Concept Cars

2008 Saab 9-X Air Concept Bows in Paris
2008 Saab 9-X Air Concept Bows in Paris

Saab's showing more of the 9-X Air BioHybrid concept, a new concept revealed at the Paris auto show this morning. The new concept's Speedster-like "Canopy Top" gives a different spin on the notion of a Saab convertible, while the rear deck maintains a certain height to provide better crash...Read More»

2008 Mazda Kiyora Concept
2008 Mazda Kiyora Concept Takes Wing in Paris

This is the Mazda Kiyora, a new concept due from the Japanese affiliate of Ford, and apparently ready to take flight from the compact Mazda stand in Paris' Expo hall. The Kiyora is a city car with a mission: lightweight construction and environmental purity, Mazda says. The name means "clean and...Read More»

2011 MINI Crossman Concept (2008 Paris auto show)
2011 MINI Crossman: The Paris Concept Is Here

It was bound to happen sooner or later. The darling of different, the MINI, is ever so slowly creeping toward Maxi. "Continuing its overwhelming story of success," says parent BMW, the MINI brand releases its Crossover Concept today at the Paris auto show, alongside BMW's X1 crossover concept. The...Read More»

2010 BMW X1
The Details: BMW's X1 Concept

As you already know, BMW has confirmed the world debut of its X1 Crossover concept, the basis for the X1 crossover to be produced in 2011. While the concept will be revealed tomorrow at the Paris Auto Show, the actual production version will be revealed at the ’09 Frankfurt Auto show. Below is...Read More»

2008 Audi A1 Sportback Concept (2008 Paris Auto Show)
First Pics: Audi A1 Sportback Concept

The engineers and designers in Ingolstadt are still trying different permutations of the A1 Metroproject Quattro concept they released at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show. We reported on the A1 as well as Audi's proposed electric minicar recently, and the five-door A1, to be seen at the 2008 Paris Auto...Read More»

2008 Lamborghini Estoque Concept (2008 Paris Auto Show)
Lamborghini Concept Ready for Paris Show

It's a good thing the wraps come off that Lamborghini concept coming to the Paris auto show later tonight (9 p.m. Paris time). There's a tease, and then there's a pictease, and Lambo is trying our patience with the release of a second third fourth image of the new supercar. Lamborghini claims it...Read More»

2009 Toyota Venza
Toyota to Display Tricked-Out Venzas at SEMA

Remember when Buick hired DUB magazine to pimp out a Lucerne, pushing that blue-hair-mobile about 40 ounces away from true street cred? It was like "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" remixed with some extra bass and the Buick tri-shield. Don't laugh, Lil Scrappy was sportin' one a few years back...Read More»

Mitsubishi MMR25 Rally Racer
Mitsubishi MMR25 Concept Reinvents the Wheel

At first sight, Mitsubishi's MMR25 Rally Racer seems to have re-invented the wheel. The stunning concept, Mitsubishi's entry in this year's Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge, replaces traditional wheels and tires with circular arrays of canted, rubberized rollers resembling something between...Read More»

Nissan Robot Flight of the Bumblebee
Nissan Studies the

In the grand tradition of C3PO, Hal, and Johnny 5, Nissan releases some whimsical, roboticized news by presenting us with its 'bot, BR23C. A "robotic micro-car that recreates bee characteristics with the goal of producing a system that prevents collisions altogether," the project studied, yes, the...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
Kia Soul Hybrid Debuts in Paris

Joining the gasoline/electric hybrid fray at the Paris Auto Show, the world leader in derivative styling, Kia, boldly goes...where everybody else has. In a shocking twist, the Soul Hybrid Prototype looks quite unique, and features a cool roof line strongly reminiscent of Nissan's new GT-R (OK, so...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
GM Likely to Announce Flint Engine Plant

According to the Detroit Free Press, GM should soon announce a new engine plant in Flint, Mich., that will build the small four-cylinder supplementary engine in the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. According to plans, the engine will be roughly 1.0 liters in displacement and will be powered on only when the...Read More»

Chrysler EV, Jeep EV and Dodge EV
Chrysler Goes Electric, Gives GM Web ENVI

Hey, Rick Wagoner, Chrysler may be a few days late to the E-REV party, but CEO Bob Nardelli is a little more polished than you on camera. Said Nardelli himself: "We may have been knocked down, but we haven't been knocked out." Chrysler today announced a consumer Web site, Chryslergoeselectric.com...Read More»

Dodge ev
Dodge EV in Trio of Chrysler Electric Cars for 2010

Not to be outdone in the hot new electric and E-REV segment, Chrysler has announced not one but THREE new Chrysler electric cars that rely solely or predominantly on electric motors for their forward propulsion, according to CNBC--not to mention the expansion of a fourth electric vehicle that's...Read More»

2008 Toyota A-BAT Concept, Detroit Auto Show
Toyota a Step Closer to Prius Pickup

Toyota execs confirm they've asked suppliers to bid on creating parts for their boldly styled concept A-BAT pickup. While this sounds like the truck is a go for eventual production, a senior Toyota exec called the move typical of cost evaluations for a promising project but does not "imply a...Read More»

Chrysler pentastar
Chrysler Planning Its Own Volt-ish EV?

"In a bid to cheer up its dealers," reports the Wall Street Journal, Chrysler plans to offer its dealers a look at an electric vehicle that it is scurrying to develop. Rumor has it the vehicle would be able to travel up to 40 miles on electric power alone, after which a small gasoline generator...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
GM Picks Top Concept Cars, Too

You'll never get the chance to drive one--but GM, while it's naming its favorite production cars from its own stocks, is also putting pen to paper to list the best concept cars it's ever fabricated, too. It all started with Harley Earl, who was customizing cars for Hollywood stars, they say. GM...Read More»

2008 Honda OSM Concept
London 2008: Honda OSM Concept

The 2008 Honda OSM concept is live on the stand at the London Motor Show, and that might be the last place you see it. Though there's been plenty of conjecture that this is a styling study for a new S2000 or some other exotic sportscar, the OSM--for Open Study Model--is a dead-end progeny of...Read More»

2008 Mazda Kazamai concept
Mazda Kazamai Crossover Set for Moscow Debut

Mazda's given a name to the crossover concept vehicle it will put on display at the Moscow auto show next month. It's "Kazamai," which means "swirling crosswinds" in Japanese. The new concept bears the newest evolution of the bodywork seen on Mazda's latest run of concepts. In mechanical terms, the...Read More»

Saab 9-X BioHybrid
Are These the Year's Best Hybrids?

Whether you think of them as "fantasies in chrome," in the words of former Ford chief designer Jack Telnack, or as the shape of things to come, concept cars have traditional been a favorite of show-goers, industry insiders, and the automotive media alike. And the best of the year's breed were...Read More»

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