Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupé SUV: Sporty Coupé at the highest level

With the Concept Coupé SUV, Mercedes-Benz is raising the standard to a new, higher level in literally multiple respects. This extremely sporty study impresses as a typical representative of the long-standing coupé tradition at Mercedes-Benz, with a flowing side line, stretched greenhouse and striking radiator grille with central chrome louvre. At the same time the Concept Coupé SUV stands out with its muscular wings, large wheel arches, imposing 22-inch wheels, high beltline and generous ground clearance.

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French automaker Peugeot is set to unveil an all-new concept car, which it claims is from the same lineage as its Onyx supercar concept, at this year’s Beijing Autoshow (also known as Auto China 2014, April 20 to 29). Designed for four occupants the concept vehicle has a length of 4.73 meters and a height of 1.31 meters, demonstrating athletic and racy body shapes. Read more

While the Chevy Volt is a fabulous car, Americans have argued that it is a bit too expensive at $39,145.But what may amaze us more is GM’s Volt  is selling in China for RMB 498,000 or $78,276 U.S. Yes, and there are also likely to be a lot of buyers at that price. So you could either buy two of the Volt’s here or go to China and buy one of the expensive ones. That being said, this car is going to be available at that price in 8 cities in China, i.e, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Foshan. Read more

Those of you who have been awaiting the pumped up, all polished 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo have been eagerly awaiting the pricing details. So here we go. The best performing version f the Beetle is expected to retail at $23,395, followed by $24,495 if ou would like to receive six-speed DSG transmission. Base models are expected to sell at $18,995 with the old five-speed manual gearbox. Step it up a bit to the Tiptronic six-speed auto for $20,895.

The gorgeous bug is expected to be available in three versions: Base, Sunroof and Sunroof, Sound and Navi. Pay $27,995 and you can get a top-shelf 2.0T with the panoramic sunroof, Fender hi-fi sound system and navigation. For another 2k extra, you can get DSG for $29,095.

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I’ve heard of creative charitable efforts yes, but this one totally rocks it. The banana-shaped car that you see in the picture above is not just a funny pseudo-car sitting at the entrance of some circus, but a real one, built from scratch out of a 1991 Ford F-150. Developed by Steve Braithwaite who moved to the US from England two decades ago, the ‘Big Banana’ car is going to be used by him and his brother Spade to tour the world and spread awareness about deep venin thrombosis, a medical condition that led to their mother’s death.

Going by the looks of that car, it isn’t surprising that the brothers have already managed to raise $1200 for the cause and hope to be able to raise a lot more. Come Spring, and don’t be surprised if you see this eye-catching Banana-shaped car zifting past you and leaves you wondering if you just saw what you saw.

 

Clean Energy Innovations (CEI) was recently awarded the Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest Emerging Business Grand Prize for its software innovation that supposedly enhances the power performance of mobile phone batteries. Hearing this of course, the automobiles industry is not one to be left far behind, and CEI is hopeful that this software system could also be used in plug-in vehicles and could help enhance the battery life by 25 per cent. A rather ambitious goal I’d say. The company explains that the software controls the battery’s internal resistance and limits heat buildup, which allows for more efficient use of the charge.  The company infact is so confident on this, that it has announced plans of opening up a facility in southeast Michigan by the end of this year, have it operational by 2012 and start production and testing of these batteries for the automobiles industry.

If you are looking for a video that is nothing but a treat to your eyes and a tease to your cravings, click here to see what has been called a tour of the Koenigsegg factory. Not necessarily a tour, but more of a glimpse into the fabulous world of technology meeting aesthetic intelligence, the video does give you a sneak peak at the Agera and CCXR, teamed with special appearance of Christian Koenigsegg.

In an age when wakeboarding and several other watersports are coming on the forefront again, what you are about to witness is high energy coupled with nature-driven power. Yes, the performer still needs more practice before he gets to the full functioning of that water-powered jet-pack called the Jetlev R200. That’s Bradley Hasemeyer from Translogic using the craft to ripple the waves. He is now in Miami, Florida enjoying the jet pack.  After strapping himself onto that dynamic watersport-machine that costs nearly $100,000, the man takes off on a bumpy, clumsy, but radically exciting sway through the water.

Sure, it is isn’t as stunning-looking as several of the cars out there but the Fiat Panda has stuck its purpose. With more than two milion units sold since its launch in May 2003, Fiat’s only Panda production factory in Tychy, Poland, has been a very busy one.  You might wonder where these Pandas are, if these 2 million are already out there. Well, the stallions in the Panda owning race are Italy with 1,204,734 units, followed by Germany with 164,600, France grabbed 125,239 and Poland snatched up 115,465 units.

Offered with three gas-sipping engines at 54-horsepower 1.1-liter, a 69-hp 1.2-liter and the range-topping 77-hp 1.4-liter, there’s two additional versions at 75-hp 1.3-liter diesel engine and compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum.

While the next-generation upgraded version is getting ready for arrival in 2012, The Polish facility is busy churning out more of the present model.

What some may call tacky and mid-funk, I would call stylish and rugged. That’s really what I think of this innovation or special edition by Tumi. Having teamed up with Mini, they have created the Mini Clubmans: a Hunter Green one with the orange and black trim with the custom luggage pod on the rood, and another one is the Clubman Cooper S which is basically black with a red trim. I love it! Tumi has gone one step ahead with the style and applied its own custom interiors.

Whether it will be available to anyone outside of the Chinese market, stays unknown. But for the few and far between like me, that like it, we will find a way to get access to it. Period.