Concept Cars

  • Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

    Toyota’s first volume fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai, is an econo sedan priced like a luxury one. Understandably, the car hasn’t proven a hit, with Toyota moving just 708 examples in the first half of 2017 in the United States. (Of course, it also doesn’t help that hydrogen fueling stations are non-existent in most parts.) Perhaps, though, Toyota could have had more success if it followed Tesla’s strategy of introducing new technology in high-end products brimming with coolness. Well, that could still happen if Toyota’s latest concept is any indication of the...

  • Toyota Concept-i series, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Toyota tackles future mobility with Concept-i trio

    Toyota at next week’s 2017 Tokyo Motor Show will preview a potential future for mobility with a trio of concepts. The automaker’s vision for the future is one where cars and people work together to make getting around as easy and efficient as possible. The medium that will allow this to...

  • Daihatsu DN Compagno concept
    Daihatsu reveals cutesy DN Compagno concept car

    North Americans may not even remember Daihatsu, but the brand is alive elsewhere in the world, despite a fairly extensive global retreat throughout the 2000s. Now a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota, Daihatsu has done what it does best: compact cars. The latest exercise in its core competency is...

  • Peugeot L750 R Vision Gran Turismo concept
    Peugeot reveals L750 R Hybrid racecar for "Gran Turismo Sport"

    The "Gran Turismo" series transcended the digital world after creator Kazunori Yamauchi debuted the Vision Gran Turismo program. The initiative, originally announced in 2013 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the popular racing sim, challenged automakers to create their vision of the ultimate...

  • Teaser for Mazda design concept debuting at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    2 premieres for Mazda at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show but no rotary sports car

    Mazda will unveil two new concept cars at this month’s 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, but unfortunately neither of them will be a sports car. One of the concepts will preview Mazda’s next-generation design themes while the other will preview the automaker’s next-generation technologies...

  • Mercedes-AMG Vision Gran Turismo in "Justice League"
    Mercedes-AMG Vision Gran Turismo earns starring role in "Justice League" film

    The Mercedes-AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept is ready for the big screen after the brand confirmed it will be featured in the upcoming film, "Justice League." The stunning concept car will star alongside Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash, and it will be joined by a handful of...

  • Toyota GR HV Sports concept debuting at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

    Toyota tipped its hand ahead of the 2017 Tokyo motor show and revealed not one, but two concept vehicles it will debut in Japan. The first is the GR HV Sports Concept, which takes design inspiration from the automaker's TS050 LMP1 race car. The second is the TJ Cruiser Concept, which molds SUV styling and van functionality into one "lifestyle" vehicle. We'll start with the GR HV Sports Concept ("GR" stands for Toyota's Gazoo Racing banner) and its...interesting design direction. Toyota clearly worked to channel its LMP1 race car's design, though as they say, beauty rests in the eye of the...

  • Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept heading to 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

    When Nissan unveiled the redesigned 2018 Nissan Leaf in September, the automaker confirmed a sportier version to be dubbed the Leaf Nismo would be happening but gave no definite timetable as to when we'd see such a car. Nissan only said it would come “eventually.” Now we know Nissan...

  • Passenger Drone autonomous manned flying vehicle
    Passenger Drone the latest to unveil autonomous manned flying vehicle

    America’s Passenger Drone is the latest startup to announce plans for an autonomous flying vehicle for personal use. Passenger Drone’s design is still in the prototype stage but the company has already demonstrated the vehicle’s flying abilities, made possible by 16 electric...

  • Wey XEV concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    Great Wall launches luxury SUV brand Wey

    Great Wall is China’s largest producer of SUVs and pickup trucks but the company has ambitions to be much more than that. Great Wall has openly admitted its desire to acquire Jeep in its attempts to become the world’s biggest producer of SUVs but at the same time the company wants to...

  • Teaser for Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept debuting at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    A Mitsubishi Evo concept is coming, and it's an electric SUV

    After multiple generations, Mitsubishi put its rally-bred Lancer Evolution out to pasture last year. Execs at the Japanese firm have been hinting for several years about a radical successor that would utilize electrification, come in new body style, and finally shed all vestiges with the humble...

  • Nissan IDx NISMO (left) and IDx Freeflow concepts, 2013 Tokyo Motor Show
    Could Nissan IMX trademark hint at IDx-like electric car?

    Nissan has recently been discovered to have filed a trademark filing for the “IMX” name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The filing, discovered by Autoguide, was made on September 8 and specifies its use for vehicles, including electric vehicles. The similarity with...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

    It turns out the Volkswagen Group’s Sedric concept unveiled in March at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show isn’t just a one-hit wonder. The German auto giant used last week’s 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show to unveil an updated version of the fully self-driving car, one that’s closer to the version that will start testing on public roads in 2021. Some firms such as Alphabet, General Motors and Uber are already testing similar cars on public roads, but these are restricted to just a few small areas. The VW Group is promising “an exponential development” taking place...

  • Mazda RX-Vision concept, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    Mazda promises evolution of RX-Vision concept for 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

    A top Mazda executive has confirmed plans for the unveiling of a new concept described as an evolution of the stunning RX-Vision sports car concept. The RX-Vision was unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The new concept will be unveiled at this year’s show which will take place in late...

  • BMW Z4 concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    BMW Z4 concept noses the roadster in a sporty new direction

    Following a debut in mid-August during Monterey Car Week, BMW took the wraps off its Z4 concept this week at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The car is hinting at the next generation of BMW's two-seater sports car. Specifically, it previews the new Z4 that BMW says is coming in the next 12 months...

  • The Porsche 908/4 concept long tail race car
    Independent designers reimagine the Porsche 908 for today

    Porsche is a brand that translates into any language across all corners of the globe. Many people have grown up worshipping the German automaker for all that it's done in the twin worlds of sports cars and motorsport. One of the iconic racers from the past is the Porsche 908, though it it isn't as...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz concept, 2017 Detroit auto show
    Volkswagen readying flagship electric sedan concept for 2018 Geneva Motor Show

    The Volkswagen Phaeton never quite reached the potential VW likely felt it had, but the German automaker is preparing a flagship sedan comeback—and it's going to be completely electric. Volkswagen confirmed it will show an all-electric flagship sedan concept vehicle at the 2018 Geneva motor...

  • Toyota C-HR Hy-Power concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    Toyota interested in building performance-oriented hybrids

    Toyota wants to redefine how a hybrid can be perceived—well, maybe how its hybrids can be perceived. The Japanese automaker announced it will introduce a performance-oriented line of hybrid vehicles in the near future, an area it's been a bit late in the game. The announcement coincided with...

  • Renault Symbioz concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

    Renault has used the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show to reveal what it believes transportation in the year 2030 might look like. Spoiler alert: the car isn't just a means of transportation, but an extension of the home. It's called the Renault Symbioz, and it's chock full of futuristic concepts and ideas, but we'll start with the big picture. As mentioned, the Renault Symbioz isn't just a car. The French automaker envisions the Symbioz as part of the owner's home, where it can double as a bedroom, activity space, or even a living room. Renault says the interior design takes inspiration from living...

  • Kia Proceed concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    Stunning Kia fastback concept previews next-gen Pro_cee’d compact

    Kia on Tuesday revealed a stunning fastback called the Proceed concept. On show this week at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, we’re sad to report the concept doesn’t preview a new model line. Rather, it signals a new body style for one of the Korean brand’s existing models...

  • Borgward Isabella concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    Borgward Isabella concept brings a storied name back from the past

    Borgward emerged in the early to mid-1900s as an underdog German automaker that would, after some great successes, fold in the early 1960s. However, the storied brand was reincarnated in 2008 and the brand showed a new production model, the BX7 SUV, in 2015. Now, Borgward is looking to the future...

  • Mini Cooper Works GP concept, 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Concept hints at new Mini John Cooper Works GP

    Mini is hinting at a new generation of its John Cooper Works GP with a concept on show this week at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. For those unfamiliar with the GP badge, it denotes a vehicle one step above the John Cooper Works grade. Mini tends to use it towards the end of the product cycle, and...

  • Mini Electric Concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    New concept previews Mini electric car coming in 2019

    BMW Group’s Mini brand was an early pioneer of mainstream electric cars. Some readers will recall the brand leased the Hardtop-based Mini E electric car on a trial basis late last decade to help gather feedback from the public. The BMW Group used the feedback for the i3 launched in 2014. But...

  • BMW X7 iPerformance concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    BMW X7 concept previews new full-size, 3-row SUV

    BMW’s a bit late to the full-size SUV party, but as they say, “better late than never.” The German automaker has used its home show, this week's 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, to present the X7 iPerformance concept, a hulking SUV with typical BMW design cues coupled with a plug-in...

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