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2014 Concept Vehicles That Should Be Put Into Production

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2014 Concept Vehicles That Should Be Put Into Production

Every year, concept vehicles are publicized by automakers as a way to showcase their abilities and technologies. Sometimes the concepts are just design studies or experiments and in no way will ever be put into production. There are those times when car companies lose their minds and let the mad scientists loose in the board room, deciding to build some pretty incredible cars that usually would not see the light of day.

The following are the best concept cars so far this year. Surely there will be more incredible concept cars that will be released later in 2014, but for now these are the best of the year. As of the writing of this articles none of these vehicles have not been announced as going into production, but here’s to hoping that changes in the near future!

Kia GT4 Stinger

Kia GT4 Stinger (Credit: © Kia)

1. Kia GT4 Stinger

Kia is certainly coming into its own these days, both with increasingly compelling production models and concepts like the GT4 Stinger. Apparently before this concept was released, sports cars were strictly off-limits for concept vehicles. Why did the top brass in South Korea have a change of heart? Perhaps they were looking at the success Toyota and Subaru have been experiencing with the FR-S and BRZ, or it has to do with a desire to draw in a youthful, performance-loving customer base. As long as the GT4 Stinger is built, who really cares? The race-bred 2.0-liter engine pushes out an amazing 315 horsepower, thanks to force-feeding from turbocharging. Kia engineers say taking the output to 400 horsepower could be done with minimal effort.

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  1. Seashell

    Apr 7, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    none of those got me too excited. I do like the understated nature of the beetle.

  2. Drew Phelan

    Apr 8, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Does anybody really want the infinity q50 “eau rouge”? Who even wants to buy an infinity? Who would pass up mercedes and BMW for a glitery and glossier dautson?

  3. Eric Wedel

    Apr 16, 2014 at 4:27 am

    The Volvo Concept Estate looks really nice. Sure hope it makes it over to the US!

  4. BeatusMongous

    Apr 18, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I love the GT4 Stingray. It looks amazing, and Kia does need a sports car. If you’ve ever driven an Optima Turbo, you’ll know they certainly have the knowhow to make a good sports car.

    I believe the Q50 is on its way to production.

    The Civic Type R concept had an ad below it that showed a nauseated man sticking out his tongue. Kind of fitting. Honda needs to revive the S2000, and make the Civic into a hybrid runabout, in my opinion.

    The Volvo Estate looks really good. Crossing my fingers that they do it.

    Okay, we need to clarify the difference between a concept vehicle and an aftermarket modification. That Ram is not something Chrysler will build from the factory, but something that is done afterwards. Pretty much anyone with the extra money can buy a Ram and make it into that. That’s the point. This photo looks like it was taken at SEMA, the convention for aftermarket products.

    I laughed when I saw the IDx. I laughed even more when that same nauseated man advertisement showed up beneath it.

    The Beetle is decent.

    The FT-1 looks good, and seems like it will be an LFA with a new body. Pretty nice. It seems to be more of an exotic, though, rather than a performance vehicle for the regular guy.

    Lexus already has plans to bring the RC to life, but this version looks like either an aftermarket version or a race-specific version. It most likely won’t be available to the general public unless someone buys a regular RC and turns it into this.

  5. LlarryLLama

    Apr 20, 2014 at 4:28 am

    I have one word for the Nissan IDx…yuck!

  6. jagragg

    May 8, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    After review of the entire article, while entertaining, is an article that plays directly into the oil companies and exclusively controlled vehicle marketplace in this country. One of the vehicles that SHOULD BE on the top of the list is the Volkswagen XL1. It is not a concept car nor a prototype. It is a proven technological breakthrough, sacrificing little in the way of performance. It is also a two seated vehicle that would drastically reduce the demands from the current levels of fuel required to operate it. This vehicle is currently in a highly limited production, by hand, which substantially drives up the cost per unit due to the lack of a high volume production line. It has been BANNED from the U.S. marketplace due to the “big three” & oil companies lobbying efforts (both in congress and the federal trade commission), because the American auto sales marketplace is the major marketplace of the world that would make such volume production viable or not. The reason? This vehicle runs on diesel and gets 300 MPG! (Or about 85 KPL, kilometers per liter)

    The Volkswagen XL1 is a prime example of how the auto industry in this country, is a highly controlled & restrictive marketplace, geared entirely for the benefit of auto & oil corporations, while actually being an intentional disservice to the American driving public. By these types of restrictive lobbying efforts, this corporate lobby is maintaining high fuel prices at the pump, which would otherwise substantially reduce the demands for fuel, therefore driving down the costs of fuel for everyone as this vehicle would otherwise be able to increase its market share in this country as time goes by. “Unfounded Hype~!”(?) some might say. Take the time to run your own Google search and see for yourself.

    • Thomas

      May 21, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Yes your so right, and that car could be produced in aluminum and or the new light steel,using standard tooling,it doesn’t have to be made of hand laid carbon fiber, nobody wants efficient cars,its all about,get it while you can.The car maker’s worry about profit margins and the oil companies especially don’t want efficient vehicles,they have nothing to gain.We have the technology to produce safe and highly efficient cars,and they don’t have to cost 100,000 dollars ,non sense.We should be seeing enclosed motorcycles,ultra efficient automobiles in volume,right now.VW couldn’t build that vehicle fast enough.Consumers are fooled into thinking that efficiency means,ugly,slow and boring.The joke is on us and were paying the price.

  7. gregge

    May 28, 2014 at 12:13 am

    The race styled Nissan also looks like it drew a bit of inspiration from the Lancia Stratos.

  8. gregge

    May 28, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Beetle Dune. Available in Atreides Blue and Harkonen Black as well as Fremen Beige?

  9. mikeopinion

    Aug 2, 2014 at 5:13 am

    i like the Toyota FT-1

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