The 10 Best Concepts cars of 2014
There are so many kinds of concept cars. There are the teasers for forthcoming new cars that were actually created after the production model was finished. There are flights of fancy not programmed for production. And there are true concepts, where a new stylistic idea or two is presented to gauge the public’s reaction. For every dream car remembered forever, dozens are displayed and ultimately forgotten. In a given year, there may be a field of “concepts” that look as anonymous as the cars in a shopping center parking lot, without the truly new or truly good to reward the careful observer. Concept cars such as the Alfa Romeo BAT, Alfa Romeo Canguro, Cadillac Voyage, Ferrari Modulo, Lamborghini Marzal, Lancia Stratos HF Zero, or Maserati Birdcage 75th come only rarely. Here are the most memorable concept cars of 2014.
1. Toyota FT-1
One of the best was the Toyota FT-1, a non-running concept out of the Calty Design Research studio in California that was conceived by the styling team without any technical brief. It struck a chord at the Detroit auto show last winter and has reappeared elsewhere in a different color. It will not surprise us at all if this notion is ultimately developed into a new Toyota Supra purely on the basis of this successful styling job.
2. Volkswagen XL Sport
Another great concept was the Volkswagen XL Sport seen at the Paris auto show last fall. It’s a development of the VW XL1 super-economy car, but this time with a hot Ducati V-twin motorcycle engine to give the car fantastic performance to go with its super zoomy aerodynamic styling. Could VW build this? In a minute. It has all the constituent mechanical elements (Ducati has recently been acquired by VW), the concept seems easily certifiable as a road car, and there is demand. Don’t count on it coming to the U.S., though, given that the standard XL1 won’t come here. And ours is the land of giant vehicles, after all.
3. Renault Eolab
Renault usually presents lots of concept cars, sometimes several at the same show. But at the Paris show there was only the Renault Eolab, and it was not a styling concept initiated by Renault Design. It came from Renault’s corporate researchers looking for minimum fuel consumption, and it proved so successful that the creators asked Renault Design to make it presentable for a public showing. It was quite convincing in its attractiveness and capabilities (234.9 mpg is claimed). More such functional projects in which all hands work to a specific end would be a good thing.
4. Renault KWID
Renault was also active at the New Delhi auto show last February, where the Renault KWID was the hit of the show. A three-across seating arrangement with the center driver slightly ahead of passengers evokes the McLaren F1, only for far less money. Sitting well off the ground for use on bad roads (of which there are many in India), it carries a four-rotor camera drone mounted on the roof that can be launched to scout a few kilometers ahead. Something like it will be produced this year in a Nissan factory in India, sadly without the drone.
5. Volvo Concept Estate
The third concept car in a series meant to establish a new design language that led up to the new 2016 Volvo XC90 presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show last fall, the Volvo Concept Estate is particularly clean, elegant, and sporty-looking. Of the three concepts shown -- the Coupe at 2013 Frankfurt, XC Coupe at 2014 Detroit, and the Estate at 2014 Geneva -- the Estate looks to be the most likely to show up as a production car. It fits Volvo’s longtime role as a purveyor of solid station wagons, still a major niche in Europe if not in the U.S.
6. Audi Prologue
We also liked the Audi Prologue luxury car at Los Angeles and the BMW Vision Future Luxury big sedan at Beijing, and with the Opel Monza from 2013 Frankfurt, we see all three as simple teasers for a new wave of big ultra-luxury cars sure to come very soon. So perhaps these cars are not truly conceptual at all.
DC Design is an Indian design firm from Mumbai which is noted for their concept cars and prototypes. The firm, founded in 1993, is headed by designer Dilip Chhabria, and under a contract with Ford Motor Company built the first Aston Martin AMV8 Vantage prototype featured at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show.
The company also builds custom special order vehicles, such as a modified Porsche Cayenne coupe, and a modified Rolls Royce coupe. In August 2006, the company announced a partnership with Eximstar, an ETA Group company, to build a 500,000-square-foot (46,000 m2) production facility in Dubai. The facility, scheduled to open in 2007, will produce custom luxury cars.
Indian automaker Tata Motors has launched the Zest and Bolt at the 2014 Auto Expo event. The Zest is the new 4 meter sedan, where the Bolt is a hatchback.
Mr. Ranjit Yadav, President, Passenger vehicles, Tata Motors, said, “We at Tata Motors are delighted to showcase to the global market the much awaited next generation cars – the ZEST, a stunning and exciting new compact sedan and the Bolt, a dynamic hatch. These cars have been engineered for global markets, through global teams across India, UK and Korea to set new standards in their respective segments. These cars are a true representation of our Horizonext philosophy, with best-in class offerings for performance that yet offers economy and efficiency.”
TATA MOTOR'S New Comapct sedan - ZEST
TATA MOTOR'S New Premium Hatchback - BOLT
Tata Zest and Tata Bolt has been made a reality owing to valuable design inputs from three Tata Motors design studios located in Coventry (UK), Turin (Italy) and Pune (India). The car-maker has defined the new cars on the basis of three categories. The first one, Designext philosophy is said to be based on a new design language. The interiors look premium and feature ample amounts of Chrome. The front fascia carries a bolder stance with the Humanity Line on the Tata grill. The cars would be available wide a wider variety of colors.
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12th auto expo 2014
most awaited event in history of indian automobile industry...it is the auto-expo held in the capital of india-delhi.
this year 12th auto expo 2014 will be held in two different sections
1> The Motor Show
India Expo Mart ,Greater Noida,
pragati maidan,new delhi.
online registration will start soon...
all automobile lovers are eagerly waiting for it.
stay tuned for more .....as this auto expo will have some major launch for the year 2014....
The highly anticipated KTM 1290 Super Duke R is expected to be unveiled on September 29, following which the launch is most likely to be scheduled at the 2013 EICMA show in Milan, Italy, starting from November 5. Interestingly, the Austrian manufacturer is putting in a lot of efforts in the promotion of its upcoming offering. It has launched a dedicated website of this superbike wherein a countdown metre reflects the time left for the unveiling of KTM 1290.
Bike enthusiasts have been eagerly waiting for this latest KTM two wheeler since the time prototype was broadcast on the Internet. The company has also released a teaser video of this bike as a part of its pre-launch advertising campaign; however, the pictures of the exact look of KTM 1290 were leaked out in July itself. So, basically almost everyone has an idea of how the bike would look. It was later reported that the designs were leaked by Kiska Design agency, the designing company that works with KTM during a pre-launch preview.
Not much of a difference is observed between the final product and the concept shown at the 2012 EICMA Motor Show, except for the exhaust and the headlamps. It will be equipped with a 1290 cc liquid-cooled V-Twin, 8-valve, ride-by-wire powertrain which would belt out around 180 bhp of maximum power. Along with, RC8R, which is currently being showcased at KTM showrooms, is equipped with the same engine as well. It will have additional features like Anti-lock Braking System and traction control that can be deactivated. It comes with a chrome-molybdenum steel tubular frame and light-alloy single-sided swingarm and light-alloy wheels with slicks. Suspension components include WP prototypes – upside-down fork with gas pressure cartridge and directly connected shock absorber.
KTM Sport motorcycle happens to be an Austrian motorcycle, bicycle and moped manufacturer. The firm was founded in 1934 by an engineer named Hans Trunkenpolz in Mattighofen, Austria and started out as a metal working shop. Later on, in 1954, KTM started producing motorcycles. It was mostly famous for its off road bikes, however, in the recent past it has also started coming up with street motorbike production. In 2008, KTM and Bajaj started off with a joint venture and came out with Duke 200 and Duke 390. Duke 390, that was recently launched, has been receiving positive response from the customers. However, the domestic buyers will have to probably wait for some more time before KTM 1290 gets a place in the local showrooms. It is speculated that the Super Duke R would be priced somewhere around Rs. 10 lakh.
Ashok Leyland Stile
Stile is a multi-purpose people mover and will be placed in the LCV range. The car is expected to get modified headlamps and a new grille. Industry experts are of a view that these vehicles target commercial consumers, who wish to use passenger cars such as taxis, ambulances and courier vans. Reportedly, this vehicle will be produced at the manufacturing unit of Nissan in Oragadam.
Interestingly, both the companies have plans to launch a range of LCV vehicles, targeting a variety of consumers under the tags of Nissan and Ashok Leyland. Other vehicles slated for launch in the coming future are Ashok Leyland Partner and N-truck, along with new variants of Stile and Dost. "Though they might play in the same segment, the products will be targeting different customers, will have differentiated features and will be in different price points," said Carlos Ghosn, CEO, Nissan Renault Alliance. The Stile happens to be an important project for the company and a lot of effort has been put in so as to turn it into a successful venture. As of now, it will be available as a seven seater vehicle in three different variants, namely petrol, diesel and CNG.
Stile is expected to get a spacious airy cabin, however, it loses out on some features of Evalia. The company is likely to bring out an eight seater variant too. In terms of pricing, Stile will be placed below the Evalia by Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 35,000. It gets the same powertrain as Evalia i.e 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine churning out a maximum power of 74 bhp and a torque of 185 Nm. The engine gets a 5-speed manual transmission system which transmits the power to its front wheels. Post launch in the Indian auto market, it is expected to compete with the likes of Chevrolet Enjoy, Maruti Suzuki Eeco and Chevrolet Tavera.
BMW Vision Introduces ConnectedDrive
BMW is coming to the Geneva Motor Show tech-loaded for bear and the Vision ConnectedDrive concept is the sleek, roadster-shaped weapon. The topless study is based on the production-bound BMW EfficientDynamics and serves as a platform to showcase the Bavarian automaker’s advanced driver assistance and mobility networking systems, demonstrating what is possible both now and in the future.
The drivetrain beneath the concept is purely electric. No specifications have been revealed yet, though it really only needs enough get-up-and-go to get up on the stage and get gone after what’s sure to be its enthusiastic presentation. The sexy package is just meant to grab your attention long enough for BMW to subliminally inform you how it will swath you in a safe and entertaining environment through technology that’s just a mind-meld short of miraculous. Check out our high-res gallery below and the press release after the jump detailing the VCD concept and BMW’s other Geneva activities.
Eterniti Motors, the new British car company, plans to unveil a prototype of its first model at the Frankfurt Auto Show in the coming week. The company, established in September 2010, has kept a low profile since its establishment. Eterniti Motors describes themselves as boutique luxury car manufactures and aim at offer luxury and exclusivity in their vehicles. The car is anticipated to be a premium crossover, which is named as Hemera. This model is expected to give tough competition to upcoming vehicles like Aston Martin Lagonda and Bentley SUV.
Although much information has not been disclosed, the company claims to have made the world's first super SUV. The car is also said to provide new extremes of luxury, comfort, space and performance. The company divulged that Hemera's rear cabin is similar to that of a limousine with two reclining seats, iPads and a drink chiller.
The engineering of the car has been done by Alastair Macqueen and the team that were engaged in designingJaguar XJ220. The specifications of the car have not been revealed yet, however, it is said to have 4x4 ruggedness and dynamic performance that will enhance the overall drive experience. The company has also claimed that Hemera is heavily equipped with advanced features, which make it one of the best SUVs in the world.
Eterniti Motors Limited is supported by a group of international investors who are experienced automobile enthusiasts. The company is setting up a hub in London that will include showrooms, service centres, and a separate atelier for customer. The atelier is where the customers will be able to share their requirements and specifications for their cars, which in-turn will be constructed on site by British craftsmen and engineers. Besides, the company strives to make a global impact through the launch of Hemera.
Seoul: Hyundai Motor Group is set to challenge the dominance of Maruti Suzuki in the small compact car market where Alto has been the highest-selling four wheeler for a long, long time.
The company will take the wraps off ‘Eon’, it’s smallest car in India yet, in October. Eon is known by as ‘Ha’ in other markets. Read: Hyundai's 800cc car enters final test run phase
“We are launching Ha next month, which is Hyundai’s first car exclusively for the Indian market,” William Y W Lee, executive vice-president, overseas sales division of Hyundai Motor Company told DNA.
Inside Hyundai, more particularly within the walled confines of its Namyang Research and Development Centre at Gyeonggi province, and also at its Indian development facility at Hyderabad, the vehicle is being put to final tests to prepare it for its upcoming launch.
A media preview in India is slated for September 16-17, Hyundai officials in Korea said leading up to its launch in October. Read: Honda Brio is spacious, powerful and brilliant for city use
Designers associated with Eon described it as a “breakthrough product meeting unmet need of style, comfort, utility, space and economy” for a small compact car.
While pricing is yet to be fixed, officials of Hyundai told DNA that Eon might be a little pricier than Alto, whose base version sells at around Rs 2.5 lakh ex-showroom.
What was the immediate inspiration for Hyundai to develop a vehicle just for the Indian market? The answer could well be in Steve S Yang’s background.
Yang, who is president & chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor Company, overlooked Hyundai Motors India’s operations in 2005.
“Being the managing director of HMIL six years ago I always pay special attention to our Indian market. Our engineers in India and Korea did their best to meet Indian customers’ need taste and requirement,” Yang said. Car review: How good is the latest Tata Vista?
Arvind Saxena, Hyundai’s sales director for India, cited the second reason: “Alto has been dominating the small compact car segment for far to long without a rival; we would pose a serious challenge.”
Yang is so excited about the contribution of the 600-strong R&D team in Hyderabad that he is now thinking of sending some of them to the Namyang centre to develop cars for the European market as well.
Even as Hyundai is turning to India, keeping the domestic automobile market thriving at a time when sales are down due to high interest rates, it continues its focus on Europe,where it launched i40, the first D-segment car developed for that market, in February, ahead of its Korean debut which happened last week.
The i40 reflects the spirit of change at Hyundai, and represents the company’s new concept of ‘modern premium’: the philosophy that premium quality and characteristics should be accessible more, Yang said.Read: Hyundai boss gives $ 462 million to charity
Both Eon as well as i40 reflects Hyundai’s another emerging market strategy: developing vehicles specific to regions.
This explains why i40, and even i30 are not made available to the Indian market, where i10 and i20 clock respectable sales volume.
Not that Yang doesn’t want Indians to enjoy driving i40. Hyundai would have brought that family estate car to India but for its high import duties.
“I really want to introduce in India the new models which we have launched in Korea but duties are so high,” Yang said.
A fully built car imported to India attracts customs duty of 60% while for assembled engines, transmissions and gearboxes the duty is 30%. Making separate vehicles for specific markets doesn’t however mean separate model platforms as Hyundai need to use components across models to keep their costs under check.
Hyundai’s focus on the European and the American market is also to do with its relative lack of customers’ awareness, a challenge which the Korean automaker plans to take head on beginning with making people pronounce its name.