Concept Cars

2011 Volkswagen New Beetle: The Infestation Begins!
2011 Volkswagen New Beetle: The Infestation Begins!

Volkswagen's been working on a new range of compact and subcompact cars for the world market. One of them--according to a report this morning from 4Car--says the new Volkswagen Beetle will be ready in 2011, and will be getting some family members. The report says the new New Beetle might get a few...Read More»

2008 BMW GINA Concept
BMW GINA Concept Glides into History

Think of it as the ghost of BMWs past and present. It's called GINA, for "Geometry and Functions in 'N' Adaptions," and it's a concept car that's been behind the scenes at the German automaker's styling studios for six years, helping designers play with the unique flame surfacing that's been...Read More»

2008 Audi A3 TDI Clubsport Concept
Audi A3 Gets the Clubsport Treatment

Audi's shown us a Clubsport concept spun off the TT, but now it's time for the A3 to get some love--the diesel A3, that is. This Audi A3 TDI Clubsport quattro concept starts with the 2.0-liter turbodiesel that's heading for U.S. customers in various Volkswagen and Audi models. In this form, it...Read More»

April Fools' Joke from Jaguar?

Everyone's getting in on the April Fools' Day jokes, including, we think, the funsters and wagsters at Carscoop. Witness this image here: according to the copy, it's a Jaguar XF-C concept due at the Beijing auto show on April 20. Carscoop says the four-seat coupe is based on the new XF, and powered...Read More»

2008 Buick Invicta concept
Buick Invicta Concept: Shanghaied in New York

It won't be displayed in the clay until the Beijing auto show on April 19, but Buick's letting more than a few whispers out about its new Invicta concept. While we're amassing for the New York auto show, Buick's eye ahead to Beijing will include a fully realized concept version of this sketch...Read More»

Adieu, Pacifica: Chrysler Closing Design Studio

As part of the new effort to trim costs that Chrysler announced last Friday, it plans to close its Pacifica Advanced Product Design Center in California, which has been the source of several of the company's concept vehicles in recent years. "Increasingly, we are leveraging resources worldwide...Read More»

Kizashi 3 in New York: Here's the Sketch

It's been an auto-show season full of Suzukis so far--from the Kizashi concept shown at last fall's Frankfurt auto show, to the Concept Kizashi 2 unveiled at the Tokyo motor show last October. Now, while we're still wrapping up our coverage of the Geneva motor show, Suzuki's completing the trio...Read More»

Mitsubishi Prototype-S Headed to the U.S.

Mitsubishi doesn’t really do concept cars, just very thinly disguised versions of production models. Change the front the lights, swap the big wheels for more sensible ones, and you’re pretty much there. And so it is with the Prototype-S, the firm’s Geneva Motor Show concept...Read More»

Hyundai HED-5--Or Is the i-Mode?

Hyundai will launch a new compact minivan in the near future, and the Korean firm’s Geneva Motor Show concept hints at the styling and functionality. Bizarrely it has two names, either HED-5 – because it’s the fifth production the from Hyundai European Design center – or the...Read More»

2008 Hyundai HE-5 Concept
2008 Hyundai HE-5 Concept

Hyundai will launch a new compact minivan in the near future, and the Korean firm’s Geneva Motor Show concept hints at the styling and functionality. Bizarrely it has two names, either HED-5 — because it’s the fifth production the from Hyundai European Design center — or the i-mode. The...Read More»

2004 Saab 9-5 Linear
2008 Saab 9-X BioHybrid

The schedule of press conferences for the Geneva auto show is packed, with each brand getting only fifteen minutes for its presentation to the press. So it's no surprise that manufacturers want to use the evening before to draw attention to their new model. Last night, Saab chose to preview its...Read More»

Morgan LIFECar Concept
2008 Morgan LIFECar Concept

The British sports car maker Morgan, best known for its classy, hand-built roadsters that give a strong nod to the past, isn't hesitating to embrace the future of the automobile. The company just released some advance details and images for its LIFECar concept, to be revealed to the press next week...Read More»

Saleen S5S Raptor Coming to New York Show

Kia, Scion and Acura aren't the only automakers planning world debuts at the New York auto show. Saleen, tuner of musclecars, is plotting the first showing of it S5S Raptor concept for the New York show, too. So far, Saleen Inc.'s only released this sketch, along with a minimal press release that...Read More»

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics tech
2008 BMW X5 EfficientDynamics Concept

Hybrid-electric technology, with a modern, clean-diesel engine, really makes a lot of sense for U.S. driving. Diesel engines are at their best in steady-state highway cruising, while hybrid componentry greatly improves efficiency in start-and-stop congestion. Now BMW is bringing out a vehicle that...Read More»

2008 Kia Soul concept
2009 Kia Soul Preview

There was little doubt the Kia Soul concept was going to spawn a production car when it was unveiled at the Detroit auto show in 2006. It’s just the sort of segment-busting compact funky car that the Korean firm needs to boost its image. Nothing had been heard of the car since, though prototype...Read More»

Is GMC Really Serious About the Denali XT?

Our story on the Toyota A-Bat concept got you talking -- so while you're thinking about small trucks with hybrid powertrains, help us figure out how serious GMC is about building that Denali XT concept that it unveiled at the Chicago auto show? True to its pre-show buzz, the Denali XT's a pretty...Read More»

2009 Audi R8 Le Mans
2009 Audi R8 Le Mans Concept Preview

For those who recall the bad old days of the American diesel, the 2009 Audi R8 Le Mans might seem like a contradiction in terms. Ask most Americans to describe diesel power and they’re likely to use words like “slow,” “smelly,” or “rough-riding.” Yet if you listen to the German...Read More»

More Hot Server Action: Your Ten Most Popular Vehicles

With last month’s Detroit auto show and its hordes of concept cars, production cars, and high-resolution photography, it’s understandable why all the top vehicle searches in January at TheCarConnection.com were vehicles shown in Detroit. Maybe TCC readers are looking for a Jeep alternative, but...Read More»

Flint: Detroit Show’s Crossover to Crossovers

There are the cars of fantasy--such as the $100,000 Corvette ZR1, which I call “The Devil in the Blue Dress,” and the Lexus LF-A Roadster concept. They are real if you’re a millionaire, and will be out soon, but will always be fantasies to most of us. There are the cars of hope—all sorts of...Read More»

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