The idea of the Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle, which previews life-saving technologies that could show up in future production cars, has been around for decades.It will make its first debut at a convention in The Netherlands, but it will be shown to the public for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.This concept car is all about safety -- whether the tech seems imminent for implementation or the far-off things of dreams, Mercedes-Benz is showing off ways in which the vehicle can be made even safer for everyone.It doesn't take a keen eye to notice the hardware scattered about the exterior that will enable vehicle autonomy.While the concept is operating in autonomous mode (it can also be human-driven), the wheel and pedals retract to reduce the chance of injury in a collision.When the robots are in charge, a display on the front grille communicates the vehicle's intent to other drivers, letting them know when the vehicle is giving way.
It hasn't even been a full month since Mercedes-Benz pulled the wraps off its Concept GLB crossover, and if new reports turn out to be true, it'll only be a few months until we see the production version.Mercedes-Benz will introduce the production GLB-Class crossover at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Carscoops reports.Carscoops' report points to a German blog called Mercedes-Benz Passion that claims that the debut variant of the GLB will, like the concept that preceded it, offer seating for seven.The GLB is the closest we'll probably ever get to a spiritual successor of the blocky GLK-Class, which got smoothed the heck over in its transition to the GLC-Class.The GLB more closely resembles the new GLS-Class, with its tall glass and more upright shape than other SUVs in the lineup.In concept form, littered with LED lighting and gnarly fender flares, it looked pretty rugged, but it's unclear how many of those flourishes will make it to production.
Whether you knew about it or not, Monday marked World Land Rover Day, and to celebrate the occasion, Land Rover saw fit to bring us an update on the development of the next-generation Land Rover Defender.Land Rover announced this week that its fleet of prototype Defenders has driven 1.2 million kilometers (about 745,000 miles) over the course of its development testing.It's been to the desert, it's been to the Arctic and it's been up in the thin mountain air as Land Rover's engineers prepare the Defender for its debut, which is rumored to happen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.But before that happens, Land Rover has a special task for its blocky ute.The automaker will partner with Tusk Trust to put the prototype to use at the Borana Conservancy, a rhino sanctuary in Nigeria.On this 35,000-acre reserve, the Defender will be put to work, carrying supplies, fording rivers and towing whatever it needs to.
Originally, it was believed that Volkswagen would introduce the eighth generation of its venerable Golf at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.Now, it appears that won't be the case, as delays have beset VW's compact car.Software issues have pushed back the unveiling of the eight-generation VW Golf, Automotive News Europe reports, citing an interview with board member Jürgen Stackmann at the Shanghai Motor Show."We've never hid the fact that software, an area of extreme importance for products in the future, is a serious challenge for us," Stackmann told ANE."We have our homework ahead of us, and the teams are under heavy pressure."Specifically, ANE's report highlights one area where it's taking some time to get the software right -- over-the-air (OTA) updates.
Volkswagen keeps hinting that it might, one day, bring a pickup truck to the US.Last year we saw the Atlas Tanoak pickup truck concept, and now there's a second VW pickup truck concept that suggests such a model is getting more likely.Volkswagen introduced the Tarok pickup truck concept at the 2019 New York Auto Show this week.As VW stated in its release, the truck will allow VW "to gauge market reaction for a truly versatile and compact entry-level pickup."For context's sake, the shortest Toyota Tacoma you can buy is nearly 20 inches longer at 212.3 inches.It rides on Volkswagen MQB platform, which also underpins small cars like the Golf, Jetta and Tiguan.
Remember when VW said it wasn't interested in bringing a pickup truck to the US, but then created the Atlas Tanoak pickup truck concept based on a US-spec SUV?Well, now there's a second VW pickup truck concept coming to the US, and it appears VW is slowly warming to the notion of making this fruit a little less forbidden.Volkswagen announced on Monday that it will bring the Tarok pickup truck concept to the 2019 New York Auto Show this week.As VW stated in its release, the truck will allow VW "to gauge market reaction for a truly versatile and compact entry-level pickup."For context's sake, the shortest Toyota Tacoma you can buy is nearly 20 inches longer at 212.3 inches.It rides on Volkswagen MQB platform, which also underpins small cars like the Golf, Jetta and Tiguan.
Since that first Mission E concept was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, you could tell that Porsche was taking this foray into battery electrics very seriously.These cars were, however, in good enough shape to open the door and let me in for the shotgun ride of a lifetime: sideways on ice in an all-wheel-drive, four-door, electric sports car with somewhere north of 600 horsepower.That is, of course, if it's any good.What the engineers are focusing on now is the specific tuning of those components, a process that is increasingly handled with laptops and a tangle of adapters, not a bundle of wrenches and tools.That is to say, more than 600 horsepower down to all four wheels, the 0-to-100 kilometers-per-hour (62 mph) sprint accomplished in less than 3.5 seconds and, crucially, the ability to do that at least 10 times in a row.Propfe explained that the Taycan not only has the ability to scavenge waste heat from the electric motors to warm the battery, but that it can precondition both the cabin and the battery temperature in the morning before the car moves anywhere.
Before Mercedes-Benz pulls back the veil on its first battery-electric MPV, it's showing off the near-production Concept EQV at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday unveiled the Concept EQV, an all-electric van that's slated to enter production in the near future.The actual production version will be given its rightful dog and pony show at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall, but for now, the "concept" version gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect.We'll start with the most important part, the powertrain.Instead of being rear-wheel drive, the EQV is actually front-wheel drive, containing all its motive-force bits in the front end.Its electric motor puts out 201 horsepower, and it's combined into a single unit with the transmission, cooling system and power electronics.
It might not be 100 percent of what you remember, but Honda's much-lauded Urban EV concept from 2017 will put its foot in the production door at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show as the Honda E Prototype.The Honda E Prototype, slated to make its official debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, started out life as the Urban EV concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.Previous examples include the Insight Prototype and Civic Type R Prototypes, both of which lacked visible interiors during their debuts.But the E Prototype feels pretty darn close to the factory gates, closer than previous Prototype cars.The grille loses the screen and adds concavity.One hint that the E Prototype wasn't exactly built with the US in mind comes by way of the rearview mirrors.
Mini debuted its wild John Cooper Works GP concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, and in late 2018, it said the car would enter production in 2020.Now, we have an idea of what to expect, and it's a lot.Mini has once again confirmed that the John Cooper Works GP is slated to reach some very lucky buyers in 2020.We don't know how much it costs just yet, but Mini did say that the GP will be limited to just 3,000 units worldwide.The automaker also announced that the GP will be the fastest and most powerful Mini ever built for the road, spitting out more than 300 horsepower from its four-cylinder engine.That would put it up with the Civic Type R as one of the most powerful front-wheel-drive production vehicles ever.
After Honda unveils a concept car, it goes through a nearly ready "prototype" phase before being shown off in production guise.We're about to move to the second phase for what could be the cutest EV to grace the market to date.Honda on Wednesday showed off a teaser for its upcoming EV prototype, which doesn't appear to have a name yet.However, it does have an established style based off the Urban EV Concept that debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.The teaser shows off small proportions with some curves around the fenders and a mysterious pod thing sprouting from the hood.That might be the charger, but it's anybody's guess at this point.
It's official: Mercedes-AMG's new super-freaking-insane hypercar will simply be called One.We first met the car as the Project One when it debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017, and Mercedes recently showed the car testing on public roads in the UK."The name stands for the highest automotive ambition: to bring Formula 1 hybrid technology to the road," Mercedes-Benz said Thursday in a statement."Mercedes-AMG One will be the pinnacle of the model portfolio and the absolute top-of-the-line model -- as is logically referenced by the One."Customers will be able to get a closer look at the Mercedes-AMG One thanks to a new mobile showroom the company calls "The Future of Driving Performance."It's a custom-built semi-truck trailer with extendable sides, and expands to include a vehicle display, coffee bar and lounge area.
Bentley raised eyebrows at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show when it introduced the all-new Bentayga, its first-ever off-roader.It was a controversial model.Former sister company and current arch-enemy Rolls-Royce has entered the final stage of developing its own SUV to compete in the same ring with the Bentayga.Named Cullinan, the high-riding model will ride on a platform designed in-house.Still, this is a Rolls we’re talking about; it won’t exactly be a lightweight.To add context, the newest Phantom weighs over 5,600 pounds.
At the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, a Japanese electric supercar called the Aspark Owl made some noise with some ambitious performance claims.Aspark said the Owl would do 0 to 100 kph (0 to 62 mph) in under 2 seconds, similar to Tesla’s claim for the Roadster.But the video does leave us with some questions.We don’t see the car’s speedometer, the car itself looks like an unfinished prototype, and it was run in a confined area.If the car is really as quick as Aspark says it is, it would be possible to test acceleration in this environment, but it wouldn’t be our first choice.The Owl looks like a cross between its namesake bird and an International Motor Sports Association.
At last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz showed off a concept that signaled the birth of the new Mercedes-EQ electric sub-brand.If you thought it would be a while before concepts turned to production vehicles, think again.Mercedes-Benz will bring a series-production EQ electric car to the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, InsideEVs reports.While nobody's quite sure what model will arrive first, InsideEVs believes it will be the EQC, which is believed to be a compact-to-midsize crossover akin to the current GLC-Class.Details on the EQ lineup are still quite scant.There are reports that EQ's first offering will have a range in excess of 310 miles, which would have it competing for the range crown against 100-kWh offerings from Tesla.
p BMW won't officially unveil the 2018 M5 sport sedan until later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but the automaker isn't beyond divulging a bit of information early.Under the hood, the 2018 BMW M5 will feature a revised version of the 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 its predecessor wielded.However, this time around, it's tuned to produce somewhere north of 600 horsepower, thanks in part to new turbochargers.The sole transmission is an eight-speed automatic, and all-wheel drive is standard.That last bit might upset some M5 fanatics, as the car has been rear-wheel drive since its inception.BMW's new M xDrive system should put those concerns to rest, though, as it's capable of sending all its power to the rear wheels.
OK, fine, if that's what you're into, you can ignore the doom and gloom.The E-Tron Sportback concept is the second part of a three-part mission to get Audi electric vehicles on the road by the end of the decade.The first part, the E-Tron Quattro concept that debuted at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, is slated to enter production in 2018.The E-Tron Sportback looks quite similar to the Quattro concept, except for one big design change -- the rear end.It's sporting a coupe-like roof, a trend popularized by the BMW X6, GLE-Class Coupe and other silly crossovers.It's proven popular enough that a number of luxury automakers are offering both traditional and "coupe" crossover variants.
AUSTIN, Texas - South by Southwest, the Austin, Texas-based tech jamboree held every March, will venture out of the Longhorn State for the first time, partnering with Mercedes-Benz to host a tech conference at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in September.The three-day event, called the “me Convention” will focus on the future of mobility and its implications for “every aspect of the 21st century social fabric,” according to the carmaker.The partnership between one of the world’s oldest automakers and the popular tech carnival represents a significant departure from the traditional auto show model, a billion-dollar industry.“We’ve been doing these auto shows for 100 years, and they’re evolving,” said Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Daimler AG’s Board of Management and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, after announcing the partnership at the SXSW conference on Friday.The world’s leading automotive shows have lost ground in recent years to fresher tech events.In January, several automakers chose to stage their most significant reveals at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a week ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which historically has opened the auto show season.
The Porsche 911, like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Corvette, has pulled off the neat trick of remaining thoroughly modern yet utterly timeless.The latest models look a lot like the car that rolled into the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, making it instantly recognizable even to people with no interest in cars.You could fill a small library with the books written about the venerable sports car from Stuttgart, and the newest is Gestalten s Porsche 911: The Ultimate Sportscar as Culture Icon by the almost perfectly named Ulf Poschardt.It details, in beautiful detail, the evolution of the 911.The car s iconic status belies its humble origins with the VW Beetle, which Ferdinand Porsche designed.The Beetle begat the Porsche 956, which Poschardt describes as a functionalist manifesto.