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 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.

Yesterday we announced the Mazda CX-5 Active Driver for the upcoming 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. Today it’s time to announce another specially prepared CX-5 set to be unveiled in January 2013 in Japan. This time we are talking about the CX-5 Grand Touring — a concept featuring an aerodynamic body kit, a set of high-performance Brembo brakes and a set of 20-inch alloy wheels.

The concept combines a "Soul Red Premium Metallic" exterior paint with numerous piano-black elements, including the exterior mirrors, front and rear spoiler, side skirts, and doors handles. The same black and red combination has been used on the interior where black leather has been combined with red stitching.

No other details have been provided just yet, but we do know the model will feature Mazda’s "SKYACTIV-D" technology. Full details will be unveiled during the car’s official debut at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon.

Alongside the BRZ Premium Sport Package concept, Subaru will also unveil the Forester Sport Concept at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. This vehicle has been specially designed for highway driving and city cruising, and has been customized as an "On-road super SUV".

The new Forester Sport Concept is powered by a Direct Injection Turbo (DIT) engine specially developed for tackling pavement. Along with the special engine, this concept comes with distinctive styling. Its aero package includes a specially designed front grille, a new STI front under spoiler, an STI sport muffler, a side under spoiler, an STI flexible tower bar and an STI rear under spoiler.

In order to improve the SUV’s handing capabilities, Subaru installed a new Bilstein suspension and a set of BBS-designed 20-inch aluminum wheels. A set of Brembo brakes and drilled rotors help drag this SUV to a stop. For the interior, the only updates announced for now include new front and rear red-colored leather seats.

Full details will be announced during the car’s official debut at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon.

While most of our attention is focused on the upcoming 2013 Detroit Auto Show, people in Japan are preparing themselves for the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon — not as popular as Detroit, but still a pretty good chance to see some cool upgrade packages offered for current models.

Mazda , for example, announced an impressive lineup as six vehicles to be displayed in Tokyo, one of the most impressive one being the Atenza Racer (known as the Mazda6 in the U.S. market). According to the first details we have on this cool model, the new Atenza Racer has been designed as a "response to a request of the user who is running the circuit, and comfort."

The model features M’z CUSTOM (M’s custom) aero parts, Brembo brake calipers and engine upgrades. On the inside, Mazda installed sporty leather seats and a set of alloy pedals. No details on the final specifications have been provided just yet, but we expect to learn them pretty soon.

Subaru BRZ Concept STI

It looks like today has been a day for Tokyo Auto Salon previews. First Honda , then Mazda and now Subaru has offered us the first details on its models to be displayed in Tokyo, starting January 11, 2013. Subaru will come to the show with several new concepts, the coolest one being based on the new BRZ sports car.

The new BRZ Premium Sport Package concept will offer customers a pretty good idea of what the STI version will bring to the market, including an STI aero kit, a carbon fiber roof and a set of 19-inch BBS prototype alloy wheels. The interior has also been customized with leather seats and bright metallic trim.

We have no images of the concept just yet, but we do know it will be featuring lots of black exterior elements and special metallic colors of high brightness.

Full details on the Subaru BRZ Premium Sport Package concept will be unveiled during its official debut at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon.


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