There are not many shoebox-designed commuters that come with space for your surfing boards and dirt bikes, but the Daihatsu Deca Deca Concept showcased in Tokyo, begs to differ on this count. It is called the ‘workspace on wheels’ and rightly so for other than that amazing boot space it has rear seats that can be swiveled and folded, while the front passenger seat could be rotated doubling as a mini conference space. The engine capacity of this concept should hardly be a thing to discuss for Daihatsu never claimed that it is an outright scorcher. But for the record there’s a 1.3-litre 3-cylinder turbo engine mated to a FWD CVT Transmission. There is no word yet on the Deca Deca hitting the production facility.
The entry level XE roadster from Jaguar is finally coming to terms with reality. It is now being told that the Jaguar XE will be manufactured and will have a rectangular grille which is found on the XF and XJ sedans. Speculations are that an E-type grille will surface sometime in the future. Also, the design team is still not sure about the size of the latest XK as they believe that a larger model could challenge the likes of the Maserati GranTurismo as a genuine four-seater. Others challenge the change saying that the XK should remain true to its present size. What we affirm is that both models will use XK’s aluminum chassis. [via WCF]
The Revolte Concept from Citroen, a throwback to the 2CV, has been a matter of great confusion since no one is thoroughly sure whether it will ever make it to the production floor. The images of the concept have however broken cover and it looks like a premium sporting hatch which will borrow some traits from the Citroen DS3. At the front the small beast gets the updated Citroen grille, small headlights and a honeycomb lower face. The rear doors on the sporting hatch open rearward which maintain the C-shape form of the car at all times. We will have to wait until the Frankfurt Motor Show kicks off next week, before we know more. [via WCF]
BMW is raking in the EfficientDynamics technology for every possible model just to ensure that it uses every drop of diesel to optimum use. The latest commuter bearing the BMW moniker and carrying the ED technology is the Vision Concept which is supposedly being taken off the veil at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Spotted in Munich, the Vision is capable of delivering M-Like performance with unbelievable economy numbers and uber low emissions. These pleasing promises are a courtesy of the VED Concept assisted by 1.5 L three-cylinder turbo diesel engine mated to a complete hybrid powertrain with twin-electric motors. These motors are placed on the front and rear axles and are together capable of producing 365hp with 800Nm of Torque. Consequently the entire combination helps the Vision Concept dash from 0 to 100Km/h in 4.8 seconds, while its tope speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.
We’ve just finished discussing that the Toyota Camp at Frankfurt will be the place to be for it will debut to couple of impressive full Hybrid cars. The first one to be at the contingent will be the Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept which will be company’s first mainstream car deployed with full hybrid technology. Just for the record, full hybrid technology means that the commuter will be able to solely function on the electric engine or the combustion engine or a combination of both. There are not many details available about the electric commuter but what we are speculating is that the Auris too will be good enough to run short distances daily on the electric power for that is what HSD technology implies.
A 2009 Coventry University graduate has put in some renderings for an eco-friendly Aston Martin he dubs the Volare Concept. It looks like James Trim wants to run his two-seater luxury sports car on a center mounted high-power fuel cell stack in tandem with a rear-mounted battery pack. The front wheels are powered by coaxial electric motor and there are a couple of hydrogen tanks over the rear axle which ensures optimum weight distribution. Some traits of the Aston Martin DBS are also present especially the plunging roofline. Despite the use of alternative fuel, the fantastic sound and outright performance associated with the Aston Martin Brand is kept intact by the designer.
Taking inspiration from the designs of Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel, Saab Fashionista is a green concept sport coupe that is based on the Chevrolet Volt. Designed by a fourth year design student at Creapole-ESDI — Mayeul Walser, Saab Fashionista is probably hiding a range-extended electric powertrain under the stylish bodywork. And can you see those nine-spoke blade-like carbon fiber rims? A pretty amazing concept nevertheless, our main concern is that Saab and their GM parent company may not be in business by 2012, which would mean that the appealing design may never leave paper. [via Autoblog]
All set to make its official debut at the Seoul Motor Show, the first few details of the new Hyundai Blue Will Concept are out already. The plug-in petrol/electric hybrid car utilizes a 1.6-liter petrol engine along with an LG li-ion battery-powered 100 kW electric motor for all its power. With dye-sensitized solar cells built into the glass on the roof of the car (just to add juice to the battery), it’s bound to get all the attention of clean-fuel lovers. In addition to solar power, headlight bezels made from a material obtained from recycled plastic soft drink bottles and a biodegradable cover on the engine ad interiors, there is absolutely no doubt who Hyundai is targeting with this one. All set to steal the show come April 2; the Blue Will aims at greener future for automobile industry.