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VW Cross Coupé TDI Plug-In Hybrid

Volkswagen Cross Coupé TDI Plug-In Hybrid 2012

Volkswagen showed off its Cross Coupé concept at Tokyo Motor Show last year, but for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show they’ve unveiled a new take on it; the Cross Coupé TDI Plug-In Hybrid. This one runs on their new transverse matrix architecture and offers a top speed of 130 mph (62 mph in 6.5 seconds) and 302 combined horsepower from two electric motors and the four-cylinder turbo diesel with direct injection, meaning it’ll probably be fun to drive as well.

According to Volkswagen the TDI Plug-In Hybrid will be good for a whopping 130 miles per gallon, 28 of those using the electric motors.

More pictures after the jump:

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Posted by TG March 7th 2012 | Link to this post

Volkswagen Buggy Up! Concept

Volkswagen Buggy Up! Concept

Volkswagen presented the Buggy Up! concept car at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Based on the new Up! city car it’s a new take on the beach buggies that emerged in California during the ’60s. It sports a completely waterproof interior, neoprene covered seats, an iPod-powered infotainment system, 18-inch alloy wheels and a lightweight construction with extensive body reinforcements. To compensate the lack of roof and doors there’s a roll bar behind the two seats.

Oh, and since it’s a proper beach vehicle it sports specially designed floor drains to get rid of water.

There’s no word on wether this car will actually make it to production, but I sure hope so.

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Posted by TG October 5th 2011 | Link to this post

Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover unveiled their newest model, the Range Rover Evoque at Kensington Palace in London. It’s based on the LRX concept shown in 2008 and it’s a luxury, two-doored SUV. It’ll be available as both two- and four wheel drive and according to Land Rover it’s designed to be light and fuel efficient. This coupe will be presented to the public at the Paris Motor Show (sep 30 2010) and will go on sale in the fall of 2011 (in the states).

Watch the official video after the jump:
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Posted by TG July 5th 2010 | Link to this post

Nissan develops color changing paint

Nissan Develops Color Changing Chameleon Paint

Well well, we might not have commuter jet packs yet but the future does seem to close in; Nissan is developing a “paramagnetic iron oxide paint polymer” which can alter the color of the car paint by the press of a button by using an electrical charge (remember the receptionist’s nail polish in “Total Recall”?).

The downside to this is that because the magic paint needs electric current it’ll only be active when the car is running, meaning the car will turn white when you park it and turn off the engine.

Apparently Nissan expects models with this James Bond-ish feature to launch sometime during 2010.

(Via Gizmodo)

Posted by TG November 12th 2007 | Link to this post

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