Tuesday May 3rd, 2011 21:09 MG Unveil New MG5 Concept

MG5 Concept Car

The 2011 Shanghai Motor Show saw the unveiling of MG’s new MG5 Concept car. Expected to be available in the UK from mid-2013, the MG5 will slot into the range beneath the recently released MG6, and will be seen as a more conventional rival to the Ford Focus than the slightly larger MG6.

Designed at MG Birmingham by Tony Williams-Kenny and his team of designers, the five-door hatchback is aimed at a “more mature and sophisticated audience” than the ‘supermini’ MG Zero Concept.

Among its main features, the MG6 includes “LED head cluster lights, a rear spoiler to improve stance and aerodynamics with a sophisticated sporty look and feel.”

The MG5 will initially be powered by the existing NSE petrol engine range of 1.3 and 1.8-litre engines, but is expected to get a new range of downsized petrol engines in 2014. These are currently being developed by General Motors in conjunction with MG’s Chinese owners, SAIC.

Although a decision on whether the MG5 will be produced at Longbridge has not been announced yet, the MG5, in addition to the other models in MG’s expanding range, will certainly help to make the brand a more prominent figure in the UK car market.

The MG5 was just one of a whole host of models unveiled by MG at the Shanghai Motor Show. Seven other models, ranging from the budget supermini MG3 to an electric car and a rear wheel drive sports car, were announced. Due to feasibility studies only just starting, the sports car will not be launched until 2016 at the earliest, though MG say it will “invoke the spirit of the MGB.”

With the unveiling of the MG5 Concept and other models, the next five years promise to be an exciting time for MG enthusiasts everywhere.

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Friday January 14th, 2011 12:30 The New VW Taxi Concept Car

Volkswagen Taxi Concept Car

There is a new VW taxi car coming to the family of up! concept cars. This VW concept car is based on London taxis and will go into production in the summer of 2011. The car is a noble idea, and is paving the way for compact, efficient models in the taxi business.

This three-seater is built to work in small spaces where traffic is a problem. The car is only 3.73 meters in length, 1.66m in width and 1.6m tall, yet can still fit the driver and two passengers comfortably. You can place luggage in the front where the passenger seat would normally go. It is also electric to be easier on the environment, which is just what taxis need! The 113bhp motor is powered by lithium-ion batteries and can go about 186 miles between charges. The VW taxi car is also pretty speedy, topping out at 74mph.

The VW concept car also has a fun look and feel to it that makes you want to hop in and go for a ride. It is the basic black and has the typical taxi sign on the roof, but has some interesting extras. On the roof are a monochrome Union Jack painted, and a London coat of arms on the doors. When you sit inside you are surrounded by a hi-tech design. The driver’s touch screen computer displays navigation and fare, and the backseat has a display that shows their route and weather conditions.

The VW taxi car is a fun, inventive concept that helps the environment and saves space. Hopefully more taxis take notice and follow their lead. It will be exciting to see the final production car on the market.

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Tuesday November 9th, 2010 11:37 SEAT iBe – the concept car with style

SEAT has recently unveiled its latest concept car, the SEAT IBe. Although earlier in the year a prototype was seen at the Geneva Motor Show, a fully functional version of the all-electric 2+2 sport coupe was on display at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

The theme for SEAT’s new concept car is that of an aggressively styled, driver-oriented car that achieves zero tailpipe emissions without sacrificing driving dynamics. The bold, sharp lines of the car’s exterior are credited to Luc Donckerwolke. The chief of SEAT’s design department, Mr. Donckerwolke formerly served as head of design for Lamborghini. In the case of the IBe, the exterior lines unmistakably point up the car’s sporting intentions.

As pleasing as the car is to look at, the IBe holds its own in terms of performance as well. With a total length of just 3.83 meters and tipping the scales at only 1100 kg, the car’s 102 hp electric motor to can bring the IBe from 0 to 62 mph in 9.7 seconds. Early reports on the IBe’s handling have been favorable, with the independent suspension working in synergy with the car’s low center of gravity and wide stance to deliver taut driving dynamics.

The IBE features a front-engine layout with the car’s battery positioned in the rear to achieve the most favorable weight distribution. Speaking of batteries, the IBe has an estimated range of 81 miles on a full charge — sufficient for urban motorists but by no means a boundless grand tourer. In addition to its striking looks and lively performance capabilities, the SEAT IBe is intended to provide a measure of practicality by offering space for 4 adults via its 2+2 seating arrangement. The concept car debuted well ahead of availability on the retail market, which is estimated to begin in 2014.

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