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.

When Audi teased that it would introduce a "mysterious world premier" at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show this January, it made mention of practically nothing, leaving the constant speculation to all of us and ruining our holidays altogether.

Okay, it wasn’t that bad, but a lot of us publicly wondered what Audi was going to bring to CES in Las Vegas. But the answer to that question may have finally arrived in the form of a new concept that’s not really all that new except for a new technology that could reshape the way Audis are built in the near future.

The concept’s name is the Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept and as its name suggests, it carries the new laser lights technology that seems to be gripping the auto industry these days.

The concept’s exterior looks are pretty similar to the Sport Quattro Concept that was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September, and the real hook of this new prototype is well and truly without debate.

It’s the dawn of the laser lights and Audi is showcasing, through this concept, that it has no problem pioneering it the same way it did those LEDs, which seems outdated now by comparison to those lasers.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept

There is not other way to describe the Vision Gran Turismo project as awesome. So as we ring in the new year with high hopes for more automotive goodness, we leave 2013 with what is yet another teaser of one of the concepts that will make up the Vision Gran Turismo lineup for Gran Turismo 6 .

This one comes by way of Honda , who if you didn’t know, has a pretty unique-looking concept on its hands. It’s far from what we’ve seen from other brands, but not all too radical to think that Honda may have gone a tad too far with its concept.

We do know, or at least come to see from the teaser, that the concept has an odd-looking shape: curved in the front and boxy at the back. The windshield is noticeably lacking in size; if you can even notice it at all. And the lights are slit-like, almost like there’s some kind of angry look coming out of it.

And it’s roofless, which seems to have been outed in advance, with what looks like a mid-engine configuration for good measure.

That’s as far as what we can tell about Honda’s Vision Gran Turismo Concept. Maybe there’s more to it than what we’re seeing. But from the looks of things, this concept teaser is susceptible to numerous interpretations depending on what you’re looking at.

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

Source: Gran Turismo

Slowly but surely, we’re seeing automakers releasing teasers of their Vision Gran Turismo Concepts .

Before the year ends, Lexus is doing its part, unveiling what we can only make out to be a blistering red sports car that we’re hoping follows in the foot steps of some of the recent concepts the Japanese brand has released in the past few years. Maybe a spunkier LF-Lc Concept , perhaps?

In any case, the concept’s silhouette fits in nicely with how the Vision Gran Turismo Concept is being touted. And with BMW , Mercedes , and Red Bull already introducing their versions for the game, you can bet that this concept teaser from Lexus will be just as sick and awesome-looking as the ones that have already been introduced.

But the wait is still painstakingly long for these reveals. After all, we can only have enough concept teasers to keep us from clamoring for more.

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

Source: Gran Turismo

The 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon will feature its share of new concepts coming from Japanese automakers. Mazda , for one, has a handful that it’s prepared to unveil and one of them, at least the one that got our attention is called the Axela Sport Mazda Design Concept.

Don’t be fooled by the Axela name, this model is actually the Mazda3 in other parts of the world other than Japan. So it takes the look of one and thanks to a MazdaSpeed exterior, it’s been treated to a slew of new aerodynamic components that’s highlighted by a front splitter and aerodynamic side skirts.

On top of that, special graphics were also splashed into the Axela’s body, not to mention the inclusion of performance modifiers like a strengthened chassis, Brembo brakes, and a new set of black alloy wheels.

The package itself is quite impressive for the model, giving credence tot he prevailing thought that the Axela, or the 3 as its known in this part of the world, is a model that’s right for customization.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mazda3

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.


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