concept cars

concept cars

  A concept car is a car prototype made to showcase a new vehicle's styling, technology, and overall design before production. They are often shown at motor shows to gauge customer reaction to new and radical designs which may or may not have a chance of being produced.

Subaru LEVORG Concept

Well, that didn’t take long.

The Subaru LEVORG Concept — it wasn’t so much a concept, actually, but more of a near-production model — made its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and Subaru isn’t wasting any time developing a multitude of concepts based on the sports wagon.

There are five concepts in total, all of which somehow carry the "LEVORG" nomenclature: the LEVORG STI Performance, the LEVORG Premium Sports, the LEVORG Prova, the LEVORG Syms and, the LEVORG Corazon Sportier.

To be honest, we don’t know a whole lot about these concepts, other than the obvious that they all share the LEVORG name. Other than that, it’s matter of deciphering the names and figuring out which of these concepts will in all likelihood get our attention.

The most obvious is the LEVORG STI Performance, which contains the three most awesome letters of Subaru ’s alphabet: S-T-I. There’s also the LEVORG Premium Sports, which we imagine to be somewhere along the lines of a BRZ -derived sports car that doesn’t pack quite as much power as the STI Performance.

As for the other three, those names (Prova, Syms, and Corazon Sportier) don’t do a whole lot in kick-starting our imaginations. Nevertheless, we’re still looking forward to seeing all five LEVORG concepts when they make their debuts at the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon this coming January.

Click past the jump to read about the original LEVORG Concept.

Bertone Concept Nuccio

We thought that we could go through the last two weeks of the year without having to deal with another auto company going though bankruptcy proceedings.

Turns out, we may see one pretty soon.

According to Italy’s La Repubblica, one of Italy’s most famous design houses, Bertone , is close to filing for bankruptcy after asking for court administration on December 11th. With this move, Bertone has 120 days to get its ship in order, specifically to find new investors that could inject some much-needed financing for the company.

Despite the popularity of its more recent models, Bertone has been teetering on shaky ground since the 2008 global economic crisis, and has failed to recover, causing it to drop a whole lot of its businesses in the process, including the sale of its Grugliasco factory in Turin to Fiat . Incidentally, the said plant is now the production home of the Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte .

But that’s not all that’s been gut-punching Bertone in recent months. It’s struggled to field orders for Bertone Workshop, a division of the company it created to help offset its losses. Heck, it’s even failed to pay its employees for months, causing a lot of them to go on strike.

All that though pales in comparison to what Bertone is reportedly going through right now. it’s very existence is in serious danger, and unless the court-appointed administrator finds new investors for the company, it’s going to be a long winter for one of our favorite Italian design houses.

The good news is that Italian media has reported that a number of companies have expressed interest in buying Bertone, including a Turkish company that offered €2 million, which is about $2.75 million at the current exchange rates, for the company.

Here’s to hoping Bertone gets to right its ship sooner than later, and in one form or another. It’s a shame that it’s going through something like this, but like it or not, such is the reality of the world these days.

Click past the jump to read a little about one of Bertone’s latest creations, the Jet 2

The Vision Gran Turismo project really is unlike anything we’ve seen in the industry. It’s a massive project that involves more than a handful of automakers, as well as some companies with no direct ties to the auto industry, all with the objective of creating one-off concepts that will be exclusively used in Gran Turismo 6.

As of today, only two concepts have been revealed — the BMW Vision Gran Turismo and the Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo — but as the days go by, more and more companies are dropping teasers of their respective one-offs.

Toyota did it last week and now, Subaru is joining in on the fun with its own side teaser of its Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

As you can expect, the sporty silhouette of the Subaru Vision Gran Turismo Concept reveals a cutting-edge design that does justice to the concept of the whole collaborative project. Diffusers on both the front and rear end appear to bulge out, giving the concept a more robust look. Meanwhile, the roof looks like it extends past where it should be and actually has brake lights set up on it too. There’s also a huge rear spoiler (no suprise there), a fancy set of wheels, and a shooting brake-like figure that we don’t normally see from a Subaru concept.

Click past the jump to read about the BMW and Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo Concepts

Source: Gran-Turismo

When Mini launched the next-generation Cooper last month (in two simultaneous auto shows, no less), it was only a matter of time before a John Cooper Works version would show its face.

But even our expectations were thrown for a loop after finding out that Mini wasn’t wasting any time with debut of the John Cooper Works Concept , which is now penciled to arrive at the 2014 North American International Auto Show .

Thinking about it now, it does make perfect sense because Mini always earmarks its major debuts for major auto shows, and the next one on the docket is Detroit this coming January.

More importantly, the buzz generated by the debut of the next-generation Cooper is still circulating to this day, and nobody likes to play around with ’buzz’ more than Mini.

So yeah, it makes perfect sense, if you really consider the circumstances.

Oh, and the Mini John Cooper Works Concept is all sorts of awesome. That, alone, should be worth an extra jolt of anticipation in time for its debut in Detroit in a month’s time.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mini John Cooper Works Concept.

Celebrities like Jay Leno have the kind of influence and financial means that they can pretty much get whatever car they want. If you’ve seen his collection, you’ll know that nobody rolls in the auto collecting trade better than Leno.

But every so often, even Jay has to come to grips that there are just some cars that are completely out of reach. The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo is one of them.

Built exclusively to as a video game concept for Gran Turismo 6, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo is a beauty in more ways than one. It’s actually the second of Gran Turismo’s Vision Turismo lineup that will feature a whole bunch of concepts in the game.

Unlike the first concept that was announced — the BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept — Mercedes actually built a real life 1:1 scale model of its concept, and low and behold, Jay Leno managed to get his hands on it. In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage,

The first half of the episode actually has Jay talking about his 1,000-horsepower 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado before announcing that this ride has been added to Gran Turismo 6. Great, right?

Then, the Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo shows up in his garage and on the rare instances that even Leno himself has to catch himself before talking, you know that he’s talking about something that in his own words, is a "pretty big deal".

Such is the effect of a car like the AMG Vision Gran Turismo. It turns avid auto nuts like Leno back into fan boys. And the best part about it? This is just one of many concepts that other brands will build for Gran Turismo 6.

(Cue the drooling).

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

We admit that a teaser photo of a wheel, albeit a pretty sick-looking one at that, isn’t much to go by. But Citroen doesn’t believe so, which is why it sounds so excited promoting the upcoming debut of the model they’ve christened the DS 5LS.

There’s not much to go by with the teaser apart from the slick alloys and the fact that Citroen has described the model as a "new premium class sedan".

So, it’s a luxury car that will likely have all the bells and whistles typically found in vehicles of its segment. We admit that the curiosity of seeing this model when it makes its debut is making us believe that the DS 5LS sedan will be one that will be talked about by a lot of people in the days leading up to the debut and even well after that.

It’s also worth pointing out that this model could be another vehicle for the Chinese market, the only place in the world where Citroen’s DS line is marketed as a stand-alone brand. Maybe there’s more to it that we still don’t know about.

The good thing is we won’t have to wait too long to find out if these fancy alloys are the highlight of the entire vehicle, or a part of something really, really awesome.

We’re hitching our wagons on the latter and crossing our fingers that we won’t be disappointed.

The tremendous amount of publicity being showered on the Vision Gran Turismo concepts are well deserved. After all, it’s not everyday that you see automakers from all over the world sign up for such an unprecedented project of designing video game exclusive concept vehicles.

Excluding what has already been unveiled — the BMW and Mercedes concepts — some of the other brands participating in the project have provided teasers of their own through Sony, preparing us for what will eventually be an onslaught of concept awesomeness.

Yesterday, Toyota added its name to that hat, releasing a shadowy teaser of its Vision Gran Turismo Concept , featuring a pretty sick silhouette that comes with a huge rear spoiler, a sweeping hood, a long-flung roof, and what we imagine to be a car riding pretty close to the ground.

Toyota has given no indication on when it plans to reveal its Vision Gran Turismo Concept. But since we like speculating on these things, we’re hoping to see Toyota follow Mercedes’ route when it revealed its own concept at the LA Auto Show .

And wouldn’t you know it, the North American International Auto Show is a little over a month away from opening its doors. What better way to steal the show than the to bring this concept and the reborn Supra , right?

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Toyota Supra

Toyota Supra

Hold on to your seats, fellas. That Toyota -BMW partnership may give birth to its first (concept ) model pretty soon.

It’s been widely believed that the tie-up between the two companies would spawn a variety of performance models, including one that would mark the return of the beloved Supra .

Well, according to Autoblog, it appears that our wishes are about to be answered at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show when the Toyota Supra Concept officially makes its debut. Christmas is still two weeks away, but this is about as cool as an early holiday present to have if you’re a fan of the Supra.

Neither Toyota nor BMW have confirmed this rumor, but for what it’s worth, this is the closest we’ve come to an official date to see the return of one of Toyota’s most beloved models.

Everything really points towards the return of the Supra, too, because a number of Toyota bigwigs have made it known that they want to see the model, or at least a worthy successor to it, return as soon as possible.

Should the NAIAS be the setting for this highly anticipated comeback, expect the Supra Concept to be one of the most talked about models at the event, possibly even for the entire year.

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Toyota Supra

Source: Autoblog
Posted on by Simona  

The official debut of the Acura NSX is still years away, but until then, Acura is offering you the chance to drive the NSX concept in Gran Turismo 6. According to Acura, the new "real driving simulator" will offer sports car enthusiasts their first opportunity to get behind the wheel of the next Acura NSX. Of course, the experience won’t be identical to actually driving the NSX, but it’ll still be tons of fun.

"Whether in the virtual world of Gran Turismo today, or on real-world roads and racing circuits less than two years from now, the Acura NSX will be an incredibly innovative and thrilling ride that delivers something entirely new to the world of super sports cars," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of Auto Operations at American

Gran Turismo 6 is available worldwide as of today, December 6th, 2013, so hurry up and get it, and get your opportunity to test the NSX.

Click past the jump to read more about the Acura NSX.

Lexus LF-NX Turbo Concept

One of the hottest SUV concepts to appear this year — the Lexus LF-NX — will not remain just a concept much longer, according to reports. Cue all the rejoicing from fans of this absolutely wicked crossover!

The news comes by way of Auto Express, who spoke with Lexus ’ European director Paul Van der Burgh about the future of the concept crossover. According to Van der Burgh, customer demand spurred the decision for the automaker to green light a production model of the LF-NX. Even better, the production version of the concept will receive many of the striking exterior details of the concept, a development that could turn the LF-NX into one of the sickest looking crossovers /SUVs this side of the upcoming Lamborghini Urus.

No word yet on what kind of powertrain the production LF-NX is going to carry. The concept that appeared last September at the Frankfurt Motor Show carried a 2.5-liter, Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine working with an electric motor while the turbo model that was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show just last month featured a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine with D-4S and VVT-i combustion technologies.

The production LF-NX is expected to go on sale sometime in the summer of 2014, making it one of the most eagerly anticipated new crossovers of the next year. Lexus will show the LF-NX’s production variant at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show .

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus LF-NX Concept

Source: Auto Express

Back to top