If there was ever a concept car at the nexus of transportation and technology, it was the Toyota Motor Triathlon Race Car. Introduced at the Geneva auto show in 2004, the MTRC concept was a literal embodiment of a video game universe. And it was virtually drivable. The twin seater (in a single row, like a fighter jet) had the look of a rogue F1 car, but puffed up and illuminated with the sorts of virtual world fantasy that one would expect drawn in a 12-year-old's math notebook. A flip-open ca
If Hyundai's production cars get uplifting proper nouns as names (Elantra and Genesis, to name a few), the concepts haven't fared so well. Most of them have been given acronyms that identify where the cars were designed. In this case, HCD-5 means "Hyundai California Design" and 5 simply means it's the fifth concept out of that studio. Ho hum.
Decades before the Volt was even a glimmer in the eye of Larry Burns, years prior to the Impact prototype that would be turned into the EV1, and well in advance of the Chevy Chevette-based ElectroVette, GM was experimenting with electric cars.
It's hard to remember what time Volkswagen's press conference at the 2001 Detroit auto show actually started, but it should have been scheduled for 4:20. That was the year that VW teased the flower power generation with a new version of its iconic "Bus." But this one wasn't so much a hippie RV than it was a stylish alternative to the common minivan.
At the turn of the century, Jeep could feel the heat around the corner. Where the marque previously held onto the title of the most rugged American brand, all of a sudden that appeared to be in the balance. Approaching fast along the trail was another company with a seven-slat grille and a similar stars-and-bars theme. GM's Hummer had arrived and was preparing to sell real vehicles to flush American pocketbooks (those pocketbooks, it would turn out, wouldn't actually have real money in them, but
You won't find Ford in a major open-wheel racing series in America today, but the company's support for Indy-style racing has a provenance as impressive as any manufacturer. Jim Clark's Indianapolis 500 win in 1965 (the first for a car with an engine behind the driver) might be Ford's most famous open-wheeled win, but even as recently as a few years ago the company was supporting CART (aka Champ Car, which is now defunct) and telling the world about it.