“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”