Seeing a classic concept car is always a treat, especially when it’s a case of what could have been in the first few years of the Corvette and Thunderbird. This is what Chrysler could have been building to compete with that: it’s the 1955 Chrysler Falcon concept car. Three of these were built.
The 2017 show season has picked up a lot of steam over the last couple weekends. Last weekend, I went out to Detroit for a tour of the Lingenfelter Collection. While in town, I stopped at the Ford museum to check out what they had. If you’re ever in the area, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Here’s a few highlights from that trip. They have an incredibly diverse collection there, spanning far beyond just the world of cars.
Lincoln Continental Coronation Coupé Concept, 1966. Custom touches included a padded roof without quarter windows and a wide band of walnut trim that ran the full length of the lower body. Chicago’s Lehmann-Peterson built the experimental Lincoln
Today in the country that popularized the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), the Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept made its world debut at the North American International Auto Show. The vehicle’s most striking innovation is its efficient plug-in hybrid system that uses two electric motors and a gasoline engine, which can supply all four wheels with power, either automatically or at the push of a button. This concept proves how much potential plug-in hybrid systems have. The all-wheel-drive system’s technology ensures that this SUV can offer supreme off-road performance, even in all-electric mode.
The five-seat concept is based on the completely redeveloped second-generation Tiguan. The GTE Active Concept reflects the great technical versatility of the new SUV, which will arrive to the U.S. market in 2017 with a longer wheelbase and available seven-seat functionality. For Volkswagen, the new Tiguan marks the kickoff of an SUV product offensive that will significantly expand the range of vehicles offered, especially in North America.
Martin is well-known as a builder of planes, but they made an effort to get into the car business too. This is the prototype Martin Aerodynamic from 1928, and it’s the only one built. It definitely looks like nothing else of the era.
Uni-car Auto 2000 Concept, 1981. Part of a Germany Federal Ministry for Research and Technology funded project to encourage the development of more fuel efficient cars. Volkswagen and Mercedes also produced Auto 2000 concepts
Hyundai Motor’s innovative Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept was revealed at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. This concept reflects a completely new interpretation of truck utility for a new generation of buyers, especially Millennials, who represent the second-largest population of car buyers in the US.