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Smart For-Us Pickup Concept Photos and Details

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Smart For-Us

The two-seat Smart Fortwo hasn’t exactly been setting the sales charts on fire, but that doesn’t mean Diamler-Benz is ready to give up on its urban-orient sub-brand. The Fortwo’s miniature size makes it excellent for those cramped city spaces, but it sacrifices practicability in return. At the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, Smart unveiled its For-Us pickup, the brand’s take on what an urban pickup could look like.

A key design feature of the For-Us is its ability to carry and charge two ebikes on its tiny “pickup bed”. While the car itself is a concept, the electric bicycles are based on the production versions that will go on sale in 2013.

In true Smart fashion, the For-Us Concept is tiny, measuring 140 inches in length, 59 inches in width and 67 inches in height. It is powered by the same 74 horsepower electric powertrain as the ForTwo electric drive that is going to be released in the spring of 2012. The system uses a 55 kW (74HP), 130 Nm (95.9 lb-ft) magneto-electric motor tied to a 17.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Smart says its versatile little concept can reach zero to 60 mph (96.56 km/h) in under five seconds and reach a top speed of 80 mph (128.75 km/h).

Charging the battery from 20 percent full to 100 percent takes only 3.5 hours, whereas completely charging it from zero takes eight hours. There is no word on whether the Smart For-US would see a production.

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Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV Concept Previews Alfa’s First Electrified Vehicle

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Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV Concept, live

The Italian automaker is getting ready to enter the electric vehicle segment.

Alfa Romeo used the 2019 Geneva Motor show to debut the Tonale Concept, previewing its first plug-in hybrid.

Sharing a design language with the larger Stelvio, the sleek compact crossover stands out with a large lower grille flanked by LED-array headlights that are thinner than those on the Stelvio and retro design elements like Alfa Romeo’s characteristic phone-dial wheel, which as borrowed from the 33 Stradale of the 1960s.

Highlights of the interior include a 12.3-inch full digital instrument cluster, a large 10.25-inch touchscreen for the central head unit, and premium materials ranging from aluminum to Alcantara and leather.

Technical details or a launch window for the production Tonale were not revealed, but the model was envisioned with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Alfa Romeo plans to launch a total of six PHEVs by the end of 2022, and the Tonale will certainly be one of them.

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Toyota Supra TRD Concept Shows Off New Carbon Fiber Parts

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Toyota Supra TRD Concept, Carbon Fiber Parts

It’s an unbridled love affair with carbon fiber.

Not long after taking the wraps off at the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota has revealed a TRD Concept that shows off some of the accessories from Toyota Racing Development possibly coming to the Japanese sports car.

Unveiled at the Osaka Auto Messe aftermarket show, the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD is fitted with many new carbon fiber parts to increase downforce and reduce lift. The front spoiler, side skirts, and rear spoiler and spats are all crafted from carbon fiber, while a carbon fiber door garnish replaces the stock faux vent to reduce turbulence of the airflow over the rear end.

Toyota Supra TRD Concept, New Carbon Fiber Parts

The exterior is finished in a muted silver color that compliments the carbon fiber parts nicely, while unique 19-inch wheels highlight the four corners.

Unfortunately, TRD made no upgrades under the hood. Power is provided by the stock Supra’s turbocharged 3.0L inline-six, generating the same ol’ 335 hp and 365 lb-ft. of torque.

It’s not known if or when these carbon fiber parts and new wheels will be available, and whether they will remain exclusive to the Japanese market like many TRD parts in the past. Either way, share your thoughts about the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD in the comments below.

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This Crossover Concept Previews Cadillac’s First-Ever EV

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New Cadillac EV Crossover Concept

It came out of nowhere and shocked the Detroit Auto Show.

Cadillac followed up the unveiling of the Cadillac XT6 large crossover with a preview of its first-ever all-electric vehicle.

Taking the form of premium electric crossover, the concept is striking and likely also hints at the brand’s future design direction.

“Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,” said Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”

  • New Cadillac XT6 Debuts As Cadillac’s First Three-Row Crossover
  • The surprising reveal comes not long after General Motors announced that Cadillac will lead its electric vehicle strategy, effectively making it the automaker’s Tesla-fighter. Specific details such as power or features aren’t known, nor do we have a definitive timetable as to when the production model will be ready, but it will be the first GM vehicle to be built on the company’s forthcoming dedicated EV platform and should offer level 4 autonomous capabilities at the least.

    In essence, not only will the vehicle be Cadillac’s first step into the EV world, but it will also push it deeper into the autonomous realm.

    New Cadillac EV Crossover Concept, front

    New Cadillac EV Crossover Concept, front angle

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