To celebrate the Land Rover Defender’s 65th birthday design duo Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of Studio Job were invited to create a special version of the car. The result? A transformation of the utilitarian vehicle into a melding pot of materials from bronze and wood to textiles and stained glass in the signature style of the Belgian couple. An automobile that poses the question: Is it art? www.studiojob.be www.landrover.com

Mercedes Gran Turismo AMG

If its proportions border on the cartoon-ish, it is because this super sports car was originally developed for the Playstation®3 racing game Gran Turismo 6. But the virtual has become a reality with the November 2013 unveiling of the Mercedes Gran Turismo AMG. With an aerodynamic water drop shape and front grille exclusively comprised of LEDs the aggressive looking car is astoundingly lightweight and features the exceptional race car motor that is the V8 biturbo. www.mercedes-amg.com www.gran-turismo.com

Kia GT4 Stinger

Set to be revealed at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), which takes place in Detroit during January 13-26, there is already a buzz amongst petrol heads about Kia Motors’ latest concept vehicle. Only two images have so far been released but what we do know is that it features a grille hovering mere inches over the ground framed by the vertical LED headlamps. The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine will pump 315 horsepower to the rear wheels while the front of the car is held firmly to the asphalt by the added downforce of the carbon-fiber splitter below the front bumper. www.kia.com

Nissan Blade Glider

One of the highlights of the Tokyo Motor Show 2013, which took place in December, the distinctive triangular shape of this vehicle is reminiscent of a fighter jet. Nissan’s Blade Glider was designed to have quick launches from standstill and a fast and intense acceleration ideal for the racetrack. 70% of the cars’ weight sits on the posterior wheels allowing a greater traction onto the driving surface and a superior manageability at high speeds. www.nissan-global.com

Toyota FV2 Concept

Toyota takes their fun-to-drive philosophy to a new level with the FV2 by implementing the technology of the future. Another star of the Tokyo Motor Show 2013, the vehicle does not have a steering wheel but is operated by the driver shifting his body in a similar way to how the Segway works. Through voice and image recognition, as well as accumulated history, the FV2 can determine the driver’s mood, suggest destinations and much more. Finally, the augmented reality display can be presented on the windscreen and the color and exterior display can be changed at will. www.toyota.com