Concept Cars

2007 VW Space Up! Concept
2007 VW Space Up! Concept

Just a few weeks ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Volkswagen Up! was described as a concept car. Now, with the debut of the Space Up!, the pair are being talked of by VW as a small-car family. There seems little doubt these cars – or something very like them – will become production...Read More»

2007 Audi Metroproject Quattro Concept
2007 Audi Metroproject Quattro Concept

Think of this as the face of the future for Audi, the future of the A1, anyway, the new minicar program that will reach market late in 2009. “The final design for the production car has not yet been signed off,” reveals Thomas Krauter, project leader from the German automaker’s Concept...Read More»

2007 Mazda Taiki Concept
2007 Mazda Taiki Concept

Adding to its string of exotically flavored concept cars rotating on the world’s auto-show stages in 2007, Mazda promises their new Taiki concept, shown at the Tokyo show, will be the logical successor to the likes of the Nagare. In Japanese, its name means “a large, shining radiance.” In...Read More»

2007 Lexus LF-Xh Concept
2007 Lexus LF-Xh Hybrid Concept

by Ken Zino There are concepts ahead of their time, and there are concepts appearing after production designs are done. This hybrid SUV looks like a teaser to prepare buyers for a more angular and expressive RX. If Lexus holds to its usual cycle, a replacement RX will appear in a little more than...Read More»

2007 Ford  Verve Concept
2007 Ford Verve Concept

Say hello to Verve. Oops, sorry, that was the tag line for somebody else’s small car, but there’s little denying Ford’s need for a small, fuel-efficient and affordable alternative, something that could go up against the likes of the Toyota Yaris or Honda Fit. And from the hints theU.S...Read More»

2007 Opel Flextreme Concept
2007 Opel Flextreme Concept

While there are more than enough muscle cars to go around at this year’s Frankfurt show, “green machines” are everywhere, as well. Nowhere was that more apparent than at the General Motors stand, where virtually every new product had an environmental spin, ranging from flex-fuel vehicles to a...Read More»

2007 Mitsubishi cX Concept
2007 Mitsubishi Concept cX

Mitsubishi’s stand at the Frankfurt show featured traditional Japanese drummers and dancers, but the concept that pulled onto the stand after the show was anything but traditional. The cX concept is Mitsubishi’s idea of what urban drivers would want in a compact utility vehicle — while...Read More»

2007 Hyundai i-Blue Concept
2007 Hyundai i-Blue Concept

As far as we know, Hyundai doesn't have a deal with Apple, but the automaker's latest concept from the Frankfurt show sounds very user-friendly, even if it's hydrogen-powered. The i-Blue concept was conceived at Hyundai's Design and Technical Center in Chiba , Japan and is claimed to be the...Read More»

2007 Kia Kee Concept
2007 Kia Kee Concept

by Joe LaMuraglia Kia used the Frankfurt International Motor Show to debut their Kee sports coupe concept. Designed not far from the Frankfurt Messe in Kia’s new European HQ and design studio, the Kee is an indication of the Korean’s new design language for the European market. The Kee is a...Read More»

2007 Volvo ReCharge Concept
2007 Volvo ReCharge Concept

Fredrik Arp, president and CEO of Volvo Cars, emphasized environmental and safety initiatives in its Frankfurt auto show press conference, highlighted by the company's recently revealed ReCharge plug-in hybrid, which was shown at the center of the Swedish automaker's stand for the first time in...Read More»

2007 Mercedes-Benz F700 Concept
2007 Mercedes-Benz F700 Concept

Mercedes-Benz’ display at this week’s Frankfurt auto show will include the F700, a dazzling and dizzying collection of technology bundled into a concept-car body that could be an early preview of the next S-Class sedan. But the emphasis is distinctly on low consumption and low environmental...Read More»

2007 Toyota IQ Concept
2007 Toyota IQ Concept

While Daimler continues to plug money into the never-profitable smart project, its very dogged determination has attracted at least two wannabes to the Frankfurt auto show this year: Volkswagen’s UP! Concept is one, and Toyota ’s IQ city car is the other. The Toyota concept, the company says...Read More»

2007 Volkswagen UP! Concept, Frankfurt Auto Show
2007 Volkswagen UP! Concept

Is this the shape of things to come, or a return to Volkswagen’s roots? The UP! concept is a bit of both. The minicar prototype “is what the Volkswagen brand has stood for since it started,” declared the automaker’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn, “affordable mobility for everybody.” Though the...Read More»

2007 Seat Tribu Concept
2007 Seat Tribu Concept

It may look like a typo, but Seat’s Tribu show car is spelled correctly. It’s Spanish for “tribe,” we’re told, or, if you prefer, “heritage,” and if one reads between the lines, it seems all but certain this crossover/SUV is on tap to join the Volkswagen division’s lineup in the...Read More»

2007 Nissan Micra Colour + Concept
2007 Nissan Micra Colour Concept

Nissan has spiced up its European subcompact, the Micra, in time for theFrankfurt auto show next week. But since teensy city cars tend to pale against the likes of Jaguar XFs and Maserati GTs, Nissan’s slathering the Micra with special paint to come up with the Micra Colour + Concept, a two-toner...Read More»

2007 Nissan Mixim Concept
2007 Nissan Mixim Concept

Nissan’s new Mixim concept shows what a future electric-powered city car might look and act like, the Japanese automaker said as it previewed its concept prior to a Frankfurt auto show introduction. The Mixim is powered by a “Super Motor” electric powertrain, which Nissan promises will give...Read More»

2007 Mitsubishi cX Concept
Mitsubishi Concept cX Frankfurt-Bound

Is Mitsubishi hinting at plans to build another all-new compact SUV? If the Japanese firm’s styling study for September’s Frankfurt Motor Show is to be believed, the answer is yes. Called the Concept-cX, it’s described as an accessible, affordable, sustainable, and realistic solution to the...Read More»

Buick Y-Job
Ten Concepts Detroit Should Have Built

by Rex Roy It could be argued that the 1938 Buick Y-Job stands as the world's first true concept car. Built under the direction of Genera Motors' first design czar, Harley Earl, the Y-Job was never intended for production but instead foreshadowed styling and engineering cues that would pop up on...Read More»

2007 Ford Interceptor Concept
We Drive Ford’s Interceptor, Airstream, MKR

You hear it well before you see it; the deep, throttling burble of a big V-8, barely at idle, like a startled stallion ready to run. The metaphor is fitting for the Ford Interceptor, the striking, four-door concept vehicle that has been called “the four-door Mustang.” First unveiled at the...Read More»

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