Are you ready to drive a Corvette hatchback? Callaway Cars has revealed the company's design study for a C7 Corvette based station wagon. Callaway says it plans to manufacture the body package which provides an openable hatch. A rendering of the hatch addition is pictured above.
Callaway says the AeroWagon option is projected to cost under $15,000 and available through Callaway authorized dealers in the US and Canada. Callaway says the Corvette would still be a 200+ mph car after the modifications.
Toyota unveiled its thin 3-wheeled i-Road personal mobility vehicle at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The narrow vehicle has a width of 850 millimeters (2.79 feet). Toyota says this helps with maneuverability and also makes it easy to find a parking space. The vehicle contains "Active Lean" technology that automatically balances the i-Road when it is cornering or traveling over stepped surfaces.
Toyota says in a release that the i-Road is powered by an electric powertrain and produces zero emissions. The driving range on a single charge of its lithium ion battery is 50 kilometers (30 miles).
Toyota released this video of the i-Road in action. Part of the video show multiple different colored i-Roads on the road. Take a look:
Avis Budget Group has announced an agreement to acquire Zipcar, operator of a car sharing network. Avis will pay $12.25 per share in cash, a 49% premium over the closing price on December 31, 2012. The total value of the transaction is approximately $500 million. The transaction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2013. Zipcar will operate as a subsidiary of Avis following the completion of the deal.
The release says Zipcar has over 760,000 members, known as Zipsters. It operates in 20 major metropolitan areas and 300 college and university campuses.
Ronald L. Nelson, Avis Budget Group chairman and ceo, said in statement, "We see car sharing as highly complementary to traditional car rental, with rapid growth potential and representing a scalable opportunity for us as a combined company. We expect to apply Avis Budget's experience and efficiencies of fleet management with Zipcar's proven, customer-friendly technology to accelerate the growth of the Zipcar brand and to provide more options for Zipsters in more places."
Honda has announced it will unveil a new vehicle at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Honda calls the vehicle a compact Urban SUV concept. Honda also released the above sketch. Honda says the vehicle is "a global concept model combining a sporty and dynamic SUV profile with a spacious, functional interior."
Drivers are missing and feared dead in a frightening Tokyo tunnel collapse. Hundreds of concrete panels fell from the roof of the tunnel and crushed the cars beneath. CBC News reports that at least 8 people were killed in the accident in the Sasago Tunnel. Here is some raw footage:
The vehicle in this year's 2012 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is the Neiman Marcus Edition 2013 McLaren 12C Spider. Just 12 of the vehicles were made. The vehilce features a carbon-fiber monoCell one-piece molded chassis, Formula 1 brake steering and 616 horse-powered V8 twin turbo engine. It goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 204 mph (196 mph in convertible mode). The gift includes a McLaren luggage set and a business-class trip to England for a VIP dinner with McLaren Chairman Ron Dennis and a tour of the McLaren Technology Center. The gift costs $354,000. Take a look:
A car crushed by a life-sized version of the game Mousetrap. It took thirteen years for creator Mark Perez to build the giant car crushing contraption. They need to come up with a new song for their giant mousetrap. Take a look:
ABC News reports that an insurance company is accusing a driver of intentionally crashing his Bugatti Veyron into a lagoon. The driver claims he dropped his phone and then saw a pelican, which caused him to crash into the lagoon. A video, which shows the car going into the lake, was shot by car enthusiasts. The driver does not appear to slow down at all as he plows into the lagoon. The driver had an insurance policy worth over $2 million. Take a look:
Jaguar recently unveiled its F-Type 2-seat convertible sports car at an event in Paris. The vehicle is available with three different engines ranging from a 340 hp engine to a V8 supercharged 495 hp engine. Jaguar took inspiration from the cockpits of fighter planes for the vehicle. The F-Type's cockpit includes a joystick-shaped SportShift selector to control the eight-speed transmission. The vehicle was built with a lightweight aluminum structure.
Take a look:
Lana Del Rey has created a song, "Burning Desire," about the car, which will be part of an upcoming short film starring Damian Lewis. You can find out more about the F-Type Here.
Volvo shared this video, which aims to show what its road train technology could be like in the near future for drivers. The technology was tested during the SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) project. The video shows a father pulling his Volvo behind a truck. The man presses a button on a touch screen requesting permission to join the truck's platoon. The truck driver kindly accepts the Volvo's platoon request and after this point driving is hands free for the man allowing him to enjoy a coffee or play the put-cards-on-your-head-game with his children. He can also read a newspaper (yes he still reads newsprint) without bothering to keep an eye on the road. The video also shows several other cars in the train. Volvo says the energy savings with a road train - from lower air drag and reduced speed variations - is 10% to 20%. Volvo admits in the release posted with the YouTube video that there are still safety issues to focus on, like "emergency situations such as obstacle avoidance or sudden braking." Take a look:
IEEE Spectrum says the technical hurdles before public adoption are "relatively minor" and that most of the hardware is already in place. It would make long commutes and trips less annoying if you could entertain yourself with books, movies, tablets, etc. for most of the journey instead of driving.
McLaren Automotive has released the first image of its P1 supercar. The car will be previewed as a design study at the Paris Motor SHow at a press conference scheduled for September 27, 2012. A production version will be revealed in 2013.
McLaren Automotive executive chairman Ron Dennis, said in a statement, "P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage. Twenty years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with P1 is to redefine it once again."
McLaren says the P1 will sit above the 12C and 12C Spider in both price and performance.
Here is the world's largest parade of Ferrari cars. There are 964 cars in the record parade which was achieved by Ferrari North Europe Ltd. at Silverstone Circuit, near Towcester, Northamptonshire, UK. Take a look:
Mercedes-Benz showed off its new 2013 G-Class SUV at New York Fashion Week. Mercedes-Benz is also the sponsor of Fashion Week. The G-Class was featured in an invite-only media event that explores fit for fashion with Barry's Bootcamp, hosted by their COO and celebrity trainer, Joey Gonzalez, Olympian Alex Morgan and model Joan Smalls. Take a look: