Detroit Auto Show – Part 2

I wrote about the best cars which are in production or are production-ready from the Detroit Auto Show in my last post (check it out in case you missed it!). Now we’ll look as some of the best Concept cars from the Show!

1. Subaru Impreza Sedan concept

After being showcased previously at the Tokyo Motor Show and the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Subaru Impreza Sedan concept was shown at the Detroit Auto Show. The concept will hopefully look as appealing when its production ready. What will go under the hood hasn’t been revealed yet. It puts the “wide and Low” design philosophy to display. The concept’s roof line is sloping, and the corners and character lines are more contoured. Its got some great looking hawk-eye headlights, a larger and more elegantly designed grille-mounted emblem and black-and-red fan-blade wheels. See the pics!

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2. Nissan Titan Warrior concept

When Nissan unveiled the Nissan Titan at the Detroit Auto Show last year, on the first look everyone could notice the similarity to the Ford F-150. And why not? The Ford F-150 has been the class leader for a really long time. And anybody trying to get into this market would be definitely referencing it first for design cues that have been a success. This year’s Nissan Titan Warrior Concept too faces a similar case. It looks really similar to the Ford F-150 Raptor. For images of the Raptor look at my previous post.

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3. Acura Precision concept

The Acura Precision concept was built specifically with the aim to be showcased at the Detroit Auto Show 2016. After the NSX, the Acura design team has been playing around with more specific styling as the Precision concept’s end goal is to define the news styling that will be adopted by all the Acura models soon. It is larger than the NSX in may ways – wider than the NSX by almost eight inches, height four inches more than the NSX. Its got deeply cut sides, debuts the brand’s aggressive “Diamond Pentagon” front grille which is a definite relief from the Acura grille we’ve seen for quite some time. The grille perfectly compliments the “Jewel Constellation” LED headlamps. I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

One more point to note after looking that the futuristic interior on the Precision concept – Acura believes that the future human-machine interface (HMI) will have the ability to scan each occupant in the car to load their personalized settings for music, maps and vehicle performance.

4. Buick Avista concept

There’s not a single thing in this Buick that doesn’t look awesome on its own. The Avista might not be currently confirmed to go in to production but it will definitely be the cue to the design of all future Buick cars. It’s got powerful grille, wing-shaped head- and taillights, lean and muscular character line. The wait for the new Buick cars won’t be long, as the next-generation Regal mid-size sedan is due within the year, and a new Enclave crossover won’t be far behind.

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Bonus!

Here are some other cars that grabbed my attention and should appeal to you too!

VLF Force 1 V10

Gilbert Villarreal, Bob Lutz and Danish designer Henrik Fisker – joined forces to build high-end, limited-edition American sports cars, under the brand named formed of the initials of their surnames . They launched the Force 1 with the aim of taking on big names like Ferrari, Maserati and Aston Martin. It is equipped with a roaring 745 horsepower, V10 engine. It is made with carbon fiber and based on the Dodge Viper, but with a more plush interior. This limited edition vehicle will be priced just under $300,000.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV

Check out the images here.

Lexus LC500 Coupe

Check out the images here.

2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet

Check out this gallery here.

Extra Bonus!

What else happened at the Detroit Auto Show 2016??

Jeep celebrated its 75th anniversary by showcasing some awesome looking special editions of its cars. Jaguar Land Rover skipped the Detroit Auto Show to focus on other international shows. (Jaguar Land Rover are going to be present at the International Auto Expo 2016 in India, which starts from 3rd of February, 2016). MINI has given Detroit a miss and will also not be present at the Auto Expo 2016.

What’s going to happen at the Auto Expo 2016?

The Best CAR Blog Ever is going to be present here and will post about all the action from ground-zero starting from 3rd February 8am onward!

Catch all the action first on Instagram (follow @thebestCARblogever) and then followed by detailed posts here and Facebook.

Say hello to the hybrid Lamborghini Asterion [with Photos]

This is the Lamborghini Asterion hybrid. Yes, it is a plug-in hybrid and in terms of design quite different from the previous bulls viz. Egoista, Sesto Elemento and Veneno from Lamborghini.

We are thankful to the European Union, for their emission regulations are the only reason Lamboghini built this stunning Car as a hybrid. The EU is going to introduce new laws in 2021 which Lamborghini and other (super)car makers cannot ignore.

This concept is expected to make it into production during the same time. Hence a hybrid.

Images via Topgear, Jalopnik and Motorionline

Specs:

The Asterion is a mid-engined two-seater coupé and uses an adapted Aventador carbon fibre monocoque, mostly in the lower section. It has a different roof structure and has a streched wheelbase to create more interior space. The concept car is 4.7m long with Huracan’s stunning 607 bhp 5.2-litre V10 hooked up with a dual-clutch seven-speed rear transaxle auto box. So it is technically a parallel hybrid as the transaxle that incorporates a starter motor and generator, has an electric motor bolted on it. There are two more electric motors on the front axle and between them, they generate 220 kW, which is equal to around 300 bhp.

And where are the batteries? They’re in the central tunnel in place of the propeller shaft. This placement would benefit both safety and the car’s center of gravity.

It surely will better than a Prius. It can do 0-100 kmph / 0-62 mph in just over three seconds while emitting 98 g/km of carbon dioxide.

Thus the Asterion has a LPI-910-4 badge. It’s still an awesome looking concept.

The Badge | via IndianAutosBlog
The Badge | via IndianAutosBlog

Here’s one wallpaper of the Asterion if you would like>> Wallpaper [source unknown]

Lets see how it turns out when it reaches production.
What do you think about this new concept? Will it or won’t it??

Transformers 4: The CARS and the Truck you’ll get to see in the movie!

While Transformers 4 is set to hit the theatres across the world on June 27, 2014, The Best CAR Blog Ever! has got for you eyes some interesting images of the CARS and the truck you might get to see in the movie…

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Transformers 4

Transformers (2007) was a box office sensation, opening at #1 and made more than $700 million worldwide. The  second installment, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) grossed more than $830 million worldwide. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) was the biggest hit of them all and grossed more than a billion dollars and became the 5th highest grosing film of all time. Collectively, the franchise has made a whopping $2.6 billion worldwide.

The really interesting CAR, though here is the 6th generation Chevy Camaro Concept or the Chevy Camaro 2015.. Yes that’s right the Concept is going to be unveiled in the movie first!

As can be seen clearly from the photos that follow, most of the work has been carried out on the Front and the Back of this Camaro, alot many fans have said that “they would rather open a body shop when this Camaro gets into production, so that they can make the front and rear of it to look like any of the better-looking previous generation models”. Criticism shall follow and everyone might have their own opinion. But one thing for sure, the Camaro has definitely caught my eyes in terms of the design changes they made.

Without much delay now, here are the pics…

Bumblebee 2014 Concept Camaro
Bumblebee 2014 Concept Camaro |  Source
Bumblebee 2014 Concept Camaro
Bumblebee 2014 Concept Camaro  | Source
Bumblebee as a highly modified, vintage 1967 Camaro SS.
Bumblebee as a highly modified, vintage 1967 Camaro SS.  | Source
The completely upgraded, custom-built Optimus Prime from Western Star (a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America).
The completely upgraded, custom-built Optimus Prime from Western Star (a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America).  | Source
A classy 1,200-horsepower Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse worth more than $2.4 million.
A classy 1,200-horsepower Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse worth more than $2.4 million.  | Source
A special race-inspired C7 Corvette Stingray, based on Chevrolet’s upcoming 2014 production car!
A special race-inspired C7 Corvette Stingray, based on Chevrolet’s upcoming 2014 production car!  | Source
The adventure continues to transform with a very different offering from Daimler Trucks North America . . . the imposing 2014 Argosy cab-over truck by Freightliner.
The adventure continues to transform with a very different offering from Daimler Trucks North America . . . the imposing 2014 Argosy cab-over truck by Freightliner.  | Source

If seen closer, the above photo has been grey-scaled and the lights have been photoshopped to look in colour… Thus hiding the fact which character is it going to be. It is speculated to be either Nemesis Prime, Ultra Magnus or the Motor Master. We’ll have to wait until the movie releases to find out.

More of the CARS and trucks can be checked out at Michael Bay’s website! Bay has been a part of the series since the first instalment.

Also you can check this thread at the Camaro5.com for more snaps of the Transformers CARS and other vehicles!

Cars that brought a unique concept to the world

A concept vehicle symbolizes the designer’s vision of styling dynamics and technology that after years shall come to wide acceptance. The prototypes are developed mainly for observing the reactions of viewers over the world. All the collected responses in turn give information about the predictive feasibility of car’s production and marketing in coming times. The best venue for the purpose has always been auto expos. Almost all the motor shows around the world tend to display concept cars along with new and upcoming official releases.

Many Automobile makers indulge their engineers into bringing up concept cars, so that the firm can show to its enthusiasts, what it is capable of offering in future. The concept of presenting concept cars is in-turn a display of a maker’s technical soundness and advanced capabilities. So if not by the current products you can make out the difference between one and other car maker, you can certainly do that by observing the concept car displays by the car makers you want to distinguish between. The feedback so gained also lets the respective company whether it will be able to bring the car out in time or not. These cars look very distinctive in the entire show, funky, chic, and extra-stylish. But no matter how shiny these cars pose, the fact that they are still not on sales list is because they are still taking opinions at the designing stage. Though it may come to one’s obvious wonder, why a big company would put its costly resources into an exercise that may not conclude so fruitful. But a closer sneak peek into the cars does satisfy many questions regarding the future of the company.

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Harley Earl – The Father of Corvette and the one who gave the Automotive industry its first Concept CAR

What started as Harley Earl’s tool for better marketing and designing went onto become a lot bigger regime. Today this concept is not optional for car makers, to show one’s engineering tools better than others, the display of concept cars have become an essential element. Concept cars somehow reveal the future state of a company, an automaker’s step ahead in future get catch it’s inkling in present. The idea also allows the company to evaluate its own-self on grounds of technological advancement. At times some concepts are just too costly to be brought at reception of the world and some are technically not possible to be produced on mass scale. So one can put in a layman language that designers and engineers pursue their own interests and fantasies for making their unique dream cars, devoid of funding and feasibility of it being produced locally in future.

Companies also utilize concept cars to give clue of cars that they are to produce for wide acceptability. Even the cars that are put to display besides these concept cars go under a lot of changes before being produced. Concept cars let the firms assess how are they being received by people and what changes could be made to bring these cars or modified versions for global acceptance with considerable returns.

Such cars are always made a lot more non-traditional with costly material depicting the exotic nature of design thoughts of the carver. These cars feature unique designs and elements that makes all clearly feel that their wagon has been brought back from future. Yet these cars never actually taste local roads since as many of them are useful to certain extent. It would come to surprise that after a concept car has lived at its show it is either destroyed or put in firm’s museums of remarkable history. Concept cars often sport unique elements that are not seen regular cars. An intriguing example of same is Ford’s Lincoln Futura. Developed in 1954 the concept car enjoyed leisure in a customizer’s shop in LA before it was reanimated to be used as Batmobile in Batman TV series, in 1996.

Let’s take a look at the most admired concept cars, or the American dreams as they call it.

Buick Y-Job:

1938 Buick Y-Job Concept by Harley Earl
1938 Buick Y-Job Concept by Harley Earl

Produced by Buick divisions of GM, this very car actually started the concept car saga. Designed by GM’s chief Harley J. Earl back in 1938, the car sported power-operated secret highlights, electrically powered windows, gunsight hood and wrap-around bumpers. It even sported flush door handles and vertical waterfall grille. The car was brought up only to assess ideas and even before its making, it wasn’t intended to be produced on bigger scale. Harley Earl though drove the two-seater for some years and later it was housed in a warehouse. Ultimately, it found a better home at the Henry Ford Museum till 1993 when it came back to its ancestor company to be part of heritage collection of GM. Then came the year 2001 when Y-Job was reanimated by Buick as BlackHawk, which was largely inspired by Y-Job.

General Motors Le Sabre:

The 1951 Buick LaSabre concept car. - Photo Courtesy of General Motors
The 1951 Buick LaSabre concept car – Photo Courtesy of General Motors
1951 Le Sabre Convertible
1951 Le Sabre Convertible

In 1951 GM’s Le Sabre was second concept car from hands of the legend Harley Earl. The car came out lot better and was advanced than the 1938 Buick Y-Job. The new car showcased design elements motivated by aircrafts like windshield that had wrap-around dynamics and tailfins. It also sported a higher grille that hid the headlamps. It gave a typical look of jet-fighter turned four-wheeler. The 1951 Le Sabre body was made up of lightweight magnesium and aluminium. It also featured 12 volt electrics, automatic transmission about the torque converter technology, oil cooler with fuel injection, built-in hydraulic jacks, chrome-molybdenum frame, rain-activated and jet-like air intake. After replacing Buick Y-Job with Le Sabre in 1951, Earl clocked 45000 miles with the latter.

Cadillac Cyclone:

1959 Cadillac Cyclone
1959 Cadillac Cyclone

So coming onto the last concept work of Harley Earl, Cadillac Cyclone was rather a bold presentation. It was built by the Cadillac Division of General Motors in 1959. American obsession with jets and aerodynamics was realized again with Cadillac Cyclone. The two fenders matched the design of rockets, making this Cadillac look more like an aircraft than a car. It was brought up on a 104 inches chassis and was backed by 325BHP V8 mill mated to a low-profile carburettor, back mounted auto-transaxle and all-wheel independent suspension. The car’s rather iconoclastic design was further commented by sliding doors and radar-sensing crash prevention. The bubble-top canopy closed itself when rain started. Like other concepts, Cadillac Cyclone didn’t get opportunity to be produced on a bigger scale.

Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT:

1962 Corvair Monza GT
1962 Corvair Monza GT

In 1963, the car was not only in the news but was one of the main highlights of New York Auto Show and also of the history of General Motors. The coupe was designed by Tony Lapine and Larry Shinoda under the supervision of Bill Mitchel, the then design chief at GM in 1962. The prototype was based on previous models of Chevrolet Corvair series. Monza GT coupe added 16 inches wide wheelbase as compared to a regular Corvair. The engine too was placed ahead of transaxle and rotated by 180 degrees and so forming it a mid-engine auto. Monza GT also sported magnesium-alloy wheels, disc brakes to four wheels and seats with pedals that could be adjusted. This model never got on the assembly line but did give way to Chevrolet Corvette C3.

Corvette Mako Shark:

Chevrolet Mako Shark concept
Chevrolet Mako Shark concept
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark-II
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark-II
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark-II
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark-II

The idea caught Bill Mitchell, as least what legend says, after he caught a shark while have the deep-sea fishing experience. The truth behind the legend could be seen with credibility since the Mako Shark’s design dynamism matched with that of shark body. Even the color scheme, blue/gray on top and silver white on bottom and rocking panels could clearly depict the inspiration taken from shark animal’s body. The pointed snout, streamlining body and other slim and sleek design details came out of the hands of Larry Shinoda. Other elements contained two additional tail lamps and four-into-two side pipes. Corvette Mako Shark gave way to 1963 Sting-Ray and together, these two cars affected the body design of second generation corvettes.

Even to this day concept cars by GM seem as stunning as back in those times (as can be clearly seen in the case of the Chevrolet Camaro.)

Chevy Camaro – The CAR, Its Journey

Today’s Post on my favourite CAR ever, the Chevy Camaro..Hence it took a while for me to cut it short (I know its still long! but i couldn’t miss anything out on its journey so..)

The Chevy Camaro is one of the finest, performance-oriented, muscle car ever to be built and has been in existence since 1966..yes that’s about 46 years..

The current Camaro is the fifth generation Camaro.. that obviously means there were four previous generations of the Camaro..

A lot to say about the CAR but a picture is worth a thousand words… So I’ll let the pics do all the talking..

A first generation, 1968 Chevy Camaro

The first generation debuted in September 1966, with the 1967 model of the Chevy Camaro and then succeeded with the 1968 and 1969 models of the Camaro.

A second generation, 1970 Chevy Camaro Z28

The second generation was introduced in the 1970 with cosmetic changes especially in the 1974 and 1978 models. This generation was produced from 1970 to 1981. The Camaro was heavily restyled and had a larger and wider body. The second generation also came with the Z28  package, which included an air induction hood scoop.

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A third generation, 1982 Chevy Camaro

The third generation was produced from 1982 to 1992. This generation also celebrated with a “20th Anniversary Commemorative Editionin 1987 and a “25th Anniversary Heritage Packagein 1992. These were the first to offer modern fuel-injection, four-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmissions. It was also 227kgs lighter than the previous generation.

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A fourth generation, 2002 Chevy Camaro SS (35th Anniversary Edition)

The fourth generation, which was produced from 1993 to 2002, retained the same body style and also came as a Convertible (introduced in 1994). The fourth generation gave a choice and variety of V6 and V8 engines. The standard engine was 3.4 litre V6, from 1993 to 95. A more powerful 3.8 litre V6 was introduced as an option and made standard in 1996. The V8, the standard engine for the Z28 model, was borrowed from the 1992 Corvette.

The interiors were restyled in the 1997 model and more exterior styling changes were made in the 1998 model. Also, an all-aluminium engine was introduced later, which was also obtained from the Corvette C5, which gave the Camaro a thrilling 305-horsepower.

It remained in production continuously for 35 years till 2002, after which production was stopped due to slowing sales and its deteriorating market.

It wasn’t the end for this successful, powerful muscle CAR.

After 2002, a 2006 Camaro Concept was revealed at the North American International Auto Show on January 6, 2006, which was the official indication from General Motors (GM) that a fifth generation of this CAR would follow. Exactly a year later, on January 6, 2007, the  2007 Camaro Convertible Concept was revealed at North American International Auto Show, 2007. The roof wasn’t the only difference between the two concepts, but there were several subtle changes to the exterior of the Convertible.

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The 2006 Camaro Concept

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The 2007, Camaro Convertible Concept (Front and Back)

The body styling of both the fifth generation concepts was evidently lined on the first generation Camaro.

GM announced in 2006, that they would start the production of the all-new Camaro in 2008, which would be based on these award winning concepts. But the production was delayed and the actual production started on March 16, 2009.

Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper said the new Camaro “will appeal to both men and women, and unite customers with fond memories of previous Camaros with those who first experienced a Camaro” when the concept was unveiled in January.

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A fifth generation, 2010 Chevy Camaro SS

The fifth generation came with five different trim levels; the LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS and 2SS.

The LS and LT trims are powered by a 3.6 litre GM LLT V6 producing 312 hp. The SS with manual transmission is powered by the 6.2 litre GM LS3 V8 producing 426 hp, while the one with automatic transmission is powered by the 6.2 litre GM L99 V8 producing 400 hp. [You can google for more detailed specifications..that’s why I haven’t included them.]

An RS package is available on the LT and SS trims that include HID headlamps (High Intensity Discharge lamps, see the photo below and you’ll understand..) with integrated Halo Rings, spoiler and RS-specific taillamps and wheels.

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Chevy Camaro with the RS package

The fifth generation of the Camaro has seen the most number of Special/Limited Editions ever. It was also featured in the movie Transformers as the Autobot Bumblebee first depicted by a 1977 Z28 Camaro and later as a fifth generation concept variant. The modified fifth generation 2010 and 2012 Camaros are shown as Bumblebee in the sequels Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

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The 1977 Camaro as the Bumblebee

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The 2010 Camaro as the Bumblebee

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The 2012 Camaro as the Bumblebee

The fifth generation also celebrated with a “45th Anniversary Edition” in 2012.

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2012 Chevrolet Camaro 45th Anniversary Special Edition

A special edition Camaro ZL1 is also a part of the fifth generation of the Camaro.

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I am really stopping myself from writing more about the Camaro in this post now. Sorry that you had to read and see so much.. But I know it was worth it. Smile Smile