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Volvo Previewed the Concept XC Coupe

If you were one of those who went to the 2014 North American International Auto Show this January in Detroit, you probably already seen the three new vehicles in the Volvo line. These vehicles weren’t anything you have seen on the road or at one of the local dealers because they are concept cars. Even though they were designed to be put on display, they haven’t been given the go for production. One of those cars was the XC Coupe, which brings together safety, sport and the design elements that makes Volvo what it is.

If you weren’t one of those close to 838,000 who went to the auto show, you can find the information on the vehicle below. The coupe has two doors, but there is room for four inside. The vehicle is also based upon the scalable architecture wherein all of the developments for the vehicle are going to contain the three main elements that represent the Volvo brand.

As of yet, the powertrain details haven’t been released on the coupe. Volvo isn’t even letting people know if, let alone when, this vehicle will actually be produced. It does fit within the culture of the automaker, so it would make sense to produce it.

Sport

The XC Coupe is definitely a sporty ride. The design of the car was based on modern sports equipment from POC, which is a Swedish firm that develops sports equipment for the most extreme of athletes. One of the first indicators of just how sporty the ride is comes with the 21-inch wheels, which give it a powerful look and stance. Skid plates and side moldings help accentuate the vehicle further.

Powertrain

Even though Volvo isn’t releasing what’s going to be under the hood, a big clue came from the sticker it had on it saying plug-in hybrid. When the details are released, it wouldn’t be a surprise if there are eco-friendly features that come with it.

Style

Various design elements make this coupe stunning. Look at the floating grille, a bow extending the length of the car and t-shaped DRL lights. Not only is the appearance on the adventurous side, but it is great for attracting others to you. All it takes is one glance at the coupe to imagine yourself in any number of different places. Even though there isn’t a word on when the vehicle is going to be released, you can expect the coupe to appear in other models like the XC90, XC70 and XC60, as well as the cross-country V40.

World Premiere for the New MINI Paceman Concept

MINI shows an important anniversary, once again a very interesting study for another vehicle concept of the MINI family – the MINI Concept Paceman. Exactly ten years ago, the MINI brand at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit its relaunch in North America, and began their unprecedented success. On the North American International Auto Show (10 to 23 January 2011) is now celebrated this anniversary with the world premiere of the MINI Concept Paceman. The MINI Concept Paceman founded as a spectacular trial with the potential for even further enhancement of driving pleasure and variety of uses a completely new breed of car. It could be another step in the continuing evolution of the brand and the brand portfolio.

The MINI Concept Paceman attacks the fundamental strengths of the MINI – uniqueness, go-kart-like handling, agility, dynamics and individual design – on and gives them using the latest technology and an innovative body concept, a new expression. It combines sporty, masculine appearance, versatility and coupe look with the dimensions of the four-door MINI Countryman. In it, the classic MINI vehicle concept, the features of the Mini Countryman and the particular style of a coupe combine harmoniously. The result is impressive with a MINI optical bonds of a “Muscle Car”, which allows its driving dynamics visible from any angle, both in its side view and in the design of the tail brings to bear.

The MINI Concept Paceman, as a typical crossover concept first Sports Activity Coupé (SAC) in the small car segment that combines lifestyle with premium quality. Ideal for young, modern, extroverted city people who have the typical MINI go-kart feeling love will enjoy this distinctive individuality, where the aura of a brand is important and confess to her. Self-confident people who live their own style, their self-determined individuality in a MINI to express. The urban mobility, their use to the urban jungle to go exploring. The experience thanks to the excellent ride comfort in everyday life and also long distance trips driving pleasure in its most concentrated form.

MINI Paceman Concept

The masculine form in the MINI Concept Paceman highlights both the originality of the concept and the membership of the MINI brand. The four-seat prototype with two large-sized wide-opening doors and tailgate, clearly identified as MINI is now in the sports car category of an advanced Sports Activity CoupĂ© (SAC) attractive characters. The compact size of the study characterizes the platform of the Mini Countryman, seat position with the brand’s typical proportions, extended and increased ground clearance.

The BMW I8 Concept: A Luxury Hybrid

For those familiar with the global automotive scene, then you will most likely know what a concept car is like. If not, then for your information, concept cars are essentially designs from the different car manufacturing companies that give us an idea on what to expect from cars in the future. Usually, the most intriguing concept cars come from the German and the Japanese car companies. This is because they are the ones who usually come up with the most realistic and the most captivating designs in the industry. One concept car that stands out from the rest is the BMW i8, also known as the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics. It is part of BMW’s “Project i” and was initially unveiled in 2011 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Project i is what BMW deems to be the next prominent hallmark in the company’s already illustrious history. Its main objective is to introduce the new type of car, intent on revolutionizing the whole industry. The BMW i8, identified as new luxury car by many critics is expected to go into production by this year.

Exterior

Its exterior makes it one of the most dynamic looking concept cars. This futuristic looking car is made with the most advanced materials available. For instance, its chassis is made from super lightweight aluminum. Its sunroof, windows, as well as the windshield, is made from polycarbonate glass. The doors are totally transparent. This provides you with a clear view of the car’s interior.

Interior

The BMW i8 is a coupe, and it can accommodate up to four people. There are two pairs of leather seats at the front and back. The control panels are arranged in such a way that it enables you to enjoy the power this sports car has while still remaining in complete control.

Features and Performance

The BMW i8 is an ecofriendly car that does not sacrifice practicality with performance. However, unlike the i3, the i8 concept was designed specifically for the sports car fanatic. Its performance is reminiscent of the top of the line sports car, yet it is still extremely fuel efficient. It can go from 0-60 in under 5 seconds (4.8 seconds to be exact). It has a top speed of 160 miles per hour. It also emits tremendously low amounts at 99 grams per kilometer. It has a fuel consumption rating of 70 mpg. This means that it consumes only 3 liters of fuel for every 100 kilometer. This is the most salient feature of this new breed of luxury car.

The i8 is a plug-in hybrid that comes equipped with a high performance 1.5 liter, 3 cylinder combustion engine. This engine packs 220 horsepower and 221 lb-ft torque. This monster of a machine works in perfect unison with the other two electric engines. The lithium ion battery can be charged using a power supply. This battery is what enables the car to travel up to 20 miles without any fuel on its tank. The complementary design between sports car elements and ecofriendly environmentalism is what defines the i8.

This high tech and ecofriendly luxury car will be made available for purchase by 2014.