Canadian industrial design professor Bruce Thomson is on the hunt for a classic car, and he's chronicling the search in a novel way. Thomson is using his skill as an artist to sketch the vintage cars that he checks out and is posting driving impressions of them on his blog. He initially started looking for a Triumph TR6, but now a wide range of vintage European rides have been added to the list of possibilities.
You're forgiven if you've never heard of Arash. The last time we reported on the boutique British sports car maker was in August of 2010, when it was announced that the low-slung AF-10 would get a 550-horsepower variant of the V8 used in the last-gen Chevy Corvette Z06 as a base engine. Since then, though, there's been little to no word on the company.
Caterham has made no secret of its desire to expand beyond the continuation Lotus Sevens that are its core business. That, according to statements made by company owner Tony Fernandes, could include a crossover SUV in the near future, but Caterham insists the one you see here isn't it.
Mini has made it clear that it is hard at work on a successor to the automaker's bread-and-butter Cooper. Word has it we'll get our first glimpse at the next-generation Mini toward the end of next year, and when it debuts, Sonny Lim believes the machine will be smaller, more mainstream and far less gimmicky than the current creation.
The world would be a much happier place with a little more De Tomaso Mangusta. The Pantera predecessor featured sexy Italian styling, Ford V8 power and properly scary handling. Only 401 units were built between 1967 and 1971, making the gull-wing machine a proper unicorn for any collector of Italian absurdities.
Most vehicles stay on the market for a good six or more years before they're replaced. But Kia isn't most automakers. The Korean brand has a lot to prove, and as it turns out they're intent on doing just that by keeping their product portfolio fresh.
It's been 50 years since Volvo introduced the P1800, and the Swedish automaker has chosen to mark the occasion by releasing a few sketches of what a modern interpretation of the sports coupe would look like. Christopher Benjamin, chief designer with Volvo, just so happens to be a big fan of the P1800 and worked up the sketches as part of a Twitter chat with fans of the brand. Needless to say, the sketches have created a serious stir among the Volvo faithful, but the company has made it clear the
Our sources indicate this rendering from OmniAuto.it is very close to what Audi's upcoming Q5 will look like. Although this looks like a photograph on an Italian web site, it is really a rendering that looks nearly identical to the Q5 spy shots we showed you in February. When it debuts later this month at the Beijing Motor Show, expect the engine to be a longitudinal (north-south) mount, to allow a variety of powerplants including V8 and TDI derivatives. Thanks for the tip, Andrea!
Following the Smart Roadster's dismal sales failure, the rights and equipment to build it were sold to a British engineering firm called Project Kimber, which, as we reported earlier, will use the diminutive barchetta to resurrect the old AC brand. Although the first sketches didn't show much change from the Smart's design, Project Kimber has now released a new rendering of the revised car, featuring some differentiating design elements. Most obvious are the new front end and the Lamborghini-sty
The Porsche Panamera four-door coupe is not scheduled for release until 2008, but with spy shots of a test mule running the Nurburgring in Germany having already infiltrated the internet, armchair designers like ourselves are already critiquing the car's shape. Infomotori.co.uk has commissioned a series of renderings that show the Panamera as a collaboration between what they think the Porsche sedan will look like and what they hope it will look like. There's a tension there, as the mule seen in
Wheels24 has produced a sketch of what it believes the next Audi A4 will look like based on insider info and analysis of recent Audi design trends. The A4's face appears much more aggressive the the current model's, with headlights angled down towards the large grille and similar LED light bars to those currently found on the S6. As we mentioned in the first part of our In the Autoblog Garage review of the Audi A3 and VW GTI (the final two are on their way!), the A3's front fascia benefits great