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.

With the next auto show scheduled to take place after the calendar turns to 2014, a number of automakers are already gearing up for it before the holiday break arrives.

One of these companies is Audi and to no one’s surprise, the German company has gotten the ball rolling with a preview of a crossover concept that it plans to unveil at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

Billed as the "new Audi show car," the yet-to-be-named crossover coupe concept is being touted as a preview of what we can expect from Audi moving forward, specifically as it pertains to certain visual elements in the concept that will be translated to its future lineup of sports cars .

That’s a lot take in, especially considering the "coupe -like nature" of this particular concept, particularly the certain designs that are undeniably sporty in nature. There’s a tornado line on the sides that emphasize a distinctively aggressive character. There are short overhangs and a low roof, thicker-than-usual C-pillars, aluminum underbody guards, and of course, a new set of 19-inch alloy wheels that mesh well with the somewhat-staunch and muscular look of this concept.

The interior, it appears, has a 2+2 seating configuration, although what appears to be lack of backrests on the front seats leaves us a little confused as to what Audi’s going for with this. There’s a flat-bottom steering wheel, which is a nice touch, and the full-length center console definitely adds personality to the concept.

We expect to hear more about this new crossover coupe concept when the Detroit Auto Show comes around. Until then, these teaser photos will give you a clear indication of what to expect before the concept makes its world debut.

Updated 01/10/2014: With just a few days before its official debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, the first images of Audi’s new compact crossover leaked onto the internet. Along with these images, we also got the official name of the vehicle: Allroad Shooting Brake Concept. Full details will follow next week. (Autowp)

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Here in the U.S., we are prepping for the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , on the other side of the globe, Japan is in the early stages of the first auto salon of the year, which is in Tokyo . While the Tokyo show will likely not be as big as the American show, there are plenty of makers set to show off some very cool vehicles.

On of them is this GRMN 86 concept that "incorporates the technical expertise gained through the 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race." The first details offered on the concept suggest it will feature an updated powertrain, strengthened body, a lower center of gravity and a lower curb weight than a base Toyota GT86 .

The concept’s roof, hood and trunk are made from carbon fiber, while the windows are made from polycarbonate. Both of these materials help drop the GT86’s weight.

No details were released on the performance figures, but this new GRMN 86 concept also received sport-tuned suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes and a mechanical differential, so it will surely be more fun to drive.

Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota GT86.

The North American International Auto Show in Detroit has always been a popular place to debut new models and updates, and this year being no different. Running January 13th through the 26th, automakers will be rolling our new products and designs for the upcoming year. Some we’ve already gotten the inside scoop on, while others will be a pleasant surprise. All will be brought to you via TopSpeed’s live coverage.

We already know what several manufactures are bringing, including the new Corvette Z06 and the Infiniti RC F Coupe . Other models like the Dodge Dart Blacktop will be seen getting a mild refresh or new trim levels. New cars, trucks, and SUVs will literally be unveiled by the hour, so stay tuned to TopSpeed for the latest information as it becomes available.

Clicking past the jump will bring you to our live coverage and give you our top picks of vehicles already leaked or released ahead of the show. Once each vehicle has its covers pulled off, we will update you with all the nitty-gritty details.

Click past the jump for our live overage of the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Volkswagen unveiled its first Dune Concept back in 2000 and now the company decided to roll out another version of it based on the 2014 Beetle . This new version made its world debut today at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and comes with a very cool news: unlike the 2000 concept, this new Dune Concept actually has a chance to hit the production line, and we could see it as early as 2015.

When compared to the base Beetle , the Dune Concept features an increased ride height, a crossover-style look and oversized alloy wheels, which will all play important roles in making the Beetle sand dune ready.

The concept features a very cool combination or "Arizona" orange and black on both the exterior and the interior, comes with a wider body and wheels equipped to take any kind of roads out there.

Updated 01/13/2014: Volkswagen unveiled the new Beelte Concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and we’ve updated the review with the official details, images and specs.

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It looks like the 2014 Passat Sport isnt’t be the only Passat making its way to the 2014 [Detroit Auto Show]. Alongside it, the German company will also present the Passat BlueMotion Concept, which shows that a car doesn’t necessarily need a hybrid powertrain to be fuel efficient.

The new Passat BlueMotion Concept is powered by a 1.4-liter TSI engine, dubbed the EA211. This petite powerplant makes use of direct fuel injection and turbocharging to pump out a tidy 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and travel an estimated 42 miles on a single gallon of fuel.

To achieve this Prius -like fuel economy, the BlueMotion Concept is equipped with an Active Cylinder Management (ACM) technology that deactivates cylinders two and three under light loads, and a stop/start system that shuts off the engine when the car comes to a stop.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Concept.

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Earlier this year, Volvo unveiled the Concept Coupe — the first of three concepts — based on the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture. The coupe was a design study commissioned to give us a glimpse of the future Volvo design direction.

Now under the watchful eye of Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President of Design, the Swedish car maker has unveiled the second concept dubbed the Concept XC Coupe.

Per Volvo’s naming convention, ’XC’ is the prefix used for all things SUV . So, the Concept XC is nothing but a showcase future Volvo SUV designs, and it will show its face at the upcoming 2014 Detroit Motor show . This being a concept, Volvo has not revealed any technical details as of yet.

Like all manufacturers, Volvo too is switching to modular construction in order to keep a tab on development costs. The company’s Scalable Product Architecture will underpin all future Volvo cars, including crossovers , full-size SUVs and sedans .

Update 1/8/2014: With only a few days before it does its full undressing in Detroit, the Volvo Concept XC Coupe has dropped cover and revealed a few details about itself. You can see more after the jump.

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 Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept

When we got our first look at the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight concept , our nerdy senses started to tingle, as we imagined all the possibilities of these tiny, yet powerful lights making their way into production cars. Well, Audi boss Rupert Stadler confirmed that these lights will indeed make their way into production, like with the 2015 BMW i8 , but not any time in the near future in the U.S. at least.

Unfortunately, we have this little agency called the NHTSA that has to approve all new automotive technology before an automaker can fit it on vehicles, and it has yet to even consider this technology for U.S.-bound vehicles. In fact, the NHTSA still has to make a final ruling on Audi’s LED Matrix Display headlights, which we saw on the upcoming 2015 Audi A8 , so we suggest not holding your breath on the Audi’s Laserlight setup just yet.

What’s more, this also brings into focus the fact that though the i8 will have these lights as an option, they will likely not be made available in the U.S. in time for its release later this year. Talk about a total buzz kill...

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

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BMW came to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas with two prototypes2 Series and 6 Series — equipped with all kinds of automated driving technology. Offered with the ConnectedDrive nomenclature, these two cars are the company’s attempt to develop autonomous-driving prototypes.

The two prototypes are equipped with BMW ActiveAssist, which "will make a significant contribution to bringing the vision of safe and accident-free mobility another step closer to reality."

BMW has been working on this ActiveAssist system for long time now, and in 2009, it unveiled its first Track Trainer research project that it successfully tested around the Nürburgring race track. Then, in 2011, BMW developed a new test vehicle capable of traveling 40 miles of accelerating, braking and overtaking other cars without any driver intervention at speeds of up to 81 mph.

Updated 1/7/2014 @ 3:30 p.m.: BMW just released a video showing the s Series ConnectedDrive getting its track shakedown on. Needless to say, watching this Bimmer drift itself is freaking awesome!

Now BMW announced that it is working on its first fleet trial of highly automated models and hope to have it ready for 2015. Also, starting in 2020, BMW hopes to offer highly automated driving in series-produced vehicles.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW’s new ConnectedDrive technology.

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Gazoo Racing from Japan is working on a couple of special cars for the 2014 Tokyo motor show . As you may already know, Gazoo Racing has been an active presence in the motorsport scene, as it has also raced in the Nurburgring endurance races among others.

Apart from the other concepts the team has produced over the years, Gazoo Racing will bring a very special, custom Toyota GT86 to the Tokyo auto salon.

The custom Toyota GT86 by Gazoo Racing will be revealed on January 10, 2014. We tried to snoop around for some more information about the upcoming sports car , but sadly, the company hasn’t provided any more details about it.

The Gazoo Racing concept will feature a large rear wing shown here in the teaser image. It could also get a full body kit and minor aerodynamic tweaks. Lightweight racing wheels with larger rotors for improved braking and handling performance.

We are waiting for Gazoo Racing to formally announce the 2014 Toyota GT86 concept, and until then, we could only speculate as to what upgrades could end up on the new car. We will be updating this story as and when the official information is out.

Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota GT86

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


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