Mercedes has debuted a likeness of what their next generation CLS model will look like and it’s a beautiful work of art. It’s abstract, but resembles a Mercedes shrink wrapped with cellophane. This is a very different approach from Mercedes in the past or other manufacturers that like showing off clay sculptures or scale models.
The new Mercedes concept art is an attention getter for sure, even for those who aren’t into art. This art debut at Detroit will become the all new 2012 Mercedes CLS, when finally put into production and not just hidden under cover.
2012 Mercedes CLS Pics
Nissan has been busy like all car manufacturers trying to predict what the next big niche market will be. It’s obvious that Toyota had a grasp on what the kiddies would be scrambling to buy when the released the Scion line of vehicles. They aren’t what I would consider a must have, but they do appeal to the latest generation entering the 16 years old age. I prefer not to drive golf carts on the freeway.
The V2G concept is what Nissan thinks will be the future of the automotive market. The v2G is a quirky looking 3-Wheeler that took home the 2009 Design Los Angeles Award.
The focus of the Nissan V2G appears to be with increasing a cars environmental awareness. In concept only there have been measures taken with the V2G to allow for a reduction in waste. Furthermore, Nissan speculates the V2G will dot the landscape of a future high tech highway system, where vehicles are purchased like cell phone plans. This and we’ll have flying cars in the year 2000.
Snow tires not cutting it out in Colorado so far this year? Perhaps Subaru has the answer for you, at least in theory, a WRX STi equipped with snow tracks! And not just any WRX, a 400 horse power version was shown at the 2009 Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA).
Right now the snow track WRX is a modified rally version of Subaru’s popular all wheel drive car.
Under the hood, the ultimate Subaru snow machine sports a 2.5-liter,
4-cylinder, turbocharged and intercooled STI engine tuned with a MOTEC M800
ECU. The engine, which kicks out approximately 400 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of
torque, is teamed with a KAPS 5-speed close-ratio dog-engagement gearbox and
the Subaru programmable DCCD (Driver Controlled Center Differential) all-wheel
drive system. Employing custom machined hubs, the drivetrain – which has been
dropped three inches – is mated to Mattracks 105M1-A1 rubber track conversion.
The car also features Group N competition rally dampers made by EXE-TC.
Sorry guys, this is a one off, so no chance of catching this on the Subaru show room anytime soon. But I’m sure someone with deep enough pockets could contact Mattracks, which is responsible for the rubber track system pictured here.
Honda was showing off their latest in go-kart technology at the Toyota Motor Show with the all new CRZ concept. Of course it’s a hybrid and it’s biggest selling points are efficiency, but Honda is touting it as a hybrid sport vehicle. Performance and enough efficiency to keep the hippies at bay?
As you can see from the CR-Z pictures below, it’s a concept car still and I’m sure the glass ceiling w0n’t make it to production. Honda claims that the new CR-Z will be available in the US market by late 2010. Will this be available to compete with Chevy’s Volt?
Lexus is counting on buyers going smaller and more efficient in the years to come. And why not? With the success of the US governments clunker program and other incentives why wouldn’t someone buy a fuel efficient daily driver?
Lexus has released a picture of what they think the future of luxury hybrids will be, with the LF-Ch concept. View the pics below and chime in with your opinions. I personally don’t think anyone looking for expensive luxury would have any need for a smaller package. But perhaps Lexus is hoping to flesh out a new niche, not yet attained by competing manufacturers.
The all new 2010 Acura ZDX is being released to compete directly with the likes of the BMW X6 and Infinit FX35. The upcoming 2009 New York auto show will be it’s world debut, where Acura will show off the all new prototype ZDX. However, don’t expect to order the Acura ZDX until some unannounced time in the fall.
Speaking of placing an order for the Acurz ZDX, there still has not been any pricepoints announced. However, industry analysts feel that the ZDX will be priced in the $42k to $50k range. Not a budget throw away car, but still priced right below the competing target brands. Not to mention the radical teaser images of the Acura ZDX indicate it will have a little extra to offer those looking to drop a cool $50k.
“The ZDX prototype is unlike anything you have ever seen before from Acura,” said Jeff Conrad, Acura sales vice president.
Even performance wise, no imformation has been released. Speculators suspect that the engine will be the Acura popular TL SH-AWD 3.7 liter V6. If this engine is choose, expect power output to be around the 300 horsepower mark, coupled with a 6 speed transmission.
Yummy. But personally, I’m still waiting on them to bring back the NSX.
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