2011 Ford B-Max Concept. Photo by Vitesse Photography.
2011 Nissan ESFLOW Concept
Enticing to look at, even better to ponder driving, these twelve concept cars from the 2011 Geneva Motor Show are more than enough to stave off the winter doldrums. A fun guess is when or if any of them will ever make it to production, or whether they’re tantalizing hints at what’s already in the works at the respective automakers’ design studios.
Here are the twelve concept cars that caught the eye of Family Car Guide from the best of the best at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show:
Families that want a compact but need more space may find a lot to like in the Ford B-Max concept. An innovative sliding rear door in a pillar-less side is a fresh new idea that seems to work. Better interior space while on the same footprint as the Ford Fiesta microcar? Now, that’s an achievement. Nelson Ireson has more on the Ford B-Max at The Car Connection.
Mazda Minagi Concept
Stunning in its exterior design, the Mazda Minagi concept shows the influence of the automaker’s new Kodo design philosophy. This is the second of the Kodo-designed concept cars, the first being the Shinari unveiled last summer in Milan. Other Geneva news out of Mazda is the announcement of the company’s SkyActiv sub-brand, created to promote eco-conscious products in the works. For more on the Mazda Minagi Concept, see Viknesh Vijayenthiran’s story here.
With its sensuous lines and imposing, somewhat bulky presence (not an oxymoron here), the Saab PhoeniX looks a bit like a fighter plane – reminiscent of Saab’s heritage. Maybe there’s even more of a hint here at the 2012 Saab 9-3? We’ll have to wait and see, but read how the Saab PhoeniX will spawn multiple platforms in this Motor Authority story.
Taking a page from the all-electric Leaf, the Nissan ESFLOW concept car looks, handles, and performs like a sports car – but does so with 100 percent electric power. Nissan says the dramatic two-seater ESFLOW concept shows that future driving can be fun and environmentally responsible at the same time. Nelson Ireson has more on the Nissan ESFLOW direct from the floor at Geneva.
Compact at just over 14 feet in length, the four-seat Infiniti Etherea concept is a veritable combo of part coupe, sedan, hatchback and tall crossover. The upscale division of automaker Nissan says the Infiniti Etherea is aimed at younger buyers looking for a new type of luxury. Infiniti says the Etherea is an exploration of a future entry-level production model. Check out Motor Authority for more details.
BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept
From BMW comes the Vision ConnectedDrive concept, a two-seat roadster that is a physical representation of a car that is fully interactive with driver, vehicle and the environment. The overall design theme is “connect and network,” says BMW, divided into safety, infotainment and comfort. For a video on BMW Vision and ConnectedDrive, see this piece in Motor Authority.
MINI Rocketman Concept
With a design that harks back to the original MINI yet looks forward to the future, the MINI Rocketman concept is a 3+1-seater with three doors and a length of about 10 feet. Key to the concept is the wide-opening doors and double-hinged joints for easy entry/exit, lightweight seats that can be arranged in a variety of positions and flexible luggage compartment with two-part tailgate. Want more details? See Viknesh Vijayenthiran’s article.