2013 Honda FCEV Concept

The 2013 Honda FCEV Concept was showcased at the Los Angeles Motor Show last November. This is an indication of the styling and design language that Honda intends to adopt for its new fuel cell line as promised for 2015.

The FCEV concept has improved upon the design, efficiency, power, and passenger space, over the FCX Clarity. The new concept generates more power from its fuel-cells, and boasts of a range of more than 300 miles.

While the electric cars can take hours to recharge, the Honda FCEV concept’s hydrogen tanks can be refueled in around three minutes.
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Engine

The FCEV concept produces more than 100 kW from its fuel cell stack, which pegs the power density at 3kW per liter, an increase of 60% over the FCX Clarity. This allows Honda to reduce the fuel cell stack size by 33% as compared to FCX Clarity.

By charging the Li-Ion batteries, the FCEV can deliver a very respectable range of more than 300 miles on a single recharge.2013-Honda-FCEV-Concept-profile-A

Honda has shown its intention to bring out this new fuel cell powered concept to the market by 2015. Till now Honda has had virtually no competition in the fuel cell vehicle market and has been industry leader in this category.

However, Toyota has indicated that it intends to produce fuel cell based vehicles based on its FCV concept that it showcased at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Honda has still not indicated any definite plans or intended pricing in the production of the FCEV concept.2013-Honda-FCEV-Concept-looks-simple-enough-B

Design

The new Honda FCEV showcases modern styling and futuristic design, which builds upon the Honda’s H design styling language. The FCEV does pick up design cues from the FCX, such as the intended shoulder line and the couple like profile.

The aerodynamic design of FCEV allows it to deliver impressive driving performance while still maintaining better efficiency. The FCEV is not just about looks. The design is functional as well with ample passenger space for five.2013-Honda-FCEV-Concept-design-D

January 30, 2014 at 9:43 pm | No comment

2013 Nissan IDx Freeflow Concept

On November 20, 2013, Nissan released an impressive new concept car called the Nissan IDx Freeflow. This model is focused on a more casual approach and combines a stunning exterior appearance resembling older style muscle cars, with a classy interior for a luxurious ride.

Nissan designed the IDx Freeflow to be a casual lifestyle car that gives you superior quality and unparalleled style. To help convey their ideals behind the design, the name IDx translates to: the "ID" standing for identification; and the "x" as symbol for the variable representing vision and values the car represents.2013-Nissan-IDx-Freeflow-Concept-at-the-track-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: NA
Dimensions
Length: 161.4 in. (410 cm) Height: 51.2 in. (130 cm)
Width: 66.9 in. (170 cm) Maximum Seating: 4 people

Exterior

While Nissan released a second sportier version of the IDx Freeflow called the IDx NISMO, it is the IDx Freeflow that will likely catch your eye. It maintains a cool appearance without the aggressiveness of the IDx NISMO.

The front looks like a cross between a Dodge Charger and a Mustang. The entire car is detailed with subtle and fluid lines going down the side and below the dark tinted windows.

Overall the sleek exterior on the IDx Freeflow is elegant and clean with its sharp lines and a cross between various color combinations.
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Interior

The dark navy blue and charcoal grey stands out in stark contrast to the light khaki trim around the car. The steering wheel, buttons, and a handles are all in a tasteful beige color while the seats themselves are covered in a denim material complete with zippers and light side stitching.

The front two seats are amply padded and are separated by a larger center console with the gear shift on it. To enter the rear, passengers simply need to pull the easily marked khaki colored strap on the front seat and it reveals two additional seats in the rear.

You will find bucket seats in the rear layed out in a bench configuration, removing the third, center seating option in favor for more space and additional padding for the other two.
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January 29, 2014 at 9:42 pm | No comment

2013 Nissan IDx Nismo Concept

Intent on showing the automotive world that it can compete with other manufacturers in creating a sports car based on one of its traditional models, the 2013 Nissan IDx Nismo Concept has been unveiled. Its direct competition would be the Subaru BRZ and the Toyota GT86.

The "IDx" label signifies identification(ID) and the x is, as in the "X factor" of variables, value and future of this concept car.

The styling of this vehicle is reminiscent of the old Nissan Skyline and the Datsun 510. The Skyline is viewed as the "granddaddy" of the Nissan GT-R.

This IDx NISMO Concept has the dynamic features offered by Nissan's racing division.

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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: NA
Dimensions
Length: 161.4 in. (410 cm) Height: 51.2 in. (130 cm)
Width: 70.9 in. (170 cm) Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: 4 Cylinder Displacement: 1.6 Liter
Horsepower: 200 HP Max RPM: NA
Torque: 160 lb-ft Transmission: 6-Speed CVT

Engine

Under the hood of the 2013 IDx Nismo Concept you will find a 1.6 liter, inline 4 cylinder, direct injection turbocharged engine that generates 200 horsepower to go with 160 lbs ft of torque.

Paired with a 6 speed manual CVT, it is expected to go from 0-60 mph in about 7 seconds topping out at top speed of 130 mph.
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Exterior

The Nismo Concept has elements relating to race cars. This starts with the boxy exterior appearance shared by original Nissan racing vehicles of the past. However, the current model adds contemporary details too.

It begins with the reverse slanted nose and sharp corners. Two slit-like LED headlamps are on either side of the predominantly black front grille. The red front bumper stands out in contrast.

The roof is made of glass and the car is painted in 3 colors of white, black and red.

It is aerodynamically designed, with many aero spoilers and exhibits a tall profile sitting atop 19 inch rims and wheels.
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Interior

The cockpit is simple as you would expect of a car meant for the track. The Alcantara seats are bright red with straight forward gauges on the metal instrument panel.
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January 28, 2014 at 9:42 pm | No comment

2015 Kia K900

Kia Motors has taken a major leap forward with the unveiling of its first ever full-size luxury sedan, the K900, at the LA Motor Show 2013.

The all-new 2015 Kia K900 will be the flagship model, and with this, Kia has announced itself as a major force in the automotive scene. The K900 has stunning design features that stand out, this will significantly influence people’s perception and expectations of the brand.2015-Kia-K900-beachside-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Luxury Sedan Base Price: $50,000
Performance
Engine: 5.0 Liter V8 GDI DOHC Horsepower: 420 HP
Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic 0-60 mph: 5.0 seconds

Engine & Performance

The K900 will come with the either a V6 or V8 engine. The 5.0 liter V8 produces 420 horsepower. While the 3.8 liter V6 gives you a decent 311 horsepower.

Both the engines have been mated to an eight-speed gearbox.
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Exterior

The Kia K900 looks intimidating, yet sophisticated. The large 19-inch multi-spoke alloys goes well with the large frame of K900.

The all-LED headlamps give the car a hi-tech appearance. The K900 shares its platform with the Hyundai Equus and Genesis borrowing a little bit from both.

Interior

The interior of Kia K900 is opulent and Kia has loaded the interiors with lots of infotainment, connectivity and luxury features. It has a big list of standard equipment which reflects first class accommodations and advance technology.

The car features soft hue LED lighting. High grade leather seats are standard. Opting for the VIP package, you take the rear seat comfort to a different level which includes reclining seats, power lumbar support, and lateral headrest adjustability.

Full size panoramic sunroof comes as standard for V8 models.

The Kia K900 is slated to hit the markets in the first quarter of 2014. The company has not announced the pricing yet and it will be announced closer to the launch.
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January 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm | No comment

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

The market for full-size pickup trucks keeps on expanding; on the other hand, sales for smaller pickups have also been steadily gone down.

This full size market has a newcomer in the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.

This truck was introduced at the 2013 LA Auto show. This new truck has a distinctive design, great comfort, and cool connectivity features.2015-Chevrolet-Colorado-by-the-lake-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Pick Up Truck Base Price: NA
Performance
Engine: Inline 4 DOHC Displacement: 2.5 Liter
Horsepower: 193 HP Max RPM: NA
Torque: 184 lb-ft Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic

* WT Trim

Engine

The truck will be available in 2 engine options; an all-aluminum 2.5 liter that produces 193 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The peak torque will be between 2,000 rpm and 6,000 rpm.

As for those who wish to have more power for towing, the 3.6 liter DOHC V6 engine is available; it produces 302 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque.

The two engines come with a 6-speed automatic transmission with an optional 4-wheel drive with a 2-speed transfer case.
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Exterior

This truck will not be exactly like any other Colorado available elsewhere since 2012. The most noticeable difference is the front; its form of reshaped headlamps, a new grille, new fog-lamp surrounds and so much more.

This truck has tidier dimensions; it is 5 inches narrower, 3 inches lower and about 900 pounds lighter compared to the award winning Silverado.

Projector headlamps and unique 17 inch aluminum wheels are mainstays. The truck features triple-sealed doors inlaid in the truck’s body sides.

Interior

The interior of the 2015 Colorado is designed to be comfortable. It is cleverly equipped and well connected. The instrument panel is aimed to help the driver, highlighted by an 8-inch diagonal color screen, multiple USB drives, and a 3.4 inch diagonal screen provides a cluster of information.

The center console with a floor-mounted shifter is similar to those in midsize crossovers and trucks. The engineers created passenger space that delivers unmatched comfort. Added storage compartments are abundant. The sculpted door panels make for easier entry and exit.

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January 26, 2014 at 4:17 pm | No comment

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