Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Mazda Motor of America Inc.
The world's best-selling two-seater roadster is trading its power-retractable hard top for a more stylish single-panel soft top at the 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. Though the designers might have compromised the passenger's comfort under rain or snow when they conceptualized the MX-5 Spyder, its sleek new grenadine-red canvas cover is perfect for warm days under the sun. And the lovely Stratosphere White paint scheme it’s paired with makes this concept the perfect test mule for some of Mazda's latest track toys. 
Rolling on 17-inch, 10-spoke ADVAN RS wheels, the MX-5 Spyder is fitted with a Racing Beat header, intake, and exhaust muffler, as well as a MazdaSpeed coil over suspension and Brembo brakes to make it track-ready. They've even installed a lightweight lithium-ion racing battery to improve its fuel economy.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Volvo Car Corporation
Back in April, Volvo bit off more than they could chew when they tried to take on the Universe. That's why four months later, they decided to go back to the drawing board and tackle something more manageable starting with You. Reborn at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Concept You was built as a statement of “Scandinavian Heritage, Scandinavian Passion, Scandinavian Light, and Scandinavian Craftmanship.” But all this Scandinavian pride somehow feels that there's a hint of Scandinavian insecurity behind the brand's new oriental owners.
Taking the form of a sporty fastback coupé, the Concept You wields ventilated disc brakes by Polestar racing and 21-inch polished aluminum rims. And since its last inception, it has grown a pair of rear sunroofs and traded the futuristic grill for one with more class, but manages to retain the decorated side mirrors. Overall, Volvo's hoping to appeal to a wider audience with its younger and sportier character.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of the Ford Motor Company
FoFi fans have more reason to party on the Fiesta's first birthday as Ford gets the show on the road with the feisty Fiesta ST Concept. Powered by a turbocharged Ti-VCT 1.6-liter EcoBost engine, this hot hatch is ready to knock your socks off with its 180 horses and 240 Nm of torque. And when coupled to a manual six-speed transmission, it takes less than seven seconds in the sprint to 100 km/h and top out at 220 km/h, if you've got the balls for it. Ford has wiped the smirk off its face and replaced it with a menacing grin, transforming this humble hatchback into a scandalous sportster worthy of an ST badge.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Jaguar Cars Limited
The big cat has coughed up a new hairball and looks like it’s ready to pounce at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Codenamed the C-X16, Jaguar's latest super sports car is a 375 horsepower two-seater hybrid that's meant to bang heads with the likes of the Carrera 911, C6 Corvette, and V8 Vantage. Although it's still in the concept phase, the prototype reveals that it should be production ready and is well shaping up to be the XKR's successor
With big shoes to fill, the new supercharged 3.0 liter V6 power plant might sound like a downgrade from the XK's V8, but let me assure you that it hasn't lost any of its grunt and purrs just as sweet. Packing 375 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque, the C-X16 leaps from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds and should reach 300 km/h if you've got the balls to keep the pedal to the floor.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of the Ford Motor Company
Travel through time as the blue oval brand takes us far into the future with its Frankfurt-bound Evos Concept car. Created to express Ford's new global design direction, this is one concept that dwells more on the 'what can be' rather than the 'what will be.' That means there's only a slim chance that this sleek sedan will ever make it into production, but its technologies and design elements will. And yes, that's right, though it might look like a coupe, this one's actually a cool four-door saloon.
Concept cars are one-off masterpieces created by artistic minds to inspire and foretell how cars of the future will shape up to be. But among the myriad of concepts that debut in motor shows around the world each year, none of them even compares to how much Volvo's Safety Concept Car (SCC) helped shape the cars of today. Ten years after its debut in Detroit, the technological concepts from SCC are still making their way into new Volvo's. 
After the SCC was unveiled, work immediately got underway in 2002 to translate its technical concepts into production. One of the project's important goals was to demonstrate the possibility of combining world-class safety with a sporty and sleek package in a small car. Four years later, the project finally bore fruit when the Volvo C30 made its world debut in 2006. It proved that there's progress when designers and engineers work hand-in-hand. With over a dozen of the SCC's advanced technical solutions finding their way into new Volvo's each day, what started out as concepts now help drivers avoid both minor and major collisions.
Words by Jade Lu | Photos courtesy of Audi AG
In the aggressive world of automotives, it’s important to always stay on the cutting edge. And with traffic and congestion problems creeping up the world’s roads, “cutting edge” may very well have its own double-entendre. 
Audi has recently conjured up a completely new lightweight, super compact 1+1 prototype - the Audi Urban Concept. This concept vehicle is the first of its kind, not modeled or reinvented from any model before it, and is developed on the principles of lightweight construction, efficiency and reduction. Less is positively more; the result is a frill-free sporty two-seater powered by two e-tron electric motors with a lithium-ion battery as source. 
Words by Christopher Kho | Photo courtesy of World Honda
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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