Chevrolet introduced two concept coupes at the 2012 North American International Auto Show aimed at inspiring next-generation buyers to take the wheel and suggest ideas for a car they can co-create. The two new concepts are the Code 130R and the Tru 140S.
The name "E-Bugster" is a combination of "E" for electric, "Bug," the
American nickname for the Beetle, and "speedster," which typically
describes an open-top two-seater. Although the E-Bugster concept is clearly
not a convertible, it sports the typical speedster profile of shallow
windows and a low, dramatic roofline.
In addition to being a study in pure-electric mobility, the E-Bugster is
also a dynamic study in Beetle design. Up front, the E-Bugster's flat and
wide windshield is distinctive. The E-Bugster utilizes LED Daytime Running
Lights, just like the production Beetle, except that here they form a
distinctive graphic on either side of the lower air intake in the front
bumper. This LED graphic is mirrored by reflectors in the rear bumper. Ever
since the e-up! concept car was presented in Europe, these unique DRLs have
become a signature element on Volkswagen electric vehicle studies.
From the side, the E-Bugster's low, flat roof serves to frame the rest of
the vehicle's distinctive features. Between its flared fenders and 20-inch
wheels, there's a distinctive Beetle "V" that runs along the side of the
vehicle. Above its side sill, a decal with the "E-Bugster" signature can be
seen. Just above this point, the chrome has been lengthened from the lower
window border towards the rear of the car. The top of the E-Bugster extends
in a flat arch over this chrome line and borders the vehicle's side
windows. The height between the chrome lower edge of these windows and the
uppermost roof line is tight, like a chopped-down speedster. Overall, the
Bugster is nearly three inches lower than a Beetle.
► Chevrolet Tru 140S Concept at 2012 NAIAS
Chevrolet introduced two concept coupes at the 2012 North American
International Auto Show aimed at inspiring next-generation buyers to take
the wheel and suggest ideas for a car they can co-create. The two new
concepts are the Code 130R and the Tru 140S.
► 2013 Dodge Dart
The 2013 Dodge Dart redefines performance with Alfa Romeo DNA,
fuel-efficient powertrains and Dodge's passion for performance. The all-new
Dodge Dart is a thoroughly modern vehicle that's fuel-efficient,
beautifully designed and crafted, agile and fun-to-drive.
Loaded with innovative technology, class-leading safety features and clever
functionality, the 2013 Dodge Dart sets a new standard in the compact car
segment by offering unmatched personalization, roominess, style,
functionality and fun-to-drive dynamics.
The 2013 Dodge Dart will be available in five trim levels: SE, SXT, Rallye,
Limited and R/T. It will be built in the United States at Chrysler Group's
Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Ill. Production of the 2013 Dodge
Dart will begin in the second quarter of 2012.
► Nissan e-NV200 Concept
The innovative Nissan e-NV200 Concept, which makes it world debut at the
2012 North American Auto Show in Detroit, serves as more evidence of
Nissan's leadership position in the zero-emission automotive industry.
Based on the popular Nissan NV200 multi-usage vehicle, the Nissan e-NV200
Concept previews a near-future production version of a full electric
vehicle designed to provide businesses or families with flexible, roomy
interior space, while achieving a dramatic CO2 footprint reduction.
The Nissan e-NV200 Concept shares its major drivetrain components with the
innovative Nissan LEAF.
Silent, zero emission power is supplied is by a lithium-ion battery
composed of 48 compact modules and a high-response 80kW AC synchronous
motor that generates 207 lb-ft (280 N-m/rpm) of torque. Unlike a
conventional internal combustion engine, the motor delivers 100% of its
torque from start with immediate response bringing excellent acceleration
and smooth, comfortable driving feel.
And, like the Nissan LEAF, the Nissan e-NV200 Concept offers a highly
responsive, fun-to-drive experience that is in keeping with what consumers
have come to expect from traditional, gasoline-powered vehicles. In line
with the Nissan LEAF, the Nissan e-NV200 Concept offers excellent projected
fuel economy -- a critical factor for commercial vehicle operators.