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.

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Chevrolet started to unwrap its concept lineup for the 2013 SEMA Show .

The company has prepared some updates for the Sonic , Malibu , Cruze and Impala , but our favorite is this Urban Cool Impala concept.

As if the refreshed 2014 Impala isn’t already one of the baddest looking sedans to grace the local rent-a-wreck parking lot, Chevy went ahead and pushed the bounds of rental-rig supremacy with the Urban Cool Concept.

Chevy started by fitting the concept with an aggressive ground-effect kit that turns the Impala from rental-lot throwaway to a pretty sexy machine. Chevy then dropped the ride height a little for a stouter stance, draped a coat of bright-white paint on the body, added in a custom-painted grille and slapped on a set of 20-inch roller with grille-matching accents for good measure.

On the inside, Chevy added in high-gloss, piano-black and anodized, low-gloss black trimming combined with contrasting Sky Cool Gray leather-trimmed seats that pop, thanks to their orange stitching.

For you techies. Chevy added in an 11-speaker, Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound System, Chevrolet MyLink system and an eight-inch color touchscreen.

Not really our cup of tea, as the Impala is the same stamped out rent-o-buggy it’s always been, just in a different wrapper. What we want to see are some performance goodies on the Impala...

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

Toyota, Camburg Engineering and DC Shoes teamed together to bring the ultimate snowboarder’s dream truck to the 2013 SEMA auto show happening November 5th through 8th.

Starting with ideas for motocross, skateboarding and snowboarding builds, Toyota and DC Shoes asked the footwear company’s fans for their choice on which to build. The fans voted and Toyota delivered.

DC Shoes and Toyota chose Camburg Engineering for creating the dream truck. Beginning with a 2014 Toyota Tacoma , Camburg brought to life ideas from professional snowboarders like the massive front snowdeflector; a telescoping ramp for loading a full-size snowmobile on the truck bed; a full suite of audio awesomeness, including an in-dash iPad Mini and a pop-up tent mounted to the truck’s roof rack. Sitting inside the truck’s bed is a huge sliding toolbox with enough space to store gear for a weekend expedition.

“Our fans loved the concept of the snowboard-ready Tacoma, and the real-life version will blow them away,” said Dan Hartloff, events and partnerships manager for DC Shoes. “This Tacoma would add a new level of intensity to any practice session or impromptu ride with friends.”

Besides the iPad Mini, the Tacoma’s interior is treated to an integrated charging station powered by on-board batteries separate from the Tacoma’s engine battery for powering cell phones, laptops and cameras. A wireless, all-weather Scoshe boomBOTTLE pumps the music outside the truck even in the thickest of blizzards.

Vision Vision through those blizzards is no problem with the roof-mounted, 40-inch LED light bar and the two light pods sitting atop the Meyer snow deflector. Oversized General Grabber tires keep the truck moving forward – all powered by Toyota’s trusty 4.0-liter V-6.

Click past the jump for more on the 2013 Toyota Tacoma SEMA truck

The Tokyo Motor Show is shaping up quite nicely, and Subaru will be on hand to present a handful of concepts, including one that’s Suby is calling the LEVORG Concept.

The etymology of the LEVORG name apparently was taken from a combination of "Legacy", "revolution", and "touring," a three-name combo that leaves us a little confused, honestly.

But hey, it’s Subaru’s concept so we’re going to stick with what its decisions for it are, including the name.

The Japanese automaker is touting the LEVORG Concept as a "sports tourer" that will serve as a preview for a production model that will be launched next year in Japan, with the possibility of getting some international love if vehicle meets the company’s expectations.

Subaru also released a handful of teaser photos of the LEVORG Concept and from the images, it looks like the tourer carries the same design language that Subaru is using these days on a handful of its new models, including those slanted headlights that we also saw on the 2013 Subaru WRX Concept . A fancy set of alloy wheels are also part of the concept’s package, as will be a horizontally-opposed 1.6-liter turbocharged engine.

No details on performance numbers have been released but we imagine the car to get something along the lines of 150 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read about the potential predecessor of the LEVORG Concept, the Impreza Tourer

A lot of companies are bracing for what should be a busy time at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show .

Certain companies are preparing to head to Las Vegas with an armada of concepts and project cars but Mazda is keeping things to a minimum, opting only to send four concepts to the show: two of the 2014 Mazda3 Hatchback and another two for the 2014 Mazda6 .

No specific details were given on any of the four concepts, but the images released by Mazda do point to relatively restrained projects compared to what we’ve been seeing from other companies in the past couple of weeks.

The two Mazda3s are designed more aggressively than the Mazda6 counterparts, including one that carries some nice decals and custom graphics that complements the new aerodynamic body it fitted into the vehicle. There appears to be a front splitter, revised side skirts, a new set of black alloy wheels, and high-performance brakes.

Meanwhile, the two Mazda6 models are a little more subdued than their 3 counterparts, including one that looks like it only received a two-tone "pinstripes" paint finish and a new set of wheels. The other one looks a lot more like what we’d expect out of a SEMA-bound model. It also has an aero kit to go with a sleek gray finish, and red and black accents. Black alloy wheels were also added, as were red brake calipers, which were made more noticeable by the "dark" appeal of the sedan.

Fortunately, all our speculations will be put on to rest once SEMA rolls around. For now, though, enjoy these photos Mazda released for us.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Mazda3 Hatchback

Source: Mazda
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Here in the U.S., we are getting ready for the 2013 SEMA show and the Los Angeles Auto Show , on the opposite side of the world in Japan, folks are getting ready for the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show , which takes place from November 23rd to December 1st, 2013.

It looks like Suzuki one automaker that is taking this show very seriously, as it will unveil four brand-new concept cars and several motorcycles. All of the concepts are part of the company’s new "“Let’s Create a Brand New Story" theme, and are based on the "Small Cars for a Big Future" slogan.

The first concept — called the X-Lander — is based on the small Suzuki Jimny, and it looks more like a toy rather than a real car. The concept was designed as a four-wheel-drive hybrid vehicle, so it is ideal for crowded cities or hard off-road driving.

Click past the jump to read more about the Suzuki X-Lander concept.

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A few months ago, Audi announced the Virtual Vision — a concept car specially designed for the upcoming "The Ender’s Game" movie. Today, Audi unveiled a new video explaining how the concept came to life and its development process.

Of course, there is no chance for the Virtual Vision Concept to have a life off of the silver screen, but it is nice to see it as a design exercise. It was built using Audi’s quattro technology and it will appear in "key scenes that have a lasting impact on the life of the protagonist."

As a reminder, the "Ender’s Game" movie was inspired by the best-selling, award-winning novel written by American author Orson Scott Card. The movie tells the story of Ender Wiggin, a brilliant young mind recruited and trained to lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth. It will arrive on theaters on November 1st, 2013.

Check out the video to see how the future of transportation will look like in 2088.

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In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage , he had the chance to get behind the wheel of the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept — a vehicle specially designed to celebrate Aston Martin ’s centenary. The concept was brought to him by Julian Jenkins, who is the Regional Director of Aston Martin.

Along with the CC100 Speedster, Leno also spent some time on the new Vanquish Volante , so the video is definitely a must see.

The CC100 Speedster was inspired by the classic 1959 DBR1 and is powered by the latest-generation, AM11 V-12 gasoline engine. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in a little over four seconds and can hit a top speed of 180 mph.

Check out the video to see what Leno thinks about this great CC100 Speedster. The video also includes an interview with Dr. Ulrich Bez — yet another reason to watch it. Enjoy!

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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