the gradient, that slowly cycles around to denote time, gradually becomes darker from one o’clock to twelve o’clock.
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As a refresher, the Nissan Titan Warrior Concept was sort of a pitch at a performance off-road variant to the new full-size Titan, in a sort “Hey Ford F150 Raptor breathe.” It even comes with the new Cummins-sourced 5.0L turbodiesel V8.
Now, AutomotiveNews is saying Nissan is very interested in producing the truck for real.
“We’re making a big commitment to the pickup segment with the new Titan, and we’re also looking at where else we might take it now,” Nissan’s Director of Product Planning for trucks and SUVs, Rich Miller, said.
Miller did admit the market that they were specifically aiming for with the Titan Warrior Concept is small, but overall, has been a success despite being a niche. Examples include the Ford F150 Raptor and the Ram 1500 Rebel.
Titan Warrior Concept is an interpretation of “modern armor” but with certain homage to ancient warriors in literature. The truck has a Samurai meets Cyborg feel with carbon fiber fenders, cabin, and taillight spoilers.
The truck is coated in a custom matte-gunmetal paint called “Thunder.” It’s accented with “Magma” and black highlights.
Titan Warrior Concept utilizes the fully boxed ladder frame and Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel, with the standard, heavy-duty 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission as the base XD. Where Titan Warrior Concept differs is in suspension design. In the front, the standard suspension has been replaced with custom upper and lower control arms with performance ball joints, along with racing-style internal bypass reservoir coil-over shocks, with custom reservoir mounts and tie-rod extensions.
In the rear, modifications include custom internal bypass reservoir shocks with reservoir mounts. Adjusted-length prototype axles were installed, along with a special sway bar, relocated sway bar brackets, rear lift blocks, and U-bolts. Hydraulic, pressurized front and rear bump stops were also added.
Nissan’s desire to impact the truck market is obvious as potential buyers shop in 2016.
“Truck buyers have a seemingly insatiable appetite for more content and more unique offerings,” said José Muñoz, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Chairman, Nissan North America, Inc. “Even though our all-new 2016 Titan XD just started arriving at Nissan dealers nationwide last month, we are already exploring new territory where Titan might go in the future.”
Revealing Telluride at NAIAS was paramount for Kia.
“The Kia Telluride makes an aesthetic statement for the Kia brand as a bold, all-new luxury SUV with an abundance of advanced technology, focusing particular attention on the experience and comfort of second-row occupants,” said Tom Kearns, Chief Designer, Kia Design Center America.
Telluride’s front doors and rear-hinged back doors swing open 90 degrees in opposing directions. Families might appreciate easy entry and those on along trip might welcome the leather captain’s chairs. All four seats are lined with diamond-cut openings, but not just for looks. Smart Sensors, embedded inside, analyze vital health information and display it on the interior door panel. From there, it synchronizes with a Light Emitted Rejuvenation (LER) system. The LER system utilizes a massive, wing-shaped LED panel mounted beneath the sunroof that displays a pattern of therapeutic lights that treat jet lag, fatigue, and improve energy levels.
Somehow the phrase, “what will they think of next” comes to mind.
At 70.9-inches tall, 79.1-inches wide, and 196.9-inches long, Telluride is 4.4-inches taller, 4.7-inches wider, and a sizable 9.5-inches longer than the current Sorento. The modified Sorento chassis stretches from 11.9 inches to 121.3 inches, giving Telluride a more dominating presence.
So since that’s out of the way, Buick hasn’t made a rear-wheel drive car since the body-on-frame-built 1996 Roadmaster. That’s almost 20 years of front-wheel drive, rental car woefulness.
But following the introduction of Buick’s latest Opel-based models, it appeared America’s Trident was turning around, especially after the restructuring of GM in 2008.
Last year, they proved it even more with the drop-dead gorgeous rear-wheel drive-based Avenir Concept.
This year, Buick did it again, to create the Avista Concept, a luxurious 2+2 sports coupe with a backbone based on the latest Chevrolet Camaro. HOORAH!
Not only is it drop-dead gorgeous, like the Avenir Concept, it’s rear-wheel drive, has two doors, and performance pretenses. Need we say more?
The last time Buick tried anything really “sporty” was arguably the Regal-based Grand National and GNX models from the 1980s. But that was so long ago!
But after two short years, due to eye-watering, poor sales, the Borrego was quietly put on old in 2010 with no word on its return.
Now, the new SUV appears to want to follow in the footsteps of the Borrego, which hopefully was long forgotten among the masses.
This new SUV concept appears to have a very similar, squared, and blocky sort-of profile to exude ruggedness, but it looks clean with out excess angles, curves, or creases. In some ways, it looks like a really grown-up Kia Soul. It also looks huge.
Kia obviously was coy on details, along with the picture tease. And all they said was to expect the concept in full detail at the Detroit Auto Show next week.
The concept was designed at the hands of their in-house firm, which is currently being led by the one and only Peter Schreyer. It’ll have an “abundance of advanced technology,” and more.
The company said its debut model incorporates enough technology for the vehicle to develop a “sixth sense for its driver’s intentions and needs”.
The FFZero1 concept features a new kind of battery structure, comprising cells that are arranged into what the company calls “strings”. Adding or removing these strings changes battery capacity and creates new wheelbases – the distance between the front and rear axles of a vehicle.
This modular system allows the car maker to use the same structure for all its vehicles, altering it depending on the size and power specifications of any given design quickly and cheaply.
“With Variable Platform Architecture we can add or subtract strings of batteries,” said research chief Nick Sampson – a former engineer at Elon Musk’s electric car company Tesla. “Based on those power cells we can create different models and have a different desired range without having to redesign the entire structure.”
“This is really important in terms of time, cost and efficiency,” he added.
The vehicle’s streamlined carbon-fibre exterior is shaped to optimise the way it moves through the air, improving both driving performance and energy efficiency.
A transparent tail fin slotted behind the domed cockpit stretches to the vehicle’s rear. This feature further improves stability when changing direction as well as acting as a digital canvas displaying information such as the battery-charge level, driver name, and track position.
Air flows through the vehicle’s structure thanks to an aerodynamic tunnel, which cools the battery and motor surfaces. Air flowing through the tunnel also reduces air resistance – known as drag – and therefore improves the vehicle’s top speed, which is claimed to be in excess of 200 miles per hour (321.87 kilometres per hour).
Video showing Faraday Future’s Variable Platform Architecture (VPA), which features a new battery structure arranged into modular strings
Inside, the racing car-like cockpit design puts the driver at the centre of the vehicle, seated in what is described as a Zero Gravity Driving Station.
Inspired by the research of space agency NASA, the driver’s seat is shaped to offer users support against high g-forces. This acts to generate a sense of weightlessness while reducing driver fatigue.
A smartphone connected via a dock in the steering wheel could allow for personalised settings to be uploaded automatically, while real-time information is collected and then projected over the driver’s view of the road.
The FFZERO1 is best understood as a middle chapter in Faraday Future’s story. The concept demonstrates that FF, the company’s self-selected moniker, can design a notional 200+ mile per hour, 1,000 horsepower race car.
This is an extreme test bed, not an attempt to enter the well served hyper-car market.
If I had a billion dollars, I would probably not use it to green-field a new car company, but fortunately for those of us who believe more competition is good, Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting has taken the plunge. And his new company, Faraday Future, has been on a tear.
The company acknowledged its own existence less than a year ago and has hired 750 people since. In December, the location of its three million square foot production facility outside Las Vegas was announced. And now, a car Faraday Future calls, “a concept inspired by our design and engineering vision for the future of mobility” has been unveiled.Perhaps the most revealing visual element of the concept is its main character line circling the car. The crease is most pronounced where the doors, were they present, would be. FF calls it the UFO line and it plans to carry it through all of its products.
Faraday Future designs its products from the inside out and it is evident in the concept. Great care has been lavished on the interior, where colors, materials, and functionality are thoroughly considered and addressed. A focal point of the instrumentation is the smart phone dock in the steering wheel hub.
FF plans to integrate the phone with the car, making the user experience more familiar and transportable across vehicles. Practical safety considerations may alter the phone’s placement, but this element can be anticipated in subsequent FF vehicles. The 45 degree reclining, single mid-mounted seat with integrated oxygen may not make it to production, but the drive-by-wire, asymmetric instrument panel, in some form, will.
The company plans to offer multiple vehicles on a single platform that it calls Variable Platform Architecture. Platform sharing is an age old strategy employed to reduce cost and speed development but what may be new this time is the degree of flexibility. FF claims it can build race cars, sedans, hatchbacks, crossovers, and even a pickup on it.
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The 2015 EICMA Motorcycle Show is the place to be for motorcycle enthusiasts with a lineup of very interesting bikes on display under one roof. One of the more promising concepts is the Honda Six50 that is grabbing the right kind of attention at the automaker’s pavilion. Based on the CBR650F platform, the Six50 is Honda’s take on the growing breed of Scrambler motorcycles. The Six50 Scrambler concept along with the CB4 Roadster concept (also showcased at EICMA) are made by Honda R&D Europe for the 2015 EICMA show.
While the engine and chassis come from the CBR650F, the styling speaks otherwise on the concept and is every bit desirable. A rising fuel tank, knobby tyres, fat front forks, single seat extending on the tank and short exhaust muffler make for the salient aesthetic features on the Six50 concept, while the spoke wheels, engine guard and bash plate protecting the header pipes reveal the concept’s practical ability to take on rough terrains.
We also like the rectangular LED headlight cluster on the Honda Six50 concept that is housed in a protective casing and a motocross-style handlebar mounted high up. The rear features a minimal design language with the tail light integrated into the seat while the tyre hugger feels a bit too civilised on this otherwise dynamic offering. The Six50 concept uses a rectangular shaped digital instrument console which is not very different from a smartphone unit.
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the ‘skreemr’ would be used as a commercial aircraft to fly from one continent to the next and would fly five times faster than the french ‘concorde’.
As indicated by the pictures and the name, it’s a Tundra that’s been given quite a bit of extra length and passenger space, because who doesn’t want an eight-door-long pickup truck-based limousine? This is especially good for those who don’t find the normal Tundra to be enough compensation for, uh, those sizeably challenged.
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In addition to the extra doors and length, the Tundrasine Concept is also given the full Tundra 1794 Edition treatment, which means all the bells and whistles that the luxury version of the Tundra is given.
Power is still provided by Toyota’s 5.7L V8 with 381hp and 401 lb-ft of twist, which is merely adequate to motivate the 7,978-pound leviathan–a figure that’s more than a ton heaver than the standard Tundra at 2,288lbs in total extra.
Check out the press release after the jump.
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the concept accommodates four people and the interior intermixes warm, organic materials with next generation connective interface.