The Renault Eolab may be a concept on the Paris Motor Show floor, but drivable prototypes are around the corner. Laurent Taupin, Project Chief of the Eolab, says the prototypes will even carry through most of the flair of the model on the turntable, all while getting a head-turning 250 MPG. How did they do it, and what is the ultimate fate of this one-liter wonder?
If you’re wondering what the difference is between the Fiat 500L and the just revealed 500X, Fiat-Chrysler’s European design chief has the answer. The two projects had completely different goals, and for its part the 500X is said to merge agility, energy and pureness of design. Roberto Giolito gives John McElroy the full explanation.
UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- Ford’s big quarter: Mustang and F-150. What do they do for a second (third?) act?
- Ram 1500 not only is selling like mad, but they’re going to be making 20% diesels.
- Johan de Nysschen tells Cadillac dealers that things are going to get worse before they get better.
- GM’s Mary Barra gets on the cover of Time magazine. Why?
SPECIAL GUEST: Jeff Nowak, Chief Designer, Ford Studio 2000X
- What does this little-known studio have to do with how future Ford models will look and feel?
All that and much more with Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Jeff Sabatini, Car and Driver; John Manoogian, College for Creative Studies.
The next generation of Hyundai’s Euro-centric i20 offers more. More room, more features and even more mature styling. Christian Loeer, Head of Product and Pricing for Hyundai Motor Europe says the company aimed to provide C-segment features in a B-segment package.
Using the guayule bush the Bridgestone tire company has committed to 100 percent sustainability by 2050. Michael Martini, President, OE Operations for Bridgestone Americas explains how that will happen and how the company will spread its message as a major sponsor of the Olympic games.
It’s not another SLS. The Mercedes-AMG GT goes in a new direction as the company aims to take down Porsche’s 911. Jochen Hermann, AMG R&D, explains what makes the car so different including some of the secrets engineers used to reduce the car’s weight.
The latest hybrid from Peugeot doesn’t use a single battery cell. Instead it stores energy in the form of compressed nitrogen. Ladamir Prince, the head of the company’s innovation lab explains how the system works, why Peugeot has gone with such an unconventional technology and when we can expect the finished product.
Audi of America President Scott Keogh says that the Audi TTS is a return to the pure sports car experience of the 1960s. Designers employed technology to declutter the interior and remove extraneous controls for functions like HVAC and infotainment.
Toyota’s C-HR concept is a C-segment crossover coupe that’s smaller than the RAV4 and explores new territory for the company. Evolving the brand’s “Keen Look” design language, the concept is notable for its unique floating tail lamps and headlights that emerge from the Toyota emblem. Lance Scott from Toyota Europe Design and Development tells us whether this two-door concept could grow up to be a full crossover some day.
The Lamborghini Asterion concept is the brand’s first plug-in hybrid. And, sustainable though it may be, it hits an earth-shaking 910 horsepower and has a top speed of 200 MPH. The packaging is impressive, so our question for Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann: how soon will we see this concept on the road as a production model?