Bernie's Top 5 Concept Car Picks from the Geneva Auto Show

Mar 14, 2011

Yesterday, the 81st annual Geneva Auto Show ended. It is always hosted at the Geneva Palexpo, a convention center located next to the Geneva Cointrin International Airport in Switzerland. The Geneva Auto Show is one of the biggest Auto Shows in the world, and it forces automakers to bring out their top projects for the public to view and for me to critique.

Every year, there's a large amount of vehicles that debuts. Most of them are production vehicles, a.k.a. ideas that were green-lit to be sold to the general public, and my favorite- concept cars. I'm going to get into my favorite vehicles that made its debut, but for now, it's concept car time.

Before I begin, let me tell you what a concept car is. According to the great folks at wikipedia, "A concept vehicle or show vehicle is a car prototype made to showcase a concept, new styling and new technology. They are often shown at motor shows to gauge customer reaction to new and radical designs which may or may not have a chance of being produced." Think of when the Chrysler Imperial was suppose to come out as a more top of the line version (also a better version) of the Chrysler 300.

So I took a look at the concept vehicles that made its debut this year and I came up with my top 5 that I'm supporting... for now.

The Toyota FT-86 II Concept... I like this because of the design and also because it would be a good look for Toyota. Since they've scraped both the Celica and the Solara (I was mad over the Solara), Toyota doesn't have any sports cars. Yeah, you can say that there's Scion and Lexus, but Toyota itself, doesn't have one. And no, the Camry Sport doesn't count, because no matter how much horsepower you add to it, it's still a family sedan. And most importantly, it'll still be a practical sports car.

Volkswagen Microbus Concept Car. Doesn't it look familiar? Well VW did introduce this vehicle in the 60s, and they did drive a vehicle like this in Scooby Doo. But this version is completely modernized and I love it... We all know that I'm a bit eccentric, so my liking something like this wouldn't be anything new.

The Jaguar XE. I'm in love with the design. The shape is crazy, especially in the silver pictured above. It looks like a refined version of the Porsche Panamera. I need something like this in my life, but knowing me, I'll get some crazy speeding tickets in it, and the last thing I would need is a suspended license. The once thing I don't like is that it is so low to the ground. Imagine driving on the Cross Bronx Expressway in this. What a way to tear up the undercarriage. **Sad face**

Even though this next car is rather small, I still featured it.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept, and I'm really not an exotic car person. On top of that, this is a four cylinder sports car (is there really such a thing?) that puts off 200 horsepower. Technically, I could out race this car with my GMC Envoy. But there's something about this car that I like. Probably because it looks cute, like a VW Beetle. The Alfa Romeo 4C is a cute concept car.

I gave you three sports car and a van, so I'm sure that an SUV has to be somewhere.

And here it is...

Although it looks like all of the other Range Rover Sports, the Range_e Concept is rather different. According to the good folks at Land Rover, with a total output of 334-hp and a top speed of around 120 mph, the Range_e averages a fuel-economy of 71 mpg and 690 miles of driving on a full tank. The Range_e also has the same full 4WD capability as the standard Range Rover Sport. Need I say more? I do like the Range_e, but I'm in love with the Range Rover Evoque.

Because I have such great taste, there's rumors going around that all five of these fine vehicles will hit the assembly line. Please note that I'm adding "To Attend the Geneva Auto Show" on my list of goals, right behind "To Attend the Tokyo Auto Salon" and "Climbing to the top of the Empire State Building"

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