Sex on wheels! Introducing the top 10 concept cars of the past year
Because it’s Friday, we are bringing you a rundown of the 10 sexiest concept cars of 2014/15. Of course the usual suspects in Mercedes-Benz, Lamborghini and Audi make the cut, but there are also a couple of entries from the likes of Peugeot and Citroen.
Manufacturing Global unveils its top 10 concept cars of 2014/15… drumroll please!
1. Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion
For us, there was only one winner this year. Mercedes-Benz unveiled its vision for the future of motoring at CES 2015 with a pod-like concept car, which is designed to function as a mobile luxury living space.
“Anyone who focuses solely on the technology has not yet grasped how autonomous driving will change our society,” explained head of Mercedes-Benz Dieter Zetsche.
“The car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a mobile living space.”
The concept design for the F 015 Luxury in Motion features a large interior space, finished in walnut, glass, leather and aluminium, along with four individual lounge chairs for optimum comfort.
2. Toyota FT-1
At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, conservative automaker Toyota shocked members of the media with its fiery-red FT-1 Concept. Eye-catching and sharply styled, the FT-1 is supposed to remind us of the discontinued Supra sports car. The hope is that a production car will follow.
3. Maserati Alfieri
The Maserati Alfieri debuted in Geneva in 2014 and is the automotive equivalent of a supermodel. Its slinky, low-slung styling is modern, stylish, and classy and oozes wealth. It’s a beautiful vehicle, and one that we would love to see on the road one day soon. This car is such a stunner and stole the show at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
4. Lamborghini Asterion
A hybrid Lamborghini? Yep, that's going to make any list of top sports concepts of the year; especially when it shows a historically scarce front-engine-like look badged with a Raging Bull. Debuted at the Paris Motor Show in September, the Lamborghini Asterion shows the boys at McLaren and Ferrari what's what by combining 910 horses (comparable to the P1 and LaFerrari) with 31 miles (50 km) of all-electric driving capabilities (not comparable to the P1 or LaFerrari). It's powered by a trio of electric motors and a mid-mounted 5.2-liter V10 borrowed from the Huracán, which deliver it to 62 mph from stop in three seconds and up to 199 mph (320 km/h). It was a new Lambo, through and through, but there's no indication it will make it to production.
5. FELINO cB7
Unveiled at the 2014 Montreal auto show, the cB7 concept from Quebec-based motorsports outfit FELINO actually isn't the first supercar to come from Canada - others - but it could be the most distinct and aggressive to rev engine in maple leaf territory. Quebec-based Felino has been tweaking and testing its final prototypes this year with plans to get the cB7 start a limited production run in 2015 at a starting price of $100,000. Performance specifications still have yet to be listed. The car will be primarily track-focused, but may be street legal, too.
6. Peugeot Exalt
Never one to back away from the challenge of creating an intriguing concept car, Peugeot had a particularly big year of design in 2014. Before watering the Exalt down to a gray-on-lighter gray coupe in Paris, it painted a more interesting contrast in Beijing. The original Exalt concept revealed at the Beijing Motor Show used a more effective blend of color and material, affixing red ‘shark skin’ hindquarters to an otherwise raw steel body. The interior had an equally eye-popping presence thanks to its combination of black ebony wood, basalt fiber, and exposed steel and wool-blend fabric.
The Exalt was designed more to excite the driver's eyes than his spirit, but the 340-hp HYbrid4 powertrain promised the vicious bite to match the bark. The setup combined a front-mounted 1.6-liter THP engine and rear electric motor, offering pure-electric, gas and gas-electric modes.
7. MINI Superleggera Vision
MINI surprised us in 2014. Instead of giving us yet another version of its boxy Cooper, it gave us a radically different animal in the Superleggera Vision concept. That's largely because the sporty roadster wasn't designed by MINI or its parent company BMW, but by Italian design and coach building house Touring Superleggera.
8. Renault EOLAB
I didn’t think I would ever say this; Renault just came up with a sexy concept car. Its smooth, metallic exterior is modern, clean and sleek and could easily be adapted for an everyday model to rival the likes of the Audi A1. The French are leading the way with viable super-eco cars of late – there was the Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE, and the Citroen C4 Cactus Airflow, but top of the heap is this 282mpg hybrid EOLAB from Renault.
It’s very light, at less than 1,000kg, has a three-cylinder turbo and electric drive, a drag coefficient to shame a nuclear submarine and, most importantly, Renault says the EOLAB isn’t just a pipedream. By 2020, recognisable elements of this car’s design will be in showroom models near you!
9. Peugeot Quartz
The Quartz crossover is Peugeot’s latest concept vehicle. The design itself (if smoothed out a little) is similar to that of the Range Rover Evoque and could easily be the new design of Peugeot’s new Nissan Qashqai rival. The Quartz’ party trick is its outrageous 270bhp 1.6-litre turbo engine from the RCZ R coupe, which is allied with two 114bhp electric motors. The result is a combined power output of 500bhp-plus, and performance to embarrass a Porsche Macan Turbo. Peugeot, we applaud you.
10. Divine DS
The Divine DS is a huge car for Citroen because, ironically, it shows how the posh DS offshoot is going to break away from Citroen and forge its own path to rival Audi and VW. Until now, the DS range has erred from occupying the same niches as the regular Citroen line-up, offering the DS4, DS5 and the very chic DS3, where Citroen only has the forgettable C3. But the Desire, which features no Citroen badging whatsoever, is a traditional five-door family hatchback, under all its creases, edges, coach doors and boutique interior touches.
A 270bhp punch hints at high-performance variants to come, while laser indicators and a holographic projection display inside point to another DS that pushes technological boundaries.
Top 10 Fast-Moving Consumer Goods companies
Founded in 1919 in France, L’Oréal has grown into a multinational brand with over 82,000 employees, becoming one of the most internationally recognised FMCG companies worldwide.
Registering 498 patents in 2017, the business is focused on innovation and developing strong relationships with suppliers and partners. 100% of its strategically important suppliers will also take part in its sustainable development programme in 2020.
9. Phillip Morris
Despite various campaigns, over a billion people are set to smoke in 2025. Multinational FMCG company, Philip Morris remains a leading tobacco company, expanding its footprint into more than 180 key markets.
With 81,000 employees covering 80 languages in total, the company houses a comprehensive, agricultural supply chain; sourcing 400,000 metric tonnes of tobacco each year in partnership with 350,000+ tobacco farmers. The company has also sought to embrace the manufacture of electronic devices for heated tobacco products and e‑cigarettes.
Launched in the 1950s, global Brazilian food industry leader JBS is now home to 300 production facilities with over 10 billion-dollar brands under its umbrella., such as Seara, Swift, Friboi, Doriana, Moy Park, Pilgrim’s, Primo and more.
Serving more than 300,000 customers, it is the world’s largest company in the beef sector, with over 235,000 employees. Its Legal Supplier Programme has enabled beef suppliers to adapt to Brazil’s environmental legislation, whilst the Green Light Pact initiative has seen cattle breeding centres in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil improve their production practices.
7. Coca Cola
Coca-Cola’s wide-ranging distribution network, strong portfolio and exceptional marketing capabilities have made it one of the most iconic FMCG companies in the world.
Available in over 200 countries, its products are supplied through one of the world’s largest beverage distribution networks, where suppliers must adhere to its Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles (SAGP) and Supplier Engagement Program.
Adopting SmartLabel technology across its manufacturing operations, the business is also leading the way in the identification, implementation and sharing of best practices. Each product now houses a QR code, providing complete transparency. The company is also looking to reduce the emissions from its production processes, where 42% of energy used at its sites is sourced from renewable energy sources.
Originally established by combining three big companies: Interbrew, Ambev and Anheuser-Busch, Belgian-Brazilian beverage company AB InBev is officially the world’s largest beverage business.
Selling over 500 beer brands, such as Budweiser, Corona, Leffe and Quilmes in more than 100 countries, the company is acutely aware of its need to frequently adapt and enhance its distribution network.
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Partnering with nearly 50,000 farmers, the business is committed to sustainable sourcing, where its flagship platform, SmartBarley has utilised data analytics to support more than 5,000 enrolled farmers improve their productivity and environmental performance. AI and blockchain will also support its manufacturing capabilities.
Housing some of the most recognisable everyday brands, Unilever’s aggressive acquisition strategy and strong brand presence has seen it become a household name across 190 countries worldwide. Its R&D centres have sought to fully bolster its manufacturing operations and vast distribution network, where the business has maintained its zero non-hazardous waste-to- landfill agenda since 2017.
Additionally, a number of its initiatives have provided employment opportunities to those in rural areas. Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) has enabled half of the company’s agricultural raw materials, such as palm oil to become sustainably sourced. Not only that, 26 sustainable living brands are now situated under the company’s umbrella.
The main rival to Coca-Cola, PepsiCo’s beverages, as well as its food products continue to grow in popularity and demand.
Harnessing significant brand awareness, the Fortune 500 company is one of the most admired companies in the world. Its six global divisions form part of its aim to transform its products which are delivered through its extensive distribution network to meet the ever-evolving needs of customers.
Following from its acquisition of personal care company Gillette in 2005, Procter & Gamble has become one the largest FMCG companies, with operations in up to 70 countries.
Providing a range of personal and consumer health products to five billion customers, the company’s recent plans to acquire the consumer health division of Merck Group, as well as implementing a new simplified management structure will form part of its 2020 vision.
2. Johnson & Johnson
A firm family favourite, Johnson & Johnson remains one of the most influential FMCG companies. With products in three categories, Consumer Healthcare, Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals, the business has grown at a considerate pace, with up to 250 subsidiaries under its umbrella.
The company’s complex, global distribution network and diverse supplier base has seen the business embrace new technologies across its network, as it continues to thrive in its role in delivering quality products and services at affordable prices for consumers.
1. Nestle AG
Undertaking a number of corporate acquisitions, Swiss food and beverage company, Nestle has become the largest in the world, with more than 2000 brands available in 189 countries.
Home to the world’s largest private food and nutrition research organisation, the company invested US$1.7bn in its research capabilities in 2017 alone, supporting its 30 R&D facilities worldwide. Its recent partnership with Starbucks will see the business bolster its complex distribution network.
Additionally, in alignment with UN Sustainable Development Goals, Nestle is striving for zero environmental impact across its operations. Providing clear labels across its manufacturing lines, the company provides nutritional knowledge as well as supporting local farmers who provide high quality ingredients within its sustainable sourcing efforts.