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Volvo reveals new design language with Concept Coupe

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Penned by designer Thomas Ingenlath, the Concept Coupe showcases where Volvo will take its future designs. The goal is simple: Injecting more emotion into the visually sharp yet conservative Volvo models we're used to.

The Concept Coupe is the first of three models aimed at not only showing us the new look of Volvo, but also the benefits of its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).

Up front is Volvo's trademark grille, accented by unique T-shaped LED daytime running lights. Drawing inspiration from the P1800 of the 1960s, the sleek and muscular lines continue down the side with the beltline forming something of a bow, finishing off at the thin, C-shaped tail lights.

Underpinning the Concept Coupe is a hybrid powertrain -- a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine adapting both turbocharging and supercharging mated to an electric motor on the rear axle delivers more than 400 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque.

The Concept Coupe made its official debut at this week's Frankfurt Motor Show.

Ford unveils S-Max concept with health-monitoring systems

Perhaps Ford is hesitant to offer a minivan in North America owing to the forgettable Windstar. Or maybe its because consumers love crossovers more.

Whatever the reason, Ford recently unveiled the S-Max concept, a Europe-only "sports activity vehicle" and the latest to wear the company's corporate styling.

Up front is the trademark Aston Martin-like grille first seen on the Fusion, complemented by a steeply-raked windshield and a curved roofline. Indeed, it's not unlike an enlarged Focus or C-Max.

What sets the S-Max concept above all other minivans is the unprecedented amount of technological doohickeys on the inside. The SYNC system has the ability to pair with not only your cellphone, but with a glucose-monitoring device which Ford claims can detect a diabetic episode as a child sleeps.

But wait, there's more. In keeping with its pitch toward keeping you healthy, it can also monitor your heart rate. If it detects something is amiss, the car can engage active safety systems and take over driving completely while calling for help.

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG is unabashedly fast and fancy

It may not look as aggressive as other AMG models in Mercedes' lineup, but there is much more than meets the eye with the 2014 S63 AMG.

First and foremost, a 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 sits under the hood. It pumps out a whopping 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, sent to all four wheels via AMG's seven-speed transmission. With a 33/67 rear-biased torque split, the S63 shoots from 0-100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds before topping out at 186 mph (299 km/h).

Mercedes also managed to cut 100 kilograms from the conventional S-Class's curb weight, thanks to extensive use of aluminum throughout the body and chassis, as well as carbon fibre moulded into the spare tire cradle and lighter brakes at all four corners (carbon-ceramic units are optional).

While changes to the exterior design are subtle, the interior sports a set of tweaks, including a thicker steering wheel, carbon-fibre accents, embossed AMG logos throughout and sport seats. No word, however, if they, too, provide the equivalent of a hot-stone massage.

Pricing has yet to be determined, but the S63 AMG will be on display at this week's Frankfurt Motor Show.

-- Postmedia Network Inc. 2013

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 13, 2013 ??65532

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