concepts

  • Destination Frontier

    So, you’re here for the overlanding. We get you. Nature’s beauty, its quiet, and cans of Dinty Moore heated over an open fire—all good. Perhaps isolation, fewer showers, and digging latrines also are your thing—we don’t judge. The 2019 Nissan Frontier that was unveiled Wednesday does it all, but perhaps for less than we expect. Custom-built overlanding rigs easily reach into six figures, the so-called Destination Frontier does it for about $44,000. The one-off rig starts with a 2019 Frontier SV that costs $31,505*, including destination, and adds a 3-inch lift...

  • 2019 New York International Auto Show highlights
    One of off-roading's founding fathers says we all want to break the law, a little

    Bruce Meyers ran with people you probably shouldn’t trust with your wallet. His early adult life in the 1960s was basically a Beach Boys song. Now, in his mid-90s, Meyers recollects his past success and misfortunes in winding allegories that meander like his buggies on a beach—they...

  • Volkswagen ID Buggy concept
    Volkswagen's beach buggy is back and this time it's electric

    The teasers and rumors were correct. On Monday Volkswagen tugged at our heartstrings as it unveiled the all-electric ID Buggy concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The Buggy concept rides on VW's new, modular all-electric MEB platform. It's MEB that could enable VW to put low-volume niche models...

  • Genesis Essentia, 2018 New York auto show
    From concept to (virtual) reality: How the Genesis Essentia concept coupe came to be

    Two months after the 2017 New York auto show, lead Genesis designer Luc Donckerwolke and his assembled team set to work. Their goal wasn’t to rest long after the success of the New York concept car that precipitated the Genesis G70, it was to pronounce to the rest of the world that Genesis...

  • 2018 Bentley Continental GT
    Bentley teams with Royal College of Art for future design ideas

    Bentley is exploring the future, the future of luxury and design, to be precise. The British ultra-luxury brand is doing so with a new partnership formed with the Royal College of Art. An institution of learning formed in 1896 is helping an automobile manufacturer founded in 1919. The goal? To...

  • 2018 GMC Sierra 2500 HD All Mountain, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
    GMC is ready to conquer winter with the Sierra All Mountain concept

    Winter is coming, and GMC is more prepared than ever as it has introduced two takes on what it calls the Sierra All Mountain concept. One version is based upon the 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali crew cab with four-wheel drive, and the other takes its roots from the Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X. Both...

  • Honda CB4 Interceptor motorcycle concept

    Honda arrived at the 2017 EICMA, or Milan Motorcycle Show, on Monday to debut two production motorcycles, the CB1000R and CB300R, but the Japanese bike maker had one last surprise for showgoers. Following the production bikes, Honda showed a follow-up to the 2015 CB4 Concept, the CB4 Interceptor Concept. The concept motorcycle, designed and built by Honda's Rome, Italy, research and development center, attempts to mold the cafe-racer style with an endurance bike and features a retro design. Cafe racers normally focus on speed and handling over comfort, but the CB4 Interceptor aims to bridge...

  • ContiAdapt and ContiSense concept tires
    Continental looks to improve safety with its latest tire concepts

    It's always amazing to see what tire manufacturers are dreaming up for the future. Most of the time, it's a concept based in the distant future when nano bots are able to repair your self-healing tires as your autonomous pod whisks you to an AI-controlled beachfront home. This time, however...

  • Michelin Visionary Concept is a look at the future of tires
    Michelin Visionary concept foresees 3D-printed treads for changing conditions

    I'm a sucker for forward-looking concept videos. I love the visions that others have for what our world will look like 20, 30, 40, and even 100 years down the line. You know who is great at making these videos? Tire manufacturers. They create worlds that show fantastical vehicles transporting folks...

  • Nissan 240SX
    Nissan To Finally Build 240SX Successor? Concept Coming: Report

    You'd be hard pressed to find someone who grew up during the 1980s and 1990s that doesn't love the Nissan 240SX. Those 240 fans may be in luck. What Car? reports that Nissan will unveil two sports car concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show in November, one of which will be a 240SX successor. That concept...

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II, 2013 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Concept
    Jeep And Mopar Show Their Moab Easter Jeep Safari Concepts

    Just yesterday we bought you word that Jeep and Mopar would again collaborate on concepts for the 2013 Moab Easter Jeep Safari, complete with teaser images of the Jeep Trailhawk II and Jeep Wrangler Slim concepts. There wasn’t much to go on, but Chrysler did promise more details in the coming...

  • Kia Cross GT Concept
    Kia Cross GT Concept Preview & Live Photos: 2013 Chicago Auto Show

    Kia's previewing the future design direction for the brand, and a further move upmarket, with the Cross GT Concept being shown at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. While just a concept, Kia tells us this Cross GT shows the brand's interest in potentially offering a larger premium crossover. Based on the...

  • Acura NSX II concept - 2013 Detroit Auto Show

    Acura is slow-roasting the next-generation NSX to perfection, and if this latest concept is any indication, the wait just might be worth it. While the exterior of this latest concept isn't dramatically different from the previous concept car, there are a few key differences. The lines have been streamlined, the bumpers have been tweaked, and there are some new carbon-fiber exterior trim bits. Most importantly, there's now an interior. We like the plush materials as well as the carbon fiber trim. The overall design is clutter-free, and the shifter has a unique pushbutton design. Acura said...

  • Ford Atlas Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show
    Ford’s Atlas Concept Previews The Future Of The Pickup Truck: Video

    In Greek mythology, Atlas was burdened with carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. In the Ford product line, that task goes to its F-150 pickup, which sells in higher volumes (and likely at higher margins) than any other vehicle in its catalog. It’s fitting, then, that Ford would...

  • Toyota Furia Concept revealed at 2013 Detroit Auto Show
    Toyota Furia Video Preview

    Toyota previewed the next-generation Corolla compact sedan at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show with the Furia Concept. While the current Corolla is bland, the Furia Concept kicks it up a notch with some style and flair that Toyota's calling Iconic Dynamism. Whatever it is, let's hope as much of it as...

  • Hyundai HCD-14 (Genesis) Concept teaser
    Hyundai Teases New Genesis Four-Door Coupe Concept For Detroit, Again

    Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few years, you probably know that the hottest segment among luxury automakers is the four-door coupe. Mercedes has its CLS Class range, Porsche has its Panamera line, Audi has the A7 and S7 and BMW now has its 6 Series Gran Coupe (and M6 Gran...

  • The BMW Zagato Roadster, introduced in 2012
    BMW Takes A Look Back At 2012: Video

    When it comes to year-end videos, they typically recap memorable news stories, celebrity deaths and other major events of the past 12 months. BMW thinks that the end of the year is a perfect time to show its 2012 highlight reel, thankfully without any overly maudlin tributes. Daryl Jackson, the...

  • The Ford Gyron design study - image: Wright Auctions
    Ford Gyron Design Study Scale Model Sells For $40,000: Video

    In the late 1950s and early 1960s, it seemed like a future filled with flying cars was inevitable. Automotive designers and engineers weren’t afraid to push the boundaries of design, as evidenced by the gas turbine-powered Chrysler Turbine Car and the nuclear reactor-powered Ford Nucleon...

  • The Spitfire-powered Bentley Meteor - image: Coys

    In the last season of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson relived the Battle of Britain by once again pitting the Germans against the British. This time, it would be contested on a runway, between a German car powered by a Heinkel He 111 bomber engine (the Brutus) and a British car powered by a Rolls-Royce V-12 from a Spitfire fighter (the Bentley Meteor). While Bentley never actually built a car like the Meteor, they should have. Powered by a 27-liter V-12 engine that makes some 850 horsepower, the 19-foot long behemoth is theoretically capable of reaching 160 miles per hour, though no one with an...

  • Supercharged Honda CR-Z concept, 2012 SEMA show
    Supercharged CR-Z Concept Highlights Honda's SEMA Lineup

    While we like the basic shape of Honda’s CR-Z “sports hybrid,” its performance never managed to captivate us. Even with the six-speed manual, it’s too sluggish to be amusing, as the car struggles to break the 10-second barrier for the 0-60 mph run. In Eco mode, with the A/C...

  • VACCAR's Urban Escape Adventurer, built for the 2012 SEMA show
    Ford Showing Pair Of Tuned Escapes At SEMA

    Ford’s list of tuned vehicles for this year’s SEMA show just keeps on growing, and now the automaker has announced a pair of unlikely show cars based on its new Escape compact crossover. Both variants are based on a 2.0-liter EcoBoost-powered SE model, though only one gets all-wheel...

  • Still image from Fiat's 'Immigrants' ad
    Does Fiat's New Ad Tease The 500T? Video

    While we here in the United States often complain that Europe gets better cars than we do, sometimes the opposite is true. In Europe, for example, the Fiat 500 Abarth comes standard with just 135 horsepower, while we in the United States get 25 more ponies for a total of 160 hp. The Fiat 500 Abarth...

  • 2012 SEMA Mustang Build: High Gear Exterior by Jennifer Seely
    The Women Behind The Custom SEMA Mustang Build: Video

    To design and construct the viewer-selected High Gear concept for the SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women, some 20 female volunteers will spend six months creating a one-of-a-kind Mustang for a charity auction benefitting SEMA’s Memorial Scholarship Fund. Sherry Kollien, the SEMA project...

  • 2012 SEMA Mustang Build: High Gear Exterior by Jennifer Seely
    High Gear Design Chosen For SEMA Mustang Designed And Built By Women

    Cars, and specifically muscle cars, are not the exclusive domain of male enthusiasts. That’s the rough premise behind a project called the SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women, which allowed fans to choose one of three Mustang designs penned by women, to be built by women for this year’s...

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