Concept Cars

  • 2011 Honda CR-Z Mugen RR Concept

    A lighter carbon fiber infused body and a possible supercharged hybrid drivetrain would enable stunning performance from the Honda CR-Z Mugen RR concept.

  • BMW i Launch Event, Frankfurt, July 2011
    BMW i3 Electric Car And i8 Plug-In Hybrid Live Photos

    If you were hoping for the production versions of BMW's first production EV and sports plug-in hybrid, you're out of luck, but if BMW keeps up its recent practices, the concepts unveiled today will be very close to the final cars. These live photos from the unveiling in Frankfurt should give you a...

  • 2010 Audi e-tron Spyder Concept live photos
    Audi e-tron Spyder Diesel Plug-In Hybrid Turns Up At Le Mans

    In recent years at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race there is an event called the Le Mans vers le Futur that takes place before the actual race in which a number of vehicles showcasing future automotive technology takes to the famous Circuit de la Sarthe for a couple of demonstration laps...

  • 1999 Audi A2, Frankfurt Auto Show
    Audi A2 e-tron Electric Car Concept Headed To Frankfurt Auto Show: Report

    The last we heard Audi was working on a new generation of its slow selling but technologically advanced A2 hatchback for launch in 2015. According to latest reports, a concept version of this new A2 could be revealed as early as the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show this September, and it’s expected...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Bulli Concept live photos
    Concepts To Make Electric Cars Cool: VW Bulli, Nissan Esflow

    The 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March brought a number of new models out of the closet. But for the green car fan, two concepts were the gems of the show: the return of the legendary Volkswagen Microbus, and an electric sports car from Nissan that just might be affordable. Bulli for the Microbus The...

  • Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class at 2011 New York Auto Show
    Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class Compact Car: NY Auto Show Video

    Last week's New York Auto Show had few out-and-out concept cars. One was the Scion FR-S sports coupe, a striking deep red shape that wowed crowds throughout the time we were there. Despite its 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four engine, it's not inherently on the green end of the scale. But another...

  • Suzuki EcoCharge Concept live photos

    While the Kizashi Apex Concept shown at Suzuki's New York auto show stand showed off the brand's motorsports and motorcycle heritage, the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept here shows the direction for the hybrid version of the Kizashi that Suzuki has confirmed is under development. Pop the hood, and the bright-green center and blue lettering of the clean-white engine cover might be a pretty good indication of Suzuki's intent with this concept. But there's plenty else to signal its more fuel-efficient powertrain, including cool-blue lighting in front and in back, aerodynamic enhancements, and...

  • Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept
    Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept Hybrid: 2011 NY Auto Show

    Suzuki has had a rough time of it lately, with its only new product being the well-received but still low-volume Kizashi sports sedan, halfway between a compact and a midsize car. But for this week's 2011 New York Auto Show, they're display a couple of Kizashi concepts that point toward what the...

  • Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid Concept
    Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid Concept (New GS) Unveiled For NY Auto Show

    Last week they teased it; this week, they took the covers off it. In this case, "it" is the Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid Concept car that will be the centerpiece of the Lexus display at next week's New York Auto Show. The LF-Gh concept car is a styling exercise that "sets out to redefine the premium grand...

  • 2011 Audi A3 e-tron prototype
    Audi Presents Battery-Powered A3 e-tron Prototype

    The growth of Audi’s ever-expanding family of ‘e-tron’ electrified concept cars and prototypes shows no signs of slowing with two more additions joining the fold this month alone, the latest being the battery-powered A3 e-tron revealed this week. The newest addition brings the...

  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class
    Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class Previews New U.S.-Bound Compact

    Mercedes-Benz is working on a family of new small cars, several of which will be heading to the U.S., possibly by the end of next year. Designed to compete with BMW’s 1-Series range, the new Lexus CT 200h and even the Audi A3, the new family of small cars will serve as the replacements for...

  • BMW and Brilliance 5-Series plug-in hybrid prototype
    BMW 5-Series Plug-In Hybrid Prototype: 2011 Shanghai Auto Show

    BMW has taken the wraps off a new plug-in hybrid prototype based on its long-wheelbase 5-Series sedan, which it will be showcasing in just a few weeks at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. Built in collaboration with its Chinese alliance partner Brilliance Auto, development of the new prototype is the...

  • 2011 Kia Naimo Concept

    Kia has taken the wraps off its third electrified concept car in the space of a year (the previous being the Pop and Ray), strongly suggesting that we’re at the start of what could eventuate into an electric car revolution within the South Korean automaker. The latest concept is the 2011 Kia Naimo, which made its world debut earlier today at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show. Taking its name from the Korean word “Ne-mo” (no, not Nemo the fish), which roughly translates to 'square shape', the electric crossover concept was penned by Kia’s South Korean design team and is...

  • Chevrolet MiRay Concept hybrid 'muscle car of the future', Seoul Motor Show, March 2011
    Chevy MiRay: Hybrid 'Muscle Car Of The Future' Concept

    Big plans are afoot for Chevrolet, which GM plans to take global to face off against Ford. With spring auto-show season upon us, Chevy is showing not only its 2013 Malibu LTZ Concept but also, halfway around the world, its idea of a "muscle car of the future." But hold onto your small-blocks, guys...

  • Buick Envision SUV Concept, teaser sketch, Auto Shanghai 2011
    Buick Envision Plug-In Hybrid SUV Concept: Auto Shanghai Preview

    It's unfortunate that the media days for the Auto Shanghai 2011 Show and the New York Auto Show overlap a couple of weeks hence, because it looks like Shanghai might get the lion's share of the cool introductions. Take, for instance, the single teaser sketch released today of the new Buick Envision...

  • 2011 Toyota FT-86 II Concept live photos
    Toyota FT-86 Changes To More Production View For Geneva With II Concept

    If you are a fan of the Nissan 370Z then you have probably been following the developments of the Toyota FT-86 concept car from Toyota. At the Geneva Motor Show this year Toyota introduced an update to the FT-86 concept—aptly called the FT-86 II. The FT-86 II is supposed to represent a more...

  • IED Abarth scorpION Concept
    Abarth ScorpION: The Electric Car With A Sting In Its Tail

    What happens when you give an Italian design studio free reign to create an electric car wearing one of Italy's most celebrated badges? You get the Abarth ScorpION concept, by IED. Unusually the ScorpION wasn't present on Abarth's own stand amongst the hotted-up Fiat 500s and a single seater series...

  • 2011 Irmscher 7 Selectra electric roadster concept
    Irmscher Reveals 7 Selectra Electric Roadster Concept

    German outfit Irmscher has just unveiled its latest rival to the Caterham and Ariel Atom set--but with a green flavor--the new 7 Selectra electric roadster concept. Making its debut this week at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the 7 Selectra shares the familiar ‘Lotus 7’ roadster body with...

  • Rolls Royce Phantom Experimental Electric 102EX live photos

    An all-electric Rolls-Royce Phantom. Just think about it: If the engineers do their jobs properly, the occupants should sense absolutely no difference in the near-silent, creamy smooth surge of power that wafts them from estate to yacht, or factory to mansion. And now we have video, courtesy of Rolls-Royce itself, whose CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös discusses the 102 EX Phantom Experimental Electric concept that was unveiled this week at the Geneva Motor Show. The car will embark on a year-long world tour once the show closes, with the company showing the car to owners, prospects...

  • Tata Pixel Concept, 2011 Geneva Motor Show
    Tata Pixel Concept: Nano's 69-MPG Pal, 2011 Geneva Motor Show

    The world's least expensive new car, India's Tata Nano, is now selling across that country, with plans afoot to offer an upgraded version in Europe this year or in 2012. Meanwhile, carmaker Tata (which owns Jaguar Land Rover) is hardly standing still. At this week's 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Tata...

  • 2011 Mitsubishi Concept Global Small
    New Model Based On Mitsubishi e-compact Electric Concept Confirmed For U.S.

    Mitsubishi is currently working on a new global small car positioned below its Colt hatchback and scheduled to enter production at a newly erected plant in Thailand in March of 2012. We first heard about the project late last year but at this week’s 2011 Geneva Motor Show the Japanese...

  • 2011 Saab PhoeniX Concept
    Saab PhoeniX Hybrid Concept, Its First, At 2011 Geneva Motor Show

    Saab has confirmed its commitment to introduce a hybrid vehicle with the unveiling today of the striking 2011 Saab PhoeniX concept car at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The new concept is a preview of Saab’s future production models, both in terms of styling and technology. It’s built...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Bulli Concept live photos
    Green Car Roundup: 2011 Geneva Motor Show - Concept Cars

    If you're in the States, you may be just starting your day. But in Switzerland, the flurry of activity during the first media day at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show is at its peak. With record numbers of concept and production-car launches, our team is shooting photos and posting details as fast as they...

  • EDAG Light Car Sharing Concept
    2011 EDAG Light Car Sharing Concept Revealed Ahead Of Geneva Debut

    When it comes to solutions for sustainable mobility of the future, drivetrain technology is only one area being investigated in the effort to make cars more environmentally friendly. Other areas include reducing vehicle weight, developing navigation software to predict fuel efficient routes and...

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