Concept Cars

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 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 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»

2007 Nissan Pivo 2 Concept
2007 Nissan Pivo 2 Concept

Two years after the debut of Nissan’s original Pivo concept — at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show — a second version has been unveiled. The first Pivo was something of a cult hit. Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries, it featured a unique rotating cabin — meaning no reverse gear was required...Read More»

2007 Toyota 1/X Concept
2007 Toyota 1/X Concept

by Ken Zino Toyota says the 1/X (say “one-Xth”) provides the same interior space of the Prius at only 926 pounds, or roughly one-third the weight of the world’s first mass production and best-selling hybrid vehicle. With the reduction in mass, only a 0.5-liter flex-fuel gasoline/ethanol...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 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 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 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 Toyota Hi-CT Concept
2007 Toyota Hi-CT Concept

Car makers could dramatically simplify the dynamics of an urban runabout car if it’s never going to do more than 30 mph. It’s an interesting scenario, and one put forward by Toyota with its Hi-CT concept car. Conventional vehicle styling could also go out of the window if that was the case, and...Read More»

2007 Suzuki Kizashi 2 Concept
2007 Suzuki Kizashi 2 Concept

with Ken Zino Hollywood and Tom Clancy aren’t the exclusive owners of sequels — Suzuki, for one, brought the second of two Kizashi concepts to the Tokyo Motor Show. The first Kizashi, shown earlier in the year at Frankfurt, was an exotic concept said to be an influence on the new Suzuki large...Read More»

2007 Subaru Exiga Concept
2007 Subaru Exiga Concept

The Tokyo Motor Show is known for its outlandish and often excessive designs, but look closely and you may catch a glimmer of what’s really in store from manufacturers like Subaru. The maker’s Exiga is being billed as a concept, but it has the look of a production-ready model, perhaps a...Read More»

2007 Subaru G4e Concept
2007 Subaru G4e Concept

by Ken Zino The Kermit-the-frog green color is a good hint of what’s to come when Subaru unveils its G4e concept at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. That’s e, as in EV, and this concept, a bit smaller but visually similar to the popular Impreza, is a sign that Subaru is taking seriously the...Read More»

2007 BMW 1-Series tii Concept
2007 BMW 1-Series tii Concept

by Ken Zino This is the fifth concept car from BMW to appear during 2007. However, calling the 1-Series tii a concept is a stretch. The car looks production ready. Now. It incorporates the key features of previous racing models on a lightened production 1-Series with its carbon-fiber reinforced...Read More»

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