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Concept Cars Of 2014

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While auto manufacturers are mostly engaged in the business of selling cars, you'd be forgiven for thinking that a lot of them are also big show offs. Every year they produce fascinating concept cars for the motor show calendar which, in many cases, are held together with glue and tape and destined never to reach the production line. However among the vanity projects, concept car trends can also point towards future technologies and design ideas and give a number of clues about the way a specific manufacturer is developing its philosophy.

This year, like every other, saw a selection of concepts from the strictly fanciful to the sensible, production bound.

Kia Stinger GT4

As part of the rehabilitation of its reputation for making cheap and cheerful, Kia produced this very American looking sports car concept for the Detroit Motor Show. Kia hasn't yet confirmed production status but has made it clear that a slightly toned down version is a strong possibility for public consumption in the near future. Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ fans should sit up and take note.

DS Divine

As part of Citroen's strategy to spin off its DS sub brand into an independent luxury brand, it produced the rather radical DS concept. Somewhere in there is a hatchback, but the materials and design details keep the Divine strictly in concept territory for now - a rear window would no doubt be a prerequisite for a production model, for example.

Hyundai Intrado

As the SUV sector continues to swell, swathes of identikit vehicles fill our supermarket car parks. The Intrado concept might not be to everyone's taste but at least a little bit of imagination has been involved in its design. It's bold and it would be a brave Hyundai to put this into production in its present form, but there is the potential for a market changing SUV in there.

Aston Martin DB10

This is one concept that will be hitting the tarmac - but only on film. Aston Martin has created a super stylish special model for the next James Bond film, 'Spectre', which, while it is probably a hybrid of existing Aston components under the skin and destined never to reach the general public, could point towards the firm's future design direction. Expect plenty more publicity as filming commences and the sad prospect of multiple versions of the DB10 being destroyed in production.

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