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.
We don’t know if Lamborghini saw the hype being generated by the expected debut of the Ferrari F70, but whatever their reason is, it looks like they’re prepared to bring a showstopper of their own to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
It’s no secret that Lamborghini is bringing something to Geneva; the only question is what model is it going to be.
Well, according to company CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, the Geneva-bound Lamborghini is going to a be a front-engine, V12 GT.
Talking to Edmunds, Winkelmann alluded that the car will carry two doors, two seats, a V12 engine, and a different underpinning than what was used on the Aventador. All this points to a supercar that will carry a front-mid-engine set-up similar to the Ferrari F12berlinetta.
From these descriptions of the car, we’re more than interested now than ever before to see what Lamborghini is bringing to Geneva. If there’s truth to what Winkelmann claims that "something truly extraordinary that’s based on the V12" is being prepared as part of the company’s 50th-anniversary celebrations, then don’t crown the F70 as the jewel of Geneva just yet.
You know an auto show is a really big deal when you have a brand like SsangYong preparing more than just one concept to bring the show.
We already touched on the Rodius minivan concept about a week ago and now, the Korean automaker has released a few teasers of yet another concept, this time called the SIV-1.
Not to be confused with the XIV-1 that we first saw a few years ago at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the SIV-1 definitely looks a lot more up-to-the-times than any of the current SsangYong models in production today. While no details have been given for the SIV-1, the two teasers indicate a lot of the styling cues the crossover has, including the fancy LED-infused headlights, a small yet distinctive Kia-looking grille, and a huge fender that makes the SIV-1 appear bigger than it actually is.
The sloping roofline is also nice touch, something SsangYong should definitely consider on their future models so we don’t make fun of how square they are anymore. A tailgate-mounted spoiler and a dual-exhaust system are key features on the rear, as are the distinctive taillights that, if for nothing else, look a tad on the bland side, at least compared to those LED headlights.
When we thought we had seen it all, Chevy unveiled a rather strange Camaro Coupe at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show in order to promote DreamWorks’ new "Turbo" movie, which is set to arrive on July 19, 2013.
Since "Turbo" will be an animated movie, the new Camaro Turbo has been designed accordingly. It gets lower rockers and fender flares, a front splitter and rear diffuser and a GT concept rear wing spoiler. The concept is painted black with a vinyl chrome wrap, but there are numerous multicolor LED light insertions on the front and rear for an intriguing halo effect. The concept sits on a set of huge wheels, sized 24-inches by 10-inches up front and 24-inches by 15-inches on the rear.
Under the hood, the V-8 engine has been tricked to deliver a monstrous 700 horsepower, thanks to the addition of a supercharger system and a new exhaust system with five-inch-diameter pipes.
After having been involved in the Gumball 3000 rally for the past years, Team Galag is set to return for their third round this year, except that instead of bringing their respective cars for the 3,000-mile drive, they’ve decided to build their cars.
Not one, but two of them.
One of the cars Team Galag is trying to create before Gumball 3000 starts in the end of May is a one-off concept supercar called the TG1. Yeah, you read that right. These guys are building a one-off concept supercar that they’ll use for a race. Not lacking in resources, are we Team Galag?
So far, the only known details Team Galag has released is that they’re project will be a joint collaboration with the fellas over at SyFy Channel’s Parker Brothers Concepts. On top that, Team Galag promises that the TG1 will be a bespoke build that will carry a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged 24-valve V-6 engine, tuned and re-tuned to produce an output of 750 horsepower with a top speed in excess of 200 mph.
No official numbers have been released yet, but the team is expecting the TG1 to run 0-to-60 mph in 2.68 seconds and 0-to-100 mph in 5.65 seconds.
Rest assured, we’ll have more details about the TG1 when Team Galag officially unveils this one-off concept supercar.
The Geneva Motor Show is set to host one of the biggest showcases of concept cars for the entire year. It seems that every automaker is bringing a concept to the show and, as expected, that includes Japanese automaker Subaru.
One of Subaru’s concept offerings is the Viziv Crossover, a concept model that is expected to preview the next-generation styling language of Subaru’s crossover lineup along with new technologies that the automaker is fixing to use for its future models.
Although there’s only one teaser image to look at, there are plenty of notable features about the Viziv Concept that you can take notice of. The most significant, obviously, are those outrageous slit-like LED headlights that, while awesome in concept guise, we’re not entirely sure will ever make it past the concept phase. A trapezoidal grille is also prominently shown in the teaser as is what looks like a front spoiler.
It’ll be interesting to see what Subaru did with the Viziv Crossover Concept. The early returns are definitely promising and if we do say so ourselves, we’re looking forward to seeing the whole thing when the Geneva Motor Show opens its doors in a month’s time.
Opel has unveiled the first teaser images for its new Adam concept car set to be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The new Adam Rocks is an urban mini-crossover study that measures 3.7 meters (145.66 inches) long and offered in a three-door configuration.
The new Adam Rocks combines muscular proportions, with fierce design and open-air capability. When compared to a standard Adam, the new Rocks version is higher, wider, tougher and more compact. The concept features a fabric roof extending across the entire width and length of the roof, right back to the C-pillars.
The concept has been specially designed for those who want to combine the practically of urban driving with off-road capabilities.
If put into production, the new Adam Rocks will launch a new segment onto the market: open-top compact crossovers. Full details will be unveiled during the concept’s official debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.
At the upcoming 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, Citroen will unveil its new DSX Concept car that previews a new SUV set to target models like the Audi Q5 und BMW X3. The new model will be built on the same platform as the DS5 and its production variant will be unveiled in 2014. The model will be initially offered in China and after that will arrive in Europe.
The new concept will have a length of 4.70 meters (185.04 inches) - about the same size as the Audi A5. The production version is rumored to be offered with petrol and diesel engines, which will deliver from 160 to 200 horsepower. There will also be a hybrid version that will combine a 1.6-liter THP petrol engine with an electric motor for a total output of 240 horsepower.
The hybrid model will be offered in an all-wheel-drive version where the electric motor will drive the rear wheels, while the petrol engine powers the front wheels. For non-hybrid models, only a front-wheel-drive version will be offered.
When put on sale, the production version will be priced at about €39,000 (about $52,500 at the current exchange rates).
We’ll update this review, once Citroen releases additional information on the concept.
After being teased for a few weeks, the new Kia Cross GT Concept made its world debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The concept features a design inspired by nature and previews a larger premium CUV than the current Sorento.
The concept has been built on a 122.0 inches wheelbase - 15.7 inches longer than the Sorento and measures 192.8 inches long - 8.4 inches greater than Sorento and 79.1-inch wide - or 4.9 inches wider than Sorento. Still, the concept is 65.3 inches tall - or 1.6 inches shorter that the Sorento.
On the exterior the new Cross GT concept will adopt Kia’s signature grille, headlamps with LED lights and "suicide" doors. The light arrive into the cabin through a multi-paneled sky light with hexagonal glass inserts. On the interior it offers enough space for four passengers and their luggage and features bucket seats wrapped in Almond-Terra-colored leather. There are also features like HVAC, telematics and entertainment that are accessed via an easy-to-use touch screen and central mouse control technology.
Under the hood the new Cross GT concept combines a 3.8-liter V6 engine with a pancake-shaped electric motor sandwiched between the V6 and the 8-speed automatic transmission. This system delivers a total of 500 pound-feet of torque and 400 horsepower, while delivering an all-electric autonomy of 20-miles.
What we can tell you for sure at this point is that Kia is a huge fan of cartoon superheroes. Until now, we have seen models inspired by Batman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg and Green Lantern, and as you can see, there is someone missing on this list. Yes, you are right: Superman!
This doesn’t mean that Kia forgot about him. The most likely reason is that the automaker couldn’t find an auto show to unveil the superman-inspired Optima. Well, the wait is over, as the Superman-inspired Optima Hybrid made its debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show debut.
The car has been designed in cooperation with Super Street magazine, but except an aggressive body kit and the Superman-inspired coloration we see nothing "super" about this Optima. It gets customer fenders that make it a little bit wider, a beveled front grille resembling Superman’s belt and red headlights. The concept is painted in a very cool blue combined with Superman’s unmistakable chest emblem on the hood and red elements added on the trunk.
The interior features the same blue and red color combination and gets Superman’s iconic "S" shield integrated into the seats and steering wheel.
And that’s pretty much all the super stuffs added in the new Superman-inspired Kia Optima. Was it worth? Most likely not, but is always good to discover your inner-child.
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.