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Rendered Speculation: BMW S.X. Concept

07/15/2009   [Original: 0-60 via Autoblog]
Category: Concept Cars, Coupes, BMW, Rendered Speculation

BMW S.X. Concept - Click above for image gallery

Looking at some of the controversial recent designs coming out of BMW, many enthusiasts might think that it's not hard to imagine that study hall doodles would be preferable. Not exactly a schoolboy anymore, Iulian Bumbu has applied skills learned at a Milanese automotive design program to a BMW etude.

The car looks like it could actually be possible, wearing design cues that echo the recently redone Z4. The renderings call to mind the recently scuttled Concept CS from BMW's own pens, depicting a car that's extra-wide, super-low, and ultra aggressive. In any case, BMW could do worse than this flight of fancy.

Gallery: BMW Concept SX Proposal

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Jaguar XJ Coupe may be under consideration

07/14/2009   [Original: Motoring Sky via Autoblog]
Category: Coupes, Jaguar, Rendered Speculation

The man behind the team that penned the new Jaguar XJ, Ian Callum, has let slip that his crews drawing instruments are again at work again, this time on an XJC. That would be a coupe version of the XJ, something not seen since 1978. In an interview with Motoring Sky during the new XJ's unveiling, Callum admitted that the English automaker hasn't just thought about it: "We've actually drawn one already, but who knows."

That's probably as solid an indication that buyers might get a crack at a coupe model as we're likely to get for some time. If the car Callum's posse draws looks anything like the rendering shown here, then we almost think it's worth buying the sedan just to be able to help Jag build the business case for the coupe.

In the interview, Callum also talks about the car's controversial blacked-out rear pillars and a series hybrid in the works. Click the link for the interview, and if you're keen on the idea of a XJC, then get your wallets out to cast your vote.

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Rendered speculation: 2011 Audi A6

07/13/2009   [Original: AutoZeitung via AudiBlog.nl via Autoblog]
Category: Sedans/Saloons, Audi, Rendered Speculation

The next generation Audi A6 sedan is about a year away from its debut, but if this rendering is anything to go by, this year's Sportback concept will be the primary influence for Audi's redesigned mid-sizer. The Sportback provided the biggest evolution of Audi's design language since the debut of its massive shield grilles earlier in the decade.

The updated look includes more surface development in the nose and the possible production debut of a new hexagonal grille. The headlight clusters have a shape that's pinched toward the center of the car, in a similar fashion to the taillights on recent models like the A4 and Q5. At this point we don't know what the greenhouse will look like, but a change from the rounded shape of the last generation seems likely -- and overdue.

Gallery: Detroit 2009: Audi Sportback Concept

Gallery: Audi Sportback Concept

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Google phone designers plot for "The End of Driving" with autonomobile

07/08/2009   [Original: Core77 via Autoblog]
Category: Hybrids/Alternative, Etc., Green, Lifestyle, Rendered Speculation

Mike and Maaike's Autonomobile - Click above for high-res image gallery

In Possible Future Scenario #317-B, San Francisco industrial design firm Mike and Maaike presents the atnmbl (get it? - "autonomobile"). Less a car than an autonomous, seven-person mobile living room, the atnmbl is billed as a complete redesign of the car for those who believe that the ideal driving experience is not driving.

Essentially an all-wheel-drive Internet sitting room, the solar and electric atnmbl asks you where you want to go and then takes you there. Speed and acceleration are "irrelevant considerations," time savings is the key - that is, unless you ask the atnmbl to take the scenic route. Since you're not driving, you'll need something to do during the trip, hence the Internet browsing screen and open-source software architecture to download apps, social networking capabilities, and... a bar.

Mike and Maaike don't predict seeing the atnmbl until 2040, which gives you some time to enjoy having to leave your couch to go camping. As for such a thing actually materializing, coming from the folks who designed the Google Phone, and with, perhaps, the ears of Google's muckamucks, well, hey, who knows. In the meantime, you can read what the firm has to say about its creation after the jump.

Gallery: Mike and Maaike Autonomobile

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Google phone designers plot for "The End of Driving" with autonomous car/lounge

07/08/2009   [Original: Core77 via Autoblog]
Category: Hybrids/Alternative, Etc., Green, Lifestyle, Rendered Speculation

In Possible Future Scenario #317-B, San Francisco industrial design firm Mike and Maaike presents the atnmbl (get it? - "autonomobile"). Less a car than an autonomous, seven-person mobile living room, the atnmbl is billed as a complete redesign of the car for those who believe that the ideal driving experience is not driving.

Essentially an all-wheel-drive Internet sitting room, the solar and electric atnmbl asks you where you want to go and then takes you there. Speed and acceleration are "irrelevant considerations," time savings is the key - that is, unless you ask the atnmbl to take the scenic route. Since you're not driving, you'll need something to do during the trip, hence the Internet browsing screen and open-source software architecture to download apps, social networking capabilities, and... a bar.

Mike and Maaike don't predict seeing the atnmbl until 2040, which gives you some time to enjoy having to leave your couch to go camping. As for such a thing actually materializing, coming from the folks who designed the Google Phone, and with, perhaps, the ears of Google's muckamucks, well, hey, who knows. In the meantime, you can read what the firm has to say about its creation after the jump.

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Daily U-Turn: What you missed on 6.30.09

07/01/2009   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Convertibles, Mazda, Rendered Speculation

Autoblog Comparo: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon vs. Hummer H3T

The Wrangler Unlimited and H3T live on the fatter part of the buying curve, but any time a Jeep is summoned to the ring, the other vehicle is inevitably the challenger. Even though the H3T is still relatively new to the world, it came time to find out if it was ready to stand up and fight for its place.

Consumer Reports lambasts Honda Insight, ranks it 21 out of 22 vehicles tested

Calling it "the most disappointing Honda Consumer Reports has tested in a long time," America's most influential product testing magazine has given extremely poor marks to the Japanese automaker's new Insight hybrid.

Officially Official: Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni

Few names resonate more with the Lamborghini faithful than Valentino Balboni, Lambo's long-term test driver who's honed every model to roll off the line since 1973. In an ultimate tribute to Balboni, the Italian supercar manufacturer has created this: the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni.

Other news of import

  • BMW threatening to oust Lexus as #1 luxury automaker in U.S.

  • EPA reverses decision, approves California's greenhouse gas emissions waiver

  • Toyota Camry tops this year's Cars.com American-Made Index

  • New Hyundai Assurance provision locks gas at $1.49/gal for one year [w/VIDEO]
  • GM: Volt to be sportier alternative to Prius and Insight

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Rendered Speculation: Mazda preparing sub-Miata MX-2?

07/01/2009   [Original: Auto Express via Autoblog]
Category: Convertibles, Mazda, Rendered Speculation

We've seen it happen a million times: a small car is successful, then the automaker ruins it by making it larger and heavier to satisfy what it thinks the average buyer is after. Fortunately, that hasn't been the case with the Mazda MX-5, which - retractable hardtop option notwithstanding - the Japanese automaker has always been careful not to spoil the core elements of the MX-5. So we'll take reports that Mazda is preparing an even smaller MX-2 with a grain of salt. But a small one.

According to the speculation, a future MX-2 would come in noticeably smaller than the full-size Miata, and therefore require smaller engines. Something between 700cc and 1.6-liter engines are reportedly in store, with a turbo at the top end delivering 160 horsepower. No word on layout, but we'd grudgingly expect a front-drive set-up when the purported MX-2 is unveiled as early as 2012.

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Rendered Speculation: Is this the new Saab 9-5?

06/29/2009   [Original: Saabs United via Autoblog.nl via Autoblog]
Category: Frankfurt Auto Show, Spy Photos, Sedans/Saloons, Wagons/Estates, Saab, Rendered Speculation

Saabs United procured some rendered versions of the coming Saab 9-5 that are purportedly from Saab itself. While computer renderings must be viewed with a few packets of salt sprinkled on the screen, if you compare the 9-5 sedan render with a spy shot of the rear end of the actual car, the similarities look promising.

The wagon rendering is simply too brutally sexy to be believed, and so -- only in order not to have our hopes dashed -- we refuse to believe it. If Saab did have the gumption to design such a car, and Koenigsegg does have the wherewithal to properly market it, then we might just have a proper Swedish car company on our hands again. The 9-5 sedan arrives at this year's Frankfurt Auto Show and goes on sale this year, with the wagon following next year.

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Daily U-Turn: What you missed on 6.25.09

06/26/2009   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Bugatti, Rendered Speculation

First Drive: 2010 Porsche Panamera a 4-door sedan 78 years in the making

The Porsche Panamera has drawn more than its fair share of criticism, but after three days of seat time, we're prepared to declare Porsche's first four-door the new sports sedan benchmark. Find out why in our First Drive.

Obama signs Cash-for-Clunkers bill into law, countdown to start begins

President Obama has put pen to paper and signed off on Cash-for-Clunkers. Now, the Transportation Department has 30 days to figure out the rules before the plan begins at the end of July.

VIDEO: Commencing countdown, engine on for LS9-powered Hennessey HPE700

Hennessey Performance made good on its promise of shoehorning the all-conquering Corvette ZR1's supercharged V8 into the 2010 Camaro, and here's video proof that the beast lives.

Other news of import

  • Next BMW M5 to feature twin-turbo V10 with 600 hp

  • New Toyota CEO takes 30% pay cut, sees no recovery for two years

  • Volkswagen considering stake in Suzuki for micro-car alliance

  • 2010 GMC Terrain priced from $24,995
  • 2010 BMW 1 Series gets two new engines abroad, additional trim levels

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Retrotastic Render: Bugatti Stratos Concept

06/26/2009   [Original: Delusso via Carscoop via Autoblog]
Category: Bugatti, Rendered Speculation

Bugatti Stratos Concept - Click above for a high-res image gallery

French graphic designer Bruno Delusso didn't want to be bothered with the engineering and mechanical issues that plague the average concept car - he just wanted to create something stunning. So by throwing production feasibility, drivetrain components and caution to the wind, he succeeded.

Inspired by the Bugatti Type 57, Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Mille Miglia and Raymond Lowey's locomotive designs, Delusso rendered up this: the Bugatti Stratos. Aside from the rear window and grille, it's difficult to peg the Statos as anything more than futuristic, Photoshop-enhanced naval-gazing, but the design speaks for itself, so check it out in the image gallery below.

Gallery: Bugatti Stratos

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