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.
Concept cars are often radical in engine or design. Some use non-traditional, exotic, or expensive materials, ranging from paper to carbon fiber to refined alloys. Others have unique layouts, such as gullwing doors, 3 or 6 (or more) wheels, or special abilities not usually found on cars. Because of these often impractical or unprofitable leanings, many concept cars never get past scale models, or even drawings in computer design.
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In 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Citroen unveiled its new concept car – Survolt. It is an all-electric car concept that presents an aerodynamic design combining “flowing lines (that) convey agility, precision and vitality – with a powerful, muscular character contained in its refined and luxurious frame.”
The concept was designed for Gran Turismo 5. It features an electric drive train powered by a fuel cell with no pollutant emissions. It is a car designed to square up to the strongest competition. The car is the result of a partnership between Citroën and Polyphony, designer of the driving simulation game Gran Turismo 5 on Playstation 3.
Audi A9 Hybrid Sports Sedan
Spanish independent designer Daniel Garcia decided to give the world his a new interpretation of BMW’s Vision Concept that’s seen from Audi’s (unofficial) perspective.Enter the Audi A9, this not only fits the category for Hybrid and Concept but also wishes to have a Sports Sedan
tag added to the name.
BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics
The new Vision concept of BMW, car for the efficient dynamics philosophy will become a production model in 2013. Sport fans call this concept “The car of the future”. I bet it is!
The Audi O concept was designed to fuse a powerful and innovative audio system with a stylish and sporty four-seat hatchback. The exterior design uses several Audi trademark styling themes, especially at the front where the square grille sits neatly between the LED headlights.
The BMW GINA changes the design rulebook
concept which features clever use of materials and technology. The GINA acronym stands for ‘Geometry In “N” Adaptions’. The ‘N’ stands for infinite.
While at first glance the BMW GINA appears to be nothing more than a BMW Z4 stablemate. As soon as the doors are opened it reveals its true nature.
Created for the year 2025, the Aerolithe is named after a prototype vehicle Bugatti unveiled at the 1935 Paris Motor Show. That car, the Bugatti Electron Aerolithe, was the vehicle which spawned legendary Bugatti Atlantic models.
Cadillac Sixteen Concept
The last car of GM Design Chief Wayne Cherry, the Cadillac Sixteen is colossal in size, weight, and presence. With 1000 horsepower and 1000 lb/ft of torque.
Using clever electrical systems the engine of the Cadillac Sixteen can run on as little as 4 of its 16 cylinders to conserve fuel.
Citroen’s back again with yet another concept car. And this time there isn’t even a major international motor show to help debut the vehicle. Instead the Metropolis, as it’s called, will be unveiled in the French Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Fair.
Dacia is a Romanian car manufacturer, and a subsidiary company of Renault. And while the manufacturer might not be too common outside of Eastern Europe, in Romania itself the company enjoys huge popularity.
Duster – Dacia’s first concept crossover – is proud to be different. Seen from the driver’s side, it is visibly a sporting coupe, yet passengers entering from the other side will see it as an MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) with a traditionally opening front door and rear-hinged rear door which suggest plush travelling refinement.
Luca Serafini, a designer based in Modena, Italy produced this concept as a theoretical replacement for the Ferrari F430. Working independently from Ferrari, Serafini created the Ferrari Concept 2008 as a computer model. Proposed power for the concept could come from a mid-mounted V8, like the F430.
Debuted at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show, the Ford SYNus recognises that the majority of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2010. And in a pessimistic but unfortunatly realistic projection of the future, design influences come from security products such as safes, bank vaults and armoured cars.
Honda FC Sport
The Honda FC Sport concept is a fuel cell powered vehicle which was unveiled at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. The car was created by the Advanced Design Studio of Honda R&D Americas, in Pasadena, California.
Land Rover LRX
The Land Rover LRX concept was revealed at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. It was a preview of the Range Rover Evoque production model which was to appear in 2010.
The Pininfarina Designed Maserati Birdcage was revealed at the 2005 Geneva Motorshow. Built on the Maserati MC12 chassis, weight for a production Birdcage should be in the region of 1111 kgs (2450 lbs). This weight is achieved with the use of carbon fibre bodywork and an aluminium and carbon fibre frame.
The Mercedes-Benz F800 Style concept is a taster of what’s to come from the company in the relatively near future – stylewise anyway. The concept was designed to preview the look of the next generation Mercedes automobiles, and also showcase a couple of fuel efficient drivetrains at the same time.
Opel Gran Turismo Coupe (GTC)
The Opel GTC is based on the next generation Vauxhall Vectra platform and is intended to fulfill two roles as a concept car. Firstly to preview a new mid-size coupe from GM’s european division, a place left vacant since the departure of the popular Calibra model. And secondly to explore an entirely new design style for the Opel division.
At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show Peugeot are set to unveil the SR1 concept car. The SR1 is an incredibly important concept for Peugeot as it showcases an all new design language for the company – one which will eventually permeate throughout the entire model range.
The Peugeot 4002 concept was designed by Stefan Schulze, the winner of an amature design competion by Peugeot. The theme of the competition was to design a distant future Peugeot vehicle.
Porsche 918 Spyder Concept
Porsche don’t often do concept cars, and when they do they’re almost always just ‘special edition’ models of something they already make.The 918 Spyder Concept is a hybrid powered two-seat sports car which looks kind of like a cross between an updated Carrera GT and a Boxster Spyder. It has a low-slung stance, buldging wheel arches and jumble of vents, intakes and grilles which all hint at the potential performance.
The Renault DeZir is an electric powered sports car concept which is set to go on show at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
Toyota FT-HS Hybrid Sports Concept
The Toyota FT-HS Hybrid Sports Concept is a sports car concept which could fill a gap in Toyota’s model lineup left vacant since 1997 and the passing of the Toyota Supra.
The Volkswagen Ego is part of a trio of concept vehicles designed to offer a glimpse into the future for Volkswagen vehicles.
Designed for the year 2028 the VW Ego is a two seat sports car with an attractive and simple bodyshape.
Volvo S60 Concept
The 2009 Volvo S60 Concept which was first displayed at the 2009 Detroit Motor Show is a preview of the production 2010 Volvo S60.
Volvo SC90 Concept
The fact that the Volvo SC90 concept stands absolutely zero chance of production is almost criminal. The design was created by Nouphone J. Bansasine, a graduate of the Art Center College in Pasadena, during his summer internship at Volvo. Although the fact he now works as a designer for Volvo helps keep the hope alive that someday Volvo will create a car which is influenced by the SC90.