A 1937 Škoda steals the jury’s hearts at the Zoute Concours d’Elégance®

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We promised you, dear reader, that we would come back to you with more reports about the delightful 2017 edition of the Zoute Grand Prix®.

The cars presented at the Zoute Concours d’Elégance® certainly turned heads, and there was one little gem, brought from the Škoda Museum, a 1937 Škoda Popular “Monte Carlo”. A rare car indeed, lovingly restored to former glory by the craftsmen of the museum, as engineer Michal Velebný explained us. We show him here with the car in the following two films, and some photos, and treat you to an interesting story…

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The Renault Trezor wins French prize of most beautiful concept car of 2016

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The French have a gift for elegance and beauty. And we must admit that the Renault styling department is going from strength to strength lately.  The 32nd Festival Automobile International at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris, France, has singled out on January 31st the Renault TREZOR as the most beautiful concept car of 2016.

“I would like to thank the jury for this award which will inspire us to pursue our design strategy,” says Laurens van den Acker, SVP Corporate Design, Renault. “The TREZOR’s powerful, sensuous lines pave the way for the styling and technologies that will be features of our upcoming models. It also marks the beginning of a new cycle of Renault concept cars which will be revealed soon.”

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“The jury decided this award should go to the TREZOR because of the extreme beauty, sensuality and elegance it exudes,” observes Rémi Depoix, President of the Festival Automobile International. “It is the epitome of a concept car and we were notably won over by the cohesion of its overall design and the attention that has been paid to the details. It is a fine creative work which, we hope, will inspire Renault’s future roadgoing models.”

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A harbinger of the styling language of future Renaults

The lines of the Renault TREZOR are warm, sensuous and refined, while its assertive front end incorporates signature C-shaped lights. In terms of their styling, Renault’s upcoming models will draw their inspiration from the TREZOR’s DNA as their forms become even more fluid and mature.

The TREZOR’s interior design, meanwhile, places the emphasis on driving enjoyment and features a large enveloping touchscreen display that reinforces the cockpit feel. This customisable, connected interface juxtaposes warming, prestige materials like wood and leather. The interiors of upcoming Renault models will take their inspiration from these increasingly refined styling trends and connected technologies.

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For the duration of this year’s Festival International de l’Automobile, the Renault TREZOR will be on display at the Hôtel des Invalides alongside other concept cars selected by the jury.You will have to hurry though: this display will be open to the public from February 1-5, 2017. For further information, go to www.festivalautomobile.com/gb/index.php.

In the meantime, just have a look at this beauty…

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VW at CES Las Vegas: Your profile travels with you in any VW you drive…

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Experiencing your personal digital world in a vehicle is made possible by VW at the latest CES.

In the future, your own profile and preferences will always be with you – regardless of which Volkswagen model you’re driving.  Volkswagen presents the next milestone in ease of use Visionary I.D. electric car being shown for first time in the USA.

We just tell you here somewhat more about Volkswagen’s show highlights…just read on!

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Audi shows at 2017 CES piloted driving with artificial intelligence…

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is a key technology for piloted driving – that’s why Audi and strong partners from the electronics industry are jointly developing game-changing know-how in the field of machine learning. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Audi is presenting the Audi Q7 deep learning concept, a piloted driving car made possible thanks to collaboration with NVIDIA.

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Mercedes-Benz “Fit & Healthy” at CES in Las Vegas: Comfort is becoming even more intelligent

Mercedes-Benz Fit & Healthy steht für Komfort, Sicherheit und Vitalität. Damit fördert das Fahrzeug der Zukunft stärker als je zuvor das Wohlbefinden seiner Passagiere im Auto und mit Mercedes me auch darüber hinaus. (englische Version) ; Mercedes-Benz Fit & Healthy stands for comfort, safety, and vitality. Therefore, the car of the future promotes the health of its passengers more vigorously than ever before while in the car and also beyond the car, with Mercedes me.;

Mercedes-Benz Fit & Healthy stands for comfort, safety, and vitality. Therefore, the car of the future promotes the health of its passengers more vigorously than ever before while in the car and also beyond the car, with Mercedes me.

Mercedes-Benz vehicles of tomorrow will enhance the fitness and well-being of their passengers in an even more individualised way while offering worlds of experience for all the senses. In connection with Mercedes me, Mercedes-Benz is also planning a holistic ecosystem to assist the user with an active and healthy lifestyle also when away from the vehicle.

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New strategy, new culture: Mercedes-Benz Vans at CES in Las Vegas

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Mercedes-Benz Vans exhibits for the first time at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. The presence at the Consumer Electronics Show underpins Mercedes-Benz Vans’ transformation into a supplier of holistic system solutions for the transport sector – a process initiated by the van manufacturer’s strategic future initiative adVANce. Mercedes-Benz Vans’ exhibits at CES include the van study “Vision Van”, which was presented to the public for the first time in September 2016.

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BMW at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas: shaping the future of mobility…

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At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, taking place in Las Vegas on 5 – 8 January 2017, BMW reveals a vision of an interior whose architecture and user interface are extensively adapted for fully automated driving on board a vehicle that is seamlessly integrated into the driver’s digital life.

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BMW is also showcasing the potential of connected mobility with demonstration drives in a prototype based on the new BMW 5 Series Sedan. Drivers experience innovative digital services underpinned by BMW Connected and the flexible Open Mobility Cloud platform.

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A sensational luxury-class coupé: the Mercedes-Maybach 6

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Sometimes, designers have a vision. Aimed at the future, but rooted in history and glorious tradition. The men and women of Mercedes thus created a 2+2‑seater which is a homage to the glorious age of the aero coupés. This sleek coupé reinterprets classic, emotional design principles in an extreme way, following the Mercedes design philosophy of sensual purity.

This car celebrated its premiere at the latest edition of the Pebble Beach special beauty contest.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, which measures almost six metres in length, is designed as an electric car. The drive system has an output of 550 kW (750 hp). The shallow underfloor battery allows a range of over 500 kilometres according to the NEDC (over 200 miles according to EPA).

We just show you the stunning pictures here and tell you more about the car…

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