mercredi 22 septembre 2010

Some concept cars

Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle to be produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors and expected to be launched in November 2010 as a 2011 model. Its propulsion system is based on GM's new Voltec (formerly known as E-Flex) electric automobile platform, which differs significantly from GM's earlier BAS Hybrid and Two-Mode Hybrid systems. For up to the first 40 miles (64 km), the Volt is powered by electrical energy stored in its on-board lithium-ion batteries, which are charged by connection to an electrical outlet. The car's 16 kW·h (8.8 kW·h usable) lithium-ion battery pack can be fully charged by plugging the car into a 120-240VAC residential electrical outlet using the provided SAE J1772-compliant charging cord. No external charging station is required.
Audi RSQ

The Audi RSQ is a mid-engined concept car developed by Audi AG for use as a product placement in the 2004 sci-fi movie I, Robot. It is meant to depict a technologically advanced automobile in the Chicago cityscape from the year 2035.

This sports coupé is a visionary interpretation of Audi's typical automobile design. An important challenge presented to the designers was that despite its extreme character, the car still had to be recognised by the audience as an Audi. To accommodate this demand, the engineers implemented a current Audi front-end design which includes the trapezoidal "Audi Single-Frame Grille", the company's trademark overlapping four rings, and the Multi Media Interface (MMI) driver-to-car control system.
General Motors Hy-wire

The Hy-wire (Hydrogen drive-by-wire) is a concept car from General Motors originally introduced in January 2002. The car runs on hydrogen fuel cells and uses a drive-by-wire system, meaning that the car is controlled electronically. GM asked school children to name the car, and one of them suggested "Hy-wire".

In 2003, General Motors stated that it was confident that it could produce a commercially viable model by 2010.

The MIT Car is a concept car project conceived at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, for the purpose of exploring the idea of mobility in the urban context. This intensive study on advanced human traveling has been in progress since 2003. Designed for fluid movement in downtown cores, the concept car research is designed for passengers to navigate the city intelligently and ecologically. This project comprises the testing and making of a vehicle which re-invents the car as an object, and redefines the user's relationship to metropolitan patterns. The intention was to take the design process “out of the box," of automotive design alone. The prototype will be designed from a new perspective: that of architecture, energy, ecology, urban planning, and urban design.

The project was formally led by architect Frank Gehry. General Motors has been responsible for much of the support and resources as well as the MIT Design Lab, Smart Cities Group, and MIT Media Lab. Research developed for the concept vehicle is divided into four main groups: City Car, Athlete, Zero Car, and Transology.
Mazda Secret Hideout

As a sort of gasoline-powered sorbet for the more conventional 6, Mazda also is showing the Secret Hideout — in its words, a “mobile retreat for young individualists” with flexible seating and plenty of places to store MP3 players, CD video recorders and maybe even a gross of deceased Tamagotchis. A locomotive-shaped wagon/SUV crossover developed by a group of young Mazda trend-spotters collectively known as Secret Hideout Engineers, the vehicle came about as the trendoids spent time living with the hip Tokyo buyers Mazda hopes to win over.
Honda Dual Note

While the decade-old NSX mid-engine sportscar receives a mild facelift for 2002, a new Honda sportscar concept is to be unveiled at Tokyo. The DualNote is a hybrid mid-engine sports car with four doors that pairs a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with a 4WD driveline.

The DualNote is joined on the Honda stand by a pair of decidedly wackier concepts. The Unibox, which appears to be an automotive interpretation of a Le Corbusier Lego set, has modular, semi-transparent body panels that allow its structure to show through. The slightly more conventional S·U·U (which, we’re told, stands for Smart, Urban and Useful) combines the driving ease of a compact vehicle with the space and packaging of a minivan.
Nissan i.d.e.o.

An information booth on wheels, the i.d.e.o. continues Nissan’s fascination with punctuation (Frankfurt’s mm.e was just the beginning, apparently). The i.d.e.o.’s instrument panel is one big display screen. The pillarless design and center-opening doors evince modern Japanese design elements; inside, drivers will find a lattice glass top and lantern-like welcome lights. While the interior may be influenced by classic Japanese architecture, the outside is the work of Big Brother: fourteen CCD cameras are mounted around the body, ostensibly for safety monitoring.
Nissan Nails

A two-seat, urban-oriented pickup truck, the Nails blends techno features like an integrated cell phone with dent-resistant body panels. The A-frame cabin also sports a soft rear partition between the bed and the cabin, akin to that in the Chevy Avalanche, that can be fastened with hooks and clips.
Mitsubishi S.U.P.

What’s S.U.P.? Apparently Mitsu wasn’t satisfied with Budweiser’s answer. The Sport Utility Pack has been penned for folks who like the great outdoors and the great indoors, too. Its “pop-art” body has a full-length lamella roof panel and semi-transparent door panels for outward visibility. Its hybrid drivetrain is mated to a four-wheel-drive system.
Suzuki Covie 2001

SUZUKI CHARGES AHEAD WITH EV CONCEPT. The tiny Covie electric vehicle aims to be green right from the start. The 2-seat battery car relies on a lightweight plastic body to help boost its range. Meanwhile, to charge up, Covie could be hooked to a home fuel cell system that would use natural gas to generate electricity as needed with virtually no harmful emissions. The high-tech runabout also features a communications link allowing the driver to monitor and even operate home appliances remotely.
Chevrolet eCruze concept

CRUZING VIRTUAL REALITY. The eCruze is a high-tech version of the newly-introduced Chevrolet Cruze, which will go on sale in Japan later this month. The show car features a wide array of mobile office, communications and entertainment systems, ranging from a video conferencing system to an onboard movie system able to download films off the Internet. There are no specific plans to put eCruze into production, though the 2002 Cruze features a built-in navigation system. Consumers can check out the high-tech show car at
Honda Bulldog

The Bulldog, as its name suggests, is an aggressive looking mini-SUV. It includes two e-DAX removable electric motorcycles that when folded up and placed in the rear of the Bulldog form the back of the two rear seats.
Honda Model X

The Model X active-utility vehicle features suicide doors and a stylish interior that is washable. Although this concept might look far removed from a production vehicle, it is rumored to be close to being considered for production and may be exported to the U.S. Technical details are sketchy, but the seats can be easily removed to provide a flat floor. The vehicle is aimed at people who want to enjoy outdoor activities such as surfing; surfboards can be stowed under the seats and the rear of the vehicle can be opened up to provide a short pickup bed- like interior.
Mercedes-Benz F400 Carving

One of the few real surprises at the show was the world premiere of the F400 Carving, a concept sports car that emulates the snow sport of carving. The sports car has active camber control, which allows the wheels to lean over in corners so that only part of the tire is touching the road surface. Mercedes engineers say that they have recorded up to 1.28g going through corners in this car that features several other “X-by-wire” solutions such as drive-by-wire and brake-by-wire.
Isuzu Zen

General Motors’ corporate arms reached out to its Japanese affiliates and the second-largest Tokyo display (Toyota/Daihatsu is largest) incorporated Isuzu and Suzuki vehicles. Although Isuzu’s long-term position might be unclear, beyond the fact it’s supplying diesel engines to GM in the U.S., the company showed off a couple of new concept vehicles. One, the Zen, featured traditional Japanese design icons inside such as bamboo wood trim and screens. The interior seats can be moved around so that it can have a completely open floor.
Jeep Willys II

TONING DOWN EXPECTATIONS. “Jeep has always been underutilized by having too narrow a definition of what a Jeep can be,” Chrysler Group chief designer Trevor Creed confided in TheCarConnection. Until now, any prospective new Jeep model has had to leap some tall hurdles. Most ntably, they’ve had to be able to navigate the incredibly rough Rubicon Trail, considered the mecca for serious off-roaders. That seems likely to change in the next few years, and the Willys II concept vehicle could be the shape of things to come at the new Jeep. An updated version of the show car seen in Detroit last January, it still is four-wheel ready, but boasts more modest off-road capabilities than the Wrangler or new Liberty. “We’re not going to be using (the Rubicon Trail anymore) for every vehicle,” said Creed, “because it’s inappropriate.” While the hard-edged Willys II is just a styling exercise, Creed conceded Jeep is serious about adding an affordable new model that would be priced below both Wrangler and Liberty. He wouldn’t offer a timetable, but insiders say it could hit market by mid-decade.
Nissan Moco

The Moco prototype suggests the direction Nissan plans to take as it enters the huge Japanese minicar market. Powered by a 660-cc engine, it is “ideal for young, active mothers,” Ghosn declared. The subcompact MM, meanwhile, is the update of the long-lived March, featuring a new, electronic four-wheel-drive system and abundant storage compartments.
Subaru Pleo Surfing

Subaru designers used the image of a computer nerd nimbly "surfing" the Internet as an image for this concept vehicle. This sporty compact with a roomy and "pop interior" is engineered for nimble city driving.
Renault Altica

The Renault Altica is a concept car made by Renault and was debuted at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show. The unusual design is an attempt to fuse the bodies of a station wagon and a coupe. Another notable feature of the car is that is features Butterfly doors.
GMC Granite

The GMC Granite is a compact MPV concept, developed by General Motors. It was introduced at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. If produced, the Granite would be GMC's smallest offering.

The Granite is powered by a 1.4 L (85 cu in) ecotec turbocharged I4 that produces 138 hp (103 kW) and 148 lb·ft (201 N·m). This is matched to a six-speed transmission with a dual-clutch.
Mazda Shinari

Another four door sports coupe for all to love or hate. This one comes from Mazda and was unveiled in Milan, Italy. The new Shinari is a four-door concept car that illustrates the direction Mazda will be taking for the design of their future cars. This direction is the result of a collaboration between Mazda’s styling studios in Germany, the United States, and Japan.

With the launch of the new concept, Mazda also announced that the company’s future design language will be described by the word Kodo, which is Japanese for soul of motion. Talking about the new design language, Ikuo Maeda, general manager of Mazda Motor Corp.’s design division said: "this design will lead to the next generation of Mazda design and will lead to other elements."

The DOK-ING XD is a small Croatian three-seat electric city concept car created by DOK-ING. The name XD comes from oddly shaped rear lights ("X" shaped) and "D" beginning letter of the company's name. XD can travel over 250 km on a single charge with lithium iron phosphate batteries. The car has a low drag coefficient factor of only 0.35. Other features include 360 degree airbags, an integrated safety system for electric stability, ABS brakes and power steering. The XD can also go from 0–100 km in 7.7 seconds. Currently, the only planned non-Croatian part will be the 32 kWh battery which can go for 200-250 kilometers with a charge time of between three and eight hours. The first prototype was completed at the beginning of 2010 and serial production is predicted to start in 2011. DOK-ING exhibited the car at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.
GQ by Citroën

GQ by Citroën is a concept car designed by Citroën for the British Market. It has been created in cooperation with the magazine GQ.
Peugeot BB1

Peugeot BB1 is a full-electric concept car presented by Peugeot in September 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It incorporates rear in-wheel motors designed with Michelin each with maximum power output of 7.5 kW (10 hp) and torque on each wheel of 320 N·m (240 ft·lbf).

The car provides 4 seats and its length is 2.5 meters, and 1.6 meters in width.
BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics

The BMW Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics is the concept vehicle of BMW's first of fuel efficiency and emission management vehicle and was revealed at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung Frankfurt in September 2009.
Renault Z.E.

The Renault Z.E. (Z.E. stands for Zero Emission) is a program of all-electric cars from Renault, It began with a series of Z.E. concept cars. The first production car is likely to be the Fluence Z.E..
Volkswagen up!

The Volkswagen up! is a series of city car concepts that are anticipated to be the basis for the Volkswagen Group New Small Family (NSF) series of models, which is expected to include a new Volkswagen Lupo. Current plans for the NSF range include saloon / sedan, cabriolet, two-seater, and mini MPV variants of the vehicle. It will be manufactured in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The series debuted in the 2007 motor show calendar year, starting with the Volkswagen up! at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). All up! concepts are designed by Volkswagen Group Chief Designer Walter de Silva and Head Designer of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars marque Klaus Bischoff.
Volkswagen 1-litre car

The Volkswagen 1-litre car, also known as the 1L (see 2009 model below), is a two-person diesel hybrid concept car produced by Volkswagen. The 1-litre car was designed to be both roadworthy and practical, while being able to travel 100 km on 1 litre of diesel fuel (equivalent to 235 miles per U.S. gallon or 282 mpg Imperial). This stems from the International System of Units unit of fuel consumption, which is the number of litres of fuel required to travel 100 kilometers. To achieve such economy, it is produced with lightweight materials, a streamlined body and an engine and transmission designed and tuned for economy. A prototype was displayed in 2002 and limited production of the VW 1L is expected to start in 2013. The car can go 161 km/h (100 mph) but at that speed gets 1.36 L/100 km (208 mpg-imp; 173 mpg-US). For comparison, Australia's car fleet average in 2007 was 11.5 L/100 km (20.5 mpg-U.S.).
Volkswagen GX3

The Volkswagen GX3 was a concept car created by project Moonraker, which was initiated by Stefan Liske, former director of group product strategy at Volkswagen. The GX3 was first shown at the 2006 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show. It was considered a very unusual concept since it was three-wheeled and sometimes considered more of a motorcycle concept than a concept car; but it did feature great performance for a projected cost of only about US$17,000.

The GX3 used a transverse-mounted 1.6 L I4 engine from the VW Lupo GTI. This engine gave the GX3 an output of 125 PS (92 kW) and 152 N·m (112 ft·lbf) of torque. The GX3 could go from 0–100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and had a top speed of 200 km/h (125 mph). It used a six-speed manual transmission.

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