Kumho’s BON Futuristic Tire (Tyre) Won International Design Excellence Awards


Here’s the quote, directly from Kumho’s PR – “Winning international design awards has become something of a habit for the innovative South Korean tyre manufacturer Kumho, and for the second consecutive year it is guaranteed a prize in the automotive and transport category of America’s International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).

The product that attracted the judge’s approval this time around is the ‘Birth On Nature’ (BON) tyre. Instead of air on which conventional tyres rely for their form, the BON’s configuration was inspired by nature’s bone structure. Mimicking such atypical voronoi architecture as the shape of leaf cells and the honeycomb, it achieves the required level of structural stability and economic efficiency without the need for any form of inflation.

A delighted Jeong Taek-Gyun, the senior managing director of Kumho’s R&D headquarters said: “It is very rewarding that Kumho’s latest example of futuristic design and technology has been recognised by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), and means Kumho becomes the first passenger tyre manufacturer to win all three of the world’s top design accolades – Germany’s Red Dot and iF Design and America’s IDEA awards – two years in a row.”

India’s Mahindra e2o is Shocking Unique

There will come a time when electric vehicles become the predominate form of personal transportation. While Tesla makes news catering to the wealthy client, others (Nissan, Chevrolet and Volkswagen) build mid-level electric cars that are somewhat affordable.What about the entry-level electric car market?

Mahindra has that covered.

Mahindra has been the electric game for a while, the Mahindra e2o is the latest electric car for the massive Indian market. It can travel up to 140 kilometers on a full charge. A full charge from a depleted battery takes 9-hours on regular power or you can get a fast charger to give you about 90% in about 90 minutes. Yes, the e2o has a 19 kW (kilo-watt) electric motor that produces 25.5 BHP @ 3,750 rpm.

One of the fascinating aspect of the e2o is the way it’s built. Using a tube-frame underneath, the e2o is covered with PVC (plastic) panels. These panels are lightweight, dent resistant and come color-infused with color. Light scratches and scrapes will not discolor the panel, and it’s fairly easy to replace.

“The e2o is a clever little car. Gearless, noiseless, emission-less, it is the incredible electric car that delivers an astonishing driving experience. Sustainable and convenient, the e2o is leading the global charge to unearth an affordable and green car. Innovation-rich and city-ready, it is today’s path-breaking solution to tomorrow’s mobility needs. Sync it with your phone to get started!” – – Mahindra


Check out Junk Cars Wanted to Get Rid of Your Heap

Do you have a vehicle that needs to go away? If you live in Southern California, and you’re looking for an easy way to get rid of an unwanted vehicle (and you want a little cash) – here is one of the top wreckers out there. Contact our friends at Junkcarswanted.com and relax, it’s pretty easy to do!

Here’s their take:

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If you would like to sell your car, and you are in the Los Angeles or surrounding areas, you have two simple options to get your car sold and picked up in as little as 30 minutes*. Simply call our toll-free telephone number and get a quote right over the phone for your car. Or, fill out our super-quick Quote Form, and get a quote back in minutes. We offer you the fast and easy way to junk your car while making a profit!

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Is the Lexus UX a Dressed Up Toyota C-HR?

The question is out there, the upcoming Lexus UX looks like it shares the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) with several vehicles including the Toyota CH-R. While there is very little official information about the Lexus UX, officials from Lexus confirmed that it will be cut.

Here’s a bit of information coming from our friends at TFLcar. Remember: We have the TFL team videos on our Autowerkz.TV  Autos Channel.

Lexus UX Concept

This first question comes from a viewer who wants to know what’s going on with the Lexus UX crossover.

Q:Hi Nathan; I would like to know if you hear anything on the future of the LEXUS UX, about the production?

Thank You

M Richards
Lexus UX Concept

A: Howdy M!

The upcoming Lexus UX competes with the the Audi Q3, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class, and the BMW X1. It will slot under the Lexus NX. It looks like it will share its platform and some components with the Toyota CH-R.

Here’s what we know:

  • It’s official – the Lexus UX is heading to production.
  • There will be a hybrid available, Lexus applied for the UX 250 and UX 250h trademarks.
  • This will be the entry model as the Lexus CT-200h is ending production soon.
  • Rumor has it that there will be more information (and, possibly, a reveal) at the 2017 Los Angeles International Auto Show

That’s about all I got. Hopefully, Lexus will leak some additional details soon.




The Mahindra GenZe 2.0s Electric Scooter has a Unique Battery Swapping Feature

Designed for congested urban areas,  the Mahindra Genze 2.0s is an all-electric scooter that packs some unique features along with a handsome, utilitarian frame.

“The 2.0s has lower handlebars, a new front fascia, and a sporty look. It comes with enhanced app features, including the ability to track and disable your scooter remotely to protect you from theft, and three years of 3G telematics data included.”

1.6 kWh
Removable Lithium Ion Battery 110V
Plugs into any standard outlet
(3.5 hrs) Charges from 0% – 100%

smooth & steady pickup

What people love most about the 2.0 is how it behaves—the throttle response is powerful and predictably smooth. The responsiveness & unmatched performance are the result of extensive testing & refinement that went into the GenZe 2.0’s proprietary control system. Our Powertrain Control Module is completely integrated over a CANbus network to control operation, and monitor and report on diagnostics.

designed for your life

Smart, practical, easy, and exhilarating.
We thought of everything.

    30 mph
    sport economy & easy
    110V ac 5 amps
    295 lbs
    Up to 30 miles
    0-30 mph < 10 sec
    powder coated aluminum
    1.6 kWh

Five Activities to Enjoy during Car Week in Monterey [Via Corsa]

On the Way to Monterey

The premier slate of car enthusiasts’ events is quickly approaching: the infamous Monterey Car Week is upon us! Beginning August 11th, over one hundred thousand people descend upon gorgeous northern California to the largest Concours, rallies and events in the car enthusiasm. Visitors see unbelievable one-off cars, new concept cars, and famous celebrities all while basking under the sumptuous California sun. Here’s a who’s who guide of what you should attend during the festivities:

Top 5 Slate of Events

  1. Pebble Beach Concours – Known as the “World’s Concours d’Elegance,” this spectacle on August 20th is said to the be one of the premier automotive Concours in, you guessed it, the world. In just over two weeks, the multitude and extravagance of truly otherworldly classics will descend upon Pebble Beach Golf Course in Monterey. Automotive classics will compete in 27 classes, and honor the past and look to the future of the automotive culture as a whole.
  2. Concorso Italiano – On August 19th, yet again Concorso Italiano will pull out all the stops with the likes of the 1967 Alfa Romeo GTV, 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, Ferrari 330 GT 2 + 2, Lamborghini LP-640 Murcielago Roadster, 1961 Maserati 3500 GT, and other ethereal Italian spectacles that will grace the Black Horse Golf Course (an aptly named course for this event). For big-time Italian automotive fans, this will surely be the event to attend, especially honoring the 70th Anniversary of Ferrari as well as the 50thAnniversary of the Maserati Ghibili. To book your visit to Concorso Italiano, visit concorso.com.
  3. Legends of the Autobahn – On August 18th at the Nicklaus Club-Monterey, the German automotive aficionado will find their haven at Legends of the Autobahn. This Concours features and celebrates the innovation behind German automotive engineering. Members from Audi Club North America, Mercedes-Benz Club of America and BMW Car Club of America bring their cars from around the country for the opportunity to be crowned “Best in Show or “Best in Class” with over 400 cars registered for the event.
Strolling through downtown Carmel, Calif., you’ll be able to see the likes of this 1967 Iso Grifo. Make sure and have dinner in Carmel and walk through the downtown area one evening during the week


4. Strolling Carmel-by-the-Sea – All these structured events take months of planning and registration to come to reality. For those more spontaneous visitors to Monterey Car Week, truly one of the things to behold is just cruising down Ocean Ave. in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The area also holds a Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours in the downtown area on Tuesday 15th, but it is a treat each night to comb through the downtown Carmel area. Each night, droves of one-off foreign and domestic classics and hyper cars venture through the city, one after the other.   5.Exotics on Cannery Row – Friday August 18th features one other pristine event, which is free to the public – Exotics on Cannery Row. This event will feature over 300 exotic and foreign hyper cars with over 19,000 enthusiasts in attendance. Located off of Cannery Row in Monterey, Calif., this event pits enthusiasts in an absolute breathtaking scenery, accompanied by absolutely sublime foreign exotic cars.

Paving the Way

Much of the events of Monterey Car Week occur during the weekend of August 18th – 20th. But there will be so many small and pop-up events happening throughout the time there, beginning on August 11th. Be sure to get to your slate of events early, as traffic is bumper to bumper with other like-minded enthusiasts doing the same – trying to get from one event to the next. Hope you enjoy your time at Monterey 2017!

Updates for the 2017 Concorso Italiano – taking place on Saturday, Aug 19th 2017

Once again, Autowerkz.TV will cover the 2017 Concorso Italiano. One of the largest gatherings of classic Italian automobiles, the Concorso Italiano is one of the gems of the Monterey Car Week. The event takes place on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Black Horse Golf Course in Monterey Bay California.

This year is an exciting year for Lamborghini lovers around the world as we celebrate 50 years ago when Lamborghini introduced vertically opening doors for the first time on the Marzal prototype, star of many auto shows and driven by Prince Rainier of Monaco, with Princess Grace at his side, to open the Monte Carlo Grand Prix in 1967. Also, 30 years ago, in 1987, Lamborghini was purchased by Chrysler and Lamborghini began design of the 3.5 liter V12 engine for the French Formula 1 team Larrousse.

Roger Wiersema and Michael Palmieri, Co-Chief Judges for the Lamborghini Club America (LCA), coordinated by Andrew Romanowski, President of LCA, will lead the LCA judging effort with the support of an experienced and highly talented team of judges covering approximately five classes of vintages and types. LCA judging is open to all Lamborghinis and will be judged using the LCA judging instructions and scoring sheet available at the LCA website.

Winners are eligible to receive a beautiful LCA Award trophy and Concorso audience recognition as they drive across the Concorso stage to receive their award.  If you are not already registered for Concorso, please visit our website and register today.  After you have registered for Concorso, please let the LCA judges know if you plan to have your car judged at:  concoursjudging@lamborghiniclubamerica.com. There is no LCA judging registration fee but there will be a limit to the number of cars in each LCA judging class, so Lamborghini owners who want their cars judged at Concorso by LCA are strongly urged to let the LCA judges know so you are put on the top of the list and avoid being shut out. Registration will be at the LCA tent at Concorso on Saturday August 19th, between 9:00am and 9:30am.


CI Club members receive the ultimate VIP experience as the best Concorso Italiano has to offer, including the ONLY place at the event to have a sit down hot breakfast and early admission to the event.

Come early and watch the final exhibited vehicles set up while enjoying your morning coffee, a hot breakfast and access to the exclusive bar available only to CI Club members. Of course, the delicious lunch to enjoy while overlooking the event, as well as complimentary admission the Friday Evening reception to mingle with fellow VIP enthusiasts while watching the final preparations for the Concorso.

Only a few tickets to the CI Club are still available, so if you are exhibiting your car you can upgrade your admission, or for attendees, choose the CI Club option to sign up for this special opportunity available only to club members.

Al Fresco Lunch – deadline fast approaching

This feature at Concorso Italiano has quickly become a fan favorite as an alternative to the food pavilion dining option.  This is an advanced purchase option only and the tickets for this option will be available only for one more week until August 11, or until sold out!

Our exclusive Al Fresco luncheon is sponsored by Grundy Insurance for you to enjoy while you are celebrating all things Italian with us. There will be an exciting menu of delectable food available for you dine on, such as Chicken Forestier and penne pasta with a lusciously creamy sauce, accompanied by garden-fresh mixed greens and a lovely dish of skillfully sautéed vegetables.

Relax and enjoy your day with us as you dine on the delectable foods expertly cooked for your palate by The Flying Artichoke, paired with the exquisite wine that has been brought to you by Esser wines.

Tickets are selling fast, so enjoy a delicious lunch and enjoy it al fresco!

Click here to purchase: Al Fresco Luncheon


For 2017, the famous Concorso Italiano Fashion show developed by Katrina Couch and Bettina McBee, will once again provide an inviting selection of women, men’s and children’s fashions ranging from the exquisite and unique to casual, fun to fancy and some spectacular jewelry to catch your eye. Plan early to have a seat at the stage to enjoy the exciting music and fashion presentation that is sure to please!

Here’s the info on the Jaguar i-Pace Directly from Jaguar


Introducing the I‑PACE Concept, a preview of the first all‑electric Jaguar car. Previewing the production version arriving in the second half of 2018, the I‑PACE Concept is the ultimate electric performance SUV.

The I‑PACE Concept is designed to bring thrilling Jaguar performance to electric vehicles. The I-PACE Concept previews a future production Jaguar model that will be available from the second half of 2018, which will be our first electric vehicle and will deliver 516lb-ft of instant torque, 400 HP and 0‑60 mph3 in around 4 seconds.* Next‑generation technology and future‑facing design combine to deliver a zero‑vehicle‑emissions driving experience that remains unmistakably Jaguar.


With dramatic proportions enabled by electric technology, the I‑PACE Concept evolves Jaguar distinctive design DNA into a new era.


Want to be among the first to own the I‑PACE when it becomes available in the second half of 2018? Let us know and we’ll put you in touch with your nearest retailer.



The I-PACE Concept can offer a range greater than 220 miles on a single charge.*


Its instant torque, all-wheel-drive capabilities and aerodynamic design enable the I-PACE Concept to achieve sports car acceleration, reaching 60 mph3 in around 4 seconds.*


The range of the I‑PACE Concept is enabled through its high‑tech, lithium‑ion battery which has a capacity of 90 kWh.


With 516lb-ft of instant torque available, the I‑PACE Concept has two electric motors that together produce 400 HP of power.


5 full seats
Rear cargo area: 18 cubic feet
Front luggage compartment: 1.2 cubic feet
Footprint: 184 inches long x 61.4 inches high x 74.4 inches wide


I‑PACE Concept can achieve 80% charge in 90 minutes with a 50kW DC rapid charger.

*All pricing and figures for acceleration, power, speed, range and charging are Manufacturer’s estimates based on best information available at time of publication. Jaguar I-PACE production vehicles will be tested and certified prior to release, with official figures available prior to any customer delivery.

The I‑PACE Concept is more than a concept. It’s a preview of our first production battery‑powered car, launching our commitment to create electric vehicles that are also truly exciting driver’s cars. As well as investing in being at the cutting edge of zero‑vehicle‑emissions technology, we’re helping drivers understand more about electric cars.


The I-PACE Concept has been designed and engineered to take advantage of the new opportunities electric cars create. Everything has been designed for pure excitement, from the proportions of its innovative aluminum architecture to its dynamic handling and everyday practicality.


The I-PACE Concept has been conceived for pure driver enjoyment, demonstrated as much by its thrilling acceleration as by its intuitive technology.


Inside, the I-PACE Concept is as spacious as it is sporty. Without an internal combustion engine to accommodate, the interior is exceptionally spacious with five full seats and luxurious rear passenger legroom. Everyone experiences the unmistakable flair for Jaguar design and impeccable craftsmanship.


Jaguar is committed to making the most desirable electric performance cars. That’s why we’ve entered the FIA Formula E Championship, the first all-electric international racing series. Racing in Formula E gives us the perfect test bed for pushing the boundaries of electric technology on the road.


Stunning design and breathtaking performance. Explore how the learnings from our experiences in Formula E are transferred to the all-electric I-PACE Concept road car.

All illustrations, photographs and specifications shown here are based on the Jaguar I-PACE concept vehicle. Final U.S. specifications, design, equipment, and accessories have not been determined. Therefore, U.S. production vehicles will differ from the one shown.

All pricing and figures for acceleration, power, speed, range and charging are Manufacturer’s estimates based on best information available at time of publication. Jaguar I-PACE production vehicles will be tested and certified prior to release, with official figures available prior to any customer delivery.

Check out the Super 73 Scout Rose Ave Electric Bike

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Capable of (up to) 20 miles at 15 mph, the Super 73 Scout has a 36V battery and a 250W hub-mounted motor. The rugged-looking frame and oversized tires look off-road worthy, but it doesn’t look like there’s a suspension to go along with the looks.

“The limited edition Super 73 Scout “Rose Ave.” was designed in collaboration with lifestyle and fashion pioneer Jesse Wellens.

Named after the iconic Rose Avenue in Venice Beach, California this model is available only until August 10th.

Expected to start shipping December 1st.

The Super 73 Scout is the perfect entry-level electric motorbike for anyone looking for fun ready-for-adventure transportation. With a brushless DC hub motor and 36V battery, the Scout will take you up to 20 miles with a top speed of 15 mph. The Scout has the cool look and feel of a motorbike but it’s as easy to ride as a bicycle.

It comes equipped with a comfortable motorbike bike seat, a heavy duty kick stand, removable battery for easy charging, and off-road tires for super traction. The Super 73 Scout is a unique, life-changing and practical gift for anyone. The adventure is yours on a Super 73!” – – (paraphrased from lithiumcycles.com)

Go to Lithium Cycles for more information.

The South American-Only Volkswagen Saveiro Mini Pickup Truck would Sell Like Hotcakes in the U.S.A

The 2017 Volkswagen Saveiro Mini Pickup Truck comes with a 101 horsepower, 1.6-liter engine that makes about 104 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission is a five speed manual. It comes only as a front-wheel drive (FWD) mini truck with either a extended cab, or a full extra cab that can hold a total of five riders.

While there are no plans to sell the Volkswagen Saveiro in the United States, the market for smaller pickup trucks has grown rapidly. As a small urban pickup truck, the Volkswagen Saveiro would have no direct competition. The only FWD pickup truck available in the United States is the much-larger Honda Ridgeline pickup truck.

The 2017 Volkswagen Saveiro Mini Pickup Truck is available in South American markets between (roughly) $7,000 to $10,000.  The Volkswagen Saveiro Mini Pickup Truck pictured above is the new “Pepper” model which is a higher trim level that incorporates exterior and interior trim upgrades.

Interested in getting the Volkswagen Saveiro Mini Pickup Truck in your country?

Prepare to send a lot of emails to the Volkswagen big boss: Herbert Diess  – Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand – in Wolfsburg, Germany. While you’re at it, please ask Mr. Diess to bring the Polo GTI and Volkswagen Scirocco to the United States too!