One of the best parts of an auto show is checking out all the cool concept cars. This year’s 2014 LA Auto Show was no exception. While sadly there were not a ton of concept cars on display, here are some of the best ones at the show.
Chevrolet Chaparral 2X GT6 Vision Gran Turismo
This bizarre, futuristic Chevrolet sports car turned quite a few heads at the show. Besides the radical styling, the driver sitting position was the talk of the show. In order to operate the care, the driver lies down and peers over the hood to drive the car.
This creates an incredibly unique and aerodynamic driver’s position.
While production of the car is not coming anytime soon (likely not at all), you can virtually drive a version on the Gran Turismo 6 video game.
Debuting in sunny LA was the Lexus LF-C2 convertible. This concept previews what a future Lexus convertible would look like. Many speculate this is precisely what the new RC would look like as a convertible.
Besides the strikingly good looks on the interior and exterior, the tires stood out to those in the attendance. The radical styling on the rims combined with the signature grille created quite the stir.
Watch the debut video.
Chevy Colorado ZR2
While the LA show isn’t typically known for pickup trucks, Chevy unveiled an amazing off-road concept in the ZR2. This modified Chevy Colorado featured new front and rear bumpers, King shocks, unique wheels and the upcoming diesel engine.
With the new concept exterior color and other goodies, truck guys lined up in droves to get a look at it. GM admitted that while most concepts never make it to production, this ZR2 concept has a really good chance based on customer feedback. If the early reviews are any indication, this truck should hit production soon.
Purpose of Concept Cars
Automakers display concept cars at auto shows to generate buzz and excite car buyers. These prototypes rarely make it into production. Instead, as the name implies, they introduce new concepts in car design and technology. They are used the help gauge the public’s interest in concepts that may be introduced into upcoming production vehicles. They also give car designers free reign to push the envelope of their imaginations.