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A Production Buick Avenir? Sort Of

Buick previews updated LaCrosse, picking up exotic concept’s cues.

by on Sep.23, 2015

A teaser shot reveals the "Avenir-inspired" grille of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse.

Buick scored one of its rare, bit hits with the debut of the striking Avenir concept at the Detroit Auto Show last January. Ever since, there’s been plenty of buzz about whether the make might put that show car into production.

So, Buick is touching off another flurry as it offers up a carefully cropped teaser image of the next-generation LaCrosse sedan, set to debut at the L.A. Auto Show, suggesting it picks up “Avenir concept-inspired design cues.”

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“The Avenir concept shattered expectations of what a Buick could be and the 2017 LaCrosse promises to do the same,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “Its expressive design represents a break from convention and highlights the progressiveness in all new Buick models.”

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Nissan Hopes to Sway Small Car Buyers with New Concept

Nissan Sway concept expected to reappear as the next Nissan Micra.

by on Feb.25, 2015

The Nissan Sway concept is believed to be a close-to-production design tease for the next Micra.

Nissan is out to prove that big things really can come in small packages, the maker offering up a first teaser image of the new Sway concept vehicle it plans to unveil at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

The small hatchback is expected to be a thinly disguised version of the next-generation Micra, according to several sources TheDetroitBureau.com spoke with. The Nissan Sway concept underscores the increasingly competitive nature of the minicar market, particularly in Europe, where buyers expect many of the same features, and much the same level of creature comfort, as they’d get in larger products.

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“Sway is a glimpse at how a future generation of small Nissan models could look if the company’s striking new design language was applied to a European hatchback,” Nissan said in a short release accompanying the teaser image.

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It’s All in the Concept: Show Cars Pack Them in at NAIAS

But what you see might soon be what you get.

by on Jan.16, 2014

Kia's GT4 Stinger Concept was developed in a bid to enhance the Korean carmaker's image.

It’s all in the concept – at least for many automotive show-goers who can’t wait to check out the latest concept vehicles that are on display at this year’s North American International Auto Show.

Nearly a dozen new ones are making their debut this year.  Some, like the new Toyota FT-1, are pure fantasy, designed to stretch the minds of automotive designers and the public alike.  Others, like the Acura TLX Concept, are thinly disguised production vehicles that will reach showrooms in a matter of months.

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“They’re one of the best reasons to come to a show like this,” said Charlie Vogelheim, a California journalist who stuck around after the official NAIAS Media Days this week to get a second, more casual peek at some of the vehicles making their debut in Detroit.

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VW Passat BlueMotion Concept Squeezes Subcompact Mileage out of a Midsize Sedan

More proof the internal combustion engine isn’t dead.

by on Jan.08, 2014

VW's Passat BlueMotion Concept could make it even harder to justify a hybrid.

There are a number of folks – including some California regulators – who’d be happy to see the internal combustion engine go extinct. But as makers of hybrids and other battery-cars have learned to their chagrin, the time-tested ICE is proving a moving target that’s shown a lot more life than many expected.

A case in point is the Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Concept making its world debut next week at the North American International Auto Show.  With a highway fuel economy rating estimated at 42 mpg, the German sedan is nudging into compact and even subcompact territory.

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How get near-hybrid efficiency out of a conventional gasoline engine? VW engineers pulled several tricks out of their sleeves.  For one thing, the BlueMotion Concept adopts increasingly familiar Stop/Start technology which briefly shuts the engine off, rather than idling.  There’s also a transmission decoupling system that lets the Passat prototype freewheel when coasting, reducing normal frictional losses. But there’s an even more novel approach alternately known as cylinder deactivation and variable displacement.

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Photos of Volvo Concept XC Coupe Leak Out

Anticipated replacement for XC90.

by on Jan.08, 2014

The Volvo Concept XC Coupe is expected to return in production form as a 2-door version of the XC90.

Everything you may have known about Volvo is wrong – certainly if you’re stuck back in the old days when the Swedish maker produced a narrow line of boxy, boring stations wagons.  These days, the maker is rolling out some increasingly dynamic and curvaceous designs with only a single wagon in its line-up and, oh, yes, Volvo is now owned by the ambitious Chinese automaker Geely.

We’ll get a good sense of where Volvo is heading in the days ahead when it tolls out its new Concept XC Coupe at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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It’s the successor to the Volvo Concept C that we first saw at the Frankfurt Motor Show last autumn, which Volvo insiders confirmed as giving the world a good sense of the company’s future design direction.

Indeed, the Volvo Concept XC Coupe is expected to return in production form later this year as a coupe version of the next-generation XC90 crossover.

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Infiniti Offers First Look at Q50 Eau Rouge

Race-Inspired concept coming to Detroit Auto Show – and Facebook.

by on Jan.02, 2014

Infiniti offers the first image of the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept - and asks fans to help reveal more.

Infiniti has released the first image of its “race-inspired” Q50 Eau Rouge concept a little more than a week before the prototype will make its debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show.

The Eau Rouge, Infiniti explains “draws inspiration” from the Formula One program that pairs the Japanese luxury maker and its four-time World Champion-winning partner, Infiniti Red Bull Racing.

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“From our shared passion for performance with Infiniti Red Bull Racing grew a collective desire to produce a vision of what a high-performance Infiniti Q50 could look like,” explains Infiniti’s Executive Design Director Alfonso Albaisa, who suggests that, “The design has a number of distinctive Formula One-inspired touches.”

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Nissan Sport Sedan Concept Hints at Next Maxima

IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO also coming to Detroit.

by on Dec.31, 2013

The Nissan Sport Sedan Concept.

Nissan will lift the covers on the new Sport Sedan Concept next month – but don’t be surprised if the name, “Maxima,” immediately comes to mind.  While the Japanese maker isn’t offering many details, the striking show car is expected to give a good idea of what’s to come when the next production Maxima reaches market in the coming year.

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That would be a welcome move considering Nissan’s corporate design language has evolved significantly since the current Maxima was introduced in 2008. Traditionally the sportiest of Nissan’s sedans, it has undergone little change in the following years.

“The Sport Sedan Concept previews a new energetic design direction that amplifies Nissan’s legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan,” suggests a statement from Nissan accompanying this teaser image.

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Tokyo Motor Show Likely to be as Wacky as Ever

From rolling phone booths to, well, something strange on wheels.

by on Nov.01, 2013

The Daihatsu FC Deck is due for a formal introduction at the Tokyo Motor Show this month.

Unlike most major auto shows, organizers in Tokyo stage their big automotive extravaganza just once every other year, a seemingly odd schedule considering the importance of both the Japanese market and its home auto industry. But, then again, it just may take two years for manufacturers to dream up some of the wild, weird and wacky concept vehicles that have long been a hallmark of the Tokyo Motor Show.

With the show still several weeks away we’re just beginning to get a first look at some of what’s in store for the 2013 Japanese event. But the images provided by minicar maker Daihatsu suggest that this year’s Tokyo Motor Show won’t be letting us down.

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In fact, Daihatsu may be taking things to extremes, coming up with the sort of name singer Prince could have appreciated when he was known by an unpronounceable symbol.  It’s hydrogen-powered concept has been dubbed the FC凸DECK.  And we can only wonder how we’re supposed to pronounce that middle icon.  (Some interpretations probably aren’t appropriate for a G-rated publication.)

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Infiniti Reveals Q30 Concept

Show car blends bits of coupe, hatchback and crossover.

by on Aug.27, 2013

Infiniti's Q30 Concept will come quite close to the production version of the coupe...er, hatchback...er, crossover...er, vehicle.

To paraphrase the old Doublemint Gum tagline, the new Infiniti Q30 Concept is three, three, three cars in one.

Set to make its official world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, the prototype is, as Infiniti’s release puts it, “not a coupe, not a hatch and not a crossover but a fusion of the three body styles.”

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The Q30 is the latest in a long-running series of prototypes – including the well-reviewed Essense, Etherea and Emerg-e – intended to reveal what the Nissan luxury brand refers to as “the contemporary design vision” it is following at this rather critical stage in its corporate life.  Long stuck in the second tier of largely U.S.-focused upscale brands, Infiniti is now determined to reposition itself as a truly global Tier I luxury marque.

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Infiniti Planning Q30 Concept for Frankfurt

by on Aug.08, 2013

The Infiniti Q30 Concept will make its formal debut at the Frankfurt Messe on the morning of September 10th.

Infiniti has rolled out a number of intriguing show cars in recent years, and one might be tempted to dismiss the Q30 Concept as nothing more than another styling exercise when it makes its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.  That would probably be a mistake.

The maker has released a preliminary rendering of the Infiniti Q30 concept which, it notes, continues the styling evolution it has signaled with earlier prototypes like the Essence, Etherea and Emerg-e. But the fact that the Frankfurt show car will adopt the new Infiniti model nomenclature is probably a strong signal of what it really represents.

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“This Infiniti Q30 Concept is a prelude to the product portfolio expansion which underpins our aggressive global growth strategy,” said Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company, Ltd. “In our quest to appeal to the modern, young-minded premium customer, the Infiniti Q30 Concept has a distinctive style and reaches new levels of product quality.”

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