CES 2019 Concept Cars

The purpose of concept cars is to show what technologies, designs, and ideas might be incorporated into production cars in the not-too-distant future. While many of these vehicles rarely make it past the design process, they do occasionally contain elements that trickle down to mass-produced cars.

I was fortunate to attend the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. While it mostly focuses on smartphones and wearable tech, there is a significant portion of the show dedicated to cars. Here are some notable concept cars that I spotted at #CES2019.
The Audi AICON is a 2+2 autonomous luxury sedan. Powered by four electric motors, the vehicle is projected to have a range of 450 miles between charges, with an 80% charge taking just 30 minutes.


Byton is a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer based in Nanjing. Founded by former BMW and Nissan executives, the company hopes to begin selling its first models in China later this year. The Byton K-Byte is a luxury sedan with Level 4 autonomous driving and a 325 mile range. It has LiDAR modules mounted on both the left and right front fenders.

Meet the Byton M-Byte, a luxury electric crossover from China. I saw the car on display at the 2019 CES Show in Las Vegas. The dashboard is a single 48 inch wide display screen. Even the steering wheel has a screen! This isn’t just another startup with big dreams, the company has $1.7 billion in backing from the Chinese government.

This one is not a concept car, but is currently in production. The Karma Revero is based on the former Fisker Karma sedan with an updated powertrain. This luxury hybrid has an onboard gasoline engine to recharge the battery pack, for a range of up to 300 miles.

The Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow is an exciting, single-seat concept car that looks otherworldly. Its smooth carbon fiber body conceals an 80 kWh battery pack and a 738 hp electric motor. Styling is designed to resemble the Mercedes W125, a record setting race car from 1937. Will this car ever see production? It is unlikely, but as a concept car, it checks all the boxes.

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic is a new concept van. It sort of looks like a bicycle helmet on wheels, but Mercedes claims that this autonomous, self-learning van is a “visionary mobility concept for urban areas.”

Nissan unveiled the NISMO Leaf RC02 in Tokyo in late 2018. The Formula E race car is all electric with two motors producing 322 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. It zips from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and weighs just 2,690 lbs thanks to its extensive use of carbon fiber.

2016 Lincoln Continental Production Version Spy Shots

2016-Lincoln-Continental-Production-Version-SideI could have gone over the top with a Luby’s trim level of this car but decided to go with the safer bet Bing Cruiser.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Lincoln.  In fact, I drive a Lincoln.  But let’s face it, they have a long way to go to shed the geezer image, if that’s what they are even planning to do? Continue reading

2004 Cadillac Deville Convertible (Craigslist)

Better in theory best describes this professionally built custom convertible. Some cars just can’t pull it off no matter how much money or time is put into them, unfortunately this is one of those cases. It just looks kind of odd in pictures, maybe there is more to it when it’s right in front of you? Either way, it’s up for sale out in Scottsdale. Continue reading

2005 Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept Car

Back in 2005, the Ford Motor Company wanted to do something special to celebrate their 100th anniversary. What they did was come out with a special, limited-production car called the Ford GT. This mid-engined supercar was inspired by Ford’s famous GT40 racing cars from the 1960s.

The Ford GT has a supercharged V8 engine that makes a whopping 550 horsepower! Aside from a roll cage, this thing is basically a street-legal racing car. Like all good things, the Ford GT was only around for a limited time. After two years and 4,000 vehicles, Ford ended production of their high performance supercar.

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2003 Crown Victoria Wagon Concept

When Ford bailed on the Country Squire wagon after 1991 they chose to replace it with nothing.  They assumed everyone would move to a minivan or an SUV.. or buy a Caprice.  Well, it’s been 22 years since then and there has yet to be a direct successor.  It was apparently a good call as there doesn’t seem to be too much interest in such a car, with Dodge cancelling the Magnum and Cadillac apparently ditching the CTS wagon. Continue reading

2003 Chevrolet SS Concept Car

Have you ever heard the expression “Everything old is new again?” This is especially true in the auto industry, where the current trend is to make new cars that look like old cars. This trend has brought about a wave of retro-styled muscle cars including the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and Dodge Challenger. But where did it all begin?

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2004 Chrysler ME Four-Twelve Supercar

The world of supercars is dominated by the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, McLaren, and so many others – but these are not the only players in the game. You might be surprised to learn that Chrysler also tested the waters of the supercar market not long ago.

In 2004, Chrysler unveiled the ME Four-Twelve supercar, which was not a concept car but a prototype of a car that was slated to be put into production. The car debuted at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, and I caught up with it at the Arizona International Auto Show that same year. Continue reading

2004 Ford Shelby Cobra Roadster Concept Car

One of the most famous vehicles in muscle car history is the Shelby Cobra of the 1960s. The car was designed to do two things: go fast and win races. Shelby achieved this result by wedging a big engine into a small, light car body. The car did very well in competitions, but lackluster sales in the US led Shelby to end production in 1967.

Ford provided engines for the original Shelby Cobras, and in 2004 the company wanted to show off a concept vehicle that reflected upon the motorsports heritage of the Shelby Cobra. Continue reading