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2018 Hyundai Kona small crossover debuts at LA auto show

2018 Hyundai Kona, 2017 Los Angeles auto showThe 2018 Hyundai Kona small crossover utility made its debut Wednesday at the Los Angeles auto show, adding another utility vehicle to the Korean maker’s lineup as buyers snap up SUVs of all sizes. Smaller than the Tucson, the 2018 Kona has expressive and extroverted styling like the Toyota C-HR and the new Nissan Kicks unveiled at the same show…
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Mars Car: Manned Mars Rover Concept Debuts at Kennedy Space Center

Mars Rover Concept

NASA wants to send humans to Mars by 2030, marking the first time the American space agency will send a manned mission to another celestial body since the Apollo 17 moon mission in 1972. During that final lunar mission, astronauts rode in a rudimentary 10.2-foot-long rover that had a modest payload of just 1080 pounds. Fortunately, the first humans to set foot on the red planet likely will have a much improved vehicle for Martian exploration, if the six-wheeled concept rover that debuted at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida is anything to go by.

The concept was built by the Florida-based Parker Brothers Concepts, a vehicle design studio headed by Marc and Shanon Parker, and is nearly three times as long as the original lunar rover. At some 28 feet long and 11 feet high, the Mars rover concept boasts an enclosed cockpit and a mobile lab for completing quick analyses of Martian finds. Although NASA did not commission the Mars rover concept, the vehicle does represent what a possible land-going vehicle for a manned Martian mission could look like.

Mars Rover Concept

For its part, NASA is already working on a manned rover called the Space Exploration Vehicle concept, or SEV. Like the Parker Brothers’ Mars rover concept, SEV contains an enclosed cabin for maneuvering the vehicle and conducting missions. Additionally, the SEV includes a dozen wheels that pivot and allow it to crab-walk around alien terrain. Additional features include a docking hatch and suitports designed for easy entry into a spacesuit.

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While a manned mission to Mars is still more than a decade away, fans of the red planet can get a look at the Parker Brothers’ Mars rover concept as part of the Kennedy Space Center’s Summer of Mars program. The rover also will be touring the country throughout the summer, with stops planned in Georgia, D.C., New Jersey, and New York.

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Mono = One, Graph = Graph: Infiniti Debuts QX80 Monograph Concept

The Infiniti QX80 Monograph will show in New York next week.

With the arrival of the Nissan Armada, based on the Patrol, the Infiniti QX80—which is itself a version of the Patrol—is in the unenviable position of playing the role of con artist. While the two body-on-frame SUVs may wear different front and rear ends, the duo share nearly identical interiors and mechanical components. Why, then, pay $ 64,845 for a base Infiniti QX80 when you can purchase a very nearly equally opulent top-of-the-line Nissan Armada Platinum for $ 6160 less?

Infiniti is aware of the pickle it has found itself in, and the QX80 Monograph appears to be the brand’s path to put the con to an end and once again embrace life on the straight and narrow. Although Infiniti bills the QX80 Monograph concept as a design study, we are all but certain the Monograph’s mug will make its way to the production SUV in the near future, which is a good thing, because the current QX80’s low-slung headlights and tall grille have always struck us as an odd and unattractive combination. The Monograph fixes things by moving the headlights higher, while an even taller and wider grille works with a busy but attractive lower fascia to give the concept a degree of presence the current SUV simply lacks.

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Along with improving the QX80’s face, Infiniti’s Atsugi, Japan, design studio also added modern touches such as side vents mounted lower on the front fenders, a set of slick multi-spoke wheels, and a more aggressive cut to the SUV’s D-pillar. Typical concept touches such as flush-mounted door handles and what appear to be side-mounted cameras in place of mirrors are unlikely to see the light of day. Whether Infiniti has chosen to bless the Monograph with a new rear end or an even plusher interior befitting the QX80’s luxury-brand status remains to be seen. We’ll know more when the company officially pulls the wraps off on April 11. Nevertheless, the Monograph concept seemingly signals the coming end to the QX80’s days as the Lyle Lanley of the Infiniti model line.

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