Concept cars are the stuff of dreams, representing the wondrous “could be” situations that make us salivate. Every year various auto shows pull the veil off auto industry pageants every year, and every year our collective pulses race to see what car companies have wrought in the way of wild designs, impressive technology and a foreshadowing of what might come in the not-too-distant future. Detroit has delivered ten of the most eye-catching concepts of 2014, and we’ve jumped in with a gusto. See which ones we love and why, here.
A Taste of Things to Come
Making Detroit Shine
The North American International Auto Show is one of our favorite events of the year. It’s a time when just about every carmaker descends on Detroit, and the moment is a golden one. Picture it with us: gleaming steeds — SUVs, sports cars, sedans, pickups and more — as far as the eye can see, a field that’s tough to whittle down to our favorites. But we’ve done just that with these ten beauties, the best of NAIAS.
More beautiful beasts of burden
Baseball, apple pie and trucks: all iconic, savory slices of Americana. The urban cowboy may have given the pickup a bad rap, but don’t let that sour the segment. These ain’t your granddad’s haulers. No sir, the trucks of today have taken fuel efficiency to an all-time high in the segment, for starters, and have added touches of interior and exterior class that leave little to be desired, even when compared against luxury makers.
Yes, the beloved truck has changed, but it remains grounded in its roots as a tree-stump-puller. Indeed, the core functionality of the pickup truck has remained nearly unchanged through the years — that is, it still has the ability to blast copious amounts of diesel exhaust over smug, hybrid drivers. We found time to drive and rate the five best full-sized models on the market. Which one you choose is between you and your payload.
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Trucks. Sure, they’re unnecessary for most of the population, borderline politically incorrect in some circles, and sort of an unnatural presence in the average, mostly-urban lifestyle. But we can’t stop loving pickups. The pickup is about as American as it gets, and until your cute little crossover can haul a boat and a couch simultaneously — in the snow — we’re quite content to keep ‘em around, thanks. This year’s new models all showcase a lot of brawn, and even toss in a bit of green to go with it
Americans know what Americans need, and sometimes a big, bad pickup truck is just what the doctor ordered. But that doesn’t mean brute strength shouldn’t have a dose of refinement. GM’s top dog trucks, in the forms of the 2014 GMC Sierra and sister vehicle, the Chevrolet Silverado, have just been unveiled, and we like…
One burly general, in theory
Camp Chevy has sorely lacked a response to Ford’s F-150 SVT Raptor but evidently someone, at least in the concept department, has been listening. Based off the four-door 2011 Sierra HD, the 2011 All Terrain concept is powered by Chevy’s potent 6.6 liter Duramax V8 diesel engine, which is good for 397 horsepower and 765…
When it comes to duty, you’re a guy so you’ll inevitably want the “heavy” variety. And in the realm of what domestic manufacturers undeniably do well, pickup trucks, no one matches, pound-for-pound, Detroit muscle in the world of heavy-duty pick-ups.
GMC Unveils Their Latest Foray Into Crossovers
Ahead of the 2009 New York Auto Show, Gear Patrol got an advance look at a few rides we think you might find pretty interesting. One of those is the 2010 GMC Terrain, for which we attended the press unveiling (our photos to come). Before you shrug off the new GMC Terrain as just another…