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Acura NSX Roadster featured in ‘The Avengers’ before production

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: Movies, Transportation, Videos

If you’re planning on seeing Marvel’s next blockbuster hit, The Avengers, get ready to see some movie magic. No, we’re not talking about the fight scenes and endless CGI effects, we’re talking about the cars featured in the movie—the Acura NSX to be exact.

Like any lead-footed gear-head, we were stoked that Acura was planning on bring the car back into production. The NSX is due to arrive somewhere around 2015, but if you’ve looked at any calendar lately, it reads 2012. So how could Marvel get its hands on a car that’s not out yet, or no where near production ready? We’ll, let’s just say it took some work and creativity. Check out the video to see how it all came to be.

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Volkswagen bringing “concept” AWD Passat Alltrak to New York Auto Show

Passat Alltrak

When it comes to an AWD station wagon, your choices in the U.S. are less than desirable. Consumers are faced with two options, Audi Allroad and various Subaru models. One is overpriced and the others can be found on many driveways. However, Volkswagen is planning to bring the Passat Alltrak to the States for the New York Auto Show, and they hope to be the third major option.

Now before you run down to the dealership and put in your order, Volkswagen is debuting the Alltrak as a “concept,” even thougt the same vehicle was featured as a production model at the Tokyo Motor Show. We’re guess that this is Volkswagen’s test to see how American buyers will react to the option. The Passat Alltrak is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel motor, pumping out 138hp and 168hp. The lower of the two will be available in a manual transmission.

Though the price hasn’t been announced for the American variant of the Passat, we’re guessing it’ll be priced somewhere in the high 20s or low 30s.


BMW looking to use smart fabric to bring deep user customization to cars

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: Science, Transportation

BMW Smart Fabric

As automotive technology is advancing, things that we found novel are becoming a thing of the past. Remember when the first iPhone came out? People flocked to the phone like moths to a light initially. Now, iPhones are about as common as shoes, having lost their novel appeal.

Now apply the same analogy to automobiles. When automakers incorporated navigation systems into vehicles, everyone wanted one. Heck, even hip hop artists were rapping about it in their music. So the question remains to ask is ‘What technology will excite the new car buyer?’ BMW may have found the answer for the next big thing. Smart fabric is what they’re conceptually attempting to bring into cars. Not familiar with smart fabric? Let's break it down after the jump.

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The future of commuting: Toyota Fun-Vii

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: Science, Transportation

We’re all attached to our vehicles one way or another. They’re an extension of ourselves. With all that said, would you be willing to give up driving?

Now, we're not talking about giving up your car and relying on public transportation. Rather, we're talking about the general act of driving, controlling the speed of your vehicle, changing directions with a gripped steering wheel and the like. For many this might sound sci-fi-ish, but for manufactures like Toyota, it’s a concept for the near-distant future.

The Toyota Fun-Vii is a vehicle like no other. It allows the user to completely customize the vehicle to their choosing, be it to match their shoes or personality. The Fun-Vii concept allows the driver to place the vehicle into auto-drive, following a set route to preplanned destination. While the vehicle is in motion, passengers are immersed a fully customizable multimedia experience. Furthermore, the vehicle acts like a social hub. It can be used as a racing simulator or as a concert back drop for DJs.

Though it will be interesting seeing this vehicle on the road, there is no set date yet; other than the project release date of 20XX. So, you know, sometime in the next 89 years.


Smart For-us concept hybrid pickup leaves us confused

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: Design, Transportation

Smart For-Us concept

Smart recently showed off its new hybrid pickup truck. Yup, you read right, a pickup truck from the company that makes the tiny ForTwo vehicle. The Smart For-us aims to recast the vision of the pickup as green and urban friendly. We’re not too sure how that will pan out, as most pickups are used as utility vehicles or off-road beasts. By the looks of the Smart For-us, it looks like it would be afraid to tread on grass, let alone the American roads. Though a concept idea, this “truck” would be powered 55-kilowatt magnetoelectric motor, achieving about 80 MPG. Though great on gas mileage, the Smart For-us leaves much to be desired by the average truck buyer. 

Read More | Jalopnik

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