Comments - The Best Concept Cars from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Published: Jan 13, 2012
Description: Concept cars have always been something of a conundrum for automakers. On the one hand, they often have no intention of producing them because they're supposed to only be design studies. But what...
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Description: Other times, too many great concepts remain just that and never see production. And from the CarBuzz editors, here are the best concepts from Detroit. If all goes to plan, each will reach showroom flo...
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Kasino Johnson Jan 18, 2012
I only wish that Acura would revise their whole lineup. It went south. I drive a 3rd gen TL & when '12 TLs pull up next to me … I wanna crack the "don't you feel stupid" smile.
Devon Nelson Jan 16, 2012
They will make this I'm sure
Ron Vinson Jan 14, 2012
While I think it's attractive, it already looks dated as a concept. The Audi R8 came out 5 years ago.
Cody Andree Jan 13, 2012
The original NSX was far from flawed. 280 hp and hitting 0-60 in 5.5 or less is damn decent. And for the time it was a beaut and still is. More like extremely well rounded
Paolo Prezioso Jan 13, 2012
Size ratios don't equal power ratios. Your logic is flawed :o
Jake Knickmeyer Jan 13, 2012
There's such a thing as absolute speed though. Aerodynamics will probably never allow a street legal car to make it to 300 mph.
Devin Babyn Jan 13, 2012
I love the old NSX. Little bit of tuning and a couple upgrades and that car kicked ass
Maury L. Meredith Jan 13, 2012
Acura will produce another underpowered NSX. Watch how they mess this up again. All show no go.
Justin Routh Jan 13, 2012
1/10 scale size. Doesnt take into account that rc cars are made out of plastic. They can also put batteries where they cant in regular cars..
Blaise Stevensen Jan 13, 2012
The need to ditch the electric motor and put some turbos on it. It should be a GT-R competitor.
Stephen Cobbs Jan 13, 2012
Maybe in like 5 years
Justin Tucker Jan 13, 2012
Don't think it will make it
Description: Acura NSX Concept: Ever since the original NSX ceased production in 2005, fans and enthusiasts have practically begged Acura to build a replacement. The Japanese automaker was always keen to do it, b...
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Mario Callirgos Jan 13, 2012
@brad. Your absolutely right It was great when it first came out but they failed to updated it and the compitition got better and left it for dead
Brad Wood Jan 13, 2012
They wouldn't buy them off the showroom floor, but begged to build a replacement. Why, to hang a poster somewhere? It was a sales flop. Don't build it unless it is absolutely world class; quality, design AND performance. Or history will repeat itself
Description: It can instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering. Also new is an electric motor that provides an extra boost in power. Pricing hasn't been announced, but...
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Chris Penza Jan 13, 2012
This isn't the car for me. I'm proud to say I will never drive an EV or any hybrid
Mario Callirgos Jan 13, 2012
Hybrid awd Sounds like if you want an NSX... By used
Matt Piccolo Jan 13, 2012
This is sweet though, I loved and still love the nsx
Alex Leu Jan 13, 2012
It's does not take 2 year to build this car -_-
Blaise Stevensen Jan 13, 2012
I read they were going to start building it in three years. That means it will be in showrooms in more like five years at the earliest if that's true.
Nick Mitchell Jan 16, 2012
@evan is you CAP lock broke because it seems like you only use cap... And this does not feel like the original to me
Henz Herrero Jan 14, 2012
Mid engine wid sh-awd.. Lets give it a chance.. Will be built in ohio so i wanna check it put
Thomas Trudzinski Jan 13, 2012
It will be like Captain Kirk driving the classic being chased by a robot on a hover bike. Although I would take the Audi from iRobot.
Cody Jacques Jan 13, 2012
I dont have doubts that this will be a decent super car. but for a tuner fanatic, calling this an NSX is sort of offensive.
Cody Andree Jan 13, 2012
If we didn't have hybrid systems we wouldn't have sports cars in ten years. Period stop complaining people
Cody Jacques Jan 13, 2012
This car in no way resembles the NSX. The NSX is a simple, light, RWD, tuner/track car. This car is none of those, this car desperately needs a totally different name.
Kevin Rehbock Jan 13, 2012
Never said it was a failure, it's just not my preference to have a car gain more weight over each generation. The SLR McLaren was a porker but I think it performs very well with the weight it has to haul around.
Jake Knickmeyer Jan 13, 2012
It's called evolution. Car manufacturers are trying to make sports cars more fuel efficient so that they can actually exist. Don't knock the hybrid systems if they actually work and give good performance numbers while increasing fuel economy.
Mario Callirgos Jan 13, 2012
The cars rep is already ruined. AWD and hybrid
Tyson Broadbent Jan 13, 2012
Weight doesn't always = fail Kevin, there are lots of examples of heavy cars that did well. Whether it be top speed or on the track.
Kevin Rehbock Jan 13, 2012
AWD plus motors and batteries = more weight, no bueno
Puneet Dass Jan 13, 2012
Electric motor = instant power
Zaire Wilkins Jan 13, 2012
this will have tons of torque cause of the hybrid system
Jimmy Jose Lopez Jan 13, 2012
Never mind hahaha my mistake. Sorry about that lol
Jimmy Jose Lopez Jan 13, 2012
Except this isn't the NSX haha read on....
Kent Sullivan Jan 13, 2012
Callum you do realize Lexus is rivals with Acura right? Why would they give them their prized LFA V10?
Carlos Ernesto Garcia Jan 13, 2012
Mid engined super car hybrid with electric boost. So this is wat u buy if u cant afford a 918 spyder
Callum Mckay Jan 13, 2012
It should have a small V8 or a LF-A V10
Byakka Hirakawa Jan 13, 2012
If they do (which i doubt) make this It just wouldnt seem/feel like the nsx
Description: Lexus LF-LC Concept: With the exception of the LFA, Lexus has been in desperate need of a performance and styling revival for some time. And in an industry where styling is increasingly vital, Lexus h...
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Nick Smith Jan 13, 2012
What about the IS F? I know that's not near LFA performance...but that's still above their normal models.
Description: Its interior is also a significant upgrade from before with an abundance of polished wood trim, leather, and suede. The only question remains is whether Lexus will actually build it. Five years ago, w...
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Anthony Villa-Garcia Jan 14, 2012
Also for u people complaining the 300k lfa, go look at the price of lambos and ferraris, they are 250k and up.
Anthony Villa-Garcia Jan 14, 2012
Im expecting this car to be in the 100k range if its a SC, but i also think it could be up to 200k to compete with lambo ferrari and mclaren.
Patrick Schalk Jan 14, 2012
I dunno if I like this big turd.
Scott Lenahan Jan 14, 2012
super sexy one heck of a looker!
Ron Vinson Jan 14, 2012
It's funny that I have not seen anything written about where this car slots in the Lexus lineup. I thought the LFA was cool but not for 300k. #Fail. What is the expected price point? SC?
Bull Dogone Jan 13, 2012
Would change Lexus's reputation forever. They were bold enough to build the LFA (egotistical indulgence by chairman of Toyota "because we can" but obtainable by few). Could be considered rightful successor the the heritage brought forth by the Supra.
Jake Knickmeyer Jan 13, 2012
Can I use that grill to shave? Outside of that, it's beautiful.
Adam Lopinsky Jan 13, 2012
I know that the mirrors will have to be bigger if this reaches production, but I really hope they keep those side intakes.
Kyle McCullough Jan 13, 2012
Its certainly striking. I think toned down a little, could make a nice 6-series competitor
Matt Piccolo Jan 13, 2012
Idk what ur talking about, this is sweet and the interior is amazing
Description: Honda Accord Coupe Concept: After the mini debacle that's become of the newly redesigned Civic and some other models, Honda is desperate to show they still have style. The current Accord sedan is...
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P_R_N_D Jan 14, 2012
I don't know why everyone hates on the current gen accord I think it looks nice. I even considered getting one when they first came around but I got an Acura instead
Description: Power comes from a new 2.4-liter four pot with direct-injection that produces 181hp and 177lb-ft of torque. Honda also announced that they'll be bringing back the Accord Hybrid, which hasn't...
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Hank Austin Jan 14, 2012
You can tell they've REALLY outdone themselves with this one *sarcasm*
Cody Andree Jan 13, 2012
Ya, headlights are very tL
Matt Piccolo Jan 13, 2012
This is easily the nicest Honda or will be in the fall... They really did a nice job on this and I think it'll easily be the most stylish car in the mid sized category
Vince DeMasi Jan 13, 2012
The front looks like an Acura TL from this angle
Description: Lincoln MKZ Concept: Oh Lincoln, where have you been for so long? That's the exact question the automaker has been asking itself lately. With the end of the long-running Town Car, Ford's lux...
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Description: Featuring a panoramic glass roof that's integrated into the body, the MKZ's overall proportions are bold and fresh, two words that Lincoln has nearly forgotten. Overall, the concept is an e...
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P_R_N_D Jan 14, 2012
this looks like a Hyundai genesis refresh not a Lincoln. I like the current one better than this.
donkatie Jan 14, 2012
what the hell is this? a refresh for old people. they need to know we are in a different era, young generation, create something for young people. this crap is ugly.
Chris O'Brien Jan 14, 2012
matt: there, they're, their. learn them well.
Hank Austin Jan 14, 2012
I think Lincoln is gonna pick up all the old people that Cadillac has been trying so hard to shake off
Logan LeMonnier Jan 13, 2012
I never thought the mk/mkx line was that ugly. Simple but not ugly. Why does everyone hate them so much
Kevin Rehbock Jan 13, 2012
Lincoln needs to ditch the MK crap. Alphabet soup nomenclature is god-awful like the rest of their lineup. They also need a new design language that kinda hearkens back to their 60s models. Oh, and a Mark IX flagship on a Panther platform replacement.
Maury L. Meredith Jan 13, 2012
Lincoln bring back the old name plates. Also, you need to go back to your hay days and bring that brand back to market. I think the interiors are the best around;however, the big waterfall grills and small headlights don't cut it. Lincoln, pilfer from your euro division. I'm sure you can do some badge engineering.
Duncan Jolley Jan 13, 2012
Ford put a billion + dollars in their Lincoln line up to make them better, I can wait to see what Lincoln is going to have soon! And I think this is a pretty good looking car considering older Lincoln's. Stepping up.
Alex Smith Jan 13, 2012
Ugly. And caddy over this. Any Mercedes over any caddy. (excluding CTS-V coupe)
Kyle McCullough Jan 13, 2012
This looks awful. I personally like the current styling, but this just doesnt look good at all
Henz Herrero Jan 13, 2012
This car is rlly unattractive.. First the mkt then this..
Matt Piccolo Jan 13, 2012
Ya their is not one Lincoln that I would want in this world... They think their compeating with caddy, I think their competing with no one cuz theirs no one nearly as bad as lincoln...and I hate caddy too
Alex Leu Jan 13, 2012
Hate the grille but hey Lincolns are reliable
David Justice Jan 13, 2012
I agree Kent. I thought Lincoln was competing with Cadillac? With their crappy design themes, it looks like their target demographic is going to be older than Buicks. LOL
Kent Sullivan Jan 13, 2012
Just my opinion but I think Lincoln's are the ugliest cars on the road hands down. This is no exception
Carl Andrew Muniz Tirella Jan 13, 2012
Can not wait for Lincoln to unveil the real MKZ
Description: Chevrolet Code 130R Concept: This one was an unexpected surprise. Dubbed the 130R, Chevrolet is clearly intent on luring in younger customers looking for a true performance coupe. Powered by a turboch...
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Description: They also stated future buyers will be able to have high-tech toys such as WiFi, MyLink, and smartphone connectivity. With a target price somewhere around $20k, the Code 130R could very well be the p...
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Cody Johnston Jan 14, 2012
I'm seventeen and if I could afford a new car besides my pos 91 civic I'd love this. It's different and that's what'll sell to kids my age. For too long chevy has been blending in with everyone
Farshad Broumand Jan 14, 2012
Front looks like the Infiniti FX
Logan LeMonnier Jan 13, 2012
Oh god...the front isn't bad but the side profile is vomit worthy
Cody Andree Jan 13, 2012
U know what. Block out the front grill and half the headlight with your thumb. Looks damn good I think.
Cody Andree Jan 13, 2012
Ya squinty headlights throw it off. Maybe looks better in person. Seems to narrow as well add some ass to it like the camaro
Kyle McCullough Jan 13, 2012
Please dont hate, its just my opinion.
Kyle McCullough Jan 13, 2012
Front half looks good. Back coukd use work. I do love Chevy and would buy this in a heartbeat if it is $20,000 or less
Matt Piccolo Jan 13, 2012
This is horribely bad IMO!!!!!!
Emmanuel Irizarry Jan 13, 2012
It looks like itll compete with an early '00 thunderbird
Zach Johnson Jan 13, 2012
I think the headlights are a bit too small.
Vince DeMasi Jan 13, 2012
I just hope they mean performance car by handling wise cause 150hp isn't performance
Carl Andrew Muniz Tirella Jan 13, 2012
I love it, but it reminds me of the RX-8
Boyd Boudreaux Jan 13, 2012
The 140 didn't beat this, who picked? But I do have a good fix reskin this with the 140 concept and we're off to a good start. I'm a Chevy man, this is not a winner, 150 hp yeah rite!
Carlos Ernesto Garcia Jan 13, 2012
The back is a little ackward
Description: Toyota NS4 Concept: Ok, just go ahead and say it: Who needs yet another Toyota plug-in hybrid? Most car enthusiasts are not a fan of this genre simply because there's no performance fun. All ver...
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Description: If Toyota is truly serious about improving its design image, they shouldn't tone down the NS4's lines too much when heading to production. With its sleek lift back profile and trapezoid gri...
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Kasino Johnson Jan 18, 2012
The front looks like Zoidberg from "Futurama".
Hank Austin Jan 14, 2012
All the Japanese cars are getting way too Japanese
Tom Katt Jan 14, 2012
It's hard for Toyota to make nice looking cars these days.
Craig Genser Jan 14, 2012
Japs make the most unattractive cars
Logan LeMonnier Jan 13, 2012
Good for a prius but for anything else, ugly
Pablo Herasme Jan 13, 2012
Its a bird ladies and gentlemen
Kent Sullivan Jan 13, 2012
That "beak" thing in the front is ugly but the rest is pretty good
Tj Blankenship Jan 13, 2012
I see some civic body lines.
Description: Honorable Mention - Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept: The arrival of the third generation Volkswagen Beetle last year was a big deal and worth the wait. The German automaker corrected the many wrongs of t...
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Description: With its low roofline and shallow windows, this EV is loaded with the latest of VW's green technology. Sitting three inches lower to the ground than the regular version, its interior features EV-...
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Logan LeMonnier Jan 13, 2012
Yeah jake. I'm sorry but seriously? I drive a jetta and I think it's girlier then a truck but a beetle. They're still girls cars even now
Jake Knickmeyer Jan 13, 2012
...cont...I love the new styling. And my beetle was a chick magnet...unfortunately they thought I was gay at first but they learned. I would kill to have that car back.
Jake Knickmeyer Jan 13, 2012
A 98 new beetle with a 5 spd was my first car. It was a really great car; great gas mileage, pretty good handling, and enough pickup for a 16 year old to be happy. The only bad thing about it was the fact that it used to be a girls car, not anymore..
Vincent Butler Jan 13, 2012
Colin I still wouldn't. Most ugliest car I've ever seen. Maybe The main reason I hate these cars so much, I see a lot of queeeeers driving them
Colin Dzendolet Jan 13, 2012
throw the Beetle R powertrain in there, and maybe, just maybe, ill take this concept seriously
Mario Callirgos Jan 13, 2012
Who says the Porsche designers are lazy lol
Jeff Bayura Jan 13, 2012
I think it looks really good, but notice how none of the people are looking at the car. Lol
Matt Piccolo Jan 13, 2012
That's scary nice... For a beetle
Vincent Butler Jan 13, 2012
I still can't take these cars seriously. Just looks hideous
Tj Blankenship Jan 13, 2012
The convertible looks like a chop top haha
James Patrick Delaney Jan 13, 2012
Ya, looks way more powerful
Jake Marra Jan 13, 2012
Hahha im surprisingly impressed it looks somewhat muscle car like (not entirely but closer than before)