Words by Carl Trocio | Photos courtesy of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
 
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To some lucky few, the chance of owning a Lamborghini marks our conquest of reaching top dog status or a sign of hitting a mid-life crisis. Whatever the reason may be, owning one will feel like it’s your birthday every day. Like every birthday, celebrating it involves friends and family members, and throwing a party. Then, to satisfy yourself (not in a perverted manner), you get yourself a gift as a symbol of your undying love to you. The company Lamborghini decided to follow this formula on their 50th birthday. For their half century shindig, they first gave us the Veneno to celebrate with a friend or family member. The gift to yourself part comes in the form of the Lamborghini Egoista Concept.
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Words by Ferman Lao | Photos courtesy of Honda Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd.
 
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While the rest of the world still moon over cars that debuted at the Bangkok and Manila International Auto Show, two cars caught our eye which could indicate that Honda thinks the future lies in China. The Honda Concept C and Concept S were unveiled at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. Yes, we're bringing this news to you a year late because back then, we didn't think much of the two concepts. It's only now that we realize that these could be the next generation Civic and Jazz.
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Words by Jade Lu | Photos courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation
 
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Toyota is no stranger to unorthodox personal mobility vehicles. Thankfully, unlike their previous four-wheeled experiments, their latest concept is more geared for realistic street use unlike the old egg- or wheelchair-like drones. The name could use a sprucing, though.
 
The Japanese automaker recently debuted the i-Road at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. With three wheels, two seats, and zero emissions, the i-Road is a totally electric concept vehicle meant to reduce the energy consumptions attached to transportation.
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Words by Carl Trocio | Photos courtesy of BMW Group
 
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Our favorite Bavarian automaker has literally upped the ante on their coupe, the 3 Series, by making it a 4. This is the new BMW concept 4 Series Coupe, which will effectively replace the 3 Series Coupe.
 
By 2013, BMW intends to add one digit to their coupe and convertible line and give the owners a little more “exclusivity” and the car, more individual character. It also seems that BMW is taking serious strides in dealing with the competition that Audi has been bringing into the playground.
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Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos and story courtesy of Tony Weichselbraun
 
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Microcar lovers, rejoice! BMW's iconic Isetta has been re-imagined for the 21st Century as an urban electric runabout that's twice as stylish as a SMART and twice as cute as Wall-E.
 
Of course, that's what we'd be saying if BMW had actually released the eSetta concept. Unfortunately, it's a simple styling exercise performed by designer Tony Weichselbraun in what we can only describe as a very public job application to the German car manufacturer.
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Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos courtesy of Rinspeed Inc.
 
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Rinspeed may build little else besides their outrageous concepts, but their yearly appearance at the Geneva Auto Show keeps them in the limelight, if not always for the right reasons. Frank Rinderknecht’s newest vision, however, deserves recognition for tackling the electric car problem in a unique and very stylish way with the expandable Dock+Go concept.
 
While the 2002 Rinspeed Presto Concept was also an expandable, multi-use vehicle, the Dock+Go takes it a step further. As Rinderknecht notes, since you don’t take an empty steamer trunk with you when you’re not travelling far, why should you carry around all that empty cargo space when you don’t need it? Instead of a fixed trunk, the Dock+Go has what Rinspeed refers to as “backpacks on wheels.”
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Wednesday, 11 January 2012 21:04

Acura revives the NSX with a jolt in Detroit

Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
 
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It’s been five years since Acura first revealed the Advanced Sports Car Concept (ASCC) - a front-engined V10 NSX. And though plans to revamp the concept were made, they were cancelled just a year later due to “poor economic conditions,” killing all hopes of an NSX successor with it. But against all odds, we're glad to announce that hope has been restored when Acura revealed a new NSX Concept at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and the best part is that they've gone back to the legendary mid-engine V6 formula. And did we mention that it's a hybrid?
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photo courtesy of World Honda
 
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Months before it officially arrives in US dealerships later this year, Honda is jumping the gun as it starts to seduce with its 2012 CR-V Concept. Although the fourth-generation crossover should be production-ready by now, Honda hopes to get the hype up with its over-the-top concept creation. Judging from the sole photo Honda has released, the new CR-V had grown a bit more muscle and received a bit of bling compared to the model it will soon replace. However, as with all concept cars, we're expecting that some of the glitter will rub off as soon as it hits the showroom floor.
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