Here’s a short list of concept cars debuted during the 2016 Paris Auto Show. The car industry looks like it’s headed in some cool directions with concepts like these.
The Paris Auto Show ran from October 1 through October 16. Tons of brands showed up in Paris to show off new cars, new tech and new concepts during those couple weeks. Head over to the Paris Auto show website for a complete look at the different vehicles and concepts the brands showed off.
This tenth-generation version of the Civic is built to be the most muscular-looking one yet. Honda unveiled the Type R at the Paris Auto show. It will be the first Honda with a Type R badge sold in the US. Honda has yet to release any technical details; the car it showed in Paris is just a concept so far. It’s probably a pretty good bet this will be what next year’s model will look like. Keep your eye on this one.
Lexus showed off the smallest Lexus SUV yet at the 2016 Paris Auto Show. It says the UX design concept “takes Lexus’ design language to the next level.” It’s smaller than the current NX crossover with a very distinct look to the exterior with the back doors featuring a rear-hinge. Plus, as concept cars usually are, this one is packed with some pretty cool tech. Including a hologram-style globe behind the steering wheel to display the traditional dials. Plus there’s a floating display for the infotainment system. One of the tech features Lexus included to cut down on weight was to remove the side mirrors and replace them with rear-facing cameras. They’re smaller and lighter than a mirror.
Lexus also brought a non-car concept with: a Kinetic Seat concept. The seat is supposed to be more flexible to various shapes and sizes of people.
While Mercedes didn’t bring the battery-powered electric vehicle a lot of outlets thought it would, it did unveil the Generation EQ concept. Mercedes-Benz says the crossover SUV is close to production, meaning within the next three years.
The design of this vehicle is just gorgeous. The car looks very futuristic, as Car and Driver puts it; it looks like it’s going to be used in the next Iron Man movie. The side mirrors and door handles were removed in order to reduce air resistance. The concept is supposed to be the most powerful EV setup possible with two electric motors totaling 402 horsepower. This is one car to keep an eye on and see what it looks like when Mercedes-Benz officially moves it to production.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz future vehicles are impressive. The Mercedes-AMG GT and GT C Roadsters are set to be the rush of performance, out in the open. The cars debuted at the 2016 Paris Auto Show. Look for these Roadsters to hit the market in 2018. Mercedes-Benz credits these cars as introducing the thrill of racing to the all-American road. They combine the thrill of race cars and the joy of driving a convertible.
Let’s get technical. Mercedes-Benz says: “The new Roadsters inject fresh air into the tradition of exquisite power, with a Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo with dry-sump lubrication. The AMG GT C takes this to another level entirely, borrowing from the AMG GT R’s technical refinements to deliver 550 hp and peak torque of 502 lb-ft.* In combination with the GT R’s rear-axle steering system, it guarantees dynamic performance at the very highest level.”
If you boil all that down, the GT Roadster goes from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 188 mph. The GT C Roadster can go from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds. It tops out with a speed of 196 mph. Both cars are also rear-wheel drive. The GT and GT C are each built with a reinforced bodyshell structure as well as a fixed roll-ver protection system. The convertible top is fully automatic. It is a soft top that opens and closes in about 11 seconds.
Volkswagen debuted its electric concept car at the 2016 Paris Auto Show. VW is planning to start selling the vehicle in 2020. It sports an impressive electric range of 373 miles on a single battery charge. The goal is for the I.D. to be recognized as a zero-emission vehicle. Volkswagen expects the engine to have 168-horsepower behind it.
The vehicle features a fully automated driving mode called I.D. Pilot Mode and it features a steering wheel that retracts into the dashpad when the automated mode is enabled. Volkswagen is expecting that technology to be ready for series production by 2025.
Let’s talk about the design of the car a little bit. Volkswagen designed the car with very clean lines and angles with the interior laid out neatly. The new transparent, illuminated VW logo shows off the future of the brand as well as the quality materials used. The front end looks different because Volkswagen did away with the cooling intakes and added interactive c-shaped LED lights. The rear doors also swivel backwards to open up.
Volkswagen has set the I.D. to showcase its iconic new design language for compact electric vehicles. It’s also showcasing the VW brand strategy that is being called: Think New. Volkswagen is exemplifying that strategy with a goal it set for itself: to sell a million electric cars a year by 2025.