All ConceptCarOfTheMonth articles – Page 6

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    Concept Car of the Week: GM Ecotec Lakester (2003)


    Racing on California’s dry lakes dates back to before World War II, but the sport became a real phenomenon in the years after the war. Hot rods and speciality cars like streamliners would streak across the dry lake beds hoping to set records for speed in the forbidding desert landscape.

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    Concept Car of the Week: GMC Terradyne


    The Terradyne was General Motors’ turn-of-the-millennium vision of the urbanised future of the truck

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    Concept Car of the Week: Holden Hurricane (1969)


    Tuesday, 4th March, 1969. A select group of journalists had been invited to Holden’s Technical Center at Fishermen’s Bend, Australia for a secret unveiling of Holden’s first-ever concept car. Among those assembled that day, there was great curiosity. After all, Holden – as a part of GM industrial empire – was only 21 years old (it was independent before World War II), and its technical centre was only founded in 1965. Holden was a producer of staid family transportation, so what could be so top secret?

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    Concept of the Week: Oldsmobile Profile (2000)


    A compact SUV concept that looks strikingly contemporary

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    Concept Car of the Week: Renault Nepta (2006)


    A land yacht for cruising the Corniche, the Renault Nepta is an open-top grand tourer with classic lines and proportions evoking classic open-topped cars like phaetons, or the classic 1960s Lincoln Continental convertible

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    Design Review: Borgward Isabella Concept


    From nowhere, the revived German brand gave us one of the stars of Frankfurt. We analyse the Isabella concept

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    Concept Car of the Week: The Airomobile


    Even the most casual student of automotive history knows that aeroplanes and automobiles ‘grew up’ together, with much technology transfer between the two. Both designers and engineers, as well as various manufacturers, moved freely between the aeroplane and the automobile in the decades before the Second World War.

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    Frankfurt 2017: Honda Urban EV Concept


    Retro preview of a future EV turns on the 'kawaii' charm

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    Concept Car(s) of the Week: The early Ford Fiesta concepts


    This week (September 2017) is the 41st anniversary of the introduction of the Ford Fiesta. Now about to enter its seventh generation, Ford has sold over 16 million Fiestas worldwide since its introduction in 1976. Conceived as a competitor to the Fiat 127 and Renault 5, the Fiesta has managed to outlast all its competition for a generation now. But what is often overlooked is how robust a platform the Fiesta has been for interesting concept experiments.

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    Concept Car of the Week: The Dale (1974)


    Grifts, murder, a transgender con-artist and a micro car – the story of The Dale concept car proves life is stranger than fiction 

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    Concept Car of the Week: Pontiac Firebird Type K (1978)


    When Chevrolet introduced the Corvette Quartet in 1954, an unusual amount of interest was shown in the shooting brake/wagon variant, the Corvette Nomad. Chevrolet wanted to develop this car as a competitor to the Ford Country Squire, but elected to build the car on a Bel Air frame instead. The two-door Nomad wagon sold in modest numbers but became an instant classic, an iconic car of the 1950s. The Nomad name was transferred to a more conventional wagon later, but the idea of a two-door, sporty wagon stuck in the minds of GM design staff.

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    Concept Car of the Week: Vauxhall SRV (1970)


    When a young GM designer named Wayne Cherry was asked, in 1965, to travel to the UK for a temporary assignment at Vauxhall, he eagerly accepted the invitation. In addition to automotive design, Cherry was an avid racer, and longed to see some of the legendary European races in person. It seemed like the perfect opportunity.

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    Infiniti reveals vintage-inspired ‘Prototype 9’ concept


    Nissan’s premium brand (est. 1989) imagines its own 1940s Grand Prix car, in a fit of ‘fauxstalgia’...

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    Concept Car(s) of the Week: The Corvette Mako Sharks


    One day in 1956, Bill Mitchell, who would soon become GM’s design chief, pulled up at a red light not far from the GM Technical Center. Beside him was a Ford Thunderbird driven by a young designer GM had recently hired and who had quickly made a name for himself with interesting ideas for the 1959 Pontiac and Chevrolet models.

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    Concept Cars of the Week: Corvair Sports Cars


    The humble Chevrolet compact inspired some surprising sports cars

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    Concept Car(s) of the Week: The Darrin Roadsters


    Dutch Darrin’s search for the ‘Holy Grail’ of sports cars

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    Concept Car(s) of the Week: The Darrin Roadsters


    Dutchman Darrin's search for the ‘Holy Grail’ of sports cars

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    Concept Car(s) of the Week: The Corvette Quartet (1954)


    The Chevrolet Corvette is an American automotive icon. Introduced in 1953, it is the longest continually produced domestic car, still going strong at almost 65 years. But its beginning was shaky, and the sports car program was almost canceled before it had really begun.

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    Triumph TRX (1950)


    The Standard Silver Bullet

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    Concept Car of the Week: Studebaker Sceptre


    Studebaker is an American automotive legend, and of the few manufacturers to successfully transition from the horse-drawn to the horsepower eras. Founded in 1852, the company produced high quality wagons for farming and overland freight hauling. By 1875 Studebaker was the largest vehicle manufacturer in the world, producing wagons and carriages in a proto-assembly line that had no rivals.