Suzuki SUV gets plugged
Fast Lane Suzuki's iV-4 concept may be the brand's first to go electric or partly electric. -- PHOTO: SUZUKI

SUZUKI SUV GETS PLUGGED

Suzuki will unveil a bold compact SUV concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. The iV-4 may well be the brand's first foray into electrification or part-electrification. Going by the teaser photo, it is also a sign that Suzuki will at long last move away from its safe but staid styling personified by its Vitara. It will, however, still sport the characteristic clam-shell bonnet and a stylised Vitara grille. Like all new models, it will have lots of LED.

JAGUAR TO SHOWCASE SUV CONCEPT

Jaguar is poised to showcase an SUV concept at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show - jumping on a growing bandwagon, and revisiting an ambition it has harboured for several years. The car could be based on a Land Rover platform.

The Leaping Cat will also be reviving its failed X-Type, a model meant to rival BMW's 3-series and Merc's C-class. The so-called XS is said to be in the testing phase now and is likely to be noticeably larger than the X-Type. It is built on a new Jaguar platform (the X shared the Ford Mondeo's underpinnings).

 

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VISION OF THE FUTURE

The Mini Vision is a strong hint of styling cues we can expect of the next generation of cars. The car's bumper and auxiliary lights are integrated with the grille. It has full LED headlights, with the outer ring being the daytime-running lights. The body has an aerodynamic air intake and outlet around each front wheel arch, airflow-optimised wheel rims and exterior mirrors, and an integral, air-channelling roof spoiler.

DAILMLER, ASTON MARTIN PARTNERSHIP

Daimler's AMG division will supply Aston Martin with engines, while Mercedes-Benz will provide the British sports car maker electric and electronic components for future models. In return, Daimler will receive up to 5 per cent equity in Aston Martin in the technical partnership. At the same time, the company will receive an observer status on the Aston Martin board.

 

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NEW WRX DESIGN

This could well be the next Subaru WRX. The concept vehicle looks production ready and will make its European debut at the 65th Frankfurt Motor Show on Sept 10. Lower, wider and sleeker than previous models, the WRX concept places an even greater focus on sharp handling, with a low centre of gravity and Subaru's trademark all-wheel-drive system.

Traditional design cues include a pronounced bulge on the bonnet - accompanied by the classic WRX bonnet scoop - which provides clearance for a turbocharged engine and intercooler, while also aiding engine cooling.

LAMBORGHINI TO REVEAL NEW GALLARDO

Lamborghini will unveil an all-new Gallardo at the Geneva Motor Show next year. The new car will replace the current ageing model, and could sport a dual-clutch autobox - something Lambo has avoided so far.

 

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ELECTRIC ONE-WHEEL BIKE

Behold the Ryno electric bike - cooler and more comfortable than the Segway. The self- balancing Ryno has a top speed of 20kmh and a seated riding position that is comfortable and alert. The bike is said to be portable but if you feel it is too heavy, just slide the battery out and take it into your apartment or office to recharge (it requires four to six hours). Or simply ride the Ryno through a lobby and up the lift.

The company has no information on when the bike is ready for sale.