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.

Chevrolet has just released word on several new vehicles for the world-famous SEMA show . Among them is this Spark EV Tech Performance concept. Sure it’s an all-electric Spark with no conventional gasoline engine, but don’t let that fool you.

This EV totes 400 pound-feet of tire-shredding torque with beefier axles and aluminum wheels that propel the hatchback from naught to 60 in 7.5 seconds. Even the holy grail of muscle cars - the1969 Camaro SS powered by a 350 cubic-inch, small-block V-8 didn’t produce torque numbers like that.

The Spark also comes with a unique power-delivery algorithm programmed into its computer that enhances acceleration. A custom exterior color and graphics help set the Spark EV apart, and a backlit Chevy ‘bowtie’ on the grille gives it a mean look at night.

Inside the Spark, Chevy added a few basic custom touches, like doorsill plates, floor mats and pedal covers. A military-style, flip-up “activation switch” on the dash adds excitement to starting the EV, and body-color stitching on the shifter boot and steering wheel help liven up the Spark’s interior.

Click past the jump for more info on the Chevrolet Spark EV Concept

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At the 2011 SEMA Show , Ricky Carmichael unveiled his first Sonic All Activity Vehicle . Now two years later, Carmichael returns to SEMA with a new Sonic All Activiy Vehicle. This time around, it’s equipped with an all-new performance package with parts from Chevrolet Performance.

For the exterior, the concept features a satin-black paint combined with blue accents and custom graphics. The aerodynamic kit includes a new rear wing spoiler, smoked lamp housings, ground-effects package, a unique grille and a THULE roof rack For some, this may be a little over the top, but the stark contrast of dark and bright looks pretty sick to us. .

For the interior, Carmichael added a dark green and black leather instrument panel trim, door trim with lime green piping, a green- and black-trimmed, flat-bottom steering wheel and an upgraded sound system.

Chevrolet Performance installed its Turbo Stage Kit, a high-flow exhaust system and a cold-air intake for the 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-banger engine. The concept sits on an 18-inch wheel-and-tire package that are colored gloss-black with a green lip. Chevrolet didn’t release the performance details, but we’re willing to bet the power jumps from the base 138 horsepower to about 160 horsepower.

Helping in the twist is a a new suspension kit that drops the ride height. Rounding out the mods is a new brake package with Wilwood front calipers.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Chevrolet Sonic.

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Chevrolet Sonic may be a small car, but with the right updates, it can become quite mean and aggressive. A good example is this Sonic RS Concept car that will be unveiled at the 2013 SEMA Show on November 5th. The concept was designed by Chevrolet Performance, and it previews elements that will be available at all Chevrolet dealers.

The concept was updated from top to bottom, and it includes engine performance, suspension, brake and appearance upgrades. This Sonic RS is painted in a unique Lemon Peel Yellow hue combined with blue graphics, and tinted headlamps and fog lamps. The interior gets seats in black leather with Lark Yellow contrast stitching.

Under the hood, the 1.4-liter, turbocharged engine receives a Stage Kit, cold-air induction and a high-flow exhaust system that will allow it to deliver more power than its stock 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Chevy is keeping the output level is being kept a secret for now, but we are thinking it’ll land in the 160-horsepower range.

Along with the engine upgrades, Chevy also equipped this sonic with a track-tuned suspension system that lowers the car’s ride and offers a sportier appearance. The concept sits on18-inch, split-five-spoke wheels combined with a higher-performance brake upgrade kit with Wilwood front calipers.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Chevrolet Sonic.

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The attention of the U.S. auto market is focused squarely on the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , but the folks in Japan are more interested in what’s going on at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show set to open its gates on November 21st.

Japan-based Mazda is also turning its focus to its home country with an impressive lineup for the Tokyo show, with one of the vehicles being a concept version based on the new Mazda3 . This Mazda3 concept will offer an all-new engine that is bound to get all those looking to rid themselves of fossil fuels amped up for the show.

Mazda has decided to offer this new Mazda3 concept with a CNG -powered engine. This isn’t too much of a surprise, considering the increasing demand for CNG-powered vehicles — or anything other than gasoline, for that matter.

The new CNG Concept features a dual-fuel system that runs on either gasoline or CNG, making refilling the tank as convenient as possible. This new system allows the concept to reduce emission by about 20 percent. If natural gas prices are near the same $2.06 per gallon that they are here, then it will like save some bucks (Yen) at the pumps too.

Alongside the new CNG Concept Mazda will display a few other concepts based on the new Mazda6.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Mazda3.

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Hyundai continues to unwrap its lineup for the 2013 SEMA show with a new Veloster Turbo concept car, and this time it is developed by the folks at Fox Marketing. This is the second Veloster prepared for Las Vegas, alongside to the Night Racer Concept by EGR Group .

The new Veloster Turbo was updated with a new 845 Motorsports turbo upgrade, BorgWarner EFR turbo, front-mounted intercooler, AEM water/methanol injection system and an ECU tune from SeoulfulRacing. Additionally, it runs on VP Racing 101-octane performance fuel. As a result, the standard 201-horsepower, four-cylinder engine jumps to an awesome 370 horsepower.

The extra power required some changes to the chassis and the suspension, so Fox Marketing added for a UNIQ Performance strut brace, ImportShark chassis bracing and fully-adjustable ARK Performance coil-over suspension.

Updated 11/06/2013: Fox Marketing officially unveiled its new Veloster Turbo at the 2013 SEMA Show, as you can now see it in a bunch of new images from Las Vegas.

Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai Veloster Turbo by Fox Marketing.

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Transformers 4 is deep in filming major action sequences all over the world this year, with director Michael Bay’s latest tweets from Hong Kong proof enough to love or hate this guy.

As an effects and brand integration expert, Mr. Bay’s Transformers films have a huge fan base all over the world. Since 2007, these movies are directly attributed to more than $400 billion in total attributed revenue from ticket sales at the movie theaters, but also for all the products Mr. Bay integrates into his films.

Product placement is so irritating some times. More so than even Mr. Bay himself, at times, which is a big achievement.

When the brand integration is forced, it ruins the plot’s authentic feel. Seeing a Nokia or Sony smartphone in any music video since 2000 is a good example of bad product placement.

Good product placement means writing the brands into the plot of the movie from before day one.

Chevrolet has been a generous partner for the Transformers films, both footing the bill for a new fleet of Autobots for each film and also marketing the movies pretty aggressively with its own dollars.

The reason for this is simple: full-length action films have a global and multilingual reach far beyond any 30-second television commercial.

Oh, and could our new car be the Star of the film? The 2007 Transformers film debuted the Camaro before it was on sale, and since then has shown interesting concepts for what ultimately became the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

These movie cars take the ’pulse’ of GM’s styling departments by letting them create without production feasibility or engineering limits. They are, in short, the best concept cars Chevrolet makes.

So feast your eyes on the nearly 20 high-resolution pictures snapped by Ron Alder Photography in Hong Kong this week.

Click past the jump for real-life images of the Camaro BumbleBee concept that is featured in Transformers 4, arriving in theaters in June 2014.

The 2013 SEMA Auto Show is just around the corner, which means that a lot of autophiles in the country are gearing up for their annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, over on the other side of the world, Japan is also preparing for its own auto show , and one manufacturer that’s already booked its ticket is Honda . At the event, the local automaker will present a new convertible concept that it hopes will translate into a production open-top sports-type-mini-vehicle.

The concept, called the S660, looks pretty similar to the EV-STER Concept that Honda introduced back in 2011 at the same event. The only difference is that the S660 will come with a traditional, albeit extremely small, 660 cc, three-cylinder turbocharged engine that is slated to produce 64 horsepower while being linked to a seven-speed CVT transmission.

It’s highly unlikely that the S660 will capture the imagination of speed freaks, but in fairness to Honda, whatever power the little sports coupe lacks, it sure as heck makes up for with a design that looks ready for production.

Too bad the car is anticipated to be a Japan-exclusive model, although a bigger version, possibly one that will come with an equally paltry 100-horsepower, 1.0-liter engine, could be available down the line for foreign markets.

Sure it’s no replacement for the axed S2000 , but a cool concept nonetheless.

Click past the jump to read about the Honda EV-STER Concept and to see more detail on the upcoming S660 concept.

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Nissan Esflow

In the U.S., everyone is eagerly awaiting the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show to open its gates, but Japan has its own big show — the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show — coming up too. It is in its home country that Nissan plans to introduce two sports car concepts that will wow the world: one developed as a "crazy concept" and a second that will closely represent a production vehicle.

According to WhatCar, the second vehicle will gauge the market for a competitor to the Toyota GT 86 , with design elements inspired by an earlier Nissan model.

If you are all anticipating a new 240Z, you can put that to bed, as a Nissan insider confirmed that this is "not a Z car." Other that that, the insider remained mum on the car’s details.

For now, this concept’s goal is to test peoples’ reaction and if everything goes well, we expect Nissan to put it into production in the upcoming years. To put it in line with the GT 86/BRZ/FR-S triplets, Nissan will likely fit this sports car with the same 197-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine found in the Nissan Juke Nismo .

Full details on this new concept will be revealed during its official debut in Tokyo, so stay tuned!

Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan Esflow - the last sports car revealed by Nissan.

Source: WhatCar
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Smart Fortwo

The next generation Smart ForTwo was caught testing in many times, but pretty much each time we were looking at a mule, not at the real deal. However, today our spy photographers managed to catch the car wearing the real Smart nose up front. As a proof this is the part of the body that wears pretty much all the camouflage.

The new ForTwo will be developed in cooperation with Renault as a result of a previous agreement signed between Daimler, Renault Renault , and Nissan in April 2010. It will be built on a new platform called Project Edison that will also be used for the upcoming Twingo, but also for the next ForFour. All three models will get a rear mounted engine and a rear-wheel-drive system. This new platform will make the next ForTwo a little bit larger than the current generation.

Expect the new Smart ForTwo to be unveiled in March 2014 at the Geneva Car Show, and click past the jump for a closer look at this tiny machine testing somehwere warm.

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How hot is the Toyota Supra on the internet, even a full 15 years since it was last produced? Along with googling ‘Amanda Bynes’ and a few other search engine phishing lures, the Supra is still a dangerous thing to discuss and search for online.

What do we mean? Well, when researching this article, we were cruising some very strange parts of the internet to gather all these image assets.

When doing so, even my normally-silent anti-virus and security programs went bananas, blocking things and demanding updates and directions on next steps.

Far more than Japan’s first rear-drive, straight-six supercar with a twin-turbocharged engine: the Supra is still competing and winning on race tracks and show circuits all over the world in 2013.

Heavily modified and often with more crash damage than Lehman Brothers, the Supra ’s that are left are terrifying night-stalkers capable of pushing 900 horsepower.

The looks will define the Supra’s importance as a halo car. And locked lips from Toyota have not stopped the world’s Supra fanatics from rendering their own speculative Supra concepts.

In partnership with BoldRide, TopSpeed is thrilled to share this latest set of Supra renderings.

In black with some familiar features about the rear wing in particular, these are very unique and exciting compared with the Bullfinch mystery render and Toyota’s own white FT-HS concept.

Click past the jump to get a closer look at these BoldRide renders, or also a re-cap of some other quite surprising outside proposals for the next Toyota Supra.


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