Words by Jade Lu | Photos courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
 
camiev mainIt didn’t take too long for Mitsubishi to go from “not bad” to “much better.” The i-MiEV (short for Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) was first introduced to the Japanese market in 2009, followed by the rest of the world a year later. And as of December 2012, over 22,000 examples of this EV (although rebadged in other countries) had been sold worldwide.
 
Two-time Dakar Rally winner Hiroshi Masuoka even took on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb using a muscled-up version of the i-MiEV - the i-MiEV Evolution - in July 2012. It was meant to gather information for Mitsubishi’s R&D team, who hoped to use the data for further developments of future EV’s. Cut to less than a year later, and the fruit of this labor was showcased at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. This is the Mitsubishi CA-MiEV Concept.
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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 Toyota Motor Corporation
 
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Still basking in the success of creating “THE” drivers’ car to have - the Toyota 86 - Toyota came to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show to unveil their most-probably-to-be-produced concept of a topless version of their new starlet. And similar to a child star who “grew up” in all the right places, seeing a topless version of that would get mixed reactions. Set your eyes on the FT-86 Open Concept.
 
Aside from the obvious loss of a roof, an automatic tranny, and interior cosmetics, Toyota says it’s the same banana. Instead of a fixed metal roof, they put in an electronic-folding multi-layered fabric top with a glass rear screen all stowed behind the rear seats - all while maintaining the 2+2 seating format. Some genius might say that the headless horsey will be lighter than the coupe, but the top mechanism doo hickies and additional chassis strengthening doodads might make up for the loss of sheet metal weight.
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Words by John Luther Garcia | Photos courtesy of Hyundai Motor America
 
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In just over two decades, Hyundai’s small sports car evolved from the humble Scoup (named from blend of the words sporty and coupe), the front-wheel-drive Coupe of the mid 90’s, to the fiery Genesis Coupe of today. And at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the Korean automaker continues to up the ante by showing off its latest concept coupe dubbed the 'i-oniq' that not only previews Hyundai’s future design language, but also their technological breakthrough primarily as a range-extended electric vehicle.
 
The i-oniq was penned by Hyundai’s R&D center in Germany, which goes to show the heavy European flavor on its design.  Instead of going bonkers on wild shapes and angles, the new sports coupe is restrained with subtle character lines and curves that are less showy.
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Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos and video courtesy of Infiniti USA
 
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Let's get this out of the way: I was going to title this: "Electrifying Concept Emerges", but that would have been over-the-top. Forget for the moment that the Infiniti Emerg-E is an electric sportscar concept with 402 horsepower and range-extender technology. Forget that it's made out of carbon-fiber, keeping the weight to a relatively trim 1.6 tons. Forget that it's a Japanese concept built in Europe based on a design by an American.
 
No, these are merely trivial items. The important thing here is that it's sexy. Damn sexy. The organically fluid lines sculpted into the body are something you'd expect from an Italian exotic with a seven-figure price tag, not an Infiniti. Did I mention how sexy it was yet?
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Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos courtesy of Bentley Motors Limited
 
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Global recession and gas prices may still be on everyone's mind, but apparently not on Bentley’s. Unveiling at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, the EXP 9 F SUV concept is the company's way of exploring “new terrain.” (Their words, not mine.) Of course, this being a Bentley, it can't very well stoop to using twin-turbo V8s like the proletariat. The Concept features a 6.0L W12 engine that "could" develop 600 hp and 800 Nm... if his eminence so desires.
 
To remind you that this thing has a twin-turbocharged engine, the 23-inch wheels are designed to look like turbines. So are the air intakes around the daytime running lights. And even though the headlights are not much different from those on current production Bentleys, gosh-darn-it, they look kind of turbo-fanny, too.
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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, 15 February 2012 13:48

Nissan's Invitation concept is crystal clear

Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos courtesy of Nissan Motor Company
 
invitation_frontquarterThey aren't saying much in the brief press release, and what little is there is kind of vague, but from what we're being told by Nissan, the INVITATION Concept is a game changer. Yeah, if you look like Schumacher, you can drive like him, right? At least the styling shows that Nissan are benchmarking the best in the business. For those of you who don't see what I'm talking about, compare the photo above to Honda's friendly-neighborhood B-segment hatchback. If you still don't, time to see your optometrist. The INVITATION promises many innovative features, few of which have ever been seen on a B-class car before. Innovative technologies such as the "Around View Monitor" and Safety Shield come standard on the INVITATION. No further details are given except an expected ultra-low CO2 number.
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It has been around three years since an Outlander was last sold in the Philippines after the sleeker and leaner ASX took its place and left the nameplate out in the cold. But in 2012, the Outlander is making a comeback and ready to reclaim its crown when Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) debuts an all-new model at the 82nd Geneva International Motor Show in March.
 
So far, Mitsubishi has only released one teaser image of the upcoming Outlander before the big reveal. Judging by this photo, the tri-diamond brand has ditched their signature gaping open-mouth grill for a retro two-tier chrome facet that is to become Mitsubishi's new corporate mark. We can also see that they've enhanced its jaw line with a ridged front bumper just like the ones on the upcoming Mirage. And if anyone recalls the PX-MiEV Concept from the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, then that might just give you an idea what the Outlander looks like from the back.
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Words by Jade Lu | Photos and video courtesy of Jaguar Cars Limited
 
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Jaguar has come out strong at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show with their release of the 2012 XKR-S. As an overhaul of the award-winning XK, new super buff is Jaguar’s most agile production sports car yet.
 
Featuring a highly efficient supercharged AJ-V8 Gen III R direct-injection engine, the XKR-S has a maximum speed of 300 km/h and only takes 4.2 seconds to go from 0 to 100 kph. It is currently Jaguar’s fastest and most powerful series production sports car. Of course, the XK underwent heavy modifications in order to achieve what it has become. Complimenting a strong engine is the XKR-S’ slimmer and more aerodynamic body - a product of extensive research and study in the aspect of Computational Fluid Dynamics. 
 
Certainly, style is not the main priority of all that development study, for what are good looks without great performance? “The styling of this car isn't about image, it's about true performance,” said Ian Callum, Design Director for Jaguar Cars. “Like other iconic Jaguars before it, the styling has been driven by geometry and aerodynamics for genuine design purity. The physics required to achieve 300 km/h have led the aesthetic.” The XKR-S stays true to the principle of ‘form following function.' The physics required brought about a new front bumper and some lean lines. 
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