The SsangYong XIV-1 Concept is a showcase for SsangYong's design and engineering talents. The name XIV-1 is derived from the phrase 'eXciting user Interface Vehicle', highlighting the show car's focus on interaction with the driver and passengers.

More than just a design study, XIV-1 is the concept version of SsangYong's premium B-segment CUV project, which will lead to the addition of another mass production model to the Korean company's range, and has been developed to display both the heritage and the future design direction of SsangYong Motor. Built to SsangYong's corporate product development philosophy, 'Robust, Specialist, Premium', SsangYong XIV-1 Concept showcases dynamic, strong yet smooth lines, typifying the true creative qualities of SsangYong Motor design.

Robust aesthetics

The exterior design of SsangYong XIV-1 Concept with its continuous glass area epitomises the perfect proportions of the compact SUV. Designers took inspiration from the simplicity of the side view of a graceful sailing yacht, which is synonymous with outdoor pleasure and enjoyment. A wide C-pillar and slim roof appear to float above the body, providing a nimble, fast yet strong stance.

SsangYong XIV-1 Concept's front end styling follows the lead set by the new SsangYong Korando crossover with a robust yet aesthetically pleasing appearance. Modern LED headlamps are an integral design element of SsangYong's premium appearance to position the brand within the global marketplace.

Access to the concept's cabin is via coach doors which do away with the need for B-pillars. This not only provides greater comfort for passengers but also provides the SsangYong XIV-1 Concept with its sleek, uninterrupted profile.

Specialist interior

The objective of SsangYong XIV-1 Concept is to maximise the enjoyment of movement while also providing passengers with a moving communication space. SsangYong's designers have named the interior concept 'each one & all together', enabling passengers to freely move and rotate all the seats to tailor the cabin layout to their specific needs. Each of the concept's four seats can rotate through 360 degrees in addition to moving forwards and backwards.

The cabin's width is visually stretched by the wide, symmetrical instrument panel design accented with aluminium dials. Mood lighting helps SsangYong XIV-1 Concept to achieve the perfect ambience to match its cutting edge design.

eXciting user Interface Vehicle

The key to the XIV-1's name lies inside the cabin. The user interface embraces the concept of an extended living space rather than providing just a means of transport. Control of many of SsangYong XIV-1 Concept functions is via the interaction of Smart mobile devices and the vehicle itself. Using the kind of devices that the driver and passengers are likely to be carrying at all times, they can control everything from the audio system, the display of information on the dashboard and online communications.

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The third generation Toyota Avensis has been debuted at the 2008 Paris International Motor Show and information has been released.

The crisp new Toyota Euro flagship will be bristling with new safety features like Steeringassist Vehicle Stability Control (VSC+), Adaptive Front Light System (AFS) and Pre-Crash Safety System (PCS).

It will also be available with three new more efficient petrol engines. The range will comprise of a 132 hp 1.6 litre fourpot, a 147 hp 1.8 litre unit and a 152 hp 2.0 litre four-banger. The diesel engine options will carry over from the previous model and remain unchanged.

Lincoln features interiors inspired by the latest trends in contemporary home design and founded in the belief that automobiles have become "the fourth space," as people are spending significant amounts of time in their vehicles. First space refers to the home. Second space refers to the workplace. The third space is a leisure location such as a cafe and, in turn, the vehicle has become the fourth space.

"The new Lincoln vehicles clearly blend the best elements of architecture, craftsmanship, interior design and fashion design," said Giulio Capula, vice president and publisher, Architectural Digest.

Lincoln MKT Concept Brings the Beauty of Home into the Automobile

The new Lincoln MKT Concept, unveiled in January at the North American International Auto Show, brings the driver and passengers even closer to home by including many of the same features as the Lincoln MKS. In addition, it offers appointments such as four executive-sized, first-class chairs with rear seat footrests, soothing tone-on-colors, ambient lighting and flexible storage.

Designer Jennifer Hewlett added a plush, hand-knotted rug made from banana silk covering the floor and complementing the contrasting Creamy Pearl chromium-free leather seats, while Amy Kim, in charge of the elegant metalwork, contributed sculpted door handles with sparkling, curved dimples reminiscent of beadwork.

Joann Jung was responsible for the instrument panel and crystal-inspired center consol that runs the entire length of the vehicle to create a feeling of continuity between the upper and lower portion of the cabin, as if all the occupants of the cabin were sitting together in a living room. A patented solid-state lighting technology allows first-ever 3-D projection on a contoured surface and displays information using intuitive shapes and spaces on the center stack.

About the new MKT Concept's innovative interior, Jung said, "It's very personal to me. It's like opening my own room to the public. But I want to share it."

Mercedes Benz GL-Class

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (code name X164) is a full-size crossover SUV built by the German carmaker Mercedes-Benz since 2006. The GL-Class debuted at the 2006 North American International Auto Show.

The car was designed for the American market, which is shown by its large size, making it the only similarly-sized rival up against Audi's Q7 by that time. It is the 7-passenger counterpart of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. Although the car was designed for the US market, it is also sold in Europe, albeit in far fewer numbers.

A vision in chrome, the GL gleams with authority with its numerous chrome elements, from the roof rails to the chrome fog lamp surrounds. The redesigned radiator grille and bumpers add to its visual impact.

Together with the twin-pipe exhaust system integrated in the rear bumper and new-design alloy wheels, they underscore the GL’s aura of power. Further visual highlights include its new daytime driving lights and LED tail lights.

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"When I joined Peugeot 10 years ago, many people didn't know where Korea was. But now it's totally different," says Koo Min-chul, the only Korean exterior designer to work at Mercedes-Benz' headquarters in Germany. Koo is in charge of designing the cars' exteriors, one of the most coveted jobs among car designers.

In 2001, he became the first graduate of a Korean university to join a European carmaker, and now he finds himself at the heart of the global automobile industry. An industrial design graduate from Hongik University, he is due to unveil the first car he designed at the end of the year.

''While the iconic Dodge Viper is a dream car for many, the Dodge Demon is designed to be an attainable dream car,'' said Jae Chung - Dodge Demon Principal Exterior Designer, Chrysler Group. ''The exterior design is simple yet bold, featuring an energetic combination of curves and intersecting planes.''

The bodyside of the Dodge Demon main character line flows up and over the front wheel, then drops diagonally to an angular color-keyed vent on the rear fender that directs cooling air to the rear brakes. In similar fashion, the compound rear fender surface curves up and over the rear wheel, sweeping into a broad diagonal plane extending to the taillamp. The resulting muscular fender form projects boldly beyond the main body, underscoring that the Dodge Demon concept is a rear-wheel-drive machine.

The rear surface of the body is divided into three planes with two chamfered outboard planes, dominated by long, tapering trapezoidal taillamps. The taillamps sport translucent red inset lenses that surround LED back-up lamps.

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It’s the year 2057 and Audi continues to revolutionize through technology, offering a hydrogen-powered vehicle that combines artificial intelligence with avenues of self expression. This single-seat, autonomous driving machine functions as a solid unit at its core, while providing a myriad of possible holographic exteriors stored in a library and accessible through the vehicle’s interactive holographic interface.

Virtuea’s holographic exterior provides a variety of possibilities, allowing the driver to select from the most innovative designs from one minute to the next. The vehicles image can now be proudly displayed without environmental impact, as no physical materials are needed regardless of size.

Jae S. Min, Chief Designer at Volkswagen Group of America, Design Center California (DCC). The complex is one of three Volkswagen Group design centers worldwide, and the only one outside of Germany. Born July 22, 1971 in Seoul, Korea, Jae is the eldest, and only male out of two children. His father is an architect, his mother was trained as a ballerina, and although he says that a atch made in either heaven or hell, it also a recipe for someone who excels at designing structures that move gracefully through unlimited space.

The EGO, the world’s first compact semi submarine, itscockpit is located below the floating hull so while cruising about you always have a lovely view of what lies below. The windows of the EGO are made of special acrylic materials, mostly used in aquariums to withstand water pressure and enable light transmission for better visibility.

It features a top speed of 4 knots for 4 hours, and it runs for 6-10 hours on a single charge. Other equipment includes a monitoring LCD system, battery monitoring systems, VHF marine two way radio, digital depth gauge, foot pedal, compass and clock.


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