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Internship grad designs taxi of the future

Taxis are everywhere—in every major city from New York, to Paris, London and Tokyo. So why hasn’t there been any significant improvement in their design or technology? For years, Ford Crown Victorias have been congesting major thoroughfares around the United States, Mercedes-Benz cabs patrol much of the streets in the entire European continent. It’s high time designers put taxis into perspective to benefit the majority of the population who commute publicly on a daily basis. Fortunately, one such designer is paying attention. His name is Slavche Tanevski and his work centers around the Mercedes-Benz Nimbus concept city cab. He pictures the Nimbus to be the cab of the future, specifically… Continue Reading »

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The Mercedes-Benz Biome

As a finale to our three-part Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge series, we present the Mercedes-Benz Biome. We must say, this is our favorite among all the concept designs presented by all the German and Japanese first timers in the contest. Why? Simple—it’s got one heck of an futuristic idea that is at par with the most bizarre sci-fi movies out there. What is it? Read on. Symbiosis. That word means a lot in terms of automotive concepts, because there is no such thing as of current technologies permit. As the company describes, Symbiosis is a system wherein the vehicle becomes part of the environment and ecosystem, just as… Continue Reading »

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The Maybach DRS

Next up on our three-part Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge series is the Maybach DRS. If you’re wondering what DRS stands for, well then so did we. Apparently, it’s short for “Den-Riki-Sha”, which means electric powered rickshaw. If you’re new to that term, rickshaws are ancient forms of public transportation back in Japan in 1870 where instead of horses pulling carriages, a person ferries you around instead, supporting the rickshaw’s front frame on his shoulders. Now, if you look at the gallery below, and assuming you’ve Googled ‘rickshaw’ for images, you’ll recognize a striking semblance. Well, maybe ‘some’ is a better word for it. Simply put, imagine a horse… Continue Reading »

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The Smart 454 WWT

Southern California’s brightest automotive design studios come together in an annual Design Challenge hosted by the Los Angeles Auto Show as they have done for the past seven years. This year, which happens from November 19 to 29, welcomes German and Japanese car manufacturers to the competition for the first time, to create design concepts of highly efficient and extremely lightweight sedan vehicles of the future. Their restriction—to keep weight below 1,000 pounds, while keeping in mind passenger safety and comfort. Of course, performance and styling demands must not be sacrificed either. First up on our three-part series is the Smart 454 WWT. ‘Weight Watch Technologies’ is what WWT stands… Continue Reading »

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Pickup concept unveiled at the 63rd IAA

Are you fond of trucks? What is it about pickups that gets the unwavering attachment of men? Is it the stout appearance or the reliability that comes with having a truck bed to haul whatever needs to be hauled? Well, consumer preferences aside, here’s something for all you truck lovers may (or may not) like—a pickup concept vehicle that was presented by Mercedes-Benz Technology at the 63rd IAA Commercial Vehicles event held in Hanover, Germany. Codenamed the ‘Reporter’, MBTech says that the concept is more than just a mere design study. It has got DualX E-Drive drive solution that makes the pickup capable of being plugged in to an electric… Continue Reading »

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Smart working on electric scooter concept

It’s not only sister company Mercedes-Benz that’s pondering on entering the motorcycle arena. Another one of Daimler AG’s brainchildren, Smart, is now working on a scooter concept. Hopefully, this idea will last longer than Smart’s short-lived Forfour. Smart, which was founded by Swatch’s Nicolas Hayek, figured that an electric scooter concept will be a viable addition to their electric vehicle lineup, specifically to the successful Fortwo. According to Smart, their aim to broaden both their clout on the electric vehicle market as well as boost their overall sales. So here we are, presenting what is Smart’s artist renderings of their latest idea, a purely electric scooter that should make a… Continue Reading »

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Insider Spy: The next CLS

Wondering what the next Mercedes-Benz CLS might look like? Well, here’s something to fuel your imagination. These images had been leaked out despite Stuttgart’s best efforts to keep you guys and gals scintillated with anticipation. It’s a four-door coupe that’s just waiting to be queued into the production line. As you can see, the next CLS will take a lot of design cues from the Shooting Break CLS concept, specifically the front grill and the more raunchy fascia. The sectioned style of the headlights have been retained from the current design, albeit they’re somewhat more slender and a lot more attention-grabbing. The LED arrays that are clearly visible makes you… Continue Reading »

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