Cadillac Aera: a 2+2 touring coupe with a 1000-mile range from its compressed air tanks
Honda Air Concept: 'a coastal cruiser for the agressive lifestyle' uses turbo vacuums to power it
Maybach DRS: a human-electric rickshaw hybrid that allows cross-town travel in comfort
Mazda MX-0: takes Mazda's lightweight commitment to the extreme; powered by torquey electric motors
Mercedes Biome: eco concept can be composted after use or be broken into building materials
Nissan iV: an EV for 2035. A super-lightweight sports tourer that's made from organic parts
Smart 454: 'west cost fun meets German technology'. Design inspired by Grannies' hand-knit socks
Toyota Nori: shows body and chassis as one to produce a strong, lightweight car
Volvo Air Motion Concept: three-seater road-going racer is aimed at the motorist who has fun
A total of nine major manufacturers have revealed their entries for the annual Los Angeles motor show Design Challenge.
The theme of this year’s challenge was to create a car that minimised use of the earth’s resources. Entries had to be “an efficient, lightweight, four passenger vehicle, that is both comfortable and safe, while delivering satisfactory driving performance without sacrificing the styling consumers demand”. And crucially, each entry had to weigh less than 1000lbs (453.9kg).
This year’s contest has also been extended to include entries from manufacturers’ global designs studios, not just those based locally. This attracted entries from Germany and Japan for the first time.
General Motors, Honda, Maybach, Mazda, Mercedes, Nissan, Smart, Toyota and Volvo all submitted entries. Maybach’s ‘Den-Riki-Sha’ entry is one of the more striking; the luxurious rickshaw is a human-electric hybrid that aims to transport passengers across town in supreme comfort.
Another notable entry came from Volvo. Its Air Motion Concept is essentially a four-seat racing car for the road, is powered by compressed air motors and is “aimed at the driving enthusiast”.
You can click here for a picture of each of the concepts and a brief summary of their main attributes. The winner will be announced at the LA motor show next month.