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.

I’m not old enough to really remember the Ferrari Modulo, but I do know some uncles of mine who attest to having knock-off posters of the concept stapled to their walls. The car was a revolutionary wonder back in its day, a space ship-looking oddity that Pininfarina actually designed and developed, and was based on the Ferrari 512S.

These days, the Modulo Concept can be found locked and hidden deep inside Pininfarina’s vault. Or at least it was until Jim Glickenhaus somehow convinced the Italian design house to sell it to him.

Road & Track is reporting as such and there’s no reason to raise an eyebrow on this report. Glickenhaus himself reached out to Road & Track to announce his latest automotive purchase. As if the man doesn’t have enough unique Ferraris to call his own; he’s adding another one to this stable that might win out as the strangest of them all.

Apparently, Glickenhaus isn’t just buying the Modulo; he also plans to rebuild it and unleash it to the world. R&T is reporting that the entire build process will take place in Europe before the car makes the voyage back to New York where it will be registered and, well, you know what’s going to happen after that.

Glickenhaus didn’t give an exact timetable on how long the restoration is going to take, but he did say that the Modulo could be prepared and finished in time for the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on May 22, 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 512S Modulo Concept By Pininfarina.

Source: Roadandtrack

Honda gave us a taste of the Civic Type R Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Not content on dropping just one concept, the Japanese automaker is following that up with the unveiling of the Civic Type R Concept II at the 2014 Paris Motor Show on October 2.

There doesn’t appear to be a lot of changes to the exterior of the second concept other than the colors changing and the addition of body graphics. Otherwise, the two concepts look relatively similar.

But there are plenty of changes to talk about. New technology in the Civic Type R Concept II is the real highlight of this new concept, none more than the newly developed "+R" system that instantaneously turns the Civic Type R Concept II into a veritable pocket rocket at the push of the "+R" button.

Honda is scheduled to unveil the Civic Type R Concept II on October 2, 2014 at the Paris Motor Show.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Civic Type R Concept II.

Chevrolet has released yet another concept truck, only this time most of it will be available for purchase at a Chevy dealership. This is the Colorado Sport Concept and it showcases all the factory-available options for those with active lifestyles.

Since the Colorado’s cargo bed is on the shorter side, GM engineers devised this cargo management rack called the GearOn Accessory System. It gives the ability to haul larger items like mountain bikes, kayaks, or skis above the bed. In turn, that allows for open storage under the GearOn rack.

Chevrolet also included other items, such as a cargo divider, cargo tie-downs, side assist steps, mud flaps, and fender flares. Helping make the concept truck stand out is a set of black wheels currently being tested and evaluated for future production. Matte-black stripes give extra character to the Colorado’s hood.

The otherwise stock truck is outfitted with nearly all the options Chevy will offer on the Colorado, including MyLink with 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, Lane Departure Warning, and Forward Collision Alert.

Best of all, since Chevy is offering these add-on options from the dealer, they are included in the truck’s final price and can be included in financing. The accessories are even included in the truck’s warranty.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Colorado Sport Concept.

General Motors has been binging on special edition trucks recently, including both consumer-use trucks headed to dealerships and concepts that show off GM engineering and design teams. Chevrolet’s newest tricked-out truck is the Toughnology Concept. No, that’s not a typo, it’s a hip-n-cool word combo that helps define the purpose of the build.

There is no shortage of news surrounding the upcoming Ford F-150 and its extensive use of aluminum body panels. Well The General seems hungry for some of the action too, as the Toughnology Concept is designed to showcase the latest-generation Silverado’s use of swanky new metals. The concept truck comes coated in paint that mimics the color of raw, high-strength steel.

The Silverado boasts plenty of the high-strength steel in its construction — in everything from the A- and B-pillars, rocker panels, and roof rails to several sections of the interior structure. In total, roughly 67 percent of the Silverado’s cab in stamped from the stuff.

Chevy also prides itself on the Silverado’s bed being constructed from several kinds of purpose-placed steels. For example, the floor is make of roll-formed steel that Chevy says is much stronger than conventional stamped steel. While nearly every exterior panel is included in the high-strength steel count, the hood goes the aluminum route. The engineers say it shaves 17 pounds off its regular stamped-steel counterpart. Since it’s not the same material as the body, the designers painted it black to notate the difference.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Silverado Toughnology Concept.

All that talk about expanding the Audi TT range may have been more than just lip service. It’s certainly looking like Audi’s intentions for the TT are becoming clearer and clearer with reports that a third TT-based concept is scheduled to debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. The new concept, called the TT Sportback Concept, follows in the footsteps of the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept and the Offroad Concept, which made their debuts at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, respectively.

That makes three TT-based concepts to debut this year alone, adding even more credence to increasing sentiment that Audi’s planning to expand the TT line in the future.

There still aren’t a lot of details about the TT Sportback Concept, other than its apparent four-door, sportback design. A German newspaper is also reporting that the concept will measure 4.47 meters (14.6 feet) long with as much was 850 liters (30 cubic feet) of cargo capacity available. The concept is also reportedly getting a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that could produce as much as 400 horsepower.

These details are still subject to confirmation from Audi. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long to get the nitty-gritty. The 2014 Paris Motor Show opens on October 2, 2014, at which time, we’re going to see a whole lot more of the TT Sportback Concept.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi TT Sportback Concept.

Source: WCF

While everybody seems to be all caught up with the Q50 Eau Rouge , Infiniti is preparing another vehicle that’s expected to steal some shine away from the sports sedan. I mean that in a good way, of course. The model in question is called the Q80 Inspiration and not surprisingly, it’s headed to the 2014 Paris Motor Show .

The Japanese automaker is promising the world with the Q80 Inspiration, describing it as the peak of its model lineup. Those are big words for a company that’s been aggressively trying to reinvent itself as a premium brand capable of giving its German rivals a serious run for their money.

If the Q80 Inspiration lives up to its hype, then you better believe that Infiniti will get the attention of BMW , Audi , and Mercedes .

Infiniti scheduled the Q80 Inspiration’s debut for October 2, 3:30 p.m. local time in Paris. That’s 9:30 a.m. EDT.

Updated 09/23/2014: Infiniti unveiled a first official image along with the first details on its future Q80 Inspiration concept set to be unveiled in Paris on October 2nd. Details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration.

Peugeot is gearing up for a hectic 2014 Paris Motor Show the only way it knows how. Weeks after announcing that it would display a “re-imagined” version of the Exalt Concept in Paris, the French automaker followed that up by releasing details surrounding its other Paris-bound prototype, the Quartz Concept. Unlike the Exalt Concept sedan, the automaker developed the Quartz Concept to serve as a preview of its SUV lineup.

That’s basically the purpose of the Quartz Concept, although it would be unfair to dismiss it as nothing more than a showcase concept of future models. On its own, this coupe-crossover has a lot going for it, including an aggressive body that’s highlighted by not one, but two rear spoilers.

It would be interesting to see how Peugeot approaches the Quartz Concept in the future. We all know how its important for the French brand to finally stake a claim to the ever-growing coupe -crossover market in the UK and the world.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Peugeot Quartz Concept.

Citroen is serious about making a splash at the Paris Motor Show . After unveiling the Divine DS Concept on September 8, 2014, the French automaker followed that up by pulling the covers off of a pair of DS3 Concepts that highlight its collaborative powers with the high-class Parisian fashion scene.

Citroen’s DS Styling Centre recently collaborated with French fashion label Ines de La Fressange Paris to develop special-edition versions of the DS3 and DS3 Cabrio . The two concepts were designed with a clear objective in mind, enhance the DS3’s appeal as a model suited for the discerning French fashionista.

The concepts come loaded with unique styling and plenty of graphics, the kind you expect to see when a fashion label with the style de vie’ of Ines de La Fressange Paris gets involved.

The DS3 and the DS3 Cabrio were designed separately, each with its own distinctive flavor that emphasizes the personalization potential of the entire DS3 line.

The two concepts are set to make their debuts at the DS WORLD PARIS event this week before heading to the Paris Motor Show on October 4, 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the Citroen DS3 Ines De La Fressange Paris Concept.

It’s no mystery that Porsche has built some of the most fascinating sports and race cars the world has seen since the late 1940s. Some of these vehicles took years to develop and had numerous prototypes that preceded them. Some of them are already famous, while Porsche kept others under wraps until the 21st century. Now, after decades of silence, the Germans are revealing their full lineup of prototypes and concept cars in a new exhibit at the Porsche museum.

The exhibit goes by the name "Project: Secret!" and includes 14 projects Stuttgart engineers have worked on in the past. Test mules, prototypes, concept cars or plain design studies that helped the Germans develop and create the production cars we’re all familiar with.

You probably recall the front-engine 924 that Porsche offered from 1976 through 1998. But did you know Porsche also built a 924-based world-record car? The project came to an abrupt halt before being finished, but the vehicle still exists. Then there’s the 959 C29, an early prototype that helped Porsche engineers come up with the outstanding aerodynamic properties of the mighty 959.

Did Porsche’s first sedan , the Panamera, take you by surprise when it hit the road in 2009? Then you probably don’t know the company pondered the idea of a 911 -based sedan from the late 1980s. That’s how the 1991 Porsche 989 concept was born, a study that didn’t make it to production, but end up inspiring the design of the 996-generation 911. These are just a few of the previously unknown vehicle included in the "Project: Secret!" exhibit. Watch the videos for more intriguing prototypes the manufacturer has been hiding all these years.

One more video after the jump.

Toyota has just dropped a shadowy teaser image of its upcoming compact crossover . Dubbed the C-HR, its shape looks far more appealing than the automaker’s current crop of crossoverss, namely the RAV4 .

Set to debut at the Paris Motor Show on October 2, 2014, the crossover is said to “combine a powerful new design language with an engaging driving experience.” Of course with it being a Toyota product, a hybrid powertrain will be an available.

Though we know nothing else about Toyota’s latest, the crossover appears to have the same proportions as the new Lexus NX. It’s possible the two ride on the same platform, and possibly share the same, 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder, turbocharged powertrain. Remember, the NX also comes with a 2.5-liter I-4 hybrid drive. Both engines would work well for Toyota in maintaining high efficiency and reliability.

Toyota also spilled the beans on another product it’s bringing to Paris – the Fuel Cell Sedan. This model will mark Europe’s first encounter with Toyota’s Fuel Cell Sedan . The sedan already made its U.S. debut in California in the summer of 2014.

The Paris Motor Show is set to run from October 2nd through the 19th, 2014.

Updated 09/22/2014: With a few days before the concept’s official debut in Paris, Toyota unveiled the first official images and details on its new C-HR Concept. Details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Toyota C-HR Concept.

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