Source: Nissan - Press release after the jump.
Source: Mini - Press release after the jump.
Source: Press release after the jump.
Source: Opel - Press release and video after the jump.
Source: Acura - Press release after the jump.
Source: Acura - Press release and additional pics (4) after the jump.
Source: Lexus - Press release after the jump.
Nissan introduced the new Resonance Concept Crossover stating that the concept was a peek at the next Murano. Unlike the recently introduced new Pathfinder or LA Show concept Hi-Cross, the Resonance concept is all about style. The Resonance concept is basically a five-passenger crossover that utilizes Nissan's latest hybrid technology, wrapped in a pleasingly futuristic package. I especially like the "layered pages from a book" look of the trailing edge of the floating roof and the muscularity of the side profile. The giant grille is an interesting take on Nissan's recent truck(ish) grilles. While I doubt we'll see a truck exactly like this at a Nissan dealer near you, expect some design elements to make the cut, like the sweeping dash, floating roof, muscular flanks, and a similar grille with exaggerated headlamps. Should be interesting. Will there be a Murano Hybrid? We shall see. For more info, check out the press release after the jump. Definitely more to come...
Source: Ford - Press release and video after the jump.
When the Converj Concept was unveiled a while ago, the consensus was make it NOW. Cadillac hemmed and hawed, but ultimately decided to build it and here it is, the all-new ELR. And they will come... The ELR shares the Volt platform to create a plug-in hybrid coupe that puts Cadillac's Art & Science design philosophy to its best use to date. A good-looking 2+2 two-door coupe that will get class-leading fuel economy in a market segment that has few (if any) competitors. The ELR will take the basic goodness from the Volt and layer on the Caddy touches like premium leathers, wood, Cue infotainment with navigation, Bose sound, 20-inch wheels, LED headlamps, and much more. Did I mention that it's really stunning? The Cadillac ELR will go into production later this year with the first deliveries expected about this time next year so expect the ELR to be considered a 2015 model. For more information (that's available), pics, and a brief video, press the read more link. If you can wait a year and have the bucks (the ELR won't be cheap), you can get an economical two-door coupe that is a feast for the eyes at your local Cadillac dealer.
Source: Cadillac - Press release, pics, and video after the jump.
Source: Audi - Press release after the jump.
www.maserati.com. Interesting side note...the US (with Canada) is Maserati's largest market followed by China and Japan.
Source: Maserati - Press release after the jump.
Okay, when I first laid eyes on Honda's Urban SUV Concept, I said to myself, "Self, this is the Honda Juke." While the Honda Urban is a cleaner overall design than Nissan's little crossover, there are many similarities like the exaggerated headlamp design, the smooth side profile, hidden rear door handles, etc. Did I mention that the are both smaller than a traditional ute? The Honda
Source: Honda - Press release after the jump.
Source: Nissan - Press release and video after the jump.
No its not the next Batmobile. This is Hyundai's latest HCD concept, the HCD-14 Genesis. With some regular bumper extensions in the fascia (front and rear) this is a very nice design, so there is hope. Hyundai has been on a major role of late having some of the best looking cars in their respective segments. The current Genesis is a good-looking premium sedan that has aged well and a next-gen Gen could do worse having the HCD-14 be its design inspiration. The look also hints at a possible four-door coupe direction that looks like the Audi A7 from the back (not a bad thing) which makes me ponder whether there is a rear hatch similar to the Audi's. If this were the case, I would suggest that the HCD-14 could be the basis of a new Genesis model and not a replacement for the existing vehicle. Interesting. The HCD-14 uses Hyundai's 5.0-liter TAU V8 for the go. The two "back" doors are rear-hinged and can open to provide easy access (see pic after the jump). Hyundai is good at executing show car features for production models, so maybe these easy-access doors will make the transition to production. We shall see. It looks like things may get interesting again down at your Hyundai Genesis dealer.
Source: Hyundai - Press release after the jump.
Let's just say that we can only hope that the next Corolla looks half as good as the Furia Concept...I mean the Corolla Furia Concept. Automakers will often use auto shows as a way to test a new design direction. Management should rest easy since the Furia puts the current Corolla to shame and lots of its competition as well. The design is a little chunky, but unique. The grille is an expansion of Toyota's current maw with some nice lighting touches. It would be a shame if the light bars above the grille and at the faux air intakes on the bumper don't see production. The contrasting body accents work well and give the Furia some toughness and break up the car's profile. The greenhouse is especially clean, but is the one thing that I'd expect to change. Too bad. The profile is very nice (see pic after the jump.) and makes the Furia stand out as a clean design. All in all, this is one nice-looking small car and that's not an easy thing to do. If Toyota doesn't make this the new Corolla, how about a new Prius, since the next Prius is rumored to be a departure from the current model. Good job Toyota designers. More to come...
Source: Toyota - Press release after the jump.
Source: Volkswagen - Extensive press release after the jump.