Jan 16th, 2008 by RJ Menezes
With the automotive show circuit making it’s rounds, Detroit could very well be the most exciting and most important. Detroit is home to the big three, and you know when your in their town the reception will be big.
Most of the top players in the auto industry will be showcasing their latest and greatest innovations. With this need to push the envelope comes the all-mighty concept cars.
Ah yes, the concepts. They promise a peek a tomorrow and show where car design is going. It tells you what you’ll be driving in the near future. Some are just eye candy or “design studies, while other are a window to see the upcoming models.
Here are some of the notables:
Audi R8 V12: Diesel supercar from Audi. Proves that economy and performance can go hand in hand. Oh, and it’s also stunning.
Buick Riviera: This is a Buick?! Well it looks good enough, and that part had to come from the Chinese, but will the General have the marbles to make it? This could prove a comeback move for Buick. Sorry gramps…
Cadillac CTS Coupe: A 2-door CTS. That’s about it then…
Chrysler EcoVoyager: Smart in both design and execution. Could this be the new family hauler? Wouldn’t mind being seen at soccer practice in one of these.
Dodge Concept Zeo: Looks like it belongs in the 1998 show circuit. Will never be produced, or even considered for production. There is no reason for it even to exist. Useless…
Ford Explorer America Concept: Bold, fresh, and thoroughly thought out. This shows the Explorer name can live on. The design is ultra modern, while never hiding the fact it’s American. Hey Ford, do yourselves a favor and make this one.
Mitsubishi Concept SportBack: Another spin-off on the Lancer theme. This time as a hatchback. Nice looking, but chances are only Europeans will get these babies which is a shame.
Mazda Concept Furai: Wow, just wow. This is the car that we think of when we think of cars of the future. Progressive, smart, original, and well executed. This car pushes car design to a whole new level where it has not been before. On top of that it’s a runner, with a full race car powertrain underneath that stunning design. This is (to me) one of the most significant car designs of the last 50 years.