Volvo YCC Concept Car Receives 2006 Swedish Design Award

The Volvo YCC Concept Car has been one of those concept cars ever created that has certainly grabbed the attention not only of automobile enthusiasts and fans but also of organizations that try to look at exemplary and exceptional designs. That is most certainly why the Volvo YCC Concept Car received the 2006 Swedish Design Award.

The 2006 Swedish Design Award’s jury wanted to actually honor and give recognition to practical design as well as to excellent problem-solving creations that use such practical design as a method. All nominated designs would be actually put on display this coming autumn in the House of Sweden which is the new Swedish embassy complex located in Washington, D.C.

So what is the Volvo YCC Concept Car? Well, actually, YCC stands for Your Concept Car. It is Volvo Car Corporation’s attention-grabbing concept car. One very unique thing about this car is that it has been designed, planned, and created by a team comprised of women. There were no men in the team. This Volvo YCC has certainly taken the attention of the whole world ever since its unveiling during the Geneva car show held last March 2004.

The Volvo YCC has also been one of the most awarded concept cars around. Aside from the 2006 Swedish Design Award given by the Swedish Advertisign Association and SVID, this vehicle has also received other awards like the Golden Spark Plug given by the Swedish Automobile Association last April 2003, the Best Concept Car given by design master Ross Lovegrove last March 2004, the best Design in Show given by the New York Daily News last April 2004, the Women of the Year award given by the Swedish magazine Damernas Varld last December 2004, the Woman of the Year award given by the motoring magazine Automotive News Europe last May 2005, the Andre Award given by the Swedish Patent and Registration Office last April 2005, the Golden Globe award given by the World Media Festival for the film made about the YCC last June 2005, and the Torsten and Wania Soderberg design award last December 2005.

Kia Pop Electric Car Concept

Kia Pop is an all electric concept car that will be presented in September, at the Paris Auto Show. The trend for this show is to highlight electric vehicles which are becoming more and more popular. Earlier this year, at the Chicago Auto Show Kia Ray plug-in hybrid sedan made its debut. Kia Pop, however, is much more innovative in its design.

The car is designed to cater to the city car segment, which is popular especially in Europe, and only measures 118 inches in length. It is longer than Smart For Two but shorter than a Mini Cooper. With a profile similar to Scion iQ profile, its massive windshield stretches so far that it forms a panoramic roof and has a large glass hatchback. The windows are diagonal and pill-shaped. It can seat three persons although it has just a single bench seat. A single seat in the rear is right behind the front passenger. The steering wheel is close to the driver due to an asymmetrical dashboard. With LED lights and a power point at the rear and an interior in purple hues, Kia Pop can easily stand out from the crowd. In the past, Kia cars were more neutral. It would have been difficult to distinguish it from a Japanese car. Kia Pop seems to be fit for a science fiction movie.

Although a production version of this concept car is not likely to be launched, Kia Pop is challenging the conventions and is a design led concept. Its all electric power train might be used for future Kia cars.

Concept cars are prototypes that showcase new concepts, styling or technology. Their presence at motor shows is used to assess customers’ reactions to new and radical designs that may be produced. Concept cars do not go into production as such, the undergo changes that make them practical, safer and cost-effective.

Some concept cars use exotic or expensive materials such as carbon fiber and refined alloys. Others have an odd number of wheels or special abilities that other cars do not possess. However, more traditional concept cars get past the concept stage and are developed into operational vehicles.

Due to rising prices, the future of cars is geared towards fuel efficiency, so electric vehicles are a large segment of the focus of innovative designs. Smaller, environmentally friendly cars are meant to address the problems of traffic congestion. Air pollution, limiting parking space and traffic accidents are problems that pose a growing concern to city car owners. In European cities, people have to travel on the same roads as their medieval ancestors.

City cars are easy to maneuver through city traffic and can easily be parked, mainly because of their size. Pollution is also addressed by designing electric cars with zero emission. However, it is rather early for an industry shift towards electrification. The length to width ratio in city cars offers greater stability. However, very small and light cars can be rather unsafe in a collision.

The BMW I8 Concept: A Luxury Hybrid

For those familiar with the global automotive scene, then you will most likely know what a concept car is like. If not, then for your information, concept cars are essentially designs from the different car manufacturing companies that give us an idea on what to expect from cars in the future. Usually, the most intriguing concept cars come from the German and the Japanese car companies. This is because they are the ones who usually come up with the most realistic and the most captivating designs in the industry. One concept car that stands out from the rest is the BMW i8, also known as the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics. It is part of BMW’s “Project i” and was initially unveiled in 2011 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Project i is what BMW deems to be the next prominent hallmark in the company’s already illustrious history. Its main objective is to introduce the new type of car, intent on revolutionizing the whole industry. The BMW i8, identified as new luxury car by many critics is expected to go into production by this year.

Exterior

Its exterior makes it one of the most dynamic looking concept cars. This futuristic looking car is made with the most advanced materials available. For instance, its chassis is made from super lightweight aluminum. Its sunroof, windows, as well as the windshield, is made from polycarbonate glass. The doors are totally transparent. This provides you with a clear view of the car’s interior.

Interior

The BMW i8 is a coupe, and it can accommodate up to four people. There are two pairs of leather seats at the front and back. The control panels are arranged in such a way that it enables you to enjoy the power this sports car has while still remaining in complete control.

Features and Performance

The BMW i8 is an ecofriendly car that does not sacrifice practicality with performance. However, unlike the i3, the i8 concept was designed specifically for the sports car fanatic. Its performance is reminiscent of the top of the line sports car, yet it is still extremely fuel efficient. It can go from 0-60 in under 5 seconds (4.8 seconds to be exact). It has a top speed of 160 miles per hour. It also emits tremendously low amounts at 99 grams per kilometer. It has a fuel consumption rating of 70 mpg. This means that it consumes only 3 liters of fuel for every 100 kilometer. This is the most salient feature of this new breed of luxury car.

The i8 is a plug-in hybrid that comes equipped with a high performance 1.5 liter, 3 cylinder combustion engine. This engine packs 220 horsepower and 221 lb-ft torque. This monster of a machine works in perfect unison with the other two electric engines. The lithium ion battery can be charged using a power supply. This battery is what enables the car to travel up to 20 miles without any fuel on its tank. The complementary design between sports car elements and ecofriendly environmentalism is what defines the i8.

This high tech and ecofriendly luxury car will be made available for purchase by 2014.