The auto shows in the United States are stages for American automakers to debut their practical vehicles. You know, a Fusion, Malibu or some compact car nobody will buy. Sometimes General Motors, Ford Motor Company or Chrysler will premier an outlandish concept vehicle, but that’s rarer than seeing a hamster drive a Kia. The auto show in Geneva, however, is where super cars capture the spotlight.
Sure, there were some “practical” cars premiering in Geneva. Take the 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, for instance- four doors and an inline six (just ignore the price tag of $77,000). See? Practical. There’s also the Toyota FT-Bh Concept vehicle that gets 112 MPG. Perfect for eco-concious buyers or anyone trying to save money on gas. It’s also perfect for anyone that doesn’t care about looks or what people might think when they pull up to a restaurant driving in what looks like an amphibious vehicle. Yep, it’s practical alright.
This blog post is about cool used cars of the future, not practical vehicles with good gas mileage. That’s why we’ve put together our favorites from the show you can only find in Geneva and given you some fun facts to impress family and friends. Who wouldn’t want to know the FT-Bh has only 0.235 of drag coefficient?
Kids these days don’t want to own a car according to an article on Foxbusiness.com. Millennials and the Generation-Y are “snubbing” car ownership and automakers will need to adapt. How? Crowd-sourcing or, in other words, giving anyone and everyone the ability to participate on an assignment or task. Think of the user-generated Doritos Super Bowl commercials, for example. Local Motors is using the crowd to build cars and their first creation is the Rally Fighter. Keep reading below the picture for details.
Tesla Motors, the electric car manufacturer is bringing something new to the crossover market and it’s called the Tesla Model X. You may remember Tesla Motors for designing electric cars like the Model S or Roadster, but their latest whip is bigger, roomier and more practical. Tesla claims the Model X will “blend the best of an SUV with the benefits of minivan, as only an electric car can.” For the complete low down, keep reading below.
The Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) Camaro LTA Concept is like no Camaro on the road. It looks different…way different. It’s got a custom body built on the platform of a 2010 Camaro SS, a custom interior inspired by classic Trans Am muscle cars and custom 20″ wheels. It also rocks a 455-cubic-inch 655 horsepower engine.
The CCC Speedster might look geriatric, but it’s not. In fact, it’s like the exact opposite of the Vanna White who is waging a war on aging. But before getting too sidetracked, let’s look at the CCC Speedster built by California Custom Coach.
The 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport is clearly looking to replace Bumblebee in the Transformers movie series. What a poseur. Even InsideLine has dubbed the Grand Sport’s yellow coat of paint and black accents the “Bumblebee Livery.” Since only 150 are slated for production and 45 have been sold, inventory is quickly becoming polar bear-rare and it’s not everyday you come across yellow leather seats either. If you happen to be hanging out in the UAE, check out the $2.05 million dollar vehicle in person. It is premiering at the 2012 Qatar Auto Show from January 25-28.
The minivan is back in all of its sliding door glory. At the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Chrysler unveiled a futuristic minivan that was so unexpected, it even surprised the Chrysler communication staff according to The Car Connection.
The Mangusta Legacy Concept is the brainchild of illustrator Maxime de Keiser who based the design off the De Tomaso Mangusta that was introduced way back in 1966. The new concept takes cues from the original Italian sports car with a distinct 80′s vibe. One look at this concept and you can’t deny it’s got Kelly McGillis and Tom Cruise a la Top Gun written all over it. Heck, it looks more 80′s than the jheri curl and sweater dresses.
This is the Mojo Motors Blog second and final installment featuring the best of 2011. If you haven’t already checked out Best of 2011 Part 1, do it now. Since Mojo Motors only sells used cars, we started a segment called “Cool Used Car of the Future” to recognize the most awesomest concepts and exotic cars that, one day, will be available on the used market. Keep reading for our top favorites.
We caught a lot of flack for naming the BMW M3 Performance Edition a cool used car of the future. Yes, everyone knows the BMW M3 is fast and expensive, but the better choice when it comes to performance and value is the CTS-V, obviously. That’s why this week, the Mojo Motors Blog presents the D3 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe nicknamed “Le Monstre.”