VW’s Trio of EVs – Frankfurt Motor Show 2017

September 13th, 2017 at 1:04pm

Volkswagen will be plunging head first into the BEV market, with different electrics aimed at different types of buyers in different geographic regions. Meet the three concepts that point the way: a city commuter, a crossover, and a minivan. They’re also designed with Level 4 autonomy in mind. Though still a few years away from production they present VW’s best thinking on how to develop new cars for an electrified world.

Hyundai Goes Sporty, Upscale and Versatile – Frankfurt Motor Show 2017

September 12th, 2017 at 4:26pm

Hyundai unveiled three cars at the Frankfurt show, all aimed at different buyers. The i30 N is a track-ready hot hatch. The i30 Fastback moves the model line more upscale. And the Kona gets Hyundai into the B-segment for crossovers for the first time.

Keep On T-ROCing – Frankfurt Motor Show 2017

September 12th, 2017 at 3:24pm

With a world going mad for crossovers, VW unleashes it’s smallest one yet. And yet it’s not that small. The T-Roc has a footprint identical to the VW Golf. It also offers what crossover buyers are looking for: a higher seating position, greater versatility and more room.

Bentley Stays True to Continental GT Styling – Frankfurt Motor Show 2017

September 12th, 2017 at 2:48pm

Bentley completely redesigned the Continental GT, yet stayed true to its predecessor’s iconic styling. How did it pull that off? By nailing the proportions and highlighting the character lines in a new way thanks to using super forming in the manufacturing process.

Mellow Yellow Means You Plug It In – Frankfurt Motor Show 2017

September 12th, 2017 at 2:14pm

To the untrained eye it’s just another Mini, but subtle design details show that this one is electric. No, it’s not just the sealed off grille. Here’s a hint: look for the yellow highlights.

Creating New Iconic Details for BMW Design – Frankfurt Motor Show 2017

September 12th, 2017 at 2:01pm

The i Vision concept is all about exploring where BMW can go with its styling. Say goodbye to the Hofmeister kink. Say hello to a new interpretation of the kidney grille, which is now a housing for sensors. And check out that DLO!

The (Future) King of Bling – Frankfurt Motor Show 2017

September 12th, 2017 at 1:41pm

BMW is stepping into the full-size SUV segment with the 3-row X7. It’s all about presence and prestige, and the secret to the design is in its subtle details. This concept demonstrates what’s coming to showrooms in 2018.

VW’s 67 Year Old Inspiration For The Future – CAR MBS 2017

August 2nd, 2017 at 3:32pm

In 1950, VW came out with the microvan, or Bulli, which became instantly popular and over time developed into a cultural icon. Now Volkswagen is reaching into the past to present its vision of the future. Matthias Erb explains VW’s plans for an electric and autonomous version of this van.

EVs or AVs? Magna Gets Ready – CAR MBS 2017

August 2nd, 2017 at 2:59pm

If autonomous and electric cars are going to be built in mass production numbers, then the supply chain must be developed to build them. But Magna believes that adoption of these vehicles will come far slower than some are predicting. Nonetheless, it’s laying the groundwork to get ready.

The Technical Challenge of EV Charging – CAR MBS 2017

August 1st, 2017 at 5:18pm

Everyone talks about the cost of EV batteries coming down and how that will spur sales of electric cars. But will the charging infrastructure keep pace? Kregg Wiggins talks about the need to standardize charging systems on everything from the types of plugs being used to the adoption of inductive charging.