I’m the only motherfucker dumb enough to drive an old VW Baja Bug in the middle of New York City. Volkswagen hauled their modern Baja, called the Dune Concept, to the potholed streets of Manhattan for a press drive. In spite of my previous assertions, they let me drive their hideously expensive one-of-one prepro car,… »
It’s common knowledge that automakers change everything when they send a concept car to the production line. So when Nissan sent its Sports Sedan Concept into production as the 2016 Maxima, what did they have to change? How about let’s find out. »
It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for re-imaginings of what a modern VW Beetle could be. While my own takes tend towards the broke-ass end of the market, there are people out there thinking similar thoughts, but with opposite results. Like A.Deniz Özbarli, the designer of the Alpera Tulpar, a Beetle reborn as a… »
The difference between the first real crossover and most of what followed is that the AMC Eagle was awesome. But so was the Citroën Xantia Break Buffalo 4x4.
[This is the Mitsubishi Concept-RA. I repeat — this is a Mitsubishi. A Mitsubishi! Photo: Mitsubishi] »
When car designers are given free reign, crazy, wonderful things happen. These are the ten most bonkers concept car interiors ever made.
[The Opel Genéve Concept made its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in 1975. It was to be powered by a Wankel engine, but the oil crisis in the early 1970s and the engine’s high fuel consumption halted this project. Photo credit: Opel] »
I’ve been more impressed with Hyundai’s ideas since we saw their small-truck Santa Cruz concept at the Detroit Auto Show. Now, they’ve just shown an interesting concept at the Seoul Auto Show, called the Enduro. It’s a little hatchback on big tires, sort of like a super-sleek Lada Niva from the future, which I’m sure… »
Considering the dramatic rebirth Ford has undergone in the last decade, Lincoln’s comparative lack of direction is pretty surprising. Maybe, though, this new Lincoln Continental Concept represents the re-discovery of something Lincoln’s so desperately needed: an identity. »
[Audi has long been obsessed with aluminum, perhaps never more than with the bare, polished body on the 1991 Avus Quattro concept. Photo: Audi] »
Looking over the list of exhibitors for the New York International Auto Show, the basic cast of characters is very predictable — all are names we’ve all seen a billion times before. Except one: Lyons Motor Cars. Like any reporter trained in asking just the right, penetrating questions, I immediately thought “Who the… »
Back when Group B rally cars were running virtually unrestricted, faster than sense or safety, newscasters called them 'supercars.' What if you took that Group B tech and applied it to a traditional supercar concept? »