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Concept Cars

These prototypes were designed to push the boundaries of design, fuel efficiency and utility.

May 2014, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

by Stephane Babcock

Trio of Mitsubishi Hybrids

Mitsubishi recently unveiled three concept cars: the Concept GC–PHEV (left), Concept XR-PHEV (middle), and Concept AR (right). The GC–PHEV and XR-PHEV will feature rear-wheel-drive and a plug-in hybrid system. The Concept AR will house a lightweight mild hybrid system, which includes a downsized, 1.1-liter direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine. 

Volkswagen T-Roc

VW continues its parade of concept vehicles with the T-Roc, which features removable roof halves and completely digital instrumentation and climate controls. A portable tablet serves as the infotainment display and front and rear cameras are supported by LED spotlights for nighttime driving. The T-Roc also offers settings for street, off-road and snow conditions.

Mazda Hazumi 

Recently introduced at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, the Hazumi was created to express Mazda’s “Soul of Motion” KUDO design. The Hazumi will utilize a newly developed 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine that promises outstanding fuel economy without compromising on linear and powerful driving performance, according to Mazda. 

Volvo Estate 

Volvo is using the Estate concept to demonstrate a new in-car control system. The system was designed around a large, tablet-like touch screen to replace the traditional controls in the center console. Drivers will be able to swipe and pinch, much like on tablet devices, as well as interact with a stack of flexible “tiles,” each of which will display a key functionality such as phone, navigation or media.

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