Concept Cars

Hyundai Details Concept Genesis
Hyundai Details Concept Genesis

The Genesis concept is the first preview of the “future architecture and design of a rear-wheel drive premium sports sedan scheduled to grace the Hyundai lineup in 2008,” the release says. The Genesis concept is formed around a rear-wheel-drive architecture, a first for an American-market...Read More»

Smart Broadens Appeal to Mobile Americans

It’s hard to be trailer trash and be earth-friendly at the same time. Homes on wheels often require a large gas-guzzler to move them around. And who doesn’t have a spare Trans-Am or two, up on blocks, ready to park in front? DC’s smart brand is keenly aware of the downmarket and...Read More»

Infiniti Has G37 Coupe in New York

Infiniti says its New York auto show stand will sport a pair of new vehicles--and one will be the Infiniti G37 Coupe, formerly the G35, which would seem to get an engine upgrade along with revamped style. The other vehicle will be an EX Concept, likely a forerunner to the next range-topping...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

We’re so glad to be home from Geneva. In our short 48 hours on the ground, we saw a BMW M3 lightly guised as a concept, a passel of hookers on the formerly respectable Rue du Berne, and experienced five Academy Award-nominated movies, only one of which we really “got.” So, can anyone tell us...Read More»

Betting on Kia Convertible? Don't.

Concepts often point the way to production models, but do they point the way to production models of other brands? That was the question on journalists’ lips at the unveiling of the Kia ex_cee’d, a convertible version of the Cee’d hatchback that’s just been launched in...Read More»

2007 BMW M3 Concept
BMW Calls M3 “Concept”

PHOTO GALLERY: Perhaps BMW really intended the M3 Concept to be seen as a preview of the real car coming later this year. But with production-ready touches and finishes and exotica like a carbon-fiber roof, the M3 Concept seems more than 90-percent ready to charge on to autobahns and interstates...Read More»

2007 Hyundai QarmaQ concept
Hyundai Has Good QarmaQ

Hyundai’s Geneva concept was the QarmaQ, a 2+2 crossover SUV, and it features more than 30 different environmental technologies that could appear on future production models. The plastic body has been developed in conjunction with GE Plastics and has produced a vehicle that’s 50-percent lighter...Read More»

2007 Mazda Hakaze concept
2007 Mazda Hakaze Concept

MORE PHOTOS: The third in a string of “nagare” design studies from Mazda has had its premiere at the Geneva show. The new Hakaze concept, Mazda says, is a four-seat compact crossover. Designed at the company’s European design center, the concept is aimed at middle-agers with active...Read More»

Opel GTC A Saturn to Be?

What will happen to Opel’s GTC concept, after the Geneva motor show is done? Opel sources hint to TheCarConnection that a 2009 model-year production date in Europe is likely, with sales beginning in late 2008. That's for Europe, where the Opel brand is a mainstay. As for other brands, might...Read More»

2007 Dodge Demon concept
Will Dodge Deliver the Demon?

MANY MORE PHOTOS: It’s just a concept car. Just keep saying that – for now, anyway, but Chrysler officials couldn’t disguise their interest in bringing the distinctive little Dodge Demon roadster into showrooms. And with the U.S. automaker desperate to enhance its global appeal, a strong...Read More»

2007 Opel GTC Concept
Opel GTC: A New Design Era?

PHOTO GALLERY: Opel’s new GTC Concept isn’t the only “gran turismo” to be found at the 77th Geneva Motor Show. And like the Maserati version parked close by, the Opel concept’s dramatic looks drew deep crowds and approving glances. The styling themes of the concept, promised Alain Visser...Read More»

2007 Tata Elegante Concept
Time for Tatas – Ten Years of Them

Tata Motors of India celebrated its 10th visit to theGeneva auto show with the introduction of the Elegante Concept. Tata is part of the Tata Group, India’s well-know and best respected industrial company. Tata Group had revenues of $22 billion in the 2005-06 fiscal year. The Elegante shows the...Read More»

Chevy Volt Charges Up Green Car Movement

The Chevrolet Volt could charge up the drive for environmentally-friendly automobiles. This plug-in hybrid uses long-range lithium-ion batteries to deliver up to 40 miles on a charge, more than enough, according to General Motors, for 75 percent of American commuters. For longer drives, a...Read More»

2008 Toyota Prius 5dr HB Base (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Jay Leno’s Ecojet Spotlights Alternative Fuels

Does an environmentally-friendly automobile HAVE to look like the Toyota Prius? Not to Jay Leno. The talk show host and car collector teamed up with General Motors to secretly design and develop the Ecojet supercar. Sure, it’ll deliver Autobahn speeds, but it also runs on bio-diesel, which can be...Read More»

2017 Bentley Mulsanne, 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Rinspeed at Geneva - eXasis Video

While we breathlessly await the Geneva Motor Show in two weeks, we'll keep scanning the YouTube airwaves for more videos like this one of the Rinspeed eXasis. The eXasis sports a transparent plastic body that Rinspeed likens to a 3-D effect. The plastic is tinted yellow, from its windshield down to...Read More»

Gran Turismo - Not the Cardigans, but Maserati

This is all a bit too esoteric for early morning, but hey - remember the Cardigans? That catchy Lovefool song? The follow-up was a darker, less catchy, heavily art-directed brown disc called Gran Turismo that sported a couple of singles we like, including Erase/Rewind. You should catch it. VH1 even...Read More»

2007 Rinspeed eXasis
2007 Rinspeed eXasis Concept

Flying cars, cars that swim – and now a mirage of a car? Switzerland ’s Rinspeed is at it again, this time bowing with a concept called eXasis that will be shown off at the 2007 Geneva motor show. Working with Swiss engineering company Esoro, Rinspeed has sketched out the eXasis, it reminds us...Read More»

2007 Dodge Demon concept
2007 Dodge Demon Concept

SLIDESHOW: Does Dodge have a Caliber-based roadster on its mind? That’s the easy question to ask as the Chrysler Group brand drops the veil on a new two-seat roadster coming to the Geneva motor show next month. The Demon, Chrysler says, is a “nimble roadster with an attitude” – a roadster...Read More»

2007 Kia Rondo SX Concept
2007 Kia Rondo SX Concept

A sporty version of the new Kia Rondo crossover just going on sale at dealers nationwide makes its debut at the Chicago auto show. The Rondo SX, Kia says, “features an aggressive front and rear treatment as well as a tuned suspension and other performance modifications. A unique interior...Read More»

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