My automotive existence is a constant state of wrestling with an often-broken car with not very much space. This might be why I start drooling when I see Suzuki’s new van concept. »
Concept cars are one of the first steps for an automotive designer to turn their dream from a sketch to something consumers can live with every day. Some concepts make it, but many more don’t. These are the 10 greatest concept cars that never saw the green light.
At every major auto show, fancy concept cars are shown on fancy displays, next to fancy booth professionals, covered in fancy lighting. Sometimes they’re a look into the cars of tomorrow, but sometimes — sadly — they’re just eye candy. »
The Mazda Koeru is a crossover concept built to give us an idea about where their KODO design language will evolve in the near future. And it’s got some good lines. »
Everyone thinks Porsche’s Mission E could be the next electric Panamera. But it’s smaller than that, which means you might be looking at the next 911 instead despite the four doors. No luxurious rear seats, but speed and beauty this time with an exciting concept that we’re hoping hits the streets by 2019. »
It’s sometimes reassuring to know that substances like peyote can solve any problem you may have. Ford needed some sort of van-based show car in 1970, so they just (this is speculation, of course) applied liberal amounts of peyote to their Econoline design team and whammo, out screamed the Econoline Kilimanjaro. All… »
A good concept car should really push the limits of what’s possible with regard to design and materials, and ideally leave you feeling just a bit uneasy, but in a good way. It needs to push boundaries and ideas, and I think Peugeot’s managed that with their Fractal concept, even if the name sounds right out of 1994. »
BMW announced it will unveil not one but two (TWO!) concept cars next month around the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. What could they be? Feel free to toss some guesses in the comments. »
I’m not exactly sure what was in the water or gin or drug-spiked milk or whatever American car company execs drank at the turn of the recent century, but there seems to have been an odd fascination with iconic French cars. Chrysler almost made a plastic 2CV, and General Motors seems to have built a very advanced… »
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.