Cool Concepts That Made Us Drool from the 2013 Beijing Auto Show

The cool, strange, and not-so-subtle concept cars of Beijing

Apr 23 2013, 1:01pm CDT | by

Cool Concepts That Made Us Drool from the 2013 Beijing Auto Show

The 2013 Beijing Auto Show is in full swing and at the show several new concept cars have made their official world debuts. Different concept cars catch our attention for different reasons, some are incredibly fast and powerful, others are pretty, and others are just plain bizarre. We gathered up some of the coolest and most drool worthy concept cars to turn up at the 2013 Beijing Auto Show for your perusal. Check them all out below.


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Lamborghini Aventador LP-720 50 Anniversario

One of my favorite new vehicles to turn up in China is a special edition of a vehicle we've known about for years. The car is the Lamborghini Aventador LP-720 50 Anniversario, and I talked about it a bit already this week. Lamborghini plans to make only 100 examples of this special anniversary edition worldwide. It has a special yellow and black paint scheme that's only available on the anniversary model and a special interior, but everything else under the hood is the same.

VW CrossBlue Coupe Concept

I can understand why some people find SUVs incredibly boring. I really only made for hauling people around for the most part, but if you do have a lot of people in your family all around it's important to find one that looks good and has decent performance. One of the best looking SUV concepts I've seen in a long time comes from Volkswagen and is called the CrossBlue.

I don't see anything in this concept design that would prevent it from being produced in a reasonable timeframe. While some concept cars have crazy bodywork that clearly would never make it to production, the CrossBlue doesn't. In fact it reminds me a lot of some existing Acura SUVs. The concept debuted at the Shanghai Motor Show and has a gasoline engine combined with a pair of electric motors. The gasoline engine is a 3.6-liter turbocharged V-6 producing 295 hp and 369 pounds-foot of torque. The front electric motor produces 54 hp and there's a rear electric motor producing hundred and 14 hp providing a combined 415 hp and 516 pound-foot of torque. That should provide for very impressive performance.

Honda Concept M

Typically, minivans are even more boring than SUVs, but like the SUV there comes a time when some families simply must have a van. Having large the family that you must have a van isn't a bad thing, at least there are some pretty interesting options on the market. One of the best looking minivans I've ever seen is the new Concept M that debuted at the Shanghai Motor Show.

The concept is called the Concept M and it appears to be Honda's next-generation van. The concept aims to bring car like qualities to the minivan sector in China. Details on the vehicle are scant, but I can definitely see this attractive vehicle being a very popular option in the minivan segment around the world.

Chery Ant 2.0

Easily one of the most bizarre concept cars on display in Shanghai was the Chery Ant 2.0. This bizarre little car looks more like a ladybug or beetle than an ant to my eyes. The forward opening Lamborghini-style doors look like wings and have large integrated windows. One downside of the large windows is that they don't appear to open which make it very difficult to go. Drive through for any reason.

The company behind the concept car isn't offering up all the details, but we do know is that this is an electric vehicle. It looks to me like it has some sort of electric motors inside the front wheels. This is one of those vehicles that clearly has a lot of concept to its design meaning I would think it's very unlikely to come to market.

Toyota FT-HT Yuejia

Another of the strange concept cars on display in Beijing is oddly attractive. The car is from Toyota and is called the FT-HT Yuejia. The car is designed to seat six adults with three rows of two individual bucket seats. The car has a strange exterior, but the strange exterior is surprisingly attractive. It looks something like a cross between a minivan and an SUV.

The vehicle uses a hybrid powertrain and features scissor doors and lacks pillars making it easy to get in and out of the cabin. The car is currently only in the concept stage, but Toyota has said that the vehicle will be sold exclusively in China as a production vehicle. I think this car could be popular elsewhere because a family with three kids would be able to fit a friend in the car and still get to where they need to go. That one extra seat can be a big deal for some families.

Nissan Friend-Me

Nissan has styled some rather weird cars over the years that end up being surprisingly popular. The Juke is a perfect example of the car that's very strange looking, yet sells incredibly well. Nissan showed off a new concept car in China this week called the Friend-Me Concept that is aiming at young people in their 20s to 30. Nissan is specifically targeting males.

The car features four seats and has some sort of high-tech entertainment system in the car that allows passengers to share content from their smartphone or tablet on a common screen in the car for everyone to see. It's a rather interesting looking car that looks a lot like a thoroughly modern station wagon. However, the bodywork seems a little bit too swoopy to be destined for production to my eyes.


<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.


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