What will we be driving in 2010? Concept Cars at the 2007 New
York Auto Show - VIDEO GALORE
Edited by Marc J. Rauch, Exec. VP/Co-Publisher
Pictured left to right: Jaguar CXF, Mazda Ryuga, Acura Advanced Concept Sports
NOTE: There are several embeded videos on this page that correspond
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NEW YORK - March 27, 2007: Bold design, technological innovation,
ultra-luxury interiors and future fuels are the latest concept car trends
that will be arriving at the 2007 New York International Automobile Show.
The Show opens to the public on Friday, April 6th through April 15th at the
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.
Concept cars are often radical in engine or design. Some use non-
traditional, exotic, or expensive materials, ranging from paper to carbon
fiber to refined alloys, while others have developed engines or new
propulsion systems that blend different powertrains to create cars that are
powerful but efficient.
With an emphasis on new styling, technology and the environment, this
year's stunning new concept cars offer a glimpse into the future, and
perhaps a look at what we might be driving in the years ahead.
Here are some of the other exciting concept cars that will appear at the
HONDA ACCORD COUPE
Honda Accord Coupe
- The Accord Coupe Concept demonstrates the styling
direction for the upcoming, eighth-generation Accord. A more powerful and
lower-emissions V6 engine will provide higher fuel efficiency with the
incorporation of Honda's next-generation Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)
technology. The Coupe features Honda's ACE Body Structure which
incorporates a front-end frame structure that helps absorb and disperse
crash energy over a large area in a frontal impact.
- Designed as an attainable dream car, the 2.4-liter 172 hp
Dodge Demon concept is a compact, nimble "roadster with an attitude," a
balance of classic sports car proportion and simplicity blended with modern
design and performance.
Dodge Demon video
-- The Airstream Concept is influenced by Airstream's
iconic design and the optimism for the future that Stanley Kubrick captured
in his 1960s cult film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The concept is powered by a
plug- in hydrogen hybrid fuel cell drivetrain that operates under electric
power at all times.
CHEVY VOLT -- Unlike any previous electric vehicle Volt
innovative rechargeable electric drive system and range-extending power
source. It can be configured to run on electricity, gasoline, E85 or
biodiesel. So you have at least a couple of options for the most efficient
drive - all made possible by GM's innovative E-Flex Propulsion System.
Off-the-line torque is instantaneous, giving you responsive acceleration.
Plus, this four- to five- passenger sport sedan still maintains the
passenger and cargo capacities of a production car.
Chevy Volt video
-- The Lincoln MKR concept is a dynamic premium four-door
coupe that uses an all-new TwinForce(TM) 3.5-liter 415 bhp V-6 gasoline
twin- turbo direct injection engine. Inside, the MKR features 'guilt-free'
luxury details including chemical free leather and renewable resources such
as a reengineered oak instrument panel, mohair carpet and soy-based seat
foam provide the Lincoln MKR concept a premium look and feel that's also
TOYOTA FT HS -- Pairing a potent hybrid powertrain with essential sports
Toyota FT HS
car fundamentals, the FT-HS hybrid sports concept is a mid-priced sports
car that integrates ecology and emotion. This two-plus-two concept is a
front- engine, rear-drive sports car with a projected zero-to-60
acceleration in the four-second range. A powerful V6, 3.5L-engine is
coupled with a 21st century sports hybrid system with a target power output
of approximately 400- horsepower.
- The Nagare concept features butterfly-wing doors, a
hydrogen-powered fuel cell drive train and a novel one plus three seating
arrangement - the driver sits alone up front, with the rear given over to
'lounge-seating' for three. It is also a celebration of proportions and
surface language that examines the movement of nature's elements.
Mazda Nagare video intro from the LA Auto Show
KIA RONDO SX
Kia Rondo SX
-- The Rondo SX Concept is finished in a sophisticated
four- stage metallic gray exterior color and features an aggressive front
and rear fascias, sportier grille inserts and other exciting exterior
details. Key front-end changes include a larger lower air intake, an
integrated SX-styled front fascia, new brake cooling ducts as well as a
restyled metal-mesh-insert front grille to match.
- The Mazda Hakaze is a four-seat coupe-style compact
crossover SUV aimed at people in their thirties and forties who lead
active, adventurous lifestyles. Outside, the side body panels are textured
to give the impression of sand dunes rippled by the wind and the body shape
creates a muscular and taut look. The rear part of its roof is removable
which gives it a feel similar to a roadster.
Mazda Hakaze video
-- Inspired by Suzuki's championship-winning sportbikes and
derived from the new SX4 sport X-over (crossover), the Zuk concept offers
solid functionality both on the road and the track. The sporty Zuk is
powered by a 300-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged and intercooled engine
with alcohol injection system, matched to a five-speed manual
CHRYSLER NASSAU -- The Chrysler Nassau is a four-door, four-seat luxury
coupe concept car. Though the arc of the roof resembles that of a coupe,
the Chrysler Nassau concept is in fact a four-door hard top with front and
rear side glass that retracts fully. Inside, the instrument panel features
a personal control interface, and home theater-inspired entertainment. Gear
selection is accomplished via a pod control mounted on the instrument
Chrysler Nassau & Jeep Trailhawk video intro from the Detroit Auto Show
-- The Jeep Trailhawk combines the core off-road features
of the new four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with the refined
sophistication of an all-new on-road open-air concept vehicle. The
designers wanted to create a refined highway cruiser without sacrificing
any of Jeep's legendary off-road capabilities.
SAAB BioPOWER 100 -- The Saab BioPower 100 Concept showcases
Saab BioPower 100
production-based turbo engine to be optimized for pure, eco-friendly
bioethanol (E100) fuel. The result is a level of performance never seen
before from a road car using this fuel: 300 horsepower with greatly reduced
carbon dioxide emissions.
-- The Camaro convertible concept, wrapped in Hugger Orange
pearl tri-coat paint with twin gunmetal gray sport stripes, blends a
dramatic, forward-looking design that includes classic long hood/short deck
proportions and a wide, wheels-at-the-corners stance. A torquey V-8 engines
sends power to the rear wheels of the Camaro via a manual transmission.
First reveal of the new Camaro concept at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show
FORD INTERCEPTOR - Powered by Ford Racing's 5.0-liter Cammer engine,
Interceptor runs on E-85 ethanol, produces 400 horsepower while celebrating
the best of American muscle with a four-door with the sporty elegance of
1960s sedans. It also incorporates Ford's patented four-point "belt and
suspenders" design in the front and rear seats. In addition, inflatable
safety belts are included for rear seat passengers.
LEXUS LF-A Sports Car Concept
-- The new LF-A is a supercar with world-
class performance that is uniquely Lexus. It is powered by a high-revving
500-plus horsepower V10 engine. Its front mid-engine placement, along with
a rear-mounted transaxle and rear-mounted radiators, allows for excellent
weight distribution. The horsepower, superior aerodynamics, and revised
styling makes a top speed of 200 mph not only possible but probable.
SUZUKI FLIX -- The Flix, based on the Suzuki XL7, is outfitted with an
unprecedented in-vehicle movie system. After parking at the optimal film-
viewing destination, Flix's clamshell roof opens, revealing a maximum-size
moonroof that serves as a 40-inch movie screen. Additionally, the XL7
concept's front roof panel vents, giving way to a high-density digital
projection system to display a family's movie of choice. For those who
prefer the traditional drive-in movie experience, Flix's projection system
can be positioned to display movies nearly anywhere.
Kicking off the springtime selling season, the 2007 New York
International Auto Show will feature an impressive collection of
cutting-edge design and remarkable innovation. More than four floors of
displays from the world's automakers will feature the newest vehicles and
futuristic concept cars. More than 1,000 cars and trucks will be on
display at the Javits Center, filling 846,000 square feet of exhibit space.
In addition, dozens of World and North American vehicle debuts are
expected at the Show. NYIAS is owned and produced by the Greater New York
Automobile Dealers Association.