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Volvo is not a company that is typically associated with bold designs, but in recent years, they have been showing a wilder, more creative side.
Continuing with their creative trend, Chinese owned Volvo has just unveiled a new concept car at the Shanghai Auto Show, called the Concept Universe.
This new take on a boxy Volvo might look like a cross between some Lincoln and Ford concept cars from the last few years, but there is a good reason for that. Volvo’s vice-president of design Peter Horbury did once run Ford’s design studios so hence the lines are quite similar. Horbury had worked for Volvo in the past also, when the company was owned by Ford. He was the man behind the original C70 coupe and convertible.
According to Volvo’s CEO Stafan Jacoby, the Concept Universe is; “a sneak preview of what people can expect from our next top-of-the-line sedan.” Could this be the replacement for the now aging S80 sedan? Only time will tell.
GALLERY: Volvo Concept Universe
Audi has released a number of sketches showing their forthcoming Q3 crossover, based on the Volkswagen Tiguan, that will serve as an entry-level vehicle for the brand.
The Q3 is unlikely to come to North America, but its unveiling at the Shanghai Auto Show should give a clue as to where Audi anticipates a fair portion of sales to come from. Its main rival, the BMW X1, is notable for being rear-drive-based as opposed to the Q3′s front-drive underpinnings, but nobody buying this car will notice or care which wheels are being driven.
Styling-wise, the Q3 looks about the same as every Audi on the market today, while the Tiguan’s lineup of gasoline and diesel 4-cylinders will provide some oomph.
Gallery: Audi Q3 Sketches
After teasing the public with a Superbowl ad hinting at the new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, the new coupe will almost certainly bow at the New York Auto Show in April.
Arriving in showrooms this fall, the Beetle will get simultaneous unveilings at both the Shangai and New York Auto Shows, with a convertible version bowing later. Although the current Beetle was knocked for being a little soft around the edges, the new car is set to be more performance oriented, although we’re certain that males will remain a minority demographic for this car. AutoGuide will be on hand for live coverage of the unveiling, so stay tuned starting April 19th.
For those of you who can’t wait until BMW releases their new M5 sports sedan at this September’s Shanghai Auto Show, the company has just released new videos of the car undergoing winter testing in Austria, but you’ll need to speak German if you want to catch any of the dialog.
With a twin-turbo V8 and a dual clutch transmission, the new M5 should be a departure from the raucous V10 and single clutch gearbox offered on the E60 M5. Hopefully, the car hasn’t been diluted in the process.
Hit the jump to see the videos
The long awaited next generation BMW M5 will get its first showing in (lightly disguised) concept form at the Shanghai Auto Show. With China becoming a rapidly important market for BMW (read: sales are booming), the new car, codenamed the F10, will surely be a hit with performance-minded buyers in China and the world over.
The sublime V10 is expected to be jettisoned in favor of a new twin-turbo V8, as seen in the X5M and X6M. Rumors state that the car will also feature ceramic brakes (a first for any BMW), and we can similarly expect to see some kind of dual clutch transmission. The new V8 makes 555 horsepower and 510 lb-ft in the SUVs, and a bump in power wouldn’t be unreasonable for what is arguably BMW’s flagship M car. The most significant development of course, is that BMW chose to reveal the car at Shanghai, but this still leaves the door open for an official production unveiling at September’s Frankfurt Auto Show, which is of course, BMW’s home turf.
[Source: 4 Wheels News]