Concept Cars

Honda’s Pilot Aims for Diesel?
Honda’s Pilot Aims for Diesel?

Honda’s confirmed its plans for adding a diesel engine to its lineup, but which vehicle would carry that engine has been a mystery. Other sources are pointing to a future Acura inheriting the oil-burner, or possibly the Accord and Civic. But what about Honda’s Ridgeline and the closely...Read More»

Detroit Designs: Picks and Pans

At the North American International Auto Show there's a bewildering number of new designs — including quite a mix of production premieres, production-bound 'concept' prototypes, and even a few unhindered, let-the-designers-loose concepts. To our untrained eyes, it's often hard to judge them...Read More»

GM Keeps A Secret — CT Coupe Concept

GM is on a roll. The Provoq fuel-cell looks good. We hope it's the next SRX, and it can't come soon enough. The CTS-V we were all expecting debuted on schedule, and Bob Lutz deferentially claimed that by GM's numbers, the CTS-V may be the world's fastest sedan. Let the testing begin. But GM did...Read More»

Sustainability a 'Talking Point' for Lincoln

The Lincoln MKT wagon (or crossover, depending on how you see it) unveiled this morning by Ford's president of the Americas, Mark Fields, and design director Peter Horbury wasn't a complete surprise. But the over-the-top use of sustainable, environmentally friendly materials was. The MKT's body...Read More»

What Do HUMMER and Saab Have in Common?

GM Chairman, Rick Wagoner, made it very clear that in GM's opinion, ethanol is the bridge fuel that crosses the imposing canyon separating today's petroleum needs with tomorrow's hydrogen-powered electric hybrid promises. To make his point, GM introduced two E85-powered "concepts." One was the...Read More»

2008 Jeep Renegade Concept
2008 Jeep Renegade Concept

2008 Jeep Renegade Concept - more photos Chrysler rolled out three concepts at the 2008 Detroit auto show, each pairing exciting design and glimpse-of-the-future features with environmental friendliness. All three deliver power through an electric motor system and advanced, yet-to-be-developed...Read More»

2008 Dodge Zeo Concept
2008 Dodge ZEO Concept

Chrysler rolled out three concepts at the 2008 Detroit auto show, each pairing exciting design and glimpse-of-the-future features with environmental friendliness. All three deliver power through an electric motor system and advanced, yet-to-be-developed lithium-ion battery pack, but each model has...Read More»

2008 Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept
2008 Cadillac CT Coupe Concept

Cadillac's award-winning CTS sedan will likely get a coupe companion in mid-2008, and the two-door version of the luxury four-door has been previewed at the 2008 Detroit auto show in the form of the CT Coupe Concept. The CT is the latest iteration of the Cadillac "Art & Science" design theme...Read More»

2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept
2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept

2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept - more photos At the 2008 Detroit auto show, Chrysler rolled out three concepts, each pairing exciting design and glimpse-of-the-future features with environmental friendliness. All three deliver power through an electric motor system and advanced...Read More»

Coming Soon: 'More American' VWs

The Passat CC that new Volkswagen of America president and CEO Stefan Jacoby introduced this afternoon will be a good fit for American drivers' tastes and American roads, he affirmed. But there's more on the way. In his introduction of the Passat CC concept, Jacoby mentioned that Volkswagen is...Read More»

2009 Ford Verve
2009 Ford Verve Concept

Is Ford Motor Co. finally ready to fill one of the biggest holes in its North American line-up? Actually, make that a small hole, as in the mini-compact model it desperately needs to draw in both “Millennial” buyers, as well as older motorists looking for basic, fuel-efficient transportation...Read More»

2009 Toyota LF-A Roadster
2008 Lexus LF-A Roadster Concept

The Lexus supercar, the LF-A, is going topless. In one of the rare surprises to sneak past our auto show spies, TheCarConnection.com has learned Toyota ’s luxury division will be rolling out a roadster version of the carbon-fiber and aluminum sports car concept vehicle. Like the concept coupe...Read More»

2008 Mitsubishi Concept-RA
2008 Mitsubishi Concept-RA

Mitsubishi has unveiled a new coupe concept at the Detroit auto show, one with a drivetrain lifted largely from the rally-driven Lancer Evolution. The Concept in fact uses the Evo’s twin-clutch transmission, but teams it not to a turbo four but to a 2.2-liter turbodiesel four with variable valve...Read More»

2008 HUMMER HX Concept - Jabonski
2008 HUMMER HX Concept

General Motors is known to have had its eye on the niche occupied by the Jeep Wrangler. And at the Detroit auto show next week, it will reveal more of its intentions to field a Wrangler competitor in the shape of the HUMMER HX concept. HUMMER's general manager, Martin Walsh said, "We've made our...Read More»

2008 Cadillac Provoq Concept,  Detroit Auto Show
2008 Cadillac Provoq Concept

Cadillac's Provoq hydrogen fuel-cell powered concept goes on display next week at the 2008 Detroit auto show, as General Motors mounts a systemic blitz of PR ranging from the introduction of the Provoq and and Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid, to the perhaps somewhat less earth-friendly Corvette ZR1. The...Read More»

2008 Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept
2008 Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept

While Cadillac spins a future full of fuel-cell-powered crossover goodness with the Provoq (see below), Saab’s future also seems to include a mid-size crossover powered by an alternative-fuel engine. In this case, the new 9-4X BioPower Concept gets its motive force from an engine that uses E85...Read More»

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 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept
Chrysler’s ’08 Detroit Concepts Go Hybrid

Chrysler has provided an advance preview of its three concept cars for theDetroit show, about seven weeks in advance of the preview days when they’ll be formally revealed to the press. But we can understand why they’re quick on the trigger; if these concepts are any indication, the automaker...Read More»

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