A collection of 10 very cool concept cars from the past few years unveiled at motor shows around the world.
The Mazda Taiki First unveiled at the 2007 Tokyo motor show and featured an incredible sweeping design which seemed to have been inspired by pictures of flying saucers.
The car, which Mazda said it wanted to put into production, would have featured a rotary engine based on that which powers the company's RX8. Picture by Kevin.Ward
The Ford Bronco
The Ford Bronco concept was unveiled in 2004. It was reminiscent of the original Ford Bronco include the boxy, upright roofline, short wheelbase, round headlamps and the Bronco nameplate milled into the modern three-bar grille.
A winch and guide rollers were integrated into the lower fascia. Exterior details include exposed door hinges, cowl vents and flared wheel wells. Unique loop-shaped door handles are integrated into the door panels and open with a tug. Given the collapse in demand for SUVs in the United States, it is doubtful that this concept will ever make it into production. Picture by the Ford Motor Company
Land Rover LRX
The Land Rover LRX concept is one of the most talked about pre production vehicles of recent years.
Featuring a diesel hybrid engine capable of more than 50mpg and striking design for an SUV, Land Rover is said to be seriously considering putting the vehicle into production. Picture by Jaguar Land Rover
Audi Locus Concept
The Audi Locus Concept is a sporty coupe which adopts an organic design language made of flowing curves.
It was created by Turkish designer Ugur Sahin who also worked on the Lamborghini Spiga concept. Picture by Ugur Sahin
Honda PUYO First shown at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show.
The Honda PUYO was designed to convey a warm, friendly impression and bring together 'clean', 'safe' and 'fun' functionality in an environmentally responsible, people-friendly minimalist design featuring an ultra-high efficiency, small frame and fuel cell technology. The car would be operated with a joystick. Picture by Honda
Aston Martin Lagonda
The Aston Martin Lagonda concept was revealed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show and is a very different vehicle from the last vehicle to carry the Lagonda name.
Powered by a V12 engine, the car would mark the return of Aston Martin to the luxury saloon market. Picture by Aston Martin Lagonda
Fiat FCC Adventure
The Fiat FCC Adventure concept was designed and built by Fiat’s South American division.
The coupe crossover is based on the small Stilo Abarth hatchback. Despite the high ground clearance, the FCC isn't a genuine off-roader as it only drives the front wheels
Picture by Fiat
The Ford Airstream concept displayed at the 2007 North American International Auto Show was a crossover influenced by Airstream's iconic trailer design and the optimism for the future that Stanley Kubrick captured in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The whole idea behind the Ford Airstream concept was to create a vehicle for adventures, touring and traveling long distances in a unique design. It would have been powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Picture by Rockershirt
The Giugiaro Vadho concept was unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show.
It is a V12 hydrogen fueled concept car whihc is built on a one-off chassis, and is controled by two joysticks, not a steering wheel. Both the V12 hydrogen fueled internal combustion engine and seven-speed SMG gearbox come from BMW. Picture by Italdesign
The Honda Zeppelin was a design created by Myung Jin Jung, a student of Hongik University's car design course.
The Zeppelin was created for his final year thesis - for 2008 the brief was to design a luxurious sedan for the future. It was partially inspired, as the name suggests, by airships. Picture by Myung Jin Jung