2018 is a few weeks away, it's a high time we looked back what happened in the old year. In 2017, the auto market has welcomed a number of striking concept cars, including breakthrough electric cars, retro-styled cars, and fresh-looking sports cars. Below are top 10 concept cars Naijauto.com consider the most outstanding revealed in 2017.
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1. BMW concept 8 series
BMW brought the world a new car concept dubbed as the “concept 8’ series at the Concorso d’Eleganza villa d’este 2017. The concept was launched with a completely fresh design language.
The car concept boasts a comprehensive sculptural design, bringing it a more luxurious and elegant look, but it still retains an attractively dynamic feature.
BMW brought the world the “concept 8’ series at the Concorso d’Eleganza villa d’este 2017
BMW Concept 8 Series. Return to a new era
With an exclusive design, the car becomes a phenomenon in the BMW lineup as it is different from all BMW models that we have seen before, from its precise lines to the reinterpreted ‘kidney’ grille. It also promises to be the top-of-the-line car in the BMW’s range.
2. Honda urban EV concept
At the Frankfurtt motor show 2017, Honda unveiled the “urban EV” concept, making the brand become the pioneer for this new car concept in the Japanese auto industry. The all-new electric car also highlights the brand’s direction of bringing design and technology for future production of Honda electric models.
At the Frankfurtt motor show 2017, Honda unveiled the “urban EV” concept
The new car concept gets a simple yet delicate design with sporty edges and wide and low proportions creating a firm basement. At the front fascia, in the middle of the headlights, the car showcases multilingual messages including charging status updates, advice for other drivers on the road and greetings.
3. Honda sports EV concept
Following the urban EV concept, Honda also revealed zero-emission excellent electric sports vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show. The exterior design mainly of the Honda Sport EV Concept evokes the retro coupes’ image. Indeed, it owns wide wheel arches, a short rear deck, a long hood, old-world head- and taillights and a shooting brake rear. Besides, some see the new car concept seems to be inspired by the Mazda MX-5, Subaru BRZ and the Toyota 86.
Following the urban EV concept, Honda also revealed zero-emission excellent electric sports vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show
4. Audi Aicon Concept
Audi revealed its all-new “aircon” car concept which is a luxurious electric car. This was introduced at the Frankfurtt motor show 2017. The new car can run a maximum of 800 km (500 miles) for every full charge. It comes equipped with 4 doors but has no pedals or steering wheel. Besides, the suspension, sustainability, drivetrain and digitalization are also designed innovatively.
Audi revealed its all-new “aircon” car concept which is a luxurious electric car
Audi Aicon - the Audi Vision of Autonomous Driving
Beyond a robotic taxi, the Aicon is designed as a perfect incorporation of a first-class airline cabin’s ambience and a door-to-door transportation.
5. Toyota TJ Cruiser
The Toyota TJ cruiser made its debut at the 45th Tokyo motor show 2017. The car offers the harmonious balance between a bold design of an SUV and a large cargo space of a van.
The TJ is specially designed for drivers who have to work and travel continuously. The “T” stands for “Toolbox” indicating of how to use it and the “J” means “Joy” referring to the delight when arriving at the destinations by this car. The car also offers a spacious cabin which is capable of housing up big items and luggage even a bike.
The Toyota TJ cruiser made its debut at the 45th Tokyo motor show 2017
6. Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ
Volkswagen brought NAIAS 2017 took place in Detroit, USA a new car concept named the ‘I.D. BUZZ’ which is designed as a self-driving campervan, opening a new era of the brand for its electric vehicles’ production.
Designed as a multifunctional car, the I.D. BUZZ combines nostalgic design cues including pure form, true emotion and true character with state-of-the-art technology. At the front fascia, the VW logo is dazzling, making the steering wheel come as a mystery. The car is also adorned with radar sensors, ultrasonic, cameras and laser scanners help drivers monitor other vehicles surrounding and on the road. In the end of 2017, Volkswagen made an announcement that the ‘I.D. BUZZ’ will be produced and expected to hit the market in 2022.
The I.D. BUZZ combines nostalgic design cues including pure form, true emotion and true character with state-of-the-art technology
7. Mazda Vision Coupe
Also being in attendance at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017, the Mazda Vision Coupe concept showcases a minimalist aesthetic of the Japanese brand. Highlight of the car is a "kodo - soul of motion" appearance that shows a simple “one-motion” form of the aesthetics, delivering the speed sensations.
The Coupe interior uses the “ma concept” (meaning "space") from traditional architecture of Japan, incorporating a strong longitudinal axis and 3-dimensional depths to create a comfortable space that still retains the sensibility of motion.
The Mazda Vision Coupe concept showcases a minimalist aesthetic of the Japanese brand
The name of the car honors the carmaker’s tradition of elegant design showed by models in the coupes lineup such as the 'R360' - the first passenger vehicle of Mazda and the 'Luce Rotary' also dubbed as the 'R130' .
8. MINI Electric Concept
MINI introduced its latest electric vehicle simply named as “Electric Concept” at the Frankfurt show 2017. The car brings a completely new dimension that features the go-kart feeling of the brand, coming along with zero-emission mobility.
MINI introduced its latest electric vehicle simply named as “Electric Concept” at the Frankfurt show 2017
The car's powerful engine takes energy from its lithium-ion battery, maintaining typical versatility of MINI models and maximum range with zero emissions. Especially, the electric engine does not need an air cooling so the car comes equipped with a closed hexagonal front grille to boost its aerodynamic properties.
9. Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet Concept
At the 2017 Concours d’elegance, Mercedes unveiled its Mercedes-Maybach ‘6 cabriolets’ concept which follows the 2016 sensational coupé and expresses luxury incarnated in the form of an open top vehicle. The convertible is set as a homage to the aero coupés that had a glorious time and brings this tradition to the future models.
The convertible is designed as a homage to the aero coupés that had a glorious time and brings this tradition to the future models
The two-door is a combination of an emotional and classic design that harmoniously blends defined yet sculpted lines with smooth surfaces.
10. Infinity Prototype 9
Infinity and Nissan revealed the ‘Prototype 9” which is considered as a celebration of the artistry, ingenuity and craftsmanship of the Hong Kong manufacturer. The car comes with a sleek design and is the prototype of an open-wheeled electric retro-roadster.
The car comes with a sleek design and is the prototype of an open-wheeled electric retro-roadster
Moreover, it shows a reenactment of a racing car in 1940 with time-honored techniques of production. It includes a group of hand-beating panels called the “Takumi” to showcase its retro design.
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