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  • 2003 Buick Centieme Concept

    The 2003 Buick Centieme Concept was a significant vehicle developed to celebrate Buick's 100th anniversary while also showcasing a vision for the brand's future. This crossover concept combined elements of a sedan and SUV, featuring luxurious seating for six passengers across three rows. Its design exhibited Buick's signature flowing lines and a classic grille, embodying elegance with a touch of ruggedness. Under the hood, the Centieme boasted a powerful 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, delivering an impressive 400 horsepower and 400 lbs.-ft. of torque. This engine was paired with a Hydra-Matic 4T65-E four-speed automatic transaxle and General Motors' Versatrak all-wheel-drive system. The Versatrak system allowed for advanced traction control, transferring torque between the front and rear wheels as needed to optimize performance on various road surfaces. From a suspension standpoint, the Centieme utilized a strut configuration in the front and an SLA independent suspension with coils in the rear, providing car-like handling and performance. The vehicle rolled on 22-inch aluminum wheels with Michelin tires, complemented by substantial braking power from six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear. Designed by Bertone, a renowned Italian design house, the Centieme's exterior featured a striking Canyon Mist metallic tricoat finish and a layout reminiscent of Buick's existing Rendezvous crossover but with lower, wider proportions. Inside, the cabin showcased Buick's future interior styling direction, characterized by a luxurious blend of leathers, aluminum accents, and olive ash wood inserts. The interior ambiance was enhanced by ambient lighting, creating a sophisticated and inviting atmosphere. The legacy of the Buick Centieme lived on through its influence on subsequent Buick models, notably contributing design cues to the 2008 Buick Enclave crossover. This concept car not only celebrated Buick's rich history but also provided a glimpse into the brand's evolving design language and technological innovations. Source & Images: Buick

  • 2003 BMW xActivity Concept

    The BMW xActivity Concept, unveiled at the 2003 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, was a standout concept vehicle that embodied sporty driving dynamics and versatile functionality. This Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) represented a new synthesis of "fun factors," blending sporty performance, open-top driving pleasure, and practicality for outdoor activities. The xActivity showcased typical BMW proportions with a long wheelbase and short overhangs, contributing to its athletic appearance. It featured strong bumpers and flared wheel arches, emphasizing its robustness and power as an SAV. One of the most striking features of the xActivity was its innovative roof concept. Using a frame-structure convertible design, the vehicle combined the airy feel of a convertible with the strength of an SAV. There were no B- or C-pillars, giving the xActivity a distinctive and sporty character. Inside, the xActivity offered a sporty and versatile cabin without compromising comfort. The interior design mirrored the exterior with alternating concave and convex surfaces, creating a modern and spacious feel. Intelligent use of light and shade enhanced the interior's spaciousness, while exciting surface finishes added character. The xActivity's functionality extended to its cargo-loading system, which made it easy to transport sports equipment like mountain bikes. Opening the tailgate partially ejected cargo, facilitating the unloading process. Under the hood, the xActivity boasted a potent BMW 3.0-liter straight 6-cylinder engine producing 231 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque. This engine, coupled with a manual gearbox and BMW's all-wheel drive system, ensured dynamic performance and agile handling in various driving conditions. Technological advancements included pressure-sensitive materials in the interior, transforming seats into control elements for seat adjustment. The exterior featured refined surfaces and a color-shifting body paint, reflecting the xActivity's versatility and durability. While the xActivity concept embodied a compelling blend of sportiness and utility, some design features, like the frame-structure convertible roof, were unlikely to be incorporated into production due to safety considerations. Nonetheless, the concept showcased BMW's innovative approach to creating versatile and enjoyable vehicles for active lifestyles. Source & Images: BMW

  • 2003 Bertone Birusa Concept

    In 2003, Bertone unveiled the striking Birusa concept car at the Geneva Motor Show, based on the BMW Z8 platform. This concept was not meant for production but was a design showcase to highlight Bertone's innovative approach to automotive styling. The Birusa retained the Z8's 4.9-liter V8 engine, delivering a robust 400 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque through a 6-speed manual gearbox. The car featured distinctive carbon fiber gull-wing doors that added a futuristic touch to its design. One standout feature of the Birusa was its advanced technology, including a glass sunroof that filtered out 95% of UV rays and a multilingual voice control system for various car functions. It also boasted a night vision system for enhanced safety during nighttime driving. The large moonroof at the rear could be electronically stowed in the trunk, adding versatility to the car's design. Bertone paid meticulous attention to detail both inside and out. The exterior showcased a wedge-shaped profile with aluminum blades incorporating the door handles and functional air outlets. The rear of the car featured full-width LED taillights that intensified with braking effort. Inside, the Birusa boasted an impressive Bose sound system with 11 speakers and 2 subwoofers, designed to maximize sound quality while minimizing space. One of the most intriguing aspects of the Birusa was its integration of a Segway stored in the trunk, customized to match the car's interior. This unexpected addition highlighted Bertone's commitment to blending cutting-edge technology with automotive design. The concept's unique doors, advanced technology features, and distinctive styling set it apart as a bold interpretation of the high-performance GT car concept, showcasing Bertone's visionary approach to automotive design and innovation. Source & Images: Carrozzeria Bertone s.p.a.

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