Hyundai reveal the Santa Cruz 'CUV'
The Santa Cruz, both technically a pick up truck and an SUV, is Hyundai's 'visionary' concept of a 'CUV', or Crossover Utility Vehicle. It comes from the firm's desire to appeal to the growing market for crossover models, which are already very popular in the US. “55 per cent of US buyers are buying trucks. CUVs, not pick ups, are driving that growth”, insisted Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America,“We must secure a greater share for our existing crossover products and develop new products for emerging truck markets.”
Mark Dipko, Hyundai's director of corporate planning, said the manufacturer wants to attract 'millennialist' customers, “They are the second-biggest group of car buyers. They live in [urban] areas but don't have space for a traditional pick-up. They have tighter parking on streets and generally more congestion. We call these buyers 'urban adventurers' and this car satisfies their need for urban expression.”
The Santa Cruz holds a 2 litre turbo-charged diesel and kicks out 190bhp. It comes complete with all the features an 'urban adventurer' could hope for: multiple tie cleats, an expanding cargo bed, and about 3 tonnes of self-compensation.
Local Motors have made a printable car
It's called the Strati and it's 80% plastic, but it also houses a fully electric powertrain and handles rather well. Local Motors, a start up American company, hope to print 30 models in 2015, with prices ranging from $18,000 to $30,000. “We like to think of it as a Build-a-Bear mashed up with IKEA mashed up with Formula 1,” said CEO and co-founder, John Rogers Jr.
The whole vehicle weighs 1500lbs, and is comprised of only about 50 separate parts (compared to thousands in any other car). It takes roughly 45 hours to print, before the suspension, engine, wheels, and other unprintable components are added.
Local Motors have announced they'll actually be holding a competition, where 12 winners will be able to design the printable car of their dreams. Have a look at the Strati and the competition here.
The Tokyo Auto Salon
Detroit, London Classic, Autosport Intl - this time of year could easily be described as auto show season. One stand out event amongst them all, though, is the Tokyo Auto Salon. The premier tuning show in the country that pioneers the modification scene, the Salon, is always worth a look for the sheer imagination on display. See the winners of the various tuning categories here.