Concept Cars
- Audi R25
- Audi RSQ
- Camaro Convertible Concept
- Chevy Z06 X Corvette
- DeltaWing IndyCar Concept
- Ford Shelby Cobra
- Lamborghini Concept S
- Lamborghini Minotauro
- Mercedes Biome
- Peugeot Leonin
- Porsche 918 RSR
- Saab Aero-X
- Scion Fuse
- Volkswagen XL1
Diesel Cars
- Volvo V60 Diesel PHEV
Electric Cars
- Commuter Car Tango
- General Motors EV1
- Kaz Limousine
- Peugeot EX1
- Peugeot Moovie
- Tesla Motors Roadster
- Venturi Fetish
Exotic Cars
- Bugatti Veyron
- Camaro ZL1
- Ferrari Enzo
- Hennessey Venom GT
- Lamborghini Diablo
- Mastretta MXT
- McLaren F1
- Maserati MC12
- Rolls Royce Phantom Black
- Saleen S7
Hybrid Cars
- Ford Reflex
- Honda Insight
- Mazda Ibuki
- Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
- Toyota Hybrid X
Hydrogen Cars
- BMW H2R Racecar
- Chevy Volt Hydrogen
- Ford Super Chief
- Giugiaro Vadho
- GM H2H Hummer
Unique Cars
- MDI Air Car
- Moller Skycar
- Rinspeed Senso
- Smart Car
- Terrafugia Transition











Concept Cars

Concept cars 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.

Audi RSQ Concept Car
But, a car doesn't have to run on hydrogen to be a concept car. Many concept cars emphasize design and styling over mechanics and functionality.

This is why many concept cars will never see the light of day on a showroom floor.

Manufacturers 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 automobile.

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.

Concept cars 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.

Though many 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.

Remember, 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?