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Maserati Kubang – Family Likeness Pix

By: Luca Ciferri, Automotive News Europe on 4/24/2012

Maserati says the Beijing motor show will be the fourth and final auto show appearance for its Kubang SUV concept.

“After Beijing, we will retire the Kubang concept. Our SUV will reappear in its production form and with its final name in due time,” Maserati CEO Harald Wester told Automotive News Europe on the sidelines of the show.

Sources say the production version of the SUV will appear at the Detroit auto show in January 2014.

Unveiled last September at the Frankfurt auto show, the Kubang also has been displayed at auto shows in Dubai and Detroit.

In Beijing, the Kubang was located near one of its future rivals, the Lamborghini Urus concept.

Maserati, Lamborghini and Bentley want to enter the SUV niche a decade after Porsche broke with tradition and rolled out the Cayenne in 2002. The Cayenne–not the brand’s iconic 911–accounted for half of Porsche’s 118,867 sales in 2011.

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Maserati Kubang, Volvo Concept You & Mercedes-Benz F125

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The car Volvo unveiled on Tuesday at the Frankfurt motor show follows in the  path of the Universe concept shown in Shanghai, with more sporty styling and a  strong emphasis in the interior. Chief designer Peter Horbury says the fastback  shape was dictated by customer preferences.

Maserati revealed the Kubang concept Tuesday at the Frankfurt  motor show, and the vehicle is a strong indication of what the production  SUV will look like. It will use Jeep underpinnings but has a completely unique,  Italian-styled body penned in Modena.

At the Frankfurt motor  show, Mercedes-Benz  revealed its vision of how the range-topping S-class  coupe will evolve against a backdrop of increasingly tightening emission  standards with the unveiling of a bold new research vehicle called the F125.

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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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2012 Ferrari 458 Spider Revealed

Ferrari has unveiled the 458 Spider, claiming it to be the first series-production, mid-rear-engine car to be equipped with a folding hardtop roof.

to make its public debut at next month’s Frankfurt motor show, the 458
Spider forgoes the traditional fabric hood used by the earlier 430
Spider for a newly developed, Ferrari-patented
hardtop claimed to automatically fold back and stow ahead of the engine
bay in 14 seconds at the press of a dashboard-mounted button.

aluminum structure, which Ferrari describes as being fully integrated
into the styling of the 458, is claimed to weigh 55 pounds, less than
the fabric roof arrangement of the 430. It is also said to have been
engineered without compromising aerodynamics or performance–although
the official photographs released by Ferrari only show the 458 Spider
with its roof stowed.

BMW i3 & i8 Coming Soon?

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While the overtly sporting i8 is set to act as the performance figurehead for BMW’s  initial range of purpose-built alternative-drive vehicles, it is the less  expensive and the more practical i3 that offers the choice of either standard  plug-in electric or optional range-extended electric drive. This feature will  provide BMW’s “i” brand with broad appeal at a base price that executives suggest will be  comparable to more powerful versions of today’s 1-series when sales begin in  2013.

Conceived primarily for urban driving, the compact zero-emissions hatchback  eschews the traditional low-slung lines of contemporary BMW small cars for a  distinctly more upright stance that offers the i3 excellent all-round visibility  for ease of maneuverability in city traffic, along with room for up to four  adults and a nominal 7.1 cubic feet of luggage space behind the rear seats. In  BMW’s words, “It’s been designed for maximum practicality but without any  compromise in overall driving dynamics.”

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Leading BMW’s bold  alternative-drive charge is the striking i8, an advanced all-wheel-drive  plug-in hybrid revealed here prior to its public debut at the Frankfurt motor  show in September.

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Audi R8 Spyder 5.2-liter V10 Photos

Read all about it here:   AUTO WEEK.COM

BMW to Produce: Vision EfficientDynamics concept

Vision Concept - Click on Pic to Enlarge

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