Must-see con­cepts at the TO Au­toShow

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A to­tal of 16 con­cept ve­hi­cles — rang­ing from beau­ti­ful speed ma­chines and high-end lux­ury sedans to SUVs meant for daily driv­ing — will be on dis­play at the Metro Toronto Con­ven­tion Cen­tre dur­ing the 2017 Au­toShow (Feb 17-26) and here is a list.

Acura Pre­ci­sion Con­cept:

The Acura Pre­ci­sion Con­cept com­mu­ni­cates Acura’s fo­cus on per­for­mance and pres­tige through its ul­tra-low and wide stance, long dash-to-axle ra­tio, deeply sculpted sur­faces and the de­but of a new Di­a­mond Pen­tagon grille.

The for­ward-look­ing con­cept also fea­tures sig­na­ture light­ing de­signs – in front with its Jewel Con­stel­la­tion LED head­lights com­posed of or­gan­i­cally ar­ranged frac­tal el­e­ments, and in back with float­ing LED tail­lights.

As­ton Martin AM-RB 001

The As­ton Martin-Red Bull con­cept hy­per­car AM-RB 001 will make its first ap­pear­ance in North Amer­ica — and global auto show de­but — at the Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional Au­toShow. Co­de­named AM-RB 001, the hy­per­car boasts a light­weight car­bon fi­bre frame and rad­i­cal aero­dy­nam­ics for un­prece­dented lev­els of down­force.

Buick Avista:

A mod­ern ex­pres­sion of Buick’s heritage of so­phis­ti­cated per­for­mance, com­mu­ni­cated with beau­ti­ful ele­gance, the Avista con­cept is a 2+2 coupe that pushes the brand’s con­tem­po­rary de­sign ethos and rekin­dles its his­toric per­for­mance roots. The Avista’s un­in­ter­rupted body­lines stretch front to rear, sug­gest­ing mo­tion – re­sem­bling Buick’s de­sign lan­guage in­tro­duced on the Avenir con­cept and car­ried into pro­duc­tion on the 2017 LaCrosse.

Cadil­lac Es­cala Con­cept:

The Cadil­lac Es­cala – from the Span­ish word for “scale” – is a re­flec­tion of our de­sign evo­lu­tion.

Im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent are the sculpted ex­te­rior lines on its large frame, giv­ing it the ap­pear­ance of glid­ing down the road.

In ad­di­tion to the tech­nol­ogy and crafts­man­ship, the Es­cala of­fers a ro­bust per­for­mance sys­tem fea­tur­ing a pow­er­ful 4.0-litre V8 en­gine and a new RWD-cen­tric mixed-ma­te­rial con­struc­tion which makes it as pow­er­ful as it is beau­ti­ful.

Ge­n­e­sis New York Con­cept:

Ge­n­e­sis’s strik­ing ‘New York Con­cept’ lux­ury sports sedan hints at fu­ture de­sign di­rec­tion with its ex­pres­sive and re­fined ‘Ath­letic Ele­gance,’ first seen in the Vi­sion G con­cept and in pro­duc­tion form with the Ge­n­e­sis G90 premium lux­ury sedan.

The ex­te­rior of the New York Con­cept presents an el­e­gant in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a lux­u­ri­ous per­for­mance ve­hi­cle, de­fined by well-bal­anced pro­por­tions and re­fined sur­face treat­ments.

Honda Civic Type R Pro­to­type:

The rad­i­cal Honda Civic Type R Pro­to­type builds on the low and wide pro­por­tion of the new Civic Hatch­back and is en­hanced by mus­cu­lar body styling and mod­i­fi­ca­tions to aid aero­dy­namic per­for­mance. The ex­te­rior is wrapped in a highly re­flec­tive, finely-grained brushed alu­minum-ef­fect fin­ish, which is unique to the pro­to­type car. At the front, the ag­gres­sive fas­cia is ac­cen­tu­ated with a winged car­bon fiber split­ter and sporty red ac­cent line. Ad­di­tional slat­ted ducts add width to the fas­cia, and di­a­mond-mesh in­serts fill the sculpted air in­takes.

In­finiti QX50 Con­cept:

The QX50 Con­cept show­cases In­finiti’s vi­sion for a next-gen­er­a­tion mid-size premium cross­over. A ‘cabin-for­ward’ sil­hou­ette com­bines with mus­cu­lar lines and flow­ing sur­faces to tele­graph its pur­pose as a dy­namic and prac­ti­cal cross­over.

The or­ganic forms of the ‘driver-cen­tric, pas­sen­ger-minded’ cabin were de­signed in har­mony with the ex­te­rior shape. Blend­ing pro­gres­sive de­sign with mod­ern crafts­man­ship, the QX50 Con­cept’s in­te­rior re­flects In­finiti’s de­sire to chal­lenge con­ven­tional ap­proaches to premium in­te­rior de­sign.

Lin­coln Nav­i­ga­tor Con­cept:

The Lin­coln Nav­i­ga­tor Con­cept is en­gi­neered to pro­vide drivers peace of mind. It fea­tures a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 en­gine de­liv­er­ing more than 400 hp and smart new tech­nolo­gies to make this SUV even more sure-footed on dif­fer­ent road sur­faces and in chang­ing weather con­di­tions. For drivers, a large panel screen clearly dis­plays key in­for­ma­tion. The dis­play can be cus­tom­ized from a dig­i­tal touch screen housed in the cen­tre stack.

Mit­subishi GT-PHEV:

A next gen­er­a­tion cross­over, the Mit­subishi GTPHEV con­cept fea­tures ad­vanced, and pro­pri­etary, elec­tric and all-wheel con­trol tech­nolo­gies, a 2.5-litre gaso­line en­gine and three elec­tric mo­tors (one unit at the front and two at the rear).

With a 25 kWh lithium-ion bat­tery pack the es­ti­mated elec­tric-only range of ap­prox­i­mately 120 km

Nis­san Vmo­tion 2.0 Con­cept:

The Vmo­tion 2.0 con­cept com­bines a high sense of style, emo­tional de­sign, space, com­fort and tech­nol­ogy to make the mo­bil­ity ex­pe­ri­ence seam­less for busy pro­fes­sion­als.

Nis­san Vmo­tion 2.0 is the evo­lu­tion of the “V-mo­tion” front de­sign sig­na­ture seen on many of to­day’s Nis­san prod­ucts, such as the Mu­rano mid-size cross­over and Max­ima four-door sports car.

Vmo­tion 2.0 takes the de­sign a step fur­ther by form­ing an in­tel­li­gent three-di­men­sional shape to cre­ate the vol­ume and ar­chi­tec­ture of the ve­hi­cle.

Rin­speed Oa­sis:

The Rin­speed con­cept ve­hi­cle Oa­sis — the in­ge­nious self-driv­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cle for the city and sur­round­ing ar­eas re­futes the deeply in­grained no­tion of the ur­ban jun­gle that re­quires SUVs the size of bat­tle tanks for the daily strug­gle for sur­vival.

Subaru Viziv-7 Con­cept:

Subaru VIZIV-7 is a con­cept se­ries em­body­ing the fu­ture vi­sion of car de­vel­op­ment for the “en­joy­ment and peace of mind” that Subaru wants to pro­vide to cus­tomers.

With full three-row ca­pa­bil­ity and Subaru’s Dy­namic x Solid de­sign phi­los­o­phy, Subaru VIZIV-7 SUV Con­cept shows the size di­rec­tion of the all-new three-row mid­size SUV to be in­tro­duced to the North Amer­i­can mar­ket in early 2018.

Toy­ota FCV Plus Hy­dro­gen Fuel Cell Con­cept:

The Toy­ota FCV Plus Con­cept – Hy­dro­gen Fuel Cell Con­cept – a Hy­dro­gen Fuel Cell Con­cept em­bod­ies Toy­ota’s vi­sion of a Hy­dro­gen-based so­ci­ety.

The FCV Plus has its own hy­dro­gen tank, en­abling it to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity di­rectly from hy­dro­gen stored out­side the ve­hi­cle, and trans­form it into a sta­ble source of elec­tric power for use at home, away or within the com­mu­nity.

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