are pretty cool cars as you'll already know if you've seen them
at the auto shows. Manufacturers use concept cars (sometimes called
'prototypes' or 'show cars') to show off either radical design
or automotive engineering. For instance, recent lines of concept
hydrogen cars can show off both.
a car doesn't have to run on hydrogen to be a concept car.
Many concept cars emphasize design and styling over mechanics
This is why
many concept cars will never see the light of day on a showroom
bring concept cars to automotive shows in order to gauge public
enthusiasm for their new designs and offerings. If a particular
concept car receives an enthusiastic and warm welcome by the public,
then it may progress towards the next step of becoming a production-ready
It is rare
that a concept car go straight from concept to production since
usually many refinements in style, functionality or safety need
to be addressed before the vehicle is ready for the public. Concept
cars used to start as small wax or clay mockups or even be made
from metal, fiberglass or plastic. Sometimes this is still the
case. But, now days, most of the design starts on the computer
with 3-D rendering models and diagrams that detail every aspect
of the concept car, inside and out.
need not even be cars at all. At the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show, the
Nissan Pivo Concept, which could barely be considered a car, was
one of the most interesting and popular exhibitions. And, at some
shows, crossover concept vehicles that are mixes between such
things as motorcycles and ATVs or cars and SUVs are featured.
Even a new age motor home concept was featured at the 2005 Los
Angeles Auto Show.
concept cars are crowd pleasers, sometimes the crowd is disappointed
to hear that the manufacture has no plans to bring that particular
vehicle to the showrooms. This is a time, when the public can
make a stand by writing and calling the manufacturer to request
a production-ready vehicle. If enough parties raise their voices,
then generally the manufacturers will gauge this as a sign for
demand and promote the car to the next step along the chain for
become a production-ready model.
that the automakers want to give what the public is asking for,
so if you see a concept car at an auto show that you'd like to
own, let the automakers know! You may be pleasantly surprised
that you just may get what you ask for, and won't that be a treat?