The Hyundai Neos introduced at the 2000 Paris Motor Show was a stunning and dynamic concept designed to show the world that Hyundai could produce interesting and technically advanced cars.

NEOS stands for New Evolution Open Sportscar. Its design and styling took inspiration for vehices like the Plymouth prowler. The mid-mounted 2-liter engine was capable of producing 250 horsepower. The body was created of aluminum and composite.

Reminiscent of Plymouth's Prowler, the Neos is an eye-catching hot rod. The open-wheeled roadster created quite a stir at the Paris Auto Show where it was unveiled. An acronym for New Evolution Open Sports Car, the Neos is powered by a mid-mounted, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces a ripping 250 horsepower @ 8,200 rpm (estimated).

The central objective of the Neos design engineers was to make the exotic roadster as light as possible to get maximum power from the engine. This was accomplished by using an aluminum and thermoplastic composite for the body construction and adding carbon fiber for rigidity. Gull wing doors, the oversized open wheels and tires and its huge air scoops lend racing attitude to the Neos' startling design. And, taking the push-button ignition used in the Honda S2000 one step further, the Neos is started using a data-encoded card key.

This concept was designed by Shane Baxley from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. It is called Aebulle ("aebulle" means "cocoon" in Korean) and represents a futuristic three-wheeler vehicle with an electric powertrain and a magnesium frame.

"The main idea was to design a personal vehicle that delivers the mobility and speed of a motorcycle while offering the safety that a cocoon offers a butterfly. The Aebulle is targeted for the Los Angeles region where it would utilize the commuter lanes allowing its occupant a quick commute."

The concept was designed to be powered by compact in-wheel electric motors coupled with lithium batteries stored in the floor of the vehicle. It’s front wheels are connected to separate independent swing arms that allow the Aebulle to glide around corners. The body is made up of an aluminum frame and the "windshield" is made up of aluminum oxynitride glass. The whole top of the three-wheeler lifts up, taking with it the center console and allowing the passenger to make his exit.

Shane Baxley

Seung Bum Seo-Exterior Design, Ho Young Hwang-Interior Design, Song Baik - 3D Design

GM Korea has unveiled the Chevrolet Miray (pronounced Mi-ray) concept at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show - a mid-electric hybrid-powered sports model.
The Miray (which means 'future' in Korean) was created to celebrate Chevrolet's centennial anniversary which takes place this year.

The concept's powertrain consists of two front-mounted electric motors, each producing 15 kW (20 bhp / 20 PS) of power for the front axle, coupled with a 1.5 liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit mounted mid-rear which drives the back wheels. Current for the electric motors comes from a 1.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is recharged through regenerative braking.

The Miray is capable of running on electric power alone and the petrol engine kicks in with its quick-shifting dual-clutch gearbox when extra power is needed. Chevrolet did not provide any performance or range figures for the concept.

As for the aesthetics, the design takes some cues from Chevy's heritage and was inspired by such models as the 1963 Monza SS and the 1962 Corvair Super Spyder. There's a split grille for the front fascia and sharp lines over the smooth and slightly rounded surfaces of the car's design. The body also makes use of carbon panels such as for the spoilers. The Miray is also fitted with 20 inch wheels at the front and 21-inchers at the rear.

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