Fiat 500L S-Design Tries Hard To Make The MPV Fashionable

But does it succeed?

The days when MPV were popular are long behind us as more and more people are eager to jump on the SUV bandwagon. Fiat is attempting to rejuvenate its 500L minivan by giving it the S-Design treatment previously applied onto the Tipo, 500X, and the 124 Spider. It’s being billed as a special edition rather than a new trim level and starts off as a 500L Cross before gaining an assortment of styling tweaks. Read More

Watch This Woman Do Almost 200 Miles Per Hour On A Bicycle

It’s mesmerizing. For the first minute and a half, we watch as bike and rider overcome a wobbly start, tethered to a vehicle that gradually speeds up to 100 mph. Then, at 1:29, the cable pops off and the rider, Denise Mueller-Korenek, starts to pedal inside the slipstream. At this gear ratio and speed, it’s difficult to understand how fast her legs are pumping, but over the next 3.5 miles Mueller-Korenek accelerates to an average 183.9 mph over the last mile—almost as fast as a Boeing 747 just before take-off. Read More

BMW M235i Racing Cup Gets Evo Package And Transforms Into M240i

The new kit includes everything from engine software optimization to new end plates for the rear wing.

BMW Motorsport is signaling its commitment towards the VLN Endurance Championship by extending the contract with the racing series by two years. Not only that, but the company’s tie-up with tire supplier Dunlop has also been renewed for another two years to further strengthen the relationship with the VLN series. Read More

BMW M235i Racing Cup Gets Evo Package And Transforms Into M240i

The new kit includes everything from engine software optimization to new end plates for the rear wing.

BMW Motorsport is signaling its commitment towards the VLN Endurance Championship by extending the contract with the racing series by two years. Not only that, but the company’s tie-up with tire supplier Dunlop has also been renewed for another two years to further strengthen the relationship with the VLN series. Read More

Watch Driverless Heavy Loader Navigate Through A Glass Labyrinth

Cars won’t be the only self-driving machine in the future.

There’s a debate raging about when, exactly, we’ll see the broad implementation of self-driving cars. While the beat of technology continues to march forward, getting consumers to hand over control to a machine will take time. There are also technical limitations that are slowly making themselves known – such as adverse weather conditions and poorly maintained road lines. Self-driving cars capable of taking you to work, to the store and home again without human input is likely a long ways away unless you live in a geofenced area optimized for autonomous vehicles. In the meantime, automation is taking over other aspects of life, and Sandvik is capitalizing on the technology.  Read More

Amazon Echo Auto Can Bring Alexa To Any Car With A Radio

It connects via Bluetooth or aux, or it can use a third-party FM transmitter to broadcast through an FM channel.

There are quite a few newer cars that offer some kind of connectivity with Alexa, Amazon’s control-happy AI app that can be configured to pretty much run your life through voice commands. It started as a home-based system, but it’s now ready for mainstream life in the auto world. Provided you have a smartphone and your car has a stereo system – even if it’s a vintage AM/FM 8-track player from 1976 – Echo Auto can hook you up with Alexa. Read More

Polestars Will Change How Customers Buy Cars In U.S.

You’ll be able to research, configure, and order cars online.

Changing the car-buying experience is no easy task thanks to franchise laws and entrenched dealership lobby groups. Just look at Tesla and the difficulty it’s had to try to sell directly to customers. Some states outright forbid an automaker from selling directly to consumers, and that’s put Tesla in a bind. But Polestar, a Volvo performance sub-brand, will try to change that. Read More

Toyota 2000GT Render Reminds Us There's More To Life Than Supra

Japan’s first supercar deserves a reboot, too.

Right now the motoring world is practically wetting itself over the return of Toyota’s legendary sports car. We’re talking about the Supra of course, but there’s a promising designer at Bēhance.net that hasn’t forgotten about Toyota’s other legendary performance machine, one for which we should all be grateful. If it wasn’t for this car’s short-but-sweet tenure back in the late 1960s, the Supra may have never been born. In fact, it’s not a stretch to say all awesome Japanese sports cars – from the 240Z and Skyline to the NSX – owe their existence to this iconic Toyota. The 2000GT showed the world that Japan could build more than small hatchbacks, and the world listened. That’s why you’ll struggle to find an original 2000GT selling for less than $1 million these days. Read More

Next Chevrolet Tahoe Spied Riding On Independent Rear Suspension

Chevy doesn’t let us see much else of the new SUV.

These spy shots catch the next-gen Chevrolet Tahoe testing for the first time, and the shots reveal the Bowtie evaluating an independent rear suspension on the big SUV. It would replace the existing solid axle.

Chevy’s engineers keep this test mule under extensive body cladding and even cover part of the roof with a camouflage wrap. The development team can’t completely conceal the rear end, though. The photo above shows the new multi-link suspension layout back there. The new layout should aid passenger comfort for anyone in the rear of the spacious SUV by largely isolating bumps to a single side of the vehicle. Read More

Hyundai i30 Fastback N Debuts Sept. 26 After Rome-To-Paris Race

It’ll then debut at the Paris Motor Show.

Earlier this year, spy photos emerged of a hotter version of the Hyundai i30 Fastback N. Even though it’s clad in camouflage, the regular i30 Fastback debuted nearly a year earlier, giving away the N’s general aesthetic. Keen eyes could spot sportier design elements even under the various flavors of camo. A revised, and more aggressive, front and rear bumper, more prominent grille, unique wheels, and side skirts give away the N’s sportier ambitions. Now, after months of speculation and spy shots, Hyundai will pull the wraps off the i30 Fastback Sept. 26 – but it’s doing so in an interesting way. Read More

Toyota 86 GR, Yaris GR Sporty Models Hinted By Trademark Filings

These vehicles would sit in the middle of Toyota’s three-tier performance branding.

Toyota has filed for trademarks in Europe for the “GR 86” (2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition pictured above) and “GR Yaris,” pointing to possible performance variants of the pair. The automaker registered both names with the Swiss trademark office on September 18, 2018, and the organization hasn’t granted the requests yet. Read More

Tesla Model X Hit By Plane, Occupants Not Injured

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Tesla versus Cessna

An airplane operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) crash landed yesterday, hitting a couple cars in the process, including a Tesla Model X. Perhaps surprisingly, only one of the three occupants of the Cessna, the pilot, sustained an injury in the bizarre incident and those are said to be non-life threatening. To be clear, the all-electric SUV, which has upward-opening rear passenger portals referred to as “falcon-wing doors” was not itself airborne at the time of the incident. Read More

Genesis Releases G70 Pricing, Starts At $34,900 For RWD 2.0T

The superb sports sedan beats the Germans on pretty much every financial front.

Genesis finally announced pricing for its G70 sedan, with the cheapest model starting at $34,900 plus another $995 in destination charges for a grand total of $35,895. That will get you a rear-wheel drive G70 with a 252-horsepower (188-kilowatt) turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot under the hood, connected to an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. On the high end, $53,245 (including the aforementioned destination charge) will put you into a maxed out 3.3T Dynamic model, packing 365 hp (272 kW) with all-wheel drive, performance brake pads, summer tires, Nappa leather interior, electronically controlled suspension, and all the latest driver safety tech. Read More

BMW 8 Series Convertible Spied Wearing A Seductive Red Dress

It looks like this preproduction model stopped by the M workshop for some enhancements.

Sometimes just a simple color change can completely alter the way you see something. We recently spied BMW’s new 8 Series convertible almost completely uncovered, wearing just a bit of camo on its hard boot cover and decklid. That car was finished in a rather elegant shade of blue, but this time we’re met with a much sportier variant all decked out in arrest-me-red with black trim replacing all the chrome. If there wasn’t a tiny bit of stick-on camo over the fender badges we’d almost certainly see a tiny M right there, identifying this car as an M850i. And it does look ravishing. Read More

Tesla Model 3 Delivery Push In Full Ramp Mode

It seems that people are going to be floored when they learn how many Tesla Model 3 sedans are being delivered currently.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has admitted that delivery logistics is the new problem for Tesla, especially in regards to its hugely popular Model 3. Now that the automaker is finally out of “production hell,” it has entered delivery hell. However, since the company is aware of the problem, and has been for some time, it’s able to get to work establishing a quick fix. Read More

2018 BMW X2 Review: Quirky Comes At A Cost

Verdict 4.9 / 10

Customers have long chosen lifestyle vehicles over their more conventional counterparts. These cars make statements about their owners – they say they’re edgy, different, and willing to embrace some impracticalities in favor of making a statement. BMW has monetized these folks in a way few automakers have managed with its even-numbered range of X crossovers. Read More

Toyota Eager To Revive MR2 Or Celica To Join Supra And 86

A partnership with another automaker might be necessary to make a business case for the sports car.

Rumors continue to circle about Toyota adding another dedicated sports car to its range, and the new vehicle could potentially revive classic vehicles like the Celica or MR2 (speculatively rendered above).

“We want to have Celica back, we want to have the MR2 back,” Masayuki Kai, the Supra’s Assistant Chief Engineer, told Road & Track. “Now that we’ve brought Supra back, what will come next depends on the market needs.” Read More

Aston Announces Project 003 Hypercar, All We Get Is This Sketch

Project 003 will go mainstream.

When Aston unveiled the Valkyrie, jaws dropped, weak-willed people fainted, and the wire services lit up with messages stamped “BREAKING” and “URGENT.” It, along with the Mercedes-AMG Project One, ushered in a new era of hypercars, replacing the likes of the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, and Porsche 918 Spyder. This new era is wild, with futuristic aesthetics and engineering marvels. But Aston is already looking toward the future with a third hypercar in the planning stages. It’s dubbed Project 003 after the Valkyrie (Project 001) and Valkyrie AMR Pro (Project 002). While those are hardcore hypercars, Project 003 is aimed at a more general audience – if there is such a thing in the hypercar world.  Read More

The De Tomaso Pantera That Packs A Secret Punch

De Tomaso may have held a reputation for being quintessentially Italian, but it owes a lot to America and Belgium. In the 1970s it was best known for the Pantera, named after the Italian word for Panther, and it ended up remaining in production for two decades.

Ford owned 81% of De Tomaso, hoping to shoehorn its American muscle into a refined Italian mould. To that end, it helped export the Pantera through its various dealerships. Claude Dubois, a famous Belgian racing driver and team owner was its representative in Belgium and as a result became a concessionaire for De Tomaso. It was he that brought this specific example currently in our classifieds to Europe, one which packs a secret punch. Read More

2019 BMW 3 Series Official Teaser Likely Shows M340i

The camouflage has been replaced by a car cover in the latest teaser.

BMW issued a press release yesterday about its presence at the forthcoming 2018 Paris Motor Show, but oddly enough, there was no mention of the all-new 3 Series Sedan (G20). That doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t be there as the company has been intensifying its teaser campaign in recent weeks, probably to generate more buzz ahead of the possible Paris unveiling. Read More

New BMW X6 M Looks Menacing In First Spy Shots

You’re looking at 600+ horsepower worth of coupe-SUV.

Having seen the warm M50i a little over a month ago, we’re ready to take it to the next level and check out the next-generation BMW X6 in the range-topping M flavor. Spied up close and personal looking decisively aggressive, the large-and-in-charge SUV adopts Bavaria’s latest interpretation of the kidney grille we’ll be seeing more of on future BMWs. It’s substantially bigger than what we’re used to, but it doesn’t look out of place since it’s proportionate with the sheer size of the vehicle. It’s a different story with smaller BMWs, though. Read More

Get A Sneak Peek At Indian's FTR1200

This has been a good year for Indian Motorcycle so far. Between a successful season in flat track racing and the launch of a flight of new products coming for 2019, the team has been hard at work. Among other things, the company recently announced the arrival of a flat track-inspired, road-friendly FTR 1200. It started with a custom unveiled at EICMA that apparently got enthusiasts’ engines revving. Now, a patent filed by Indian gets into some pretty serious details regarding a “compact two wheel vehicle with a modular configuration”, read: the FTR 1200 could get variants. Read More

Skoda Kodiaq RS Sketches Make It Look Nicer Than The Real Thing

As with nearly all design sketches, the gargantuan wheels look straight out of Pimp My Ride.

Skoda must be thinking a day without a teaser is a day wasted as the once humble brand of the Volkswagen Group keeps coming out with previews for its Kodiaq RS. The automaker from Mladá Boleslav has published a couple of design sketches accentuating the sporty body of what will go down in history as Skoda’s first RS-badged SUV. Read More

Retro-Tastic Peugeot e-Legend Concept Revives The 504 Coupe

The Pininfarina-styled classic coupe makes the leap into the 21st century through a lovely throwback concept.

With 120 years of automotive history behind it, Peugeot is one of the oldest players in the business and the creator of some truly beautiful cars. At the end of the 1960s, the company with the lion badge teamed up with Pininfarina to design the lovely 504 Coupe, and now Peugeot is ready to unveil a modern equivalent in the shape of the e-Legend. Read More

Retro-Tastic Peugeot e-Legend Concept Revives The 504 Coupe

The Pininfarina-styled classic coupe makes the leap into the 21st century through a lovely throwback concept.

With 120 years of automotive history behind it, Peugeot is one of the oldest players in the business and the creator of some truly beautiful cars. At the end of the 1960s, the company with the lion badge teamed up with Pininfarina to design the lovely 504 Coupe, and now Peugeot is ready to unveil a modern equivalent in the shape of the e-Legend. Read More

These Adorable Mini Hot Rods Are Like A Real-Life Mario Kart

A near-perfect combination of touristy fun and automotive tomfoolery

Having fun with four wheels doesn’t mean spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on the latest and greatest supercar. Many of us discovered our love of automobiles through toys, video games, go-karts, or a combination of the three. I still make time to drive go-karts because they’re cheap and wildly fun. So no, you don’t need a swoll garage of exotics to enjoy four wheels and an engine. Just look at these mini hot rods from a company called Hot Rod Budapest. It’s a company that lets you drive these miniature hot rods on the streets of Budapest, which seems oddly dangerous, but I bet that’s half the fun. Read More

Cadillac Kills CTS-V, Will Replace With Renamed CT6 V-Sport

The ATS-V is also going away, and the CT6 V-Sport will officially become a full-fledged V model.

When Cadillac announced it was building a manual-transmission sport sedan called the CTS way back in the early 2000s, nobody really knew what to think. This was a branch of GM that had become so antiquated that white hair (be it on your head or in your ears) was a prerequisite before a Caddy dealership would even talk to you. Now, The Detroit News reports that Cadillac will officially welcome the new CT6 V-Sport into the family as a full-fledged V model, but it will cost us the CTS-V and its equally exciting sibling, the ATS-V. Read More

Audi e-tron Configurator Now Live: Build Yours Today

Let’s take a look at what it would cost to get a top-tier 2019 Audi e-tron.

Now that we’ve returned from the Audi e-tron debut in San Francisco, we figured it was time to hop on the configurator and check it out. As we previously reported, the e-tron starts at $74,800 for the very well-equipped entry-level Premium Plus model. You can choose to upgrade to the Prestige trim ($81,800), which comes with a handful of extras, like leather upholstery, a head-up display, memory seats, a Driver Assistance package, and an Air Quality package. For those who could afford it and acted immediately to be one of the first 999 customers, the $86,700 First Edition model came completely decked out, but it’s already sold out, says Audi. Read More

Ford GT, 911 GT2 RS, AMG GT R, And Exige Cup Duke It Out On Track

The results don’t necessarily shake out how you might expect.

Evo has put together a fascinating race for a quartet of the top track-focused supercars available right now: the Ford GT, Lotus Exige Cup 430, Mercedes-AMG GT R, and Porsche 911 GT2 RS. We have to respect the organizers’ dedication to getting a fair result by having Steve Sutcliffe drive all of them on the same day, and all four machines wear Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The test takes place on the tight, 1.55-mile-long (2.5-kilometer-long), 10-turn Anglesey Coastal Circuit that sits within sight of the Irish Sea.  Read More

Watch Porsche Cayenne Turbo Help Bike Hit Record-Breaking 149 MPH

That’s one fast bike.

Bicycles and cars don’t mix. Nine times out of 10, one is mad at the other for various reasons often about who has the right of way – and who should park where. It’s an often volatile encounter filled with profanities and profane, spastic hand gestures waving in the air. But the two can aid one another when the situation requests it. Just take this modified Porsche Cayenne Turbo who helped a bicyclist achieve a new world record thanks to simple physics.  Read More

2020 Ford Super Duty Spied In A Construction Zone

There’s a minor facelfit under the covers, and possibly a new engine.

Not only did spy photographers manage to get a glimpse of two new Ford Super Duty pickups out and about, one of them was nabbed in a construction zone no less – arguably the natural habitat for Ford’s heavy-duty truck. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the facelifted Ford testing on the street, but the camouflage seems a bit thinner up front this time, giving us a slightly better look at the components behind it. Read More

707-HP Jeep Trackhawk Races Hennessey's 850-HP, 1000-HP Versions

See how much quicker a Grand Cherokee Trackhawk gets when a tuner adds hundreds of horsepower.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is one of the quickest SUVs in the world thanks to its 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 making 707 horsepower (527 kilowatts) and 645 pound-feet (875 Newton-meters) of torque. The ample output isn’t enough for some people, though, and tuners like Hennessey are happy to sell power-hungry drivers engine upgrades. In a new video, Hennessey takes a stock Trackhawk and pits it in a three-way drag race against the firm’s HPE850 and HPE1000 models. Read More

2018 Roush F-150 SC Debuts With 650 HP And Upgraded Suspension

That’s 50 more horsepower than last year’s model.

The Roush name carries clout in Ford circles. The aftermarket tuning company made a name for itself making high-performance parts and packages for the Mustang, Focus, and F-150. With the Focus soon disappearing from the U.S., that leaves two products Roush can design for, and its latest creation adds some pep to the F-150’s step. Called the Roush F-150 SC, the company improves on last year’s design by adding more power. Read More

'Passion' Star Jim Caviezel Takes Shelby GT500 To Jay Leno's Garage

Apparently, Jesus drives an 850-horsepower Mustang.

Ordinarily, an online episode of Jay Leno’s Garage is a rock-em-sock-em good time. That’s not to say this latest clip is bad – on the contrary, it’s actually a great video featuring a crazy powerful 2014 Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake. The owner is Hollywood actor Jim Caviezel, who you may recognize as the star of 2004’s controversial film The Passion of the Christ. Yes, Jesus is a car guy and he drives a black Shelby – but the story behind the car isn’t a biblical one. Read More

Volkswagen Reveals I.D. BUZZ CARGO Electric Van

World premiere at 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles: I.D. BUZZ CARGO based on the I.D. family provides look ahead to a new era of light commercial vehicles

  • I.D. BUZZ CARGO has the potential to write history as one of the most advanced transporters
  • Spacious electric transporter concept vehicle based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB)
  • With the biggest battery the MEB makes ranges of over 550 km (WLTP) possible
  • Digital cargo system connects cockpit and cargo space and brings superfast “Internet of things” on board
  • In “I.D. Pilot” mode the I.D. BUZZ CARGO concept vehicle drives using full automation (level 4) to its
    next place of use
  • 230V socket provides workers’ tools with power
    for hours with no additional generator
  • A large solar roof extends the daily range of the I.D. BUZZ CARGO by up to 15 km

Hannover, 19 September 2018 – It is the most familiar of all transporters: the Bulli. Now, with the world premiere of the new I.D. BUZZ CARGO, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is showing how an electrically powered and completely redeveloped Bulli might enrich the range of transporters. And as a supplementary model to the best-selling “T6”. The most innovative zero-emission transporter of our time could be launched into the market as early as 2021. Meanwhile, the concept vehicle offers a glimpse into the middle of the next decade with its alternative, fully-automated “I.D. Pilot” driving mode (level 4). Read More

Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept Is A Space Observatory On Wheels

Now astronomers can go sky-gazing anywhere.

Nissan already offers a number of futuristic products. Some are so out of this world, in fact, that they’ve received co-branded Star Wars Edition makeovers. But at the 2018 Hannover Motor Show in the Germany, Nissan pulled the sheet of a space-age concept based on the European Navara pickup.

Dubbed the Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept, the truck was developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA). But it’s more than just a concept. The Navara Dark Sky doubles as a mobile astronomy lab; it gives astronomers the ability to access so-called “dark sky” locations that are often hard to reach. Read More

Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept Is A Space Observatory On Wheels

Now astronomers can go sky-gazing anywhere.

Nissan already offers a number of futuristic products. Some are so out of this world, in fact, that they’ve received co-branded Star Wars Edition makeovers. But at the 2018 Hannover Motor Show in the Germany, Nissan pulled the sheet of a space-age concept based on the European Navara pickup.

Dubbed the Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept, the truck was developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA). But it’s more than just a concept. The Navara Dark Sky doubles as a mobile astronomy lab; it gives astronomers the ability to access so-called “dark sky” locations that are often hard to reach. Read More

Toyota Yaris GRMN Makes Renault Clio R.S. 18 Seem Slow In Drag Race

If you’re shopping for a compact hot hatch in Europe, then the Yaris GRMN at least deserves a look.

The Toyota Yaris GRMN seems like a star among compact hot hatches, and a new video only strengthens that reputation by showing one facing off against a Renault Clio R.S. 18. The pint-sized Japanese machine easily beats its more powerful challenger from France.

The major factor helping the Yaris GRMN is likely its weight. The little hatchback only weighs 2,502 pounds (1,135 kilograms), versus 2,654 pounds (1,204 kilograms) for the Clio R.S. 18. In all other respects, the Renault comes out ahead. Its 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 217 horsepower (162 kilowatts) and 206 pound-feet (280 Newton-meters) of torque, as opposed to the Toyota’s 1.8-liter supercharged four-cylinder with 209 hp (156 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque. Read More

Renault Clio Compact SUV Spied For The First Time

Think of it as a Clio with a bit more ground clearance.

Today brings us our first look at what could be a new Clio-based sport-utility vehicle from Renault. Technically speaking, there’s already such a creature in existence called the Captur, but our sources tell us this isn’t merely a facelifted version of that crossover. This new model would slot beneath the Captur and go after subcompact crossovers in the European market like the Ford Fiesta Active. Read More

Mid-Engined Corvette Spied On A Speedy Run Around The Nürburgring

The new Corvette shows off plenty of performance in this clip.

A new spy video shows the mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette traveling to and from the Nürburgring Nordschleife and pushing very hard around the famous track. Chevy’s engineers aren’t ready to stop stripping camouflage off the test mules yet.

The clip provides a great comparison of the mid-engined ‘Vette’s sedate behavior on public roads and its sharper edge on a circuit. Before and after hitting the track, the sports car’s sound barely rises above a whisper. Once the machine reaches the green hell, things change immediately. The exhaust gains a meaner, more muscular note. Read More

137 Cars Burnt In Massive NYC Garage Fire, Arson Suspect Arrested

Many of the vehicles destroyed were new Mercedes models costing over $100,000.

The Kings Plaza parking garage in New York City went up in flames on Monday. The good news is that nobody was killed or seriously hurt, though a report on the blaze from the New York Post says 21 people did suffer injuries, 18 of them being firefighters trying to douse the seven-alarm blaze. As you can see, the parking garage isn’t small, and the combination of thick smoke with the heat made the fire all that much harder to fight. And yes, it appears this was deliberately set. We’ll get back to that in a bit. Read More

Renault EZ-Pro Concept Imagines The Autonomous Delivery Future

Renault shaped the EZ-Pro to blend into the cityscape rather than stick out.

Renault considers the future of parcel delivery with its new EZ-Pro concept that’s an electric, autonomous pod. The company imagines that convoys of these vehicles would travel together autonomously to bring people shipments throughout a city.

The French brand purposely designs the EZ-Pro to look anonymous and blend into a city so that people don’t really notice it working. They are simple, rectangular pods with curved edges. Renault imagines two types of these vehicles. The one in the lead would have a person onboard for making deliveries of fragile or important items by hand. This occupant could also take control via a joystick if necessary. The other EZ-Pros would be full of lockers for storing parcels, and the recipients could unlock them with a smartphone. Read More

Renault EZ-Pro Concept Imagines The Autonomous Delivery Future

Renault shaped the EZ-Pro to blend into the cityscape rather than stick out.

Renault considers the future of parcel delivery with its new EZ-Pro concept that’s an electric, autonomous pod. The company imagines that convoys of these vehicles would travel together autonomously to bring people shipments throughout a city.

The French brand purposely designs the EZ-Pro to look anonymous and blend into a city so that people don’t really notice it working. They are simple, rectangular pods with curved edges. Renault imagines two types of these vehicles. The one in the lead would have a person onboard for making deliveries of fragile or important items by hand. This occupant could also take control via a joystick if necessary. The other EZ-Pros would be full of lockers for storing parcels, and the recipients could unlock them with a smartphone. Read More

2003 VW Concept R: Concept We Forgot

With a mid-mounted V6, rear-wheel drive, and a gorgeous roadster body, the Concept R had great potential.

Name: Volkswagen Concept R

Debuted: 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show

Specs: mid-mounted 3.2-liter V6 FSI engine with 265 horsepower and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters) of torque, six-speed DSG, rear-wheel drive

Why We Remember It Now:

With appealing retro looks and promising technical specs to match, the one-off speedster ticked all the right boxes – except for the one about going into production… Read More

2003 VW Concept R: Concept We Forgot

With a mid-mounted V6, rear-wheel drive, and a gorgeous roadster body, the Concept R had great potential.

Name: Volkswagen Concept R

Debuted: 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show

Specs: mid-mounted 3.2-liter V6 FSI engine with 265 horsepower and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters) of torque, six-speed DSG, rear-wheel drive

Why We Remember It Now:

With appealing retro looks and promising technical specs to match, the one-off speedster ticked all the right boxes – except for the one about going into production… Read More

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