Concept car

What is a Concept Car & Why Manufacturers Showcase It?


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What is a Concept Car or Prototype?

The Concept Car or prototype is one of the most important design stages of designing and developing the new cars. It is the fundamental idea or the car's very basic structure as drawn on the drawing board. Most manufacturers have departments with dedicated teams that work on a concept vehicle. The ’concept car’ is the preliminary stage of the final product. In other words, it gives insights into the actual car to be launched in the future.

Renault Concept car or prototype
Renault Concept car or prototype

A concept car could be a designer's or manufacturer’s idea about how the actual car would be in terms of design, looks, and appearance. It also decides what type of car it will be, such as a Sedan, a Hatchback, a Coupe, an SUV or MPV, etc. Thus, it narrows down the scope of work for the designers and pre-production teams. These days, many freelance designers and start-ups around the world work on the concepts and publish their work on social media.

Concept Car: Evolution

Earlier, the concept cars were used to be the wooden structures (or at times, the sheet-metal models), which showcased only how the car will look. They did not specify much of the main provisions, such as the car's power-train and other features. Nowadays, the concepts got glamorous and are mostly complete in every aspect. They are more popular than ever before. This is mainly because they are futuristic. Also, they give an idea of what to expect in the coming years.

Apple concept car (Image Courtesy: MotorTrend)
Apple concept car (Image Courtesy: MotorTrend)

The concept cars are now loaded with all the features which the actual car will offer at the launch. Thus, it helps the prospective buyers in getting more accurate information about the product they will buy. However, there could be some minor changes at the launch in the actual car's specifications compared to the concept. The concept car may also feature some of the exterior key elements such as the LED headlights, tail-lamps, anti-pinch windows, rear camera, etc. It could also showcase the specific interior key elements such as the type of seats, upholstery, and dashboard.

Automotive Shows:

These days, many countries around the world host the Automotive Shows or Auto Expo, which attract manufacturers and prospective buyers alike. Some of the most visited Auto Shows in the world are as per the following.

  1. Detroit Autorama - USA
  2. New York Auto Show - USA
  3. Geneva Motor Show – Europe
  4. Paris Auto Show - France
  5. Frankfurt Motor Show - Germany
  6. British International Motor Show - UK
  7. Australian International Motor Show – Australia
  8. Tokyo Motor Show - Japan
  9. Seoul Motor Show - Korea
  10. Auto Expo, New Delhi – India
  11. Shanghai Motor Show – China
  12. Bangkok International Motor Show – Thailand

However, Frankfurt, Geneva, Detroit, Paris, and Tokyo are the ‘Big Five’ of them all. Automotive manufacturers participate in these Auto Shows to showcase their concept cars to the world. Their participation in the Auto Shows helps them enable prospective customers to buy their products.

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