Toyota Fun-Vii concept 2011

Toyota City, Japan, November 28, 2011—Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will show at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011 the "Toyota Fun-Vii"1, a concept vehicle that heralds a not-too-distant future where people, cars and society are linked.  The theme of the show—to take place2 from November 30 through December 11 at Tokyo Big Sight in Koto Ward, Tokyo—is "Mobility can change the world."

The ultimate in personalization functions offer the ability to alter the content displayed on the interior and exterior of the Fun-Vii with the same ease as downloading an application.  For instance, the whole vehicle body can be used as a display space, with the body color and display content changeable at will.  This allows the entire vehicle to function as a terminal for displaying messages or other information.

The whole of the vehicle interior also can function as a display space, with the interior freely adjustable to match the mood of the moment.  Content such as navigation information is blended seamlessly into the interior through the use of augmented reality.  Furthermore, the vehicle's "navigation concierge" can provide the passengers with driving information and guidance through a vocal interface.

A network update function makes sure the software versions for the vehicle's drive, control and multimedia system are always up-to-date.

The Fun-Vii is able to link with surrounding vehicles and infrastructure, allowing it to detect other potentially hazardous vehicles—such as vehicles in blind spots—in advance, or to connect with friends who are driving nearby. Operation of the Fun-Vii is not limited to inside the vehicle itself, with a portion of the vehicle's functions access able remotely via a smartphone or other mobile communication device.

Scion Unveils All-New t2B Concept Vehicle

Jin Won Kim is a design team leader at Calty Design Research (Newport Beach, CA). Kim designs cars. And trucks. Kim has been at Toyota’s West Coast studio for some five-and-a-half years since his graduation from Art Center in Pasadena in 2001.

For some designers, after five-and-a-half years having a production car they’ve designed is something yet to be attained. For Kim, that’s not the case. The exterior design of the Toyota FJ Cruiser: That’s his. While the FJ is no Camry or Tundra in terms of volume, it is an iconic vehicle in the Toyota lineup.

What is truly notable about the recent undertakings of Jin Kim—especially for what Mark Templin, vp of Scion, described as “nearly a half-a-million passionate owners,” a number that is all the more significant when you take into account that Scion launched in California in June 2003 and didn’t complete its national rollout for another year—is that he is the man who designed the exterior of the second-generation Scion xB. Although the xB was outsold by the tC in 2006 (61,306 units versus 79,125), the xB—the boxy one—is clearly the quintessential Scion.

Kim said the ’08 xB is predicated on the design of the concept t2B, which was introduced at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. Kim explained that the question he considered when undertaking the design for that vehicle was: “There is a pure box”—meaning the original, first-gen ’04 xB—“where do you go from there?” The answer to that question wasn’t found in some isolated, sterile think tank.

Director Max Wolff, Chief Interior Designer Soo Kang, Chief Designer Darrell Beamer, Exterior Manager Solomon Song

MKZ concept car, Lincoln signals what lies ahead for the new MKZ production version that will be introduced later this year. Solomon Song, manager of exterior design on the concept, said the body design of the concept is loaded with remarkable subtleties and details.

In the middle of all the presentations of the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show was the unveiling of the 2013 MKT and the 2013 MKS, but Lincoln had another ace in the hole. Apparently, Ford’s luxury brand also revealed a teaser image of a car that looks like the next MKZ. It is believed that we will see the new MKZ in January 2012 at the Detroit Auto Show.

Fast forward to today and the Lincoln MKZ Concept has finally been unveiled in all its glory.

The Lincoln MKZ Concept is a take on the company’s design language that will be featured in a number of their future models. Taken as a concept, the MKZ comes with a variety of new features that will look sweet when translated to a production version. The automaker has penciled a production date for later this year so we won’t have to wait long to see what the production MKZ is made of.

The Lincoln MKZ Concept promotes the company’s design future with a style that the company describes as "elegant simplicity," a language that’s "warmer and more restrained and moves away from complex designs and traditional luxury.”

The Cognac paint finish of the MKZ Concept exudes warm hues, which is then complemented by the deep finish through a rich base coat covered in multiple layers of tinted clear-coat finishes. Key design characteristics that have been added to the MKZ Concept include a more refined iteration of the company’s iconic split-wing grille, a design that we first saw back in 1938 with the Lincoln-Zephyr.

The profile of the sedan also speaks to a new future for Lincoln vehicles, as evidenced by the long, sleek, and swooping roofline that breaks away from the traditional sedan three-box shape, enabling a more flowing, elegant and more naturally aerodynamic appearance.

The car also features a panoramic glass roof that spans the length from the windshield all the way to the top of the backlight. Likewise, a fixed-glass expanse extends to the side roof rails of the cabin while LED technology permeates the tail-lamp cased in an extremely thin and distinctive full-width housing.

Inside, the Lincoln MKZ Concept is the picture of a warm styling mixed in with a spacious four-seat configuration. The sweeping design of the instrument panel creates a visual and comfortable interior. Lincoln used a combination of poplar wood and aluminum in bright and satin finishes for the prevalent material, as well as leather help create a sculptural, luxurious and comfortable interior space. The leather seats have been dressed in a Champagne hue perforation patter with matching dark taupe accents.

As far as technology is concerned, the MKZ Concept comes with an innovative interior that features push-button transmission gear selection, an open, tiered center console, and liquid crystal instrumentation. In addition, a reconfigurable 10.1" Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD is also part of the set-up, positioned just ahead of the driver and operated with the latest version of the MyLincoln Touch system.

Lincoln MKZ

Hyundai i-oniq Concept is a RWD Electric Coupe with a Range Extender Petrol Engine

Hyundai has rolled out a teaser sketch of a new concept car named 'i-oniq' that will be revealed in a world premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Designed and developed at the company’s European R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the i-oniq concept is said to preview the next evolution of Hyundai's ‘fluidic sculpture’ form language, which is featured on the brand's recent production models like the Sonata, the i40 and the Veloster.

Thomas Bürkle, Hyundai’s European Chief Designer described the new design language thusly: “Two strong arched curves define the silhouette of i-oniq, creating a playful contrast between the sharp character lines and soft but muscular features.”

The concept study represents an impression of the company’s future, both in terms of styling, as it further evolves Hyundai's ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language, and in terms of technology.

"The i-oniq concept has been created to reflect the new thinking that runs through the Hyundai brand," says Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, Allan Rushforth.

"It has a bold design, inside and out, that provokes contemplation on the future of automotive possibilities, and a powertrain that highlights one of the ways in which we could power future products – wrapped in a package that exudes premium qualities," he added.

Styling features such as the gentle lines and more muscular surface treatment as well as the design of the grille and LED headlights are expected to inspire the next generation of Hyundai models.

Under the skin, 4.4-meter long i-oniq sports a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine mated via a generator to a lithium ion electric motor, which delivers an output of 109PS or 108bhp.

The Korean company states that in electric-only mode, the i-oniq has a driving range of 120 km (75 miles), while when the petrol engine kicks in to help, it can travel up to 700 km (435 miles) emitting just 45 g/km of CO2 in the process.

Kia Pro cee'd Concept

20 September 2006 - Kia Motors has revealed the first image of its latest concept car that is scheduled to debut at the Paris Motor Show next week. The strikingly styled concept, named pro_cee'd, is based on the forthcoming three-door sporty hatch version of the all-new Kia cee'd.

The Kia Cee'd is a front wheel drive small family car released in the European market by the Korean manufacturer Kia Motors in December 2006—superseding the Kia Spectra—and available as a five-door hatchback, three-door hatchback ("pro_cee'd"), and five-door estate ("cee'd SW") with a choice of up to four engines (two petrol and two diesel), three trim levels (1, 2 and 3 – previously S, GS, LS and SR) and either manual or automatic transmissions.

The Cee'd was designed in Frankfurt, Germany, with Miklós Kovács leading the design team. Cars are manufactured in the Kia factory in Teplička nad Váhom, Slovakia.

Gregory Guillaume, Chief Designer Kia at European Design Centre commented, “Following on from the original cee’d concept, our design brief for pro_cee’d was to create a teaser for the all-new cee’d sports hatch which will become the third model in the cee’d line-up.”

Kia Ex cee'd Cabrio Concept

Kia Pro Cee'd 2008

Early conception in the cee'd family creative process, the pro_cee'd has 'stand-alone' good looks despite a large degree of commonality with other cee'd models, beneath the exterior skin.

Kia Pro Cee'd 2011

A few photos have been published by Kia, the facelift version 2011 Kia Pro Ceed before its official debut, which is scheduled at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The main visual upgrades can be seen at the new set of headlamps and the redesigned front bumper which now gives a more dynamic aspect due to the larger air intakes while in the engine department, the three-door model is should get an optimized 1.6-liter 4-cylinder diesel unit producing 128-horsepower and 255 Nm or torque.

Concept Car wîth Gullwing Door, Tabletop Computer and Lounge-like Seating Debuts at 2011 North American International Auto Show

The KV7 is a deliberate move away from the angled fronts and heavily raked windscreens that have become commonplace in the minivan segment in recent times according to Kia.

“From the outset, we felt the category was in need of an honest reassessment due to the fact that everyone seems so desperate to attach the word ‘sporty’ to their minivan, even though vans, at their very core are simply a box,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer, Kia Motors America. “Rather than reject the box we chose to celebrate it, just like we did with the Soul, and the result is a straightforward yet sophisticated vehicle that retains the functionality vans are known for and meets the changing and diverse needs of today’s consumers.”

The KV7 concept's most striking feature is its passenger-side gullwing door, which creates a massive point-of-entry to the lounge-like interior when opened in conjunction wîth the pillar-less front passenger door.

The KV7 concept's inviting face is highlighted by an interpretation of Kia's signature bold tabbed grille wîth vertical LED headlamps integrated within the design to create a clean, smooth look. The KV7 features several LED lighting elements that Kia's design team is evaluating for future production vehicles, including a continuous line of LED fog lights that span the entire front end of the vehicle and directional turn indicators on the outside mirrors and the rear of the vehicle that pulse in the direction being signaled.

The KV7 concept's distinctive windshield follows the unique designs found on the new Sportage CÚV and Optima midsize sedan, and a series of near-continuous windows starting at the A-pillar provide uninterrupted views of a day at the beach or a night out on the town. And despite its non-traditional look, the KV7's length (191.85 in.), width (80.0 in.) and wheelbase (122.0 in.) are consistent wîth the van §egmènt and allow flexible seating configurations and a multitude of storage options.

In the process of rethinking what a van's exterior appearance and image could be, Kia's Southern California design team also envisioned an interior to meet the needs of an entirely new group of consumers – a group of people referred to as 'Ringleaders.' Rather than using a van to transport children and their accompaniments, Ringleaders are busy organizing road trips, social outings and new adventures for themselves and their friends to experience together. As such, the KV7 concept's interior employs four custom-built swiveling seats, including the driver's seat, and a rear-corner mini-lounge wîth seating for three and integrated storage compartments to promote interaction in an open social environment.

The simple yet sophisticated theme is brought to life inside the KV7 concept through its modern color palette featuring soft beige and green tones and the use of unique seat and surface materials. The KV7 utilizes a variety of unconventional textures, including reclaimed teak wood flooring and sustainable wool and felt materials help to foster a warm and inviting atmosphere.

When the KV7 concept's push button start is engaged, the entire front dash moves more than six inches toward the driver, bringing all controls within easy reach, including the large multi-use display which integrates infotainment, climate and navigation systems in one simple-to-use interface controlled by a trackball mouse mounted in the dash. Rear passengers have their own, separate interface in the form of a floating tabletop touch-screen computer display. The KV7 is Wi-Fi enabled, providing both the front and rear displays wîth Internet capabilities and the ability for multiple passengers to connect their smart phones to the vehicle at one time and sign on to social networking sites.

The Gladiator’s Bike is a concept study of a flying racing vehicle inspired by Roman chariots, created for a futuristic, dystopian world. Motorsports races have become a violent fight, much like the gladiator games in the Ancient Rome.

Inspired by the gladiators’ chariots, the flying racing bikes have an essential design that leaves the mechanical parts exposed and features modern weapons on the sides.

“There have been dazzling developments in science and medical science, but they were only for the haves.”

Kia has finally taken the wraps off of the new Kia GT Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show – a study that hints at the company’s new design direction. The Kia GT Concept itself is a four-door sports sedan with a rear-wheel drive layout – a first for the Hyundai-owned brand

“This concept allows us to explore exciting new design directions, as using a rear-drive layout creates very different proportions compared to a front-wheel drive car,” says Peter Schreyer, Kia’s Chief Design Officer. “The classic front-engined, rear-wheel drive layout of a performance saloon has distinct appeal not just for the domestic Korean audience, but also for the European and American markets.”

Although work on the Kia GT concept first started in November 2010, the idea of a powerful rear-wheel drive Kia saloon had been percolating in the minds of Kia’s European designers for some time.

“At the onset of this project,” adds Gregory Guillaume, Kia’s European Design Chief, “the design team was inspired by the spirit of iconic 1970s GT cars: sumptuous and elegant vehicles capable of whisking passengers from Paris to the South of France in effortless style and at high speed. We wanted to create something similarly graceful, athletic and confident, but not aggressive or overbearing.”

While the concept is a new design evolution for Kia, both Schreyer and Guillaume are particularly passionate about the Kia GT’s lights. The alloy-framed center grille is flanked by complex headlamp units that each house a bank of six deeply recessed LED illuminators.

Power for the Kia GT Concept comes from a 3.3 liter T-GDI turbocharged V6 making 390-hp with a peak torque of 394 lb-ft.

Will it be produced? Kia isn’t saying anything yet but the press release did state that “Although work on the Kia GT concept first started in November 2010, the idea of a powerful rear-wheel drive Kia saloon had been percolating in the minds of Kia’s European designers for some time.”

- By: Omar Rana

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