Concept Cars

Concept cars are created by automakers to showcase new technologies and designs, but they are not mass-produced. Explore the future of automotive and see what you might be driving in a few years.


The 1988 Pontiac Banshee concept car previewed elements of the 1993-2002 Firebird. Particularly the front fascia and tail treatment. See pictures and a profile of the 1988 Pontiac Banshee concept car.

The 1989 Pontiac Stinger concept car was basically a set of accessories on wheels. It was aimed at younger people as a multi-purpose vehicle. See pictures and a profile of the 1989 Pontiac Stinger concept car.

The 1989 Porsche Panamericana concept car was built for Ferry Porsche's birthday. It was a striking two-seater concept study, with no plans for production. See pictures and a profile of the 1989 Porsche Panamericana concept car.

The 1988 Renault Megane concept car had European style and attitude. It had 4 sliding doors and elegants seats that resembled the ones seen on private airplanes. See pictures and a profile of the innovative 1988 Renault Megane concept car.

A pair of 1960s and 1970s Duesenberg concept cars attempted to revive the Model J. The Model D concept was a result of their attempt to improve a legend. Learn about the 1960s and 1970s Duesenberg concept cars and see pictures.

The 1950s and 1960s Chrysler Turbine concept cars held great promise for the future. Chrysler lent 50 of them to 203 people between 1963 and 1966 for public test drives. Learn about the 1950s and 1960s Chrysler Turbine concept cars.

The 1946 Beechcraft Plainsman concept car was an airplane maker's ugly folly. The name Plainsman was most likely chosen by Beechcraft to emphasize the links between its aircraft and its odd-looking concept car. See a profile and pictures of the 1946 Beechraft Plainsman concept car.

The 1980 Briggs & Stratton Hybrid concept car had six wheels and 12 batteries. This gasoline/electric hybrid had a fiberglass body to offset the extra weight. See a profile and pictures of the 1980 Briggs & Stratton Hybrid concept car.

The 1969 AMX/2 concept car and 1970 AMX/3 were surprising Euro-style supercars from AMC. AMC was toying with the idea of building a mid-engine supercar that the public could actually buy. See pictures and a profile of the 1969 AMX/2 and 1970 AMX/3.

The 1958 Lincoln Mark II concept car was undone by the more profitable Mark III. The Continental Mark II was built to answer requests for a modern successor to the classic first Continental line of 1940-1948. See pictures and a profile of the 1958 Lincoln Mark II concept car.

The 1960s AMC concept cars blended desperation and optimism, as a troubled firm looked for hope. Styling of 1960s AMC concept cars often predicted production models. See pictures and profiles of 1960s AMC concept cars.

Trax is "one of three Chevrolet minicar global concepts" being unveiled at this year's New York Auto Show.

John Najjar may have had humble beginnings at Ford, but in his 36 years has had a hand in some major projects. None was bigger than the Ford Mustang. Learn about his contributions.

A flying-car-style rescue vehicle called X-Hawk could be on the market as early as 2012. If it's successful it could be the proof-of-concept that opens the doors to other flying cars still in the development stage but nearing marketability.

The Tesla Roadster is fast, fancy, handles like a dream, and goes like a rocket but it's virtually silent. Tesla's first production car is also the world's first high-performance electric car.

It's sleek. It's aerodynamic. It's powered entirely by hydrogen. The BMW H2R has already set nine speed records in its class. Learn all about the H2R and BMW's unique liquid-hydrogen combustion engine.

It's based on the chassis and suspension of the production Ford GT, and it's packing 600 horsepower. But its look is truly vintage. Check out a concept car that could be winning races in the next few years.

When you're done with the nasal-congestion jokes (it's actually pronounced sin-you-ehs) and take a good look at this concept car you'll be either giddy or horrified. Check out the future of city driving.

The MTRC Toyota's latest concept car is about as futuristic as automotive technology gets. Take a look at its ultra-modern design and learn how it pushes the limits of current technology.

While the design of the YCC is filled with forward-looking ideas, the most innovative aspect of the car is not the design but who designed it -- an all-female team. With everything from an interchangeable interior to special features like Ergovision and Autopark you'll be amazed by this cutting-edge sports coupe. Take a look inside the YCC.

What has a better power-to-weight ratio than an Enzo Ferrari, and enough room for a normal person to sit comfortably? It’s the Chrysler ME Four-Twelve concept car (that’s right we said Chrysler). Check it out.

With the unveiling of the Personal Mobility (PM) concept car Toyota's designers have shared a new vision of personalized travel. Find out all about the PM's design power and unique features.

What's a car without an engine? A GM Hy-wire. There's no combustion, no linkages, and it has driver controls that work like a video-game joystick. See what you could be driving in the future.

Bogged down in bumper-to-bumper traffic, have you ever daydreamed about taking off and flying over the road? What would it take to -- finally -- get cars airborne?