Concept Cars

2008 Ford Explorer America Concept
2008 Ford Explorer America Concept

Ford’s Explorer ruled the sales charts in the 1990s, but the Firestone tire debacle and the emergence of crossovers has sapped the sport-ute’s lifeblood. Ford is hoping to change that with the debut of its Explorer America concept vehicle at this month’s Detroit auto show. While officially...Read More»

2008 Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK Freeside Concept
2008 Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK FREESIDE Concept

After months of spy photos and speculation, Mercedes-Benz will unveil its new compact SUV at the Detroit auto show. Dubbed the GLK, the new ute will get its world debut as a thinly disguised concept wearing the “Freeside” badge. The GLK slots beneath the classic G-Class Benz ute, the large...Read More»

2008 Toyota A-Bat Concept
2008 Toyota A-Bat Concept

Toyota’s presence at the Detroit auto shows past has trumpeted its big, big, big trucks and SUVs, from the new Tundra to the Sequoia. But this year coming, with fuel-economy rules changing, Toyota is staking out some greener territory with a concept pickup truck derived — like Honda’s...Read More»

2008 Nissan Forum Concept
2008 Nissan Forum Concept

Though minivan sales have cooled significantly in the past five years, American families snap up more than a million minivans annually. Brands like Ford, Nissan, and GM may have pulled back from minivans entirely but Chrysler, Honda and Toyota are still dedicated to providing buyers with those...Read More»

2008 Rinspeed sQuba Concept
2008 Rinspeed sQuba Concept

While the world preps for Corvette ZR1s, Hyundai Geneses, and Ford F-150s aplenty at the upcoming Detroit auto show, wacky Swiss aftermarket tuner Rinspeed continues its contrarian tack by releasing this sketch of its next concept car — a zero-emission machine capable of diving. Yep, diving. This...Read More»

2008 Land Rover LRX Concept
2008 Land Rover LRX Concept

Land Rover’s concept for the Detroit show has two doors and a compact body — and if it sounds a little like GM’s HUMMER HX concept in name and duty, it’s merely coincidence that both brands are aiming at a similar spot in the market. The LRX concept is a three-door that emphasizes smaller...Read More»

2007 Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS Concept
Aston Stuffs V-12 Into Vantage Concept

Aston Martin’s been busier than ever since it was publicly sawed off the Ford empire earlier this year. First it gave the Rapide sedan the full-speed-ahead sign. And now, opening its new design studio in Gaydon, Aston’s managed to wedge its V-12 engine into the smaller Vantage sports car. The...Read More»

2007 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Concept
2007 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Concept

Two months ago at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Porsche announced its plans for building a hybrid version of theCayenne sport-utility vehicle. Now, at the L.A. Auto Show, Porsche showed the concept for the vehicle, which is due to arrive before the end of this decade. To give the public an idea of what...Read More»

2007 Kia KND-4 Concept
2007 Kia KND-4 Concept

Kia’s newest concept car is kinda this, kinda that. Or as chief designer Peter Schreyer would prefer, it “eliminates the boundary between the indoors and outdoors,” and the lines between SUVs and sports cars — a surprisingly common theme at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. This is...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
2007 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Concept

Hyundai’s new Concept Genesis Coupe has been unveiled, as Hyundai plans a production Genesis sedan for January’s Detroit auto show and a production coupe for April’s New York auto show. The new 2+2 coupe won’t be a replacement for the existing front-drive Tiburon coupe, though, Hyundai’s...Read More»

2007 Audi Cross Cabriolet quattro concept
2007 Audi Cross Cabriolet quattro Concept

It’s not the production version of the new Q5 small SUV — that likely awaits a Geneva motor show introduction next year — but Audi’s new Cross Cabriolet quattro concept carries some hints as to what the Q5 will do and look like when it bows next year. The Cross Cabriolet quattro concept...Read More»

2007 Volkswagen Space Up! Concept
2007 Volkswagen Space Up! Blue Concept

Volkswagen’s Up! and Space Up! concepts have a triplet sibling — and the new Space Up! Blue concept, shown for the first time at theLos Angeles auto show, promises a cleaner driving experience in a package that hints strongly at VW’s Microbus past. The hints weren’t just coming from...Read More»

2007 Nissan Intima Concept
2007 Nissan Intima Concept

With its “modern living” theme, Nissan’s Intima appears to be the most production ready concept car in the automaker’s ’07 Tokyo Motor Show lineup. The concept’s “sharp-edged lines and organic panel surfaces” offer a fresh but not entirely unfamiliar take on Nissan’s existing...Read More»

2007 Nissan RD/BX Concept
2007 Nissan RD/BX Concept

It would appear, by definition, to be a rolling oxymoron. But Nissan’s RD/BX, or “round box,” is an intriguing take on the compact convertible design concept. The overall look is somewhere between a Dustbuster and a smart fortwo, with an angular nose that appears to be sucking itself forward...Read More»

2007 Mitsubishi Concept ZT
2007 Mitsubishi Concept ZT

Mitsubishi may have walked away from its Diamante sedan and wagon in the U.S., but that’s not stopping the company from showing a concept at this year’s Tokyo show patterned very much after the departed four-door. The Concept ZT sports the dimensions of a big front-drive sedan, like the old...Read More»

2007 Suzuki X-HEAD Concept
2007 Suzuki X-HEAD Concept

Initially we were skeptical about the truckiest of its concept cars due at Makuhari Messe — the X-HEAD, a Tonka-like take on the mini-pickup. However, a stroll around it and a look at Suzuki’s commercial flatbed trucks of approximately the same size that run on Tokyo ’s streets has us...Read More»

2007 Mitsubishi iMiEV Sport Concept
2007 Mitsubishi iMiEV Sport Concept

by Ken Zino A long time ago, when Chrysler was more of a force in the market, it promoted a line of full-size sedan as having a cab-forward look. Now comes the real thing: The iMiEV Sport electric car moves the two front passengers forward to accommodate high capacity lithium-ion battery packs...Read More»

2007 Toyota iReal Concept
2007 Toyota iReal Concept

First came the i-Unit then the i-Swing, and at the Tokyo Motor Show Toyota unveiled its third-generation personal mobility machine. Called the iReal, it has three wheels, two at the front and one at the back. In low-speed mode it uses electric motors to shorten its wheelbase and allow easier...Read More»

2007 Suzuki PIXY Concept
2007 Suzuki PIXY and SSC Concept

The Ministry of Economy and Trade is working with the auto industry in Japan on what’s called the next generation vehicle and fuel economy initiative, designed to make a “more enjoyable world for drivers and non-drivers alike,” says Suzuki. Part one is the PIXY, a single-person machine that...Read More»