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  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.

Posted on by Simona  

The other day, Renault teased a new electric concept car and we were expecting to see something big - something at least similar to the Alpine A110-50 Concept . Unfortunately, the new concept is quite disappointing, at least aesthetically.

The new Twizy F1 Concept has been developed on a single-seat racecar platform and, according to Renault, it is "a bridge between the world of F1 technology and that of production cars." The problem is that along with the technology, Renault Sport also decided to use some F1-inspired design elements that are just a little too much for the super-compact Twizy.

While the look is something questionable, what lies under the hood makes us completely forget about how wrong things went to Renault design laboratory this time. The technology behind the concept was developed by engineers from both Renaultsport and their colleagues at Renault Sport F1 and it is essentially the same as the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) used in the Renault Formula 1 cars.

UPDATE 05/17/13: If you thought that the Renault Twizy F1 Concept is just that, a concept, well, think again. Click past the jump to see how this little concept can throw down!

Click past the jump to read more about the new Renault Twizy F1 Concept.

Posted on by Simona  

Renault has dropped a new teaser image for a concept vehicle that is going to be unveiled at the company’s Valladolid plant in Spain in just two days. The teaser image reveals nearly nothing about the concept, but Renault announced it will be an electric vehicle with technology inspired by the Formula 1 race cars. Sounds pretty cool, huh?

Renault confirmed that the concept will feature "muscular styling and impressive performance credentials, provides a bridge between the world of Formula 1 and that of electric vehicles. It’s a concept car that will make a lot of noise...but, in total silence."

The new concept was developed in cooperation with Renault Sport and, as we can tell from this first teaser image, it will feature a window that provides a glimpse of the electric motor that powers the car.

Full details on this new concept will be unveiled on April 25th. Stay tuned for more details.

Click past the jump to read more about Renault’s EV technology

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Ford is looking to re-launch the classic Escort nameplate for the Chinese market. The new Ford Escort Concept debuted at the Shanghai Motor Show and will be a compact four door sedan in its reincarnation.

The Escort name brings back memories of the 60’s and 70’s cars that were popular rally racing cars or the popular selling cars from the 80’s and 90’s. The nameplate is still very big in China where older cars command a premium.

The concept has styling much like that of other recent Fords, such as the Focus and Fusion . The front features a large angular grille that sets the styling tone for the vehicle. It also features bold lines that flow smoothly from front to back.

The car looks to help Ford gather more sales in the emerging Chinese market, as the American automaker is tries to gain foothold in the Asian market. The hope is that the Escort will give them a leg up.

Hit the jump to read more details about the Ford Escort Concept.

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Buick unveiled the first Riviera Concept at the 2007 Auto Shanghai. Now, six years later, the company is using the same show to unveil a second version of the concept that, according to the company, "offers a preview of Buick’s future design language."

While it’s pretty obvious the concept’s exterior design won’t make it to production in its entirety, the second version of the Riviera Concept features a low, sporty and futuristic look. The concept offers an updated version of Buick’s waterfall grille and wing-shaped daytime running lights - both elements are said to be used in future Buick models.

The concept unveiled in Shanghai is coated in an ice celadon finish that is inspired by jade and features unique gull-wing doors.

The most important part of the concept is that is powered by an all-new, dual-mode W-PHEV (wireless plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) propulsion system that allows the vehicle to be charged wirelessly via a sensory recharge panel on the car’s chassis.

Updated 04/22/2013: Buick has unveiled a new set of images for the second Riviera concept, which made its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show. Check the picture gallery to see all the images.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Buick Riviera Concept.


Sister companies Honda and Acura promised to present to distinctly different concept vehicles at the Shanghai Auto Show .

For its part, Honda delivered on that promise with the angry-looking 2013 Concept M MPV. Meanwhile, Acura unveiled its own concept, the SUV-X, and just like Honda’s Concept M, this one should have a future production model.

And by future, we mean “right now.”

The concept itself was designed to highlight the Japanese automaker’s emotional and sharp styling with driving performance, all while adhering to an environmental approach. The result is the SUV-X Concept, which combines all of that and wraps them all up in a body that looks downright stunning.

Acura has never had a reputation for building cars with cutting edge designs. But its recent offerings like the new 2013 NSX Concept and this one does paint a clear picture that the Japanese automaker is entering a new phase in its design philosophy.

Hopefully, the SUV-X Concept is one of the first in a long line of future models that adheres to this new edginess.

Click past the jump to read more about the Acura SUV-X Concept

We knew that Honda was going to present a concept at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show . What we didn’t prepare for was what the Japanese automaker actually showed.

The vehicle, called the Concept M, is an MPV prototype that sure looks like it’s pissed off at the rest of the world. We can’t even begin to tell you just how bad we want to see this concept hit production in the future while keeping the design qualities that made it look completely incredible.

The front profile of the Concept M is the complete achievement in this design. Check out the headlight design and you’ll notice that it’s the same configuration Honda used on the 2012 NSX Concept supercar . That, in itself, is already a winner in our books.

Then you move on to the enormous front grille, which by the looks of it, was designed to terrorize the rear view mirrors of cars in front of it. The intakes are equally imposing and provide even more aggression to one of the most radically designed concept MPVs we’ve seen in quite some time. The rear, meanwhile, is a little more subdued but still has some aggressive details of its own, particularly what looks like a huge chrome bumper guards.

Honda says that the Concept M is a preview concept of a future MPV that will be launched in China soon, "offering the attributes of a passenger car while adding new value through the realization of a comfortable and spacious cabin".

To that, we say "can’t wait!"

Click past the jump to read Honda’s short press release about the Concept M

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British manufacturer MG hasn’t put anything on the market for quite some time now, but it looks like the company is preparing a big comeback . The company will unveil the CS Concept later this month at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. The concept is designed to slot into the compact SUV sector and will likely see production at some point.

The concept has been specially designed to attract younger buyers, so it features a distinctive, sporty style and youthful appearance, but in the same time it can be immediately recognized as an MG model.

The concept received newly designed headlights with a multi-faceted ‘shard’ structure which refract light in different colors and shapes from the side. Still, it is pretty easy to recognize the new CS concept, thanks to the iconic MG’s trademark octagon from the front.

Full details on the new MG CS Concept will be unveiled during its official debut in Shanghai.

Hit the jump for the press release.

Update 4/20/2013: MG has released three new images of the upcoming MG CS Concept, but they don’t reveal anything new except that they are far more realistic than the sketches we saw earlier. You can see these images in the Gallery.

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Press days for the 2013 New York Auto Show are over, so now it’s time to move our attention to the next show on the docket: Auto Shanghai 2013 set to start on April 20. In the Big Apple, Nissan unveiled the hybrid version for the Nissan Pathfinder and the company will bring an all-new concept car called Friend-ME to China.

All the information we have on the new concept up to this point is a teaser image that reveals an innovative set of headlights and Nissan’s announcement that the new Friend-ME will feature a unique center console that allows "Four Seats, One Mind Connectivity" - equal information sharing among all aboard.

According to Nissan, the new Friend-ME is "designed for the vibrant, young generation in China, one of most exciting segments in the fastest-growing automobile markets in the world."

Alongside the new Friend-ME concept, Nissan will also display 20 new models in Shanghai.

Updated 04/20/2013: Nissan has officially unveiled the Friend-ME Concept. See all of the details after the jump.

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The Shangha Auto Show’s media day has officially kicked off and one of the most anticipated models of the show has broken cover: the Icona Vucano. Unfortunately, Icona didn’t reveal much more of the car than its exterior and the fact that it will come in two variants: street and racing.

In all, we think Icona has hit a homerun with the Vulcano, but it still has its minor issues. One of the glaring issues is whether it will be a reality or just another dream that fades away. You see, it takes a ton of money to build a concept like this and we would not be shocked to hear that Icona simply doesn’t have the capital to build production models.

Regardless of whether it ever hits the streets or not, the Icona Vulcano concept is sure to be the talk of Shanghai for the next few weeks.

UPDATE 4/20/2013: This review has been updated with official images and details on the Vulcano Concept.

Click past the jump to read all about the Icona Vulcano Concept.

German automaker, Volkswagen , is pretty serious about rolling out its CrossBlue lineup. Before it does so with production models, though, the automaker is testing waters with concept versions.

We saw the CrossBlue Concept earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, and now, Volkswagen is taking to the Shanghai Auto Show to present its latest concept, the CrossBlue Coupe Concept.

This new concept is certainly just as stunning as the first CrossBlue Concept. And the release of a second variant of the CrossBlue model really shows just how serious VW is about offering green options that are still fun to drive. But its production outlook seems bleak, for now.

Volkswagen impressed us with the CrossBlue Concept back in January. We’re hitching our wagons in believing that the German automaker can do it again in Shanghai.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe Concept

UPDATE: This review has been updated with official images and details on the CrossBlue Coupe Concept.


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