How Car Buyers Benefit from Concept Cars
In the early months of each year, car enthusiasts flock to Detroit, Los Angeles, and Shanghai to see the latest and greatest from car makers. The fantasy-filled auto shows bring in buyers and dreamers to see what car architects have designed for the year and for the future. The annual auto shows are the only places that the general public is able to see and touch the latest cars by every automaker from Bentley and Buick to Tesla and Toyota.
While the retail models are always a joy to see, the concept cars draw the largest crowds. The first concept car was the 1938 Buick Y-Job, designed by master designer Harley Earl. The car stole the show, but it was never available for sale. Ironically, one of the most recent scene-stealing concept cars was also a Buick, a Buick Riviera to be exact. This Buick Riviera debuted in Shanghai where it was received with immediately praise. Sadly, most people believe that the aerodynamic hybrid designed to resemble water will most likely not be produced.
Even though most concept cars never see the inside of a factory line, they have a major impact the cars that do. A few years before the Buick Riviera stole the show, Cadillac debuted a concept car called the Ciel. It never made it to the factory, the front end sure does look like that of the Cadillac CTS. The same happened to the Ford Evos, which ended up having its design integrated into the newest Ford Fusion.
What will most likely come from the Buick Riviera concept car is the technology under the hood. The new Riviera includes a new hybrid electric motor with a wireless plug-in device. In order to charge the new design, drivers can use a wireless inductive charging or they can use a traditional plug-in system. Most experts are expecting the technology will show up in the Chevy Volt in the near future.
Buick was ahead of its time when it debuted the first Harley Earl concept car in the pre-war era. By the evidence today, the car maker continues to strive to be a leader in ideas, luxury, and fuel economy.