine guarantees on and off-road driving satisfaction. Whatever the destination, its gripping traction, performance, low fuel consumption and stability on any type of terrain make driving it a real pleasure.

SEAT Altea freetrack CO2 emissions

2.0 TSI 200 hp 4WD 223
2.0 TDI 140 hp 2WD 163
2.0 TDI 140 hp 4WD 171
2.0 TDI 170 hp 4WD 179

SEAT Altea freetrack optional equipment

Rear side airbags (thorax)
Rear privacy glass
Two zone cargo net with storage compartments
Navigation system with 6.5″ color touch screen, DVD playback and 30 Gb hard disk, Bluetooth connection and steering wheel controls (includes DVD mapping)
Electric glass sunroof (not available on 4WD version)
Ceiling storage compartment with 7″ TFT screen and RCA connectors
Ceiling storage compartment
Heated front seats
Bi-xenon headlights + AFS
Bluetooth telephone installation+ anti-theft aerial (8 speakers). Includes steering wheel controls
Metallic paint
Emoción red paint

SEAT Altea Freetrack 2.0 TDI Picture