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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 »


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 »


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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