Posts Tagged ‘B-segment’

Comeback of an Automotive Free Spirit: World Debut of New Bulli by Volkswagen in Geneva

Monday, February 28th, 2011
Volkswagen Bulli Concept
© Volkswagen AG

Wolfsburg/Geneva — The Volkswagen bus, like no other car, stands for the spirit of freedom. It debuted over 60 years ago in 1950 with a contagiously simple design. Its internal Volkswagen code name was T1 for Transporter 1. The Germans called it the Bulli, and to Americans it was the Microbus. It was driven on all continents. And the world's first van is still appreciated by a fan base which spans the globe. Now Volkswagen is reinterpreting the compact original form of this automotive legend and sending it into the future — in the form of a concept vehicle for a new generation Bulli! It is spacious like it was in 1950, it is as inspirational as ever, and it has clean styling like never before. (more…)

Next Generation Rio Marks Next Big Step in Kia’s Design Revolution

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
All-new Rio sketch
© Kia Motors Corp.

Seoul — The first official sketches of the next generation Kia Rio revealed today (Wednesday) show a powerful, bold design that marks “the next big step” in the company's ongoing design revolution.

Longer, lower and wider than the existing Rio, the new model is designed to inject emotional appeal into the B-segment, targeting progressive, energetic consumers in the 25-to-49 age range.

Described by Kia's Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, as ‘sporty and elegant’, the B-segment newcomer has a swept-back profile and a character line rising out of the front wheel which gives it a sense of movement and fluidity, even when stationary. Inside, new Rio will offer a feeling of quality typically associated with larger, more expensive models. (more…)

Chevrolet Creates Waves with the All-New 2012 Sonic

Monday, January 10th, 2011
2012 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan
© GM Co.

Detroit — Chevrolet displayed the all-new 2012 Sonic at the North American International Auto Show. Its youthful, aggressive design is backed by turbocharged performance and agile ride and handling, combining to deliver an efficient, fun-to-drive small car.

The Sonic is offered in two body styles: a stylish four-door sedan and a sporty five-door. Each delivers class-leading rear-seat roominess and cargo space. A variety of connectivity features enhance the driving experience.

“The all-new Chevrolet Sonic blends the practicality of a small car with the passion for driving that Chevrolet vehicles like the Corvette are known for,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. (more…)

TMC Launches Redesigned ‘Vitz’

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
Toyota Vitz 1.3 F
© Toyota Motor Corp.

Toyota City, Japan — Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces the launch in Japan today of the redesigned “Vitz” compact car.

Since the launch of the first-generation in 1999, the Vitz has achieved cumulative sales in more than 70 countries and regions around the world — including many European countries — exceeding 3.5 million units¹. With more than 1.4 million of those units² having been sold in Japan, the Vitz is truly a core model of the Toyota brand.

The new, third-generation Vitz, developed based on a new definition of the ideal compact car to meet consumers' diversifying compact-car needs, features sharper styling as well as a compact exterior (more…)

Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept: A Study Of Efficient And Intelligent Design For A New Luxury Customer

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
2010 Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept
© GM Co.

Los Angeles — Cadillac today introduced the Urban Luxury Concept, a design study exploring a new type of vehicle that offers a luxury experience in a diminutive size. The Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept complements its compact dimensions with the design, features and technology for which Cadillac is known.

“The Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept celebrates its scale with intelligent, innovative content that makes it unique regardless of its size,” said Clay Dean, Director of GM North American Advanced Design and Cadillac Brand Champion. “It has a small exterior footprint, but is roomy inside.” (more…)