VW has played around with the idea of a buggy-style rides before — see the Volkswagen Buggy Up Concept, for example — but never has one come so close to production-ready as the Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept. Based on the Beetle R-Line with same 210hp, 2.0L TSI engine but longer, wider, taller, and with additional ground clearance, this offroader features a ski rack built into the roof and rear spoilers, 19-inch wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights, LED fog lights, a 7.7-inch touchscreen, two-tone seats, and a six-speed DSG transmission. Sadly, still no word on whether this one might eventually make an appearance at a dealer new you.
Normally cars transition from the real world into video games — in fact, the number of models included in a game has been a selling point for years. My how the tables have turned. Created by Calty Design Research for Playstation's Gran Turismo series, the Toyota FT-1 Concept is now a real-world ride. Inspired by the automaker's long heritage of sports cars, including the 2000GT, Celica, Supra, and Scion FR-S, the FT-1 boasts a front-engine, rear-wheel layout, a gorgeously curvy body with various inlets, ducting, vents, and a retractable rear wing, and a intimate, functional cockpit.
The guys behind the Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept ($TBA) like to think that it represents the near future of automotive technology — and if trends are any indication, they're probably right. The car is powered by three motors: a gas-powered two-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, and an electronic motor in each axel. The gasoline engine and front electronic motor work in tandem for hybrid drive functionality that's capable of up to 123 miles per gallon, while accelerating to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds. And when driving conditions get tricky, whether in light off-road conditions or slippery roads, the rear electronic motor will engage, giving it all-wheel-drive and some added torque.