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Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force – Debut @ L.A. Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz will reveal the Ener-G-Force concept vehicle later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

It’s an imposing seven-seater dressed in highway-patrol vehicle guise, and it also provides the centerpiece for the German carmaker’s entry into this year’s Los Angeles Design Challenge.


As Mercedes’ entry for this year’s Los Angeles Design Challenge, which seeks a highway-patrol vehicle for the year 2025, the Ener-G-Force’s proposed driveline consists of four wheel-mounted, hydrogen-powered electric motors. Water held in containers on the roof and a so-called Hydro-Tech converter provides electricity that is stored in batteries within the concept car’s broad sills, which also act as tread plates. Mercedesprojects a range of up to 497 miles.Read more:

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Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept @Paris

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Audi says its Crosslane Coupe concept merely previews future design and technology ideas, yet we know that it’s actually our first glimpse at the Q2 crossover due next year. The new Q2, however, will probably incorporate some of the clever styling and efficiency strategies shown in the Paris show car.

The optimistic economy claims, angular styling, and fanciful touches like a removable CFRP roof panel make it clear the Crosslane Coupe is just a concept car. Yet we can expect to see much of the design language and some version of this plug-in hybrid powertrain when the Audi Q2 makes its official debut in late 2013

McLaren P1 Here

A car produced by a company with the most historic success this side of Ferrari in Grand Prix competition would aim for nothing less.

McLaren says this will be a range-topping version for its lineup, which includes coupe and spider versions of the MP4-12C. The company will use technology from that supercar—and advance it. Specs are not confirmed, but we expect the P1 will employ an upgraded version of the twin-turbo V8 fortified with KERS. Plus McLaren’s carbon-fiber monocoque will advance lightweight technology even further.

The 2012 Paris motor show, or as it is officially known – Mondail de l’Automobile – will take place Sept. 27 through Oct. 14, 2012. It occurs every two years alternating with the Frankfurt motor show in Germany. The Paris motor show is a spotlight for the latest in design, but automakers will also be showing off their latest concept cars, green cars and supercars.

Aston Martin AM310 – Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

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The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is more than a celebration of classic automotive design. It’s also a great opportunity to view cutting-edge concept vehicles.

This year’s event saw the debut of the BMW Zagato coupe concept, and the Alfa Romeo 4C concept took home the concours’ coveted “Design Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes.”

You’d never know it based on the official coverage (or lack thereof), but Aston Martin also unveiled a concept at the concours. Named AM310, the striking coupe made its debut with little fanfare and next to no details. Aston Martin has remained oddly tight-lipped about the AM310’s particulars, leaving enthusiasts to speculate as to how predictive of the upcoming DBS replacement the concept may or may not be.

We do know that the AM310 is powered by a 6.0-liter V12, and its styling is influenced by the exotic One-77. Design cues borrowed from the composite supercar are certainly visible in the AM310’s aggressive profile, although the One-77’s side strakes and grille gave way to elements that are rather like those on the current DBS. Visible carbon-fiber elements hint at lightweight bodywork of the same material concealed beneath the concept’s bright red paint.
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Audi Revives the A2 with Frankfurt Concept

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Audi  has officially confirmed plans for a lightweight, electric successor to the  A2–six years after the first-generation model ceased production.

Previewed by a four-seat concept car set to  make its world debut at the Frankfurt motor show this  month, the four-door hatchback retains the distinctive one-and-half-box  silhouette, short overhangs and shallow greenhouse treatment of the original  A2–still considered one of the most advanced small cars ever put into  large-scale production because of its lightweight aluminum spaceframe  construction and 1,973-pound curb weight.

But while the first-generation A2, launched in 1999, boasted a rounded,  Bauhaus-inspired exterior design, the new A2–tentatively set to go on sale in  2013–gets a more technical appearance in keeping with other recent new Audi  models. The new A2 is set to share elements of its chassis and underpinnings  with the A1.

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Toyota GRMN Hybrid Concept II packs 295 hp

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BMW 328 Hommage Concept: 2011 Concorso d’Eleganza Village d’Este

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Jaguar to launch C-X75 supercar in 2013

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Jaguar can today confirm that it will launch the remarkable C-X75 concept car as an exclusive hybrid supercar.

 Jaguar C-X75 will become the British marque’s most advanced model to date. It will offer performance on a par with the fastest production cars on the market, while adopting cutting-edge technology that offers remarkably economical running. Jaguar expects this hybrid supercar to deliver incredibly low CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km while being able to achieve in excess of 200mph.

 “People expect Jaguar to be innovators – that is when Jaguar is at its best,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Brand Director. “The C-X75 received an incredible reception as a concept car. We’ve been building on that momentum and there is a clear business case for this exclusive halo model. No other vehicle will better signify Jaguar’s renewed confidence and excellence in technological innovation than this.”

Project C-X75 will be the ultimate expression of Jaguar design and engineering innovation. This high-performance hybrid supercar will stay true to the initial concept design study that made its debut at the 2010 Paris motor show, while fulfilling requirements that allow it to be homologated for road use.
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