Concept Cars

Lutz: Sixteen, Velite Are Dead!
Lutz: Sixteen, Velite Are Dead!

Say it ain't so, Bob, is likely the refrain around the hand-wringing blogs and Detroit outlets today. That's because Maximum Bob--he who would be the first to champion the cars against detractors--says the Buick Velite roadster concept and the Cadillac Sixteen likely aren't going out of concept-car...Read More»

2007 Volkswagen GTI W12 concept
VW Golf GTI – Twelve Cylinder?

What’s the best way to pay tribute to enthusiasts who love one ofEurope’s most enduring motoring icons? Give them something new. That’s what Volkswagen is doing at the Annual Golf GTI Festival in Worthersee, Austria, later this month. The German firm is to unveil a unique design study called...Read More»

Lutz Plugs Volt on Quiz Show

This past weekend, GM vice chairman Bob Lutz was one of the guests on National Public Radio’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. The comedic weekend quiz show regarding recent news events often takes the show on the road, and this show was recorded in Lutz’s home turf — at Ann Arbor’s Michigan...Read More»

We Drive Chrysler’s 2007 Concepts

Chrysler's recent crop of concept cars haven't been approved for production-but that didn't stop the company from letting the press get their hands on them for a spin. The automaker brought an assortment of show cars - a handful from each category - out on a warm spring afternoon, some just to sit...Read More»

2007 Chrysler Nassau concept
We Drive Chrysler’s 2007 Concepts

Chrysler’s recent crop of concept cars hasn’t been approved for production — but that didn’t stop the company from letting the press get their hands on them for a spin. The automaker brought an assortment of show cars — a handful from each category — out on a warm spring afternoon, some...Read More»

2007 Audi TT clubsport quattro concept
Audi Clubsports the TT

Audi continues its quest to grab a headline every few weeks with the new TT clubsport quattro concept, a sporty rendition of the new roadster now on sale in theU.S. The concept strips down the TT roadster to an essential racing form, most obviously by cutting away the car’s windshield and...Read More»

Motorists Rave for GM’s Minicar “Triplets”

GM executives may be stunned, but it’s no surprise to anyone else that the automaker has scored a big hit with the three minicars it unveiled at the New York Auto Show, last month, the Chevrolet Beat, Groove and Trax. So, will the automaker actually get it right this time and, with fuel...Read More»

GM’s Subcompact Trio Grabs 1.8M Eyeballs

And what, exactly, took GM by surprise? “We were pretty blown away” by the response to the Chevrolet Trax, Beat and Groove, the minicars the automaker unveiled at last month’s New York Auto Show, gapes a GM spokesman. In an interview with the Detroit News, Michael Albano adds that...Read More»

GM's Burns Gets Shanghaied - or, Almost Doesn't

What if you gave a news conference and nobody came? Worse, what would happen if the guy who’s supposed to be the star of the show can’t get in? That nearly happened to Larry Burns, it seems. General Motors’ technology czar was planning to play host as the automaker unveiled a...Read More»

2007 BMW CS Concept
2007 BMW CS Concept

“This is where we can do a lot with romance and sex appeal,” suggested BMW’s design lord, Chris Bangle, as he pointed to the new CS concept car. The prototype, officially just a concept car – for now – took its bows at the 2007 Shanghai Motor Show, on Friday. Reviving a classic nameplate...Read More»

2007 Audi Cross Coupe Concept
2007 Audi Cross Coupe Concept

Audi’s big news for this week’s Shanghai auto show comes in the form of the Cross Coupé quattro, which it dubs a blend of sports car and crossover. The four-seat concept clearly tells you what it is capable of and whose engineering matches this standard — on all roads, under all...Read More»

2007 Buick Riviera Concept (China)
2007 Buick Riviera Concept

One of the most celebrated names in the history of General Motors’ Buick brand is back – at least in concept form. Company officials aren’t ready to say whether a production version of the prototypeRiviera is coming, but they acknowledge that some of the key design elements of the show car...Read More»

Which Concept Cars Should Be Built?

Over at the main site, we're talking about concept cars. Rex Roy chose ten from the remote and near past that for whatever reason, weren't built. Chrysler's Norsemen never even made it to an auto show, while the bastardized Pontiac Aztek we did finally get was so far from the concept design as to...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

Ford Flex: it’s like a huge MINI Clubman with enough Edge to make you forget the Freestar. Nevermind that Flex is also the name applied to a string of, urm, gentleman’s clubs. We’re exhausted from name-dropping now, thanks. It’s the Impreza – wait, it’s the WRX, too! Wait, it’s...Read More»

2007 Kia KND-4 Concept
Kia Intros KND-4 Concept – In Seoul

Kia’s latest concept SUV is on display – but you’ll have to catch a flight to Seoul ’s Incheon airport to see it. Kia says the new KND-4 concept, on the Seoul auto show floor today, will reassert the brand’s 4x4 street cred. Painted in “luminous green,” the new vehicle gives an idea...Read More»

2007 Chevrolet Trax Concept
GM Makes Trax - and Groove, Beat - for NY

“Bigger is better,” or so went the traditional American mantra. Big houses, big meals and, of course, big cars, whether the finned Caddies of the 1960s, or today’s full-sized pickups and SUVs. But something seems to be changing. Maybe it’s a generational thing, or perhaps...Read More»

GM Makes Trax - and Groove, Beat - for New York

Small cars are “the fastest-growing segment of the automotive market,” notes Dave Lyons, who heads Asian design operations for General Motors. On a global scale, minicars now account for about 5 percent of total sales, but by some estimates, Lyons notes, that could triple over the next...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

GM is making Trax for New York. The new 1.0-liter city-car concept is part of a trio designed in Korea for GM’s global empire. All we can say is, thank goodness it’s not a shrunken-down caricature of an American car. Not everyone can be MINI-cute. Ford says it’s bringing back the King of the...Read More»

GM Makes Trax for City Cars?

There’s no doubt that we’re more interested in subcompacts, here in the days of $2.50 a gallon gas. But can Chevrolet make it happen where Toyota, Honda, even smart, have such a head start? The brand will test the waters at the New York auto show with a trio of 1.0-liter concept...Read More»

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