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Automotive Concept Cars

Concept cars is a term that the majority of car owners or drivers know nothing about. I had always thought that a concept auto was the clay model that is made for a new car style. That’s nowhere near close, because concept cars are actual real cars built and ready to drive. A concept vehicle is a show car or prototype meant to be driven around to showcase a new concept, style, technology, etc.

Concept vehicles are usually shown at the big motor shows throughout the world. They’re shown to consumers to gauge their reactions to radical design changes or concepts. The idea of the concept or show car was developed by the GM designer Harley Earl. The concept auto is a real car, but it never goes into production directly. It would have to changed for safety, practicality and costs to be a production vehicle instead of just a concept vehicle.

Concept cars have extreme or radical engines, designs, materials, layouts, doors or things not found on production cars. Most concept cars never get past the scale model or computer drawings. A small numbers of concept vehicles are actually fully functional and some can’t even move faster than 10 mph safely. After the concept vehicle is done being used, the cars are usually destroyed but some survive in company museum or in storage. The 1954 concept car Lincoln Futura was in a custom car shop for years until it was used as the Batmobile in the Batman TV series in 1966.

There are some concept cars that are well known for one reason or another. The Buick Y Job was designed in the 1930s by Harley Earl and is considered to be the first concept vehicle. The General Motors Le Sabre built in 1951 introduced the 12 volt electrics and aluminum 215 ci V8. The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone was one of Harley Earl’s last designs. Chevrolet Volt is one of the first plug in hybrid electric vehicle concept cars.

A concept vehicle that I would never want to see in production is the Ford Nucleon, a nuclear powered car. MIT worked with Frank Gehry to develop the MIT Car concept vehicle. Pontiac’s Bonneville Special was Pontiac’s first two seater sports car and debuted in the 1954 Motorama. Another Pontiac is the Club de Mer an all stainless steel sportscar from 1956. The Lancia Megagamma was the prototype for the current minivan. Volvo’s YCC was the first car designed entirely by women.

Auto Event – LA Auto Show

Being held since the year 1907, the LA Auto show has been the center of attraction for the whole of auto industry including auto part suppliers. With the show being only the second International Auto Show in the US to be officially recognized by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles, there’s the anticipation that it would feature some truly pulsating exhibits.

The international automobile exhibition is an annual event held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Back in 1907, the first show was held at the at Morley’s Skating Rink in downtown Los Angeles, just a few blocks away from the present venue. Historically held during early January, it now takes place in November, after it celebrated its 100 years of success in 2006.

The LA Auto Show usually conjures up images of scintillating concept cars and world debuts of many autos. However, there’s a lot more for the aftermarket part suppliers and buyers as well. The show is a useful event as you can find most automotive parts which are associated with trucks, vans and SUVs.

Here are some examples to the fact that its not just an event showcasing dazzling cars only.

Wheels, Tires & Suspension: Wheels are an important automotive part that not only enhance the look of the vehicles but ensure a good fuel economy too. A lot of wheel components such as Automotive Wheels, Automotive Tubes, Linkage Parts, Radial Tires, Tires and Wheels Accessories, Tubeless Tires make it possible. In 2007, a couple of wheel manufacturers and suppliers who exhibited included Lorinser, Diablo, Center Line Wheels, and many more.

Automobile Accessories Most Trucks, Vans & SUV owners can expect a wide array of automotive accessories to customize and style their autos as the wish. Accessories such as Automotive Body Polishes, Automobile Maintenance Supplies, Automotive Seats , Car Care Products and Tools, Audio Devices, Video Devices , Security Devices don’t power an automobile but the surely enhance our comfort and safety in addition to making the vehicle appealing.

Other notable exhibits during previous shows have been specialty vehicles and tuners & performance, electronics & technology, appearance, supplies for automobiles.

Most major automobile manufacturers display at the show.

Awesome Concept Cars That Are Worth Remembering

One of the highlights of an auto show is watching an array of concept cars rev into the spotlight. These vehicles represent the latest feats in car engineering and are usually characterized in bold colors, cutting-edge features and revolutionary innovations.

A concept car is actually an automobile prototype and does not go directly into production from concept model to manufacturing, without undergoing certain changes. Once a concept car has been shown at an auto show, it is destroyed. The few cars that do not make it to the salvage yard are sold to collectors or wind up in car museums.

Concept cars not produced en-masse unless the public show a willingness to purchase the car. These cars only make it to production when reactions from the public have been gauged and validated. If the response is unfavorable, these vehicles are either destroyed or sold off to avid car collectors. Here are 3 awesome concept cars that did not make it to the production line but are worth remembering.

Lotus M250

The Lotus M250 was a lightweight car that was tougher than its outward appearance. The engineers ensured that the power and speed ability of the Lotus M250 led to a proper balancing of aerodynamics. The automobile was built to look like a normal car. Unfortunately, it never made it to the assembly line. The reason was that the marketplace was not ready for a car with such levels of high-performance; it aroused fears over road safety.

Saab Aero-X

This car remains one of the most stylish cars every created. It was a sports coupe without pillars to support the doors or windshields. This allowed occupants in the vehicle to enjoy an unobstructed view of over 180 degrees. The interior substituted the usual dials and buttons of traditional vehicles with 3-D images. It had a lightweight body like the Lotus M250 and amazing 4-wheel drive abilities. The Saab Aero-X was never produced because the manufacturers believed it would distort the Saab car range.

The Citroen Osee

Sergio Pininfarina is car designer who is create Citroen Osee concept similar to what James Bond would usually drive when escaping from the bad guys. It has a sleekness and sophistication that characterizes it and makes it very hard to miss when it is burning up the road. It was a 3-seater and won the “best show award” it entered at the Geneva Motor Show. It never made it to production. Manufacturers claimed it was only created as a case study for “mid-engined sports cars”, only one was ever produced.