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Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept

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.

  • Volvo Concept XC Coupe

    Concept cars are always fun, but they're even better when they portend a potential production car. Possibly foreshadowing the replacement for the XC90, the Volvo Concept XC Coupe ($TBA) is one of the latter, featuring only two doors but a full four seats. As with most concepts, details on the inner workings — such as the engine, transmission, and acceleration — are thin, but the car does boast 21-inch wheels, a floating grille, headlights with T-shaped light guides, orange details, matte rubber moldings, and underbody skid plates. The overall design was influenced by modern sports equipment, including the protective gear of Swedish company POC — which should come as no surprise, given that Volvos are as well-known for their safety as for their performance.

  • Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept

    It goes without saying that a concept car debuting at the International Consumer Electronics Show should boast some pretty impressive tech to earn its spot among all the gadgets and gizmos — and the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept ($TBA) does not disappoint. Its headlights represent the next big thing in automotive lighting, combining matrix LEDs with laser lights into its trapezoidal fixtures, giving them double the luminosity of existing LED headlights. Inside, a state-of-the-art touchscreen controls the infotainment and climate, with three-dimensional, high-resolution graphics made possible by an Nvidia processor. It's powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system and a bi-turbo four-liter V8 engine, giving you the option to drive in EV for up to 94 mpg, hybrid, or full-combustion. It's also incredibly lightweight, with many of its components made of aluminum or carbon fiber, while the engine system is capable of 700 horsepower and nearly 600 pound feet of torque, making for a debut worthy of its setting.