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Automotive Concept Cars

Concept cars is a term that the majority of car owners or drivers know nothing about. I had always thought that a concept auto was the clay model that is made for a new car style. That’s nowhere near close, because concept cars are actual real cars built and ready to drive. A concept vehicle is a show car or prototype meant to be driven around to showcase a new concept, style, technology, etc.

Concept vehicles are usually shown at the big motor shows throughout the world. They’re shown to consumers to gauge their reactions to radical design changes or concepts. The idea of the concept or show car was developed by the GM designer Harley Earl. The concept auto is a real car, but it never goes into production directly. It would have to changed for safety, practicality and costs to be a production vehicle instead of just a concept vehicle.

Concept cars have extreme or radical engines, designs, materials, layouts, doors or things not found on production cars. Most concept cars never get past the scale model or computer drawings. A small numbers of concept vehicles are actually fully functional and some can’t even move faster than 10 mph safely. After the concept vehicle is done being used, the cars are usually destroyed but some survive in company museum or in storage. The 1954 concept car Lincoln Futura was in a custom car shop for years until it was used as the Batmobile in the Batman TV series in 1966.

There are some concept cars that are well known for one reason or another. The Buick Y Job was designed in the 1930s by Harley Earl and is considered to be the first concept vehicle. The General Motors Le Sabre built in 1951 introduced the 12 volt electrics and aluminum 215 ci V8. The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone was one of Harley Earl’s last designs. Chevrolet Volt is one of the first plug in hybrid electric vehicle concept cars.

A concept vehicle that I would never want to see in production is the Ford Nucleon, a nuclear powered car. MIT worked with Frank Gehry to develop the MIT Car concept vehicle. Pontiac’s Bonneville Special was Pontiac’s first two seater sports car and debuted in the 1954 Motorama. Another Pontiac is the Club de Mer an all stainless steel sportscar from 1956. The Lancia Megagamma was the prototype for the current minivan. Volvo’s YCC was the first car designed entirely by women.

2011 Detroit Auto Show: Which Cars Are Most Exciting?

The Detroit Auto Show is historically a good place to gauge how the U.S. auto industry is doing. Are sales climbing or falling? Are the car companies seeing economic progress, or is it going the other way? Are the crowds big or small?

That’s not to say it’s all about the economy, or simply a way for local dealers to move metal during the long, cold, winter months: There will be plenty of exciting cars and trucks on hand at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show at Cobo Hall. Here are some highlights:

Cadillac

Cadillac will give us a first look at the CTS-V coupe it will campaign in the SCCA’s World Challenge GT series this year. Andy Pilgrim and Johnny O’Connell have been hired to drive the CTS-Vs in the series.

Porsche

Porsche is showing the 918 coupe concept, a racing version of the 918 Spyder Porsche showed at the Geneva Motor Show last year. Word is the Porsche has a plug-in hybrid powertrain with a V8 and three electric motors.

GMC

The GMC Sierra All Terrain HD concept explores what the next-generation Sierra HD might look like. The truck is big and wide and has a huge grille. It sits on the frame from the production version of the heavy-duty Sierra. Under the hood is a 6.6-liter turbodiesel rated at 397 hp. It’s mated to an Allison six-speed automatic transmission.

BMW

BMW chose the Detroit Auto Show to unveil its fastest and most extreme 1-series, the muscular-looking 335-hp M coupe; that’s a horsepower figure that could produce a 0-to-60 time of less than 4.8 seconds, making the car as fast as the mighty M3! Power comes from a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six. The car will go on sale in May.

BMW will also show the second generation 650i convertible, with all-new sheetmetal. The car will take many of its styling cues from the Gran Coupe concept, shown at Auto China in Beijing last April.

Car Show February – 2009 International Auto Show

Did you notice that the number of auto shows is on the rise every year? Starting from January, you will find car shows, regional or international, take place almost every month in a year. Those who missed the car show of January need not bother as car show February 2009 is still to come.

Why:

Some people may wonder what the big deal about cars is. It is only a vehicle to take you from one place to the other. After all, a new model today will become old tomorrow. But that is not the case with car enthusiasts and car dealers. They just eagerly wait for this event. To them it is an opportunity to see next new model and get all the details. For engineering students the car show will be an excellent learning opportunity. As for auto makers and dealers car shows serve as a platform to promote their business.

Where:

Chicago is getting ready for 2009 Chicago Auto Show. Enjoy the auto exhibition in a relaxing atmosphere with complimentary food and beverages available. With a rich tradition of auto exhibitions Chicago is a center for automobile pioneers to showcase their latest vehicles.

Car shows February also include 2009 Philadelphia Auto Show at Pennsylvania Convention Center and 2009 Motor Trend International Auto Show at Baltimore Convention Center.

As in other auto shows in February car manufacturers from all over the world is going to bring their finest travelling innovations to display at the 2009 Michigan International Auto Show. Range of vehicles includes sedans, coupes, vans, SUVs, trucks, hybrids and sports cars.

Canadian International Auto Show is another big hit in the list of international Auto shows. The car show is held every February in Toronto. Its Classic Car Collection and Leisure World sections are popular attractions among car enthusiasts. With all major auto makers taking part in Montreal Auto Show the debut list is quite long.

What:

2009 February car shows are important as many of the renowned auto brands still have cards up their sleeves. Audi is present with a host of brand new models and concept cars. 2010 Audi A3 2.0 TDI with ‘clean diesel’ technology is a strong contender for future cars. Along with its signatur5e LED head and back lights and enhanced interior and exterior design it can be a good choice for urban drivers. Audi A7 Concept, popular as Sportback, already has its debut at Detroit Auto Show. Sportback conceptualizes Audi’s upcoming A7 4-door coupe.Volvo S60 Concept and Kia Soulster Concept are among other concept cars that you can take note of. They can give you a good idea about progress of automobile technology in Europe and Asia respectively.

You will also get to see a series of production cars this February including 2010 Cadillac SRX and 2010 Bentley Continental GTC Speed. Those who prefer luxury cars to muscle cars must hold their breath. 2009 McLaren SLR Stirling Moss is coming to sweep you off your feet. This million dollar ultimate luxury car is any car lover’s fantasy. In addition, pioneers in American automobiles, Ford will be present with its 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe & Convertible and 2010 Ford Taurus super cars. So, car lovers have good reasons for celebration this February.