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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Volkswagen is preparing to expand its Golf lineup with the addition of a new Sportsvan version. The new model was previewed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and will be put into production as the Golf Plus in the middle of next year.

When compared to a base Golf VII , the new Sportsvan was built on a wheelbase increased by 48 mm (1.88 inches), plus it is also 126 mm (4.96 inches) taller and 8 mm (0.31 inches) wider. As a result, it features a more flexible and roomier interior. This larger interior gives the rear bench seat 180 mm (7.08 inches) of fore and aft adjustment, and over 1,500 liters (53 cubic feet) of cargo capacity.

Under the hood, the Sportvan is equipped with the same six engines offered by the standard Golf, with power ranging from 85 to 150 horsepower.

When the production version arrives on the market, it will come with XDS+, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, air conditioning, seven airbags, the new electronic parking brake, a 5-inch touchscreen, variable cargo floor and a cargo cover.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Volkswagen Golf.

After releasing arguably one of the most straight-forward press releases in the auto industry, Citroen bared its Frankfurt Auto Show plans and a big part of it will be the Cactus Concept , a car that has turned to be better than we previously thought.

After all the details of the Cactus Concept were bared, we couldn’t help by wonder how much of all the new technology, including the highly advertised "Air Bump" bumpers, will translate into the production model.

An indication of this technology seems points to bumpers that absorb the kind of damage that would’ve messed up any other bumper. The accompanying video after the jump even does a demonstration, although how much help the phrase "touch me" does when you accidentally touch your own monitor is a little misleading — you feel even worse when you realize that your monitor is not a touchscreen...

We’re guessing technology like ’Airbumps’ was what Citroen was aiming for when it said that it was embracing a “Pure, Simple, Smart" philosophy.

Updated 09/11/2013: This review has been updated with official details and photos

Click past the jump to read more about the Citroen Cactus Concept

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The production version i8 wasn’t the only unveiling the Bimmer had coming at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , as BMW also threw together an X5 Security Plus — a concept specially designed to offer all-round protection against violent assault, kidnapping and organized crime.

The concept features high-performance steel moldings and panels that ensure the best protection, even against an AK-47. There is also a specially developed security glass resistant to attack by blunt weapons, while the polycarbonate coating on the inside of the glass provides effective protection against flying splinters. The concept is also equipped with security-specific components and technologies that help you protect yourself against all kinds of attacks.

Along with the safety features, the new X5 Security Plus Concept also offers excellent driveability, thanks to its V-8 TwinPower Turbo engine with 450 horsepower, and BMW xDrive all-wheel drive.

BMW also optimized the chassis to compensate for the extra heft that installing these security system creates. This helps assure that the security-detail X5 looks, drives and behaves just like a normal X5.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard BMW X5.

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After unveiling the 2014 S-Class sedan back in May, Mercedes decided to preview the coupe version at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . However, in a strange twist, the German company decided to only show a concept version of the new S-Class Coupe and not the production version.

After teasing it yesterday for the first time, Mercedes fully unveiled the S-Class Coupe Concept today. The production version will serve as the successor for the CL-Class , and it will target super-luxury models, models like the Bentley Continental GT .

Mercedes will build the new S-Class Coupe on a modified version of the S-Class sedan’s platform and will come with the choice of either a V-8 or V-12 engine. In concept form, the S-Class Coupe carries just a V-8 engine.

A production version will follow at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show .

Updated 09/09/2013: This review has been updated with the official specs, images and video.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes S-Class Coupe Concept.

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It looks like the Sport Quattro won’t be the only concept Audi will display at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . Don’t be shocked at how familiar this concept looks, as Audi teamed up with Italdesign Giugiaro — the same folks that brought you the wildly styled 2014 Parcour — to develop this model.

The new nanuk concept is a two-door crossover powered by a V-10 TDI engine, and If you remember, this is not the first concept offered by Audi to feature a TDI engine. We saw a TDI-powered concept at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show where Audi unveiled the R8 V12 TDI concept . This makes us hope that the previously rumored R8 TDI supercar could become a reality after all, especially if you take a closer look at the output delivered by the nanuk.

As "Nanuk" is no ordinary name, and Audi didn’t bother to offer us any explanation on choosing it, we did a little research and found out that in Inuit mythology Nanuk ("Nanook") was the master of bears, who decided if the hunters deserved success in finding and hunting bears. Trying to figure out what this has to do with cars is enough to make your head spin, but car naming has become a rather odd thing in recent years.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi nanuk quattro concept.

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Rolls-Royce decided to pay tribute to nature at the upcoming 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , as the British company will unveil the Phantom Celestial Concept. As it name suggest, it was inspired by the night sky and all its twinkly stars.

The concept is based on the Phantom Extended Wheelbase version and features a dark paintwork with glass particles to increase the sparkle effect, of course.

he interior is wrapped in a special "Dusk" leather that creates the effect of a "cloudless night sky." The concept was also equipped with a clock that features a diamond at each quarter-hour and engraved wheel centers. The concept comes equipped with a picnic set that includes glasses with a celestial motif.

What is very special on the interior is that the rear drink compartment has been specifically designed to reflect the stars in the headlining. This way you can enjoy the stars while relaxing in your seat.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Rolls Royce Phantom.

Source: TopGear UK
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The 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show is just one week away and Renault just dropped a teaser image of a new concept car it will displayed at the show. According to the first details, the new concept car "embodies Renault’s vision of Premium motoring," and it will be one of the six concepts that the French company will have at the show.

While Renault didn’t offer any other details on the concept, we hope that it will preview the next sports car set to be developed in cooperation with Caterham: the Alpine . What we can see from this teaser image is that the concept will feature aggressively shaped headlights that feature "Eyelight" technology.

The new Renault concept will be unveiled on the Renault stand (Hall 8) at 1:30pm on Tuesday, September 10th.

Click past the jump to read more about the Renault A110-50 Concept - the other concept inspired by the motorsport world.

Smart production cars don’t leave too much in the way of the imagination. But as far as its concepts are concerned, the Daimler-owned company has produced some pretty interesting design studies in the past couple of years.

Two, in particular, that stand out are the Smart Forstars Concept and the Smart For-Us Concept . At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , Smart is unveiling yet another concept vehicle, one that appears to be more audacious than anything the company has done outside the Forspeed Concept .

The vehicle is called the FourJoy Concept and really, it’s hard to come up with an appropriate adjective to describe this door- and rear window-less vehicle.

The easiest way to probably do it is to say that it’s "unique" and even saying that requires some loose definition of the word. In the end, though, this is the kind of thing we’ve come to expect from Smart when it comes to concept vehicles.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Smart FourJoy Concept

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Land Rover and Jaguar announced a collaboration to develop a new ‘Range Rover Evoque _e’ research project that tests new hybrid and battery-electric vehicle (BEV) technology. The research required a total of £16.3 million (about $25 million at the current exchange rates), and was supported by UK’s innovation agency the Technology Strategy Board.

Along with Jaguar and Land Rover, the Evoque_e’s development required the an additional 12 partners, including: Zytek Automotive, GKN Driveline, Motor Design Limited, AVL, Drive System Design, Williams Advanced Engineering, Delta Motorsport, Tata Steel, Bristol University, Cranfield University and Newcastle University.

According to the first details we have, this collaboration will bring to the market three research vehicles: the next-generation powertrain concepts for a mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV); a Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) and a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV).

While no other details were revealed, Jaguar’s previous PHEV system revealed in the XJ_e plug-in hybrid , which combines a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, with a 92-horsepower electric motor and a 12.8kWh Lithium Ion battery pack. Land Rover also revealed numerous "_e" projects, like the Range_e , which combined a 3.0-liter TDV6 diesel with an electric motor and an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

We’ll bring you all of the details once Land Rover releases them.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Evoque.

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The Nissan Maxima ’s replacement is finally on track for arrival next fall as a 2015 or early-2016 model, with a shift in focus toward performance to better differentiate Nissan’s flagship sedan from the popular (but bland) Altima sedan.

Exclusive TopSpeed Renderings show a speculative preview of this hot new sports sedan, which looks to shake off the front-drive proportions and goofy grin in favor of a wider, lower and meaner style like the 370Z and GT-R .

Nissan’s sports car lineup has never been this strong, and continued support for the company’s two tiers of performance cars has really helped the brand’s image, despite being diluted from selling millions of basic Sentra’s and Versa econoboxes to pay the bills.

The Maxima was really at a crossroads before this current re-alignment to its 4DSC roots. The next generation was even mooted to go the full EV route, with the cab-forward styling of the 2011 Nissan Ellure concept thought to be previewing both the just-launched Altima and next Maxima.

Another option on the table would adapt the 370Z’s latest chassis for use in a rear-drive sedan, or even a stretched GT-R of our dreams. These two scenarios are far less likely than a continued front-drive layout, but low and dramatic proportions that evolve the boring Nissan look very nicely.

Keeping the existing Maxima layout is a safe bet because it is the only way to continue the current model’s $31,000 to $36,000 price range. Nissan ’s ability to sell a volume sedan for more than $40,000 is less than a sure thing, especially with Infiniti ’s billion-dollar name changes and new Q50 sedan to replace the G37.

Click past the jump for a closer look at these exclusive renderings, with the 2015 Nissan Maxima debuting as soon as this fall or winter at one of the major auto shows.


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