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.

GAC Group was the only Chinese automaker present at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show , yet they did present a pretty unique concept that caught the attention of a lot of people.

The concept is called the E-JET, a hybrid sedan prototype whose design characteristics remind us of another just-introduced vehicle at Detroit (Is this the Chinese cousin of the CLA Class ?). The E-JET measures 4,570 x 1,790 x 1,490 mm (179.9 x 70.4 x 58.6 inches) with a 2,620 mm (103.1-inch) wheelbase. Not too bad for what looks like a compact sedan.

As a range-extending hybrid, the E-JET is powered by a 1.0-liter, four-cylinder gas engine that produces 60 horsepower and 60 pound-feet of torque. It also has a permanent-magnet motor that produces a peak output of 127 horsepower and a permanent-magnet generator produces 40 horsepower. On top of all that, a 13 kWh lithium-ion battery can power the E-JET in electric mode for up to 62 miles.

Put all of its powertrain capabilities together and you have a car that boasts of a total range of 373 miles with a fuel consumption of 1.9 l/100 km (123.8 mpg U.S. or 148.6 mpg UK), a 0 to 31 mph time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 99 mph.

We’re not entirely sure if GAC has any intention of building a production model for the E-JET. But we do have to give it to them; this is one interesting concept.

Geneva Motor Show is still almost two months away, but as usual, we will know nearly everything about it long before the official opening. For example, Kia has unveiled today the first teaser images of a new "provocative and racy new urban concept car" set to be unveiled in Geneva.

The company kept the name a secret, but confirmed the concept will feature the "company’s signature tiger-nose morphing into a mischievous, yet friendly, grille and headlight arrangement, coupled with strong styling lines that exude speed and energy from every angle."

We have also notice lots of carbon fiber used in the front bumper, a new set of wheels and, of course, an overall aggressive presence. Also, we expect this new concept to be a hybrid vehicle, but this is just simple speculation.

Full details on the new concept will be unveiled on March 5th, during the its official debut in Geneva, so stay tuned!

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With the market for youth-oriented, lower-priced vehicles on the rise, Honda aims to grow its share in this market with their new Gear concept that gives insight to what we can expect from the Japanese manufacturer in the future.

Quietly launched at the Montreal Auto Show, the Honda Gear Concept is designed with specific people in mind — the young with a budget (aka Generation Y). The whole aspect of the car is said to be inspired by the fixed-gear bicycles, though we don’t know exactly how that connection is made.

We can say that it looks quite good, as it features a simple and sleek design that is a clear departure from the current design of today’s Hondas. We especially like how the rear windscreen wraps around both the C-pillars at the rear profile. Being a concept, we can do nothing but hope that such a design, or rather, some design elements make it to a production model.

No details have been provided about what’s under the hood, but it’s safe to expect a frugal, low-displacement engine or a plug-in electric drivetrain.

Overall, this concept does look promising. If it goes into production, it sure will manage the young who are on the lookout for their "first car.”

We know how the partnerships between automaker and timepiece manufacturers usually go. Mostly, it’s the latter that comes out with a product bearing the former’s image, likeness, technology, or a combination of any of these elements.

Swedish watch brand Arlanch, though, is taking a slightly different approach. They’re looking into building a supercar concept, dubbed the Green Supercar Concept.

With the help of former McLaren F1 designer Peter Stevens, the Swedish watch brand is in the early stages of designing this green supercar concept. After already earning a reputation as a company that pays careful attention to being environmentally friendly, Arlanch is trying to venture in the automotive world with a vehicle that, based on these sketches, certainly looks the part of a supercar.

Details are still scarce at this point, but looking at the sketches you can make out a few details about the car, including its mid-engine layout, a large capsule-like roof, and a rear that looks like it has a large exhaust system. Slit-like headlights can also be seen, giving it that kind of supercar look that’ll gain notice immediately.

Rest assured; we’ll have updates about this new green supercar concept when more information becomes available.

TheToyota Mark X G Sports Carbon Roof Concept is a car that we probably won’t ever get to see on these shores. Having said that, it’s a pretty popular ride in Japan and Toyota is doing its part to drum up even more interest on the sedan in its homeland.

At the Tokyo Auto Salon, the Mark X G Sports Carbon Roof Concept was displayed. For this model, though, the Japanese automaker decided to introduce a carbon-fiber roof that not only looks pretty cool, but also shaves off 6 kg (13.2 pounds) of fat from the sedan. With the new roof, Toyota was also able to lower the car’s center of gravity by 3.5 mm (0.137 inches), which is always a good thing when trying to improve handling. The carbon-fiber weave pattern on the roof is an unmistakable reminder of the material’s high-quality characteristics.

Add that to a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 318 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque and mates to a six-speed automatic transmission, and you have a car that’s poised to be a hot ticket in Japan. Wish we had this baby stateside because it would get considerable interest here too.

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


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