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.

The Worthersee event is just around the corner and as early as now, we’re seeing some of the Volkswagen Group’s newest toys. One of them, coming courtesy of Audi , is the A3 clubsport quattro concept, a prototype version of what could end up being the future RS3 model.

It’s no surprise that Audi opted to use Wörthersee to showcase its latest concept car. After all, the German brand used the same event a few years ago to debut the A1 Clubsport Quattro . This year, Audi really isn’t pulling any punches, debuting a sports car that serves as a pretty clear indication of the company’s intentions to bring the pain on rival models.

Audi accomplished that by introducing a model that showcasing a car it says has pushed the limits of power, dynamics, and design, things that you can only do by debuting a concept that people like us will most likely to salivate to see hit the road soon.

Yes, that now includes the Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept.

Updated 05/28/2014: Audi released two video showing the new A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept in action. Found the new video in the "Videos" tab. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept

After first showing us some Gran Turismo awesomeness late last year, BMW has finally pulled the covers of its latest concept vehicle, but one that will only be available in the world of Gran Turismo 6. This is the 2014 BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept and as we had expected, it looks positively insane.

Remember when Mercedes became the first company to unveil its own Vision Gran Turismo Concept ? When it did, we all fell out of chairs, blown away by the insanity of Merc’s creation. But what it also did was set the bar really high for the rest of the car brands that were preparing their own concepts for Gran Turismo 6.

Admittedly, we had some trepidations on what other companies had up their sleeves. But with the arrival of BMW’s GT6 concept, all the doubts that crept up in our heads about what the car was going to look like quickly evaporated.

At first glance, you get the vibes of the M4 Coupe , albeit one that’s been rebuilt specifically for video game-racing purposes. But the best part about this concept is that unlike the Mercedes version, this one looks like its ready to be transformed into the real world.

Should that happen, trust us when we tell you: it’s going to be have a lot of people clamoring for a piece of it.

Of all the automakers in the world, only Toyota and probably General Motors can rival Volkswagen in terms of resources. And yet, for all of its resources, Volkswagen still wants to give young designers a chance to show off their talents courtesy of the first worldwide Volkswagen Design Contest.

The contest has been underway since May 5th, but there’s still plenty of time for young design talents to submit their best interpretation of a video game concept car for a video game. Sounds like it’s right up in the alley of the younger generation of designers all over the world. Interested contestants can submit their concepts no later than August 15, 2014, giving them a little over three months to come up with the best entry to the competition.

Once the deadline passes, the contest falls into the hands of a jury of experts, headlined by Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design. He and the management team of his design studio, will be tasked to name three winners with all three designers receiving six-month internships in the Volkswagen Design department in Wolfsburg.

The winners will be announced on September 30, 2014.

It’s a great opportunity for a lot of young designers to not only make names for themselves in the eyes of Volkswagen, but more importantly, to make a name for themselves in the entire industry.

Interested designers can register HERE.

Click past the jump for more details on the Volkswagen Design Contest.

We have a confession to make. The first time we saw the Mini Paceman Adventure, we thought it was a belated April Fool’s joke. But shame on us because the car is the real deal. It’s a one-off model that Mini has no plans of producing, but still, it’s the real deal. Based on the MINI Cooper S Paceman ALL4 with 184 horsepower, the Paceman Adventure was born from a creative collaboration between young apprentices and their instructors at the BMW plants in Munich and Dingolfing. The students were most responsible for the creation of the unique Paceman Adventure, and as part of their idea, the students thought of turning the Paceman into a two-seat vehicle with a pickup -style appearance. Sure, it looks a little wonky and takes some getting used to, but you have to give some credit to these students for thinking out of the box.

If the Paceman Adventure proves anything other than the seemingly obvious belief that Mini still has some weird genius traits, it’s that the company is helping foster that kind of mentality among its future designers.

It’s actually a good thing because as we’ve come to know about Mini over the years, you can never have enough of these creative types in your team.

Click past the jump to read more about the MINI Paceman Adventure.

The Chinese market got an early look at the new-generation Jeep Cherokee earlier this year. If our Chinese friends are paying attention to the Beijing Auto Show , they might find the Cherokee even more appealing with the debut of the Cherokee Sageland Concept. Featuring a bevy of cosmetic changes on the exterior and the interior, the Cherokee Sageland Concept really does bring out the best in the SUV .

For this specific concept, Jeep drew inspiration from a region in China that’s considered more of a legend than an actual location: Shangri-La.

It’s an ambitious task considering that the historical landmarks and natural sceneries in Shangri-La is more a myth than anything else. But give props to Jeep for embracing the challenge of turning the Cherokee with an aesthetic upgrade that will draw the curious side of the Chinese people.

Considering that we’re not really big fans of the Cherokee’s new look, we have to admit that the Sageland Concept does a good job of drawing attention away from its overwhelming appearance, making the SUV look, admittedly, quite attractive.

The upgrades shown on the concept actually makes us wonder if the Cherokee really is an acquired taste for some people. At the very least, the Sageland Concept has made us believe that it’s actually possible.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jeep Cherokee Sageland Concept

Given how much Citroen has invested on the Chinese market, it was only a matter of time before the French automaker expanded its lineup in the country. That time has apparently come with the debut of the C-XR Concept at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show .

Okay, it doesn’t look as much of a concept as it does a near production-ready model that could be sent to dealerships sooner than later, possibly as soon as later in 2014. The C-XR also holds the distinction of being the first Citroen model the developed with the Dongfeng Motor Group, as clear a sign of where the C-XR is going to be offered once the production version is ready.

Overall, the C-XR is a sharply-designed crossover that should go over among Chinese customers, especially the young-and-hip crowd that puts a vehicle’s style and design over everything else, including its performance credentials.

That’s exactly the formula Citroen followed in developing the C-XR Concept. Only time will tell if the production version adopts the same architecture.

Click past the jump to read more about the Citroen C-XR Concept.

With the McLaren 650S already in production in both Coupe and Spider guises, it was only a matter of time until McLaren Special Operations (MSO) would come up with its unique upgrades for the British sports car .

Only a design study for now, the MSO 650S Coupe Concept blends aligns to the current trend that sees sports car manufacturers blending race-like body parts with special paint options, but offers no powertrain enhancements, leaving them to the track-focused model the Brits are working on.

With plenty of carbon-fiber parts inside and out and rolling on a set of lightweight wheels, the MSO comes in an attractive and unique package that’s likely to preview an upcoming limited edition vehicle. For now, though, the MSO 650S has embarked on a tour across China hoping to draw enough attention to make production worth while.

Even though the fancy body coating and most of the upgrades can’t be had right now, MSO is already offering a couple of updates for current 650S owners. But until a more extensive bundle becomes available, let’s see what the MSO concept has to offer and what sets it apart from the standard 650S.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren MSO 650S Coupe Concept.

The Jeep Cherokee’s presence at the Beijing Auto Show just goes to show that Jeep is hitching a lot of its hopes on the SUV to be a sales hit in China. In an attempt to drum up even more interest in the Cherokee, Jeep decided that unveiling a pair of Cherokee concepts in Beijing, including the Urbane Concept, would be a smart idea. On that end, Jeep got it right.

Together with the Cherokee Sageland Concept, the Urbane Concept represents a stylish and upmarket Cherokee that gives the iconic American SUV more character than what you can get from its standard guise.

The Cherokee Urbane Concept certainly lives up its name, thanks to a treasure trove of new features on both its exterior and interior. Look closer and you might even notice that Jeep’s design details on the Urbane Concept carries a lot of Chinese elements that include old-school calligraphy and traditional Chinese windows.

It’s a real treat for the senses, especially if you’re one who appreciates unique, production-looking concepts like this particular Cherokee. It might still be a concept by the definition of the word, but we think there’s a production future for the Cherokee Urbane Concept.

And we’re not just talking about the Chinese market.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jeep Cherokee Urbane Concept

One of the less talked about but no less exciting cars of the Beijing Motor Show is this Lexus of China-built CT BG 200h. Customized with a “more personalized design language,” the concept looks the part of a racer with its carbon-fiber exterior bits and bespoke paint job.

The concept is based on the 2014 Lexus CT 200h F Sport , though this finished product drastically builds off the stock car. The large spindle grille has new mesh, while the front chin splitter is much larger and includes little winglets on corners. The added aero work continues around the side with finned rocker panels and finned rear bumper edges.

Out back, the carbon-fiber rear fascia is much more aggressive in looks and functionality. Topping the car is a carbon-fiber wing mounted atop the rear hatch for additional downforce. The unique black and white paint scheme accented with gold stripes and black thin-spoke wheels, give a whole new look to the otherwise average CT 200h.

The décor inside the concept is of a similar motif, sporting carbon-fiber pieces and continuing the exterior color combination.

Unfortunately, Lexus hasn’t mentioned anything about matching the exterior’s racy theme with more horsepower or a retuned suspension. Looks like the concept — which it will likely stay — must make do with the ho-hum 134 horsepower from the 1.8-liter I-4 and the hybrid drive system. That means 0-60 times will still take 9.8 seconds and its top speed will be limited to 113 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus CT BG Concept.

Source: Car Watch

Well now, it seems the Volkswagen is doing its best to win hearts and minds the world over. Fresh of off news about the new Golf SportWagen , spy shots of a Golf R wagon and the announcement of the uber-awesome Golf R400 , Automotive News is reporting that the swanky New Midsize Coupe concept from the Beijing show will make it to production as a competitor the Mercedes-Benz CLA .

If you missed the news, the NMC concept is a swoopy, four-door, coupe-style car that is based on the Jetta. Think of how the CC is just a pretty Passat , and you get the basic idea.

The overall design is very reminiscent of the CC with its sloping rear profile and frameless doors. Currently the Jetta is a serviceable machine in the style department, but it is far from the prettiest thing on the road. I can see Volkswagen grabbing some conquest buyers with a more stylish vehicle. The real question is how much cannibalization of the Jetta will occur.

We have no confirmed details on this machine, but expect Jetta engine and transmission options to be carried over exactly, with a slightly higher price premium for the nicer sheet metal.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen NMC.


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