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Jaguar 2013 C-X17 SUV Concept

By Giancarlo Perini.

Jaguar is not committing to the launch of a Crossover developed from the C-X17 concept just unveiled to great acclaim at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The show-car developed in less than one year is primarily a vehicle for a multiple-directions journey into the near future. Which destinations will come first is still a well-kept secret, such as the related investments and projected production volume. Read the rest of this entry »


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CITROEN 2013 CACTUS CONCEPT IAA 2013 and with Jean-Pierre Ploué.

By Giancarlo Perini ©

Don’t be mistaken; despite its avant-guardistic design the new Citroen C-Cactus is not just another pretty concept cars built to be part of the show in Frankfurt. That was true with the first Cactus, bowed here six years ago. The 2013 Citroen C-Cactus is called a concept simply because it is not on sale yet and it has much bigger wheels that it has been designed for, some special details and a plush upholstery inside. Otherwise this is the production car, only tuned-up and beautified for the show. Read the rest of this entry »


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One ICE engine and Three Electric Motors in Just One Car.


Toyota 2013 Yaris Hybrid-R


By Giancarlo Perini ©

Toyota is ready to impress the High Performance market by storm with a small beast that comes with 420 HP under the skin. The muscles come form one high-power 1.6 litre 4-cylinder engine turbo charged to deliver 300 HP to the front wheels. In addition, two separate electric motors, credited of 60 HP each, separately power the rear wheels. In addition the powerplant integrates a third electric motor that operates as a power generator. Read the rest of this entry »


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By Giancarlo Perini ©

Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupé

The world is getting smaller and smaller and a new première cannot take just in one place at a time.

Here again we go for a world première in Beijing (for the opening motor show) and a preview in Los Angeles at a radically different happening. A meeting of art and culture that Mercedes-Benz did not want to miss.

Here is the rather realistic “show-car” announcing what the next sporty premium compact from Mercedes-Benz looks like. Take off the usual “show-purpose bright and plush” make up and you have the sleek four-door, four seater Mercedes CLA (or B) that is in the pipeline for 2013.

Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupé

Its official name is “Mercedes-Benz” Concept Style Coupé and its first official description is “the style rebel”. This suggests it is a revolutionary member of the family. Indeed the Style Coupé is the long due reaction to the intense attacks from Audi and BMW in a segment that is going to grow through downsizing. Mercedes-Benz new weapon is going to place the company in the centre of the field for style and emotion and you need not to have prophetic skill to anticipate that this “Style Coupe” will be an outstanding winner, if its style, character and dynamic force are not diluted on its way to regular production.

Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupé

Gorden Wagener, head of Design at Mercedes-Benz, is in charge and I am sure he will fight to death to preserve this milestone to the return to the front font.

Gorden says that “The Concept Style Coupé is almost production-standard” and that “it sets a new benchmark for avant-garde design in the executive segment”, “Its breathtaking proportions, sinewy fluid surfaces and sculptural lines are the physical expression of our dynamic design idiom.”

Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupé

He has Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, on his side.

He believes that “the Concept Style Coupé is expressive and powerful in its design” and is fully committing his company to it. “This is the model against which sporty vehicles in the executive segment will have to measure themselves in future.”

Mercedes-Benz does not publish the overall dimensions of its latest entry but considering that the wheels are 20 inches and the turbocharged, four-cylinder, petrol engine produce 155 kW (211 HP) one might see this as the little brother of the CLS.

Photo Gallery

BMW i8 Concept Spyder shows realistic design

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by Giancarlo Perini (c)

BMW 2012 i8 Spyder Concept

The first official pictures of the all-new BMW i8 Concept Spyder, likely to be a star at the forthcoming Beijing Motor Show, are just out.

Whereas ppotential buyers have almost two years to ponder about their choice between the coupé and the spyder, BMW competitors will rush to look at the new show-car in every detail. In fact the new running prototype appears to be the next step toward the design that will actaully enter production next year.

It is obvious that when the new supercar from BMW is rready for the market Ferrari and Lamborghini will have a new powerful competitor to confront with. Not only the futuristic hybrid powerplant will make their current offering obsolete overnight but the design and the style of the new car will rock the establishement.

There is not much to add but, perhaps, the technical specifications of the show-car, getting closer and closer to the real two seater sport-car in the making.

BMW 2012 i8 Concept Spyder Gallery

Specifications. BMW i8 Concept Spyder.

Length/Height/Width L 4480 mm, H 1208 mm, W 1922 mm
Wheelbase 2650 mm
No. of seats 2
Kerb weight

Top speed


1630 kg

250 km/h (155 mph) electr. governed

0-100 km/h (62 mph) 5 s 80-120 km/h (50-75 mph) 4.0 s

System output TwinPower Turbo engine

Fuel consumption (EU cycle)

260 kW / 550 Nm 164 kW / 300 Nm

3 l/100km / 94 mpg imp

eDrive output electric motor electric range battery charge time

Luggage compartment

96 kW approx. 27-30 km (17 – 19 miles)

standard: 1.45 h for 100% charge approx.100 litres


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.Paolo Martin works

Combining creativity with complete know-how and modern technology.Paolo Martin works

I would like to share with you this report recently published in Japan by Car Styling magazine. A special issue dedicated to the Italian Designers and “Carrozzeria”.

Paolo Martin works

Within the territories of one-man-design-show, resisting in and around Torino, Paolo Martin keeps his creativity and design work running in many directions. As usual.  His hairs are whiter than ever but his genius is evergreen, just as it is the case for secluded Marcelo Gandini and public-persona Giorgetto Giugiaro.

He is one of the very few talents left that has a complete understanding of car design and body construction. One of the few men who can tackle any aspect of the process. As such he is a very precious heritage of the traditional art of coach building.

Paolo Martin works

It is for this reason that he regrets that he receives less commission from the car, yacht and motorcycle industry these days of decline. He still has plenty of good ideas that could be turned into a successful project. Even more relevant he regrets he has few chances of passing over to the young generations his past experience, just as Maestro Giovanni Michelotti did with him when he was 16 years old.

On the other side, he is happy to take commissions from private investors and enthusiasts. He loves the human relations with them and the exchange of cultural input, be it from the Arabian Peninsula, the Far East or the Americas.

On the projects he develops for private customers he must keep the secret, unless authorized by his patron.

Recently, he was allowed to release some interesting design works he developed in the past couple of years.

Three projects he had a lot of fun to work with.

Paolo Martin works

One for a multifunctional “Desert Running Suite” that combines a carry-on tent of some 100 square meters blossoming from a sort of very large 6×6 all-road heavy-duty vehicle carrying a small living room with all comfort and all the most sophisticated equipment that tycoons, VIP, government officials may want or need to take with them in the desert for a mission, a week-end excursion or a party.

One derivative also considers a sort of moving “ceremony hall on wheels for the desert”.

Paolo Martin works

A sophisticated mechanism develops the huge tent in minutes and displays solar cell panels providing plenty of energy for the satellite communication centre and other amenities. The execution of the vehicle has been put on hold after the recent turmoil in Nord Africa.

The second project is a typical “coachbuilder” sportcar that is clearly inspired to the popular De Tomaso mid-engined V8 two-seater that the new “De Tomaso” company is to unveil at the Los Angeles auto show later this year. His project has not been commissioned by the company but by a private collector who was eager to see what could done at this time to revive the myth of the affordable supercar and have one built for himself.

Paolo Martin works

The layout, dimensions and proportions are very modern and yet there is the de Tomaso DNA in this car.

This second project shows how Paolo Martin has kept up with the CAD and virtual modelling technologies and indeed he has developed the “2 Posti Sportiva 2012” in few weeks on his PC with all the technicalities integrated into the project and the basic data for quick and economical milling.

Paolo Martin works

Probably Paolo Martin is the only star designer who emerged in the great old times (the 60ies and 70ies) of Italian coachbuilding and has developed his skill to confirm and visualize his design ideas through contemeporary virtual technology.

See his renderings for self-speaking evidence. Obviously we need not to comment on his own, very elegant and dynamic design for a modern mid-engined sport car.

Paolo Martin works

We would simply add that we would love to see it in the real world.

We can show also a third project that Paolo Martin has developed on his own after the instigation of a journalist who asked him how he would design the Modulo of the third millennium.

Paolo Martin works

Paolo Martin works

In no time Martin penned what he calls the “Modulo Enzo”. A design that is absolutely up to the mythical name of “Modulo” and of Ferrari. Again, the project is not just a beautiful rendering created on a PC but a realistic vision (though futuristic, like he Modulo) of a super Ferrari. The car is feasible, with few concessions, and recently a famous connoisseur and collector has shown interest in having one built for himself.

Paolo Martin works

That would certainly be a dream of millions enthusiasts coming true and a fantastic promotional vehicle for a high-tech company.

End of this report by Giancarlo Perini ©.


Auto Shanghai, Automotive Design, Concept cars, Motor Shows, Show cars, Volvo 30 Comments »

by Giancarlo Perini (c)

Volvo 2011 Concept Universe @ Auto Shanghai

Now I realise I have made a mistake to give up a visit to China for Auto Shanghai 2011. At least I would have been able to see the Volvo Concept Universe and offer you my opinion. Read the rest of this entry »


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By Giancarlo Perini ©

AUDI 2011 Q3

The 2011 Auto Shanghai motor show, opening in a week time, will not be business as usual. Indeed it will mark a new era of the entire world car industry, the one steered by the Chinese market and industry. China is the biggest car market, and the one that is growing faster worldwide. The leading premium brands are betting on for most of their growth in the decade. Read the rest of this entry »


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By Giancarlo Perini ©

MINI 2011 Inspired by Goodwood

Can you concentrate all the luxury of a most aristocratic Rolls-Royce into a compact Mini?

Probably not. Yet you can go a very long way with the help of the Rolls-Royce design team led by Ian Camerun. Just look at the very plush and British interior of the Mini Inspired by Goodwood to be unveiled for the first time at Auto Shanghai next week and you may agree that a compact city car can be very seriously luxurious, filled with the finest material, soft leather and quite a bit of traditional walnut veneer. Read the rest of this entry »


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spada codatronca02 AD

Few days after the teasing rendering, here is the official information on the roadster Codatronca Monza roadster soon to be on the stage of the Top Marques in Montecarlo. Obviously this is not an April Fish, as the M3 Pick-up posted yesterday.

For those of you who can’t wait to know everything about the latest creation by Ercole and Paolo Spada my edited report, here is a 1 to 1 reproduction of the company press release. Read the rest of this entry »

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