Concept cars. For many the heartbeat of a motor show; the barometer to judge the carmakers’ confidence. So with the Detroit motor show oozing all manner of conceptual models, there were plenty of highlights. Here are our top five.
The Toyota FT-1, says Toyota, isn’t the new Supra. But it is "a true enthusiast's track car in the lineage of the 2000GT and Supra." Tantalisingly, FT stands for Future Toyota. Remember the FT86, and what a breathtaking sports car it became?
Toyota won’t be drawn on mechanical specifics, saying only that it isn’t a hybrid and powered solely by an internal combustion engine. Its striking looks may pure dramatic sports car, but it was penned with the words of Akio Toyoda to create cars that sparked people's emotions ringing in their ears.
Look at the Concept XC Coupé, imagine it with a larger and fuller look, and you’ll come close to the design of the all-new Volvo XC90, due at the end of the year. That car is important for many reasons, least of all that it heralds a new design and will be based on the new SPA platform.