All Influential concept cars articles – Page 3

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    Design Development: GAC Enverge concept


    A look into GAC’s trend-driven poster car which prefaces their planned entrance to the US market

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    Concept Car of the Week: American Motor Corporation Concept 80 Cars (1977)


    A brave, but ultimately doomed, attempt to save the brand

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    Concept Car of the Week: BMW GINA (2008)


    The GINA Light Visionary Model extended themes first seen on the 2001 X-Coupé and the production BMW Z-4. Designed by Chris Bangle and his team in 2001, the car had been kept secret for over six years

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    Concept Cars of the Week: The ItalDesign ‘M’ Cars (1978-82)


    Sleek, smooth and enormously influential concepts from Giugiaro including the Lancia Megagamma, the 1978 ItalDesign M8, Lancia Medusa and the Lamborghini Marco Polo, we trace the connections

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    Rinspeed Snap mobility concept unveiled


    Separating the interior space from the automobile, both literally and philosophically

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    Concept Car of the Week: BMW X-Coupé (2001)


    Chris Bangle’s now famous Flame Surfacing made its debut in the form of the BMW X-Coupé at the 2001 North American International Auto Show

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    LA 2017: Toyota FT-AC concept


    On-trend SUV steals the lime-light

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    LA 2017: Chris Bangle’s Redspace project


    At the launch of a startling Chinese government-backed urban micro-EV

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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.