It’s not widely known, but for a very brief period in the early 1950s, the Cold War was being fought with massive, bulbous slabs of cyclopean automotive futurism: the first concept cars. Before the Space Race got started, America and the Soviet Union squared off behind panoramic windshields and huge steering wheels. …
Volkswagen just revealed its fifth concept car based on the idea of modernizing the iconic Type II Microbus. Let that sink in a moment: it’s had four other (well, five other if you count the two-tone version of the T6) Microbus-like concepts, including one from almost exactly one year ago. This latest one, which it’s…
The new Shell city-car concept is a bit like the younger cousin you don’t see often—cute and kind of weird, but intriguing at the same time. The car, which has the ability to get up to 107 miles per gallon, comes by the efforts of an odd combination—an oil company and the designer of the McLaren F1 car.
Volkswagen pulled the sheet of a modernized re-incarnation of the venerable Microbus for the third (fourth if you count the two-tone T6 Multivan, or fifth if you count the Space Up!) time yesterday at CES. What lurked under that sheet is called BUDD-e, and it’s either fascinating or disappointing, depending on what…
Take a look at that dashboard: It's clearly presenting the driver with a selection of apps, each with a simple, readable icon. This isn't some 2015 future-mobile, though. It's the Ford 24.7 concept, a design exercise from January 2000—seven years before most folks came to know the concept of "apps."
January 2000: Truck concept vehicle from Ford called "The 24.7" featuring technologies like internet, hands-free mobile phone, real-time route assistance, weather reports and stock read-outs. [Getty Images]
When I was a kid, I always loved it when auto show season came around, and the concept cars hit the stage. Looking at those uncommon curves felt like looking into the future, where roads twisted through the heavens and The Jetsons read like a historical document. It's funny how that feeling survives.
We get promised automobiles for a better tomorrow all the time, but they rarely pan out. Maybe that's because a lot of them are really crap ideas?
Concept cars are, by their very nature, ephemeral creatures. They appear at auto shows, dazzle us or underwhelm us, and then disappear. Some go into production, some inspire later designs, but most vanish forever. But few — if any — concept cars have remained in our collective consciousness like the 1995 Ford GT90.
The worst thing a concept car can be is boring. In that sense, Mitsubishi's 1991 concept car, the mS 1000, is an absolute success. To most people, I suspect it comes off as ridiculous, and that's hard to argue. Still, I think there's a valuable lesson in this car that's valid today: Not every car has to be serious.
Carmakers love to create fantastic concepts only to tell us the world is not ready for them yet. And never will. We miss these ten cars that almost existed the most.
It's time to climb into the Jalopnik Dimensional Fold-O-Tron, our patented device that allows us to travel to alternate realities (it's still in the beta stage, so don't blame us if you get stuck in the one with the Lizard Men) and explore some Ford Mustang concepts that never happened. Onward!
Remember that super-futuristic car that briefly appears in the final Ender's Game trailer? It comes compliments of Audi, a virtual car they're calling the Fleet Shuttle Quattro. Yes, please.
Solar panels have been around for ages, and they've all looked the same. And boring. So boring. But now there's a concept for some new solar panels that fold. They. Are. Awesome.
No, this isn't Batman out on safari. It's the 2035 ZAIRE concept car, an advanced all-terrain vehicle designed for National Geographic's photography team. Assuming this badboy actually gets developed, it'll help the photographers traverse the often challenging and unpredictable African terrain.
India's Tata Motors is working on a revolutionary new concept car that looks like a cross between a 2001 space pod and the Alvin deep sea explorer. But unlike those vehicles, this one runs on compressed air — a power source that could create a viable alternative to electric cars, in terms of its affordability and…
Jalopnik is all over this week's SEMA car show in Vegas, where Toyota and Microsoft are parading their crazy Tacoma All-Terrain Gamer concept. Four Xbox 360 Elites hooked-up to four swing-out 24-inch Samsung LCDs? Check. Energy drink dispenser? You betcha.