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.

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

Toyota will offer proof that the hybrid technology is "no barrier to creating eye-popping custom concepts" at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon the. It will achieve this with the unveiling of the Aqua G Sports — a concept car based on the Prius hatchback — a model that quickly become one of Japan’s best-selling cars since its launch last year.

The new Aqua G Sports concept adds a more aggressive appearance to the exterior and interior, plus a re-tuned suspension and body-reinforcing braces to strengthen its sporting character and handling. Despite these updates, the Aqua concept keeps the usual hybrid powertrain found in the Prius. This means the new Aqua concept will be powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 99 horsepower combined with an electric motor that adds another 82 horsepower.

Full details on the new Toyota Aqua G Sports concept will be unveiled during its official debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Toyota will come to this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon with 10 updated models and four of them are based on the road-going GT86 — known as the "86" on the Japanese market. The four 86 concepts to be displayed in Tokyo will be the 86 x style Cb, 86 Modellista, 86 TRD Griffon and TOM’S N086V.

The standard GT 86 has attracted worldwide praise for its sporting looks and character, but it is only the start for some of the world’s top design houses. For example, the one developed by Modellista features a very aggressive body kit, a carbon-fiber hood and a new set of wheels.

No other details have been provided just yet, but the first image we have reveals a concept car painted red combined with numerous black elements. Full details will be unveiled during the car’s official debut in Tokyo. We’ll bring you all of the details once Toyota and Modellista release them.

It looks like many automaker have used the 2013 Detroit Auto Show to preview their future design language, and Nissan is one of them. Their new Resonance Concept previews the "future direction of Nissan crossovers with smart, edgy design."

The exterior features a new V-Motion design language that includes the front grille, the hood and of course the new boomerang shaped headlights. What we really like about the new concept is that very cool Flare Orange exterior paint combined with the 22 aluminum-alloy wheels with Satin Chrome accents. The interior features a "VIP lounge" look and includes buttery leather and premium-stitched seats, an advanced instrument panel and a open glass roof.

The new Resonance is of course a hybrid vehicle: it combines a smaller displacement internal combustion gasoline engine with an electric motor

Updated 01/15/2013: This review has been updated with the full details, images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Nissan Resonance Concept.

The resurrection of the Facel Vega brand has become a topic of conversation for the past year. While there has been no confirmation on when the revived HK Coupe Concept is going to be revealed, some indications from the people behind the project — one Caroline Castets — seem to suggest that this car is more than just a pipedream.

There’s still that issue of trademarks and the right for the new folks to use the "Facel" brand name, but that’s being discussed as we speak, so any developments on that will probably make news anyway.

As far as the car itself is concerned, the release of a new photo finally shows its front end and gives us an indication of what to expect for this sports car. So, what’s the early aesthetic feedback?

It’s hard to tell because the image is a little too dark for our liking. However, judging from the aggressive angles and the sloping hood, there are some sports car elements there that we like. At the very least, that front end is already looking better than the shagglebot rear that looks like it was designed with the idea of slapping components one on top of the other.

Toyota Corolla Furia Concept

Toyota has never been the flashy type when it comes to developing concept cars. Quite frankly, it’s been a while since a Toyota concept really caught our attention. There is, however, a modicum of interest on our part with the Furia Concept that the Japanese automaker has prepared for the Detroit Auto Show .

Toyota appears to really be hitching a lot on this concept because we’ve already seen a number of teasers based on it. Whether its photos or videos, the Japanese automaker has really put serious time and effort to drum up the hype for the Furia concept. It’ll be interesting to see what this concept is going to look like, but rumors are already flying that this concept is going to be the kind of cutting-edge model that Toyota isn’t really known for.

The Furia Concept is scheduled to make its debut on Monday, January 14th. If its expected debut is any indication — the use of 30 custom 46" transparent LCD screens — we’re definitely for a pretty interesting spectacle.

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While most manufacturers are busy prepping to launch brand new models to keep visitors drooling, Nissan has taken a different approach by announcing a new fragrance that soothes the visitors at the Nissan stall.

Dubbed the "vert oriental,” this fragrance is reported to smell like green tea leaves during the Chinese spring harvest, which is soon going to be the trademark "smell" of any Nissan. Clearly, that’s one aspect that no one bothers spending time on...

To make the odor familiar amongst visitors, Nissan will be periodically releasing the fragrance. So people planning to visit the NAIAS, you know what to look out for when you step into Nissan’s territory.

Other than that, Nissan will announce a radical new concept and a mini hatchback. Also sharing the spotlight will be the evergreen 2013 Nissan Leaf and people who love bling can look forward to the Gold GT-R developed with Usain Bolt.

To make the experience closer to the movie Minority Report, Nissan has installed an "Innovation Wall" that makes use of the Kinect sensor for X-Box to communicate with the visitors and explain the history of the brand’s achievements through six different screens. Pretty neat, huh?

Details are still very sketchy and all we have to show you is the blurry teaser image that TRD has unveiled, but there is a new GT 86 concept from TRD heading to the Tokyo Auto Salon. Sure, we already talked about the new Sports FR Concept Platinum and how awesome it is, but its partner in Tokyo – the GT 86 Griffon Concept – just may blow it out of the water.

Like we said, the details are sketchy, but we do know that TRD went to task lowering the GT 86’s overall weight, then tweaked at least the suspension and exhaust. TRD then took the GT 86 Griffon out to the Tsukuba circuit and laid rubber to tarmac, netting a best lap time of 1:01.872.

That may seem like nothing on paper, but when you start adding in the fact that time beats out times of the Ferrari 458 Italia , Ferrari 360 CS , Nissan GT-R Spec-V , Corvette ZR1, Lambo Gallardo, Porsche 911 GT2, and so on, you realize that this must be one beastly `Yota GT 86.

We will find out more on the 11th of January when TRD officially releases the specifications, but were are 100-percent certain that there is a lot more tweaking going on than just some suspension stiffening and exhaust work.

We’ll update this review once we get the official info.

UPDATE 07/13/13: New photos of the Toyota GT 86 TRD Griffon have been released. Check them out in the gallery below!

We already saw what Toyota Motorsports and its partner, Gazoo Racing, could do with the GT 86 when it released the Sport FR Concept. Now, Gazoo and Toyota have teamed up again for the Tokyo Auto Salon and are releasing an updated GT 86 dubbed the Sports FR Concept Platinum.

The details are not yet complete and all we have are teaser images showing off a few pieces of the car, but there is a little info to pass on. From the looks of things, the Sports FR Concept Platinum will stray much farther from its GT 86 base than the original Sport FR Concept on the outside and inside, as its new vented hood and LED headlights make a big difference on the outside. You’ll also find that the taillights, 18-inch rims and spoiler also set it apart from the base GT 86.

Inside the cabin, you’ll find a roll cage to keep you safe and add some rigidity to the body, as well as full instrumentation, white leather seats and four-point harnesses to keep your backside parked in those comfy seats.

The real fun comes when you look beneath the hood, as you’ll find the same 2.0-liter boxer-4 engine from the base GT 86, but with a pair of turbochargers forcing air into the combustion chambers. There are likely tons more additions under the hood, which Gazoo hasn’t revealed yet, but we do know that this modded 2.0 will punch out 330 horsepower and 318 pound-feet of torque.

The engine links to a six-speed manual transmission, and an upgraded limited-slip diff, performance suspension and aftermarket brakes all help the GT 86 handle a little better. This monster weighs in at a relatively svelte 2,751 pounds.

More details and images will be available during the Tokyo Auto Salon, which kicks off in January.

Source: Carscoop

Panamera Sport Turismo Concept made its official debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and now Porsche has unveiled a new video presenting the design process behind this exclusive concept car.

In this video you will be watching designers Michael Mauer and Mitja Borkert to Porsche’s R&D center in Weissach. They are explaining the development process of the Panamera Sport Turismo. You will learn about every step needed to transform a clay model into the concept you have seen in Paris.

As a reminder, the Panamera Sport Turismo Concept is powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that delivers a total of 428 horsepower and allows the concept to go from zero to 62 mph in less than six seconds. It can be driven in pure electric mode up to a speed of 80 mph and can cover distances of over 18 miles. But before you’ll get to excited you have to know Porsche has no intention in offering a production version of this concept.

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