Cool Concept Cars (10/16/05)

The auto industry is rapidly evolving with all kinds of hybrid vehicles.
Some are about to hit the assembly line, while others are still pie in the sky. Here's Consumer Reports take on what you can expect to see on down the road.

Cars of the future take center stage at auto shows like this one. David champion, director of Consumer Reports auto test puts in plenty of miles on foot to scope out these concept cars.

Mercury's Meta offers three rows of seats for six people. Its large windows give an open feel to the inside of the car. But Consumer Reports says the real news is the diesel engine under the hood.

It has a hybrid powertrain that not only gets the advantage of the diesel engine that gets 30 percent better fuel economy but also the hybrid technology as well, which is going to save you fuel.

The aura is a concept car from Saturn. It's a high performance luxury sedan that Consumer Reports says would fill a gap in Saturn's line-up.

It's based on the common gm platform, but this is a much more upgraded car. It has a very nice interior. It's going to come with a powerful v6 engine as well.

The Lexus LFA is a concept sports car that promises good performance with looks to match.

Some of the interesting new features are that it has radiators in the back and intakes just behind the rear window so it makes the front much tighter because you don't need that big grille in the front. Instead of having rear view mirrors, it has tiny cameras at the top, looking backwards.

And one of the more unusual concept cars, the Ford sinus has seats that switch position.

Passengers can watch a large screen TV on the inside of the back door, turning a parked car into a mini movie theater.

Some of the features on it probably would never make production but the overall concept and style I think maybe something that would go into the future.

But Consumer Reports says don't expect to see the automatic window shields anytime soon.

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