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.

Acura NSX Concept

The power of social media in today’s world appears to have no bounds. Somebody says something, others pick it up, and so on. Before you know it, we have a story to write about. Case in point: a seemingly harmless tweet by Matt Phenix (@mattphenix) suggesting that Acura’s NSX Concept looked a lot like a 22-year old concept from Audi was immediately re-tweeted by, you guessed it, Audi’s official Twitter account, @Audi.

Here’s the full text of Phenix’s tweet: "Is it rude to suggest that #Acura’s undeniably lovely #NSX looks a lot like @Audi’s 22-year-old Quattro Spyder?"

The tweet also came with a photo of the Quattro Spyder , which you can check out after the jump. But the point is, Audi saw Phenix’s tweet, retweeted it, AND sent a reply to Phenix saying: "@mattphenix is it rude to retweet? Cause we just did."

Those are fighting words, if we ever read one.

As far as we’re concerned, we’re taking Acura’s side on this one. The NSX Concept doesn’t look like the Quattro Spyder, in large part because the former is a new concept and the latter was built well over two decades ago. But we’ll leave the escalating Twitter war between fans of the two automaker’s to themselves.

At the end of the day, it just goes to show the reach Twitter has these days.

Rumors about a possible smaller Lincoln crossover have been circulating for quite some time now, and now it has been confirmed that Lincoln will unveil a concept version at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The model will be called MKC and will be based on the same platform as the Ford Escape .

This will be just one of the four new models Lincoln plans to launch between now and 2014 – the other models include a new MKZ , a new version of the larger MKS and the replacement for the Navigator SUV. The new MKC is built with Lincoln’s new design language and is for those customers "who are open to new ideas and experiences."

The new MKC will go on sale sometime in 2014 and will take on models like Buick Encore and BMW X1 .

Updated 01/13/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the new Lincoln MKC Concept.

After teasing it for quite some time, Honda unveiled the Urban SUV Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. This concept previews a new small SUV slated to launch in Japan by the end of 2013 and in the U.S. market in 2014.

The new concept features a clean and sophisticated styling, dynamic character lines and a strong stance, with hidden rear door handles giving the SUV a coupe-like presence. It measures 169.3 inches long - 9 inches shorter than the Honda CR-V - making it the ideal vehicle for today’s crowded cities.

The production version will arrive on the market in 2014. It will arrive with fuel-efficient Earth Dreams Technology and with Honda’s configurable Magic Seat Seat setup that can provide a host of passenger and cargo options, including a fold-flat mode for maximum cargo capacity.

The production version will be built at Honda’s newest North American plant near Celaya, Mexico, expected to open in the spring of 2014. The model will be priced and positioned below the CR-V.

If there was a way to properly put into the words the feeling of seeing something like the Ford Atlas Concept in your rear view mirror, it’ll probably go something like this..."holy @%@!"

See, intimidating doesn’t even begin to describe the looks of this concept truck, one that Ford is pegging as the future of its F-150 series . In its attempt to showcase the design, capabilities and smart technologies that will eventually come to be known as future F-150 models, Ford has already succeeded in turning to a new design chapter in the F-150’s history.

Add that to new technologies that the existing pickup will have moving forward, and it’s easy to see why we think the Atlas Concept is one of the brightest concept debuts to hit the stage at the 2013 North American International Auto Show .

Check out all the new digs the Ford Atlas Concept has after the jump!

The 2013 North American International Auto Show - or you can just call it the Detroit Auto Show - is replete with concept vehicles, special-edition models, and world debuts.

Italian automaker Fiat , by way of sister-company Chrysler , is preparing a pair of concept 500 vehicles tagged as the 500 Abarth Tenebra and the 500 Turbo Cattiva.

The latter of those two models is the subject of these pages and if we’re going to throw a compliment its way, it’s that it’s a lot more attractive to our eyes than its monotone co-debutante.

We’re not saying that there’s nothing appealing about the Tenebra; it’s just that we’d much rather be driving the Cattiva out and about on the road. We don’t know if Fiat has any production plans for this model seeing as they tagged it with the “concept” label, but if given a chance, we’d love to see the Cattiva in dealerships in the future.

Find out more about the Fiat 500 Turbo Cattiva Concept after the jump

Ever since the Fiat 500 rolled back into our lives a few years, we’ve been inundated with plenty of concepts and special edition models for the lovable little hatchback.

That trend appears to be continuing with the North American International Auto Show debuts of two new 500 concepts, the 500 Abarth Tenebra and the 500 Cattiva.

The Tenebra, in particular, is based on the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth . Fiat certainly didn’t pull any punches, giving this concept a unique aesthetic upgrade with hopes of highlighting the unique sportiness of the compact hatchback.

The new goodies you’ll find in the 500 Abarth Tenebra will show you how a 500 Abarth can be accessorized to stand out from the crowd. Who knows, you might find these concept versions find their way in dealerships sooner than later.

For now, though, check out all the upgrades Fiat did to this 500 Abarth after the jump.

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The latest Passat in the U.S market is perceived as a less-expensive executive car with hardly any sporting character. However, VW thinks that the upcoming Passat Performance Concept to be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show, will change that notion.

The subtle nature of the body kit that this “Performance Concept” wears may be a little misleading, as this is one timid-looking sedan that’s ready to run. The concept will feature 19-inch Luxor wheels, a new front bumper with honeycomb inserts, to go along with HID headlamps and LED tail lamps borrowed from the Chinese Passat.

Step inside and two-tone leather upholstery welcomes you along with, carbon-fiber-looking accent pieces and black headliner. We’re a little turned off by the faux carbon fiber, but we’ll deal with it or now.

The main highlight of this concept is the EA888 1.8-liter turbocharged four-pot engine that will most likely be used in the U.S.-spec Beetle, Jetta and Passat. This engine is already used in the Asian and European markets, and would theoretically replace the 2.5-liter in-line five-cylinder in the U.S.-spec models.

Though the number of the cylinders is fewer and the displacement is lower than the engine it would replace, this new four-cylinder produces 250-horsepower – an increase of 80 ponies from the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine – and it’s more fuel efficient.

Since it is still just a concept, eager customers will have to wait for VW to officially announce the release of this model, which could be dubbed Passat R-Line.

Hyundai Genesis and Equus are two models that have significantly increased sales numbera for the Korean company. However, in order to keep this trend, the company needs to update them periodically on both design and powertrain. With this in mind, Hyundai has unveiled the HCD-14 Genesis - a concept car that preview’s design direction for future premium vehicles - at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

The most obvious updates on the new design language are the deep vertical grille, the new headlamps, the rear-hinged rear doors – a pretty sweet feature for a four-door coupe - and those large-diameter wheels.

Under the hood the HCD-14 concept combines a 5.0-liter Tau V-8 direct-injection engine with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The concept also features an "ultra-rigid" chassis with high-tensile-strength steel in strategic areas that help improve the driving experience.

Updated 01/15/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept.

Previous rumors suggested that Acura could be finally unveiling the production version of theAcura NSX supercar at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. However, it looks like the company decided to tease us a little bit more, as the Detroit Show only yielded another evolution of the NSX Concept . Acura did, however, confirm that this new concept could offer "a first-ever look at one possible direction for the next-generation NSX interior design."

Translated this means that the production version will look pretty much similar to all those concepts we have seen in the past few years and that when the production version finally drops onto the market, it will offer no surprises.

Just like with the previous concept versions, the new one is defined by clean, modern and simple surfacing, and the interior was founded on a "Human Support Cockpit" theme.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Acura NSX Concept.

Displaying the kind of new technology they’re developing over there in Germany, Volkswagen is headed to the 2013 North American International Auto Show with an SUV concept that could very well be the peg for which VW bases their future production models on.

It’s called the CrossBlue Concept and by the sheer level of technology used on this SUV, you’d think that this is going to be all-conquering machine that can survive the apocalypse.

We’re not going to go that far because the CrossBlue is still, after all, a concept and any talk of production is still up for debate. Be that as it may, there’s plenty to like about the CrossBlue - and a few things not to like about it - a lot of which involves the highly sophisticated powertrain that makes use of a diesel engine, a hybrid system, and electric motors.

Find out more about the Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept after the jump


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