Top 10 Cars That Stayed True to Their Concept


During the past decade, the once fanciful concept car — never meant to see the light of day — has morphed into more of a design study for future products. Taking that notion to the next level, our editors have rated the 10 production cars that did the best job of incorporating their concept when made into reality during the past decade.

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Note: We didn't take into account certain "concepts" often considered prototypes that some automakers roll out at auto shows. Those show cars are barely discernible from the real thing and are introduced much closer to when the actual cars go on sale.

By David Thomas | February 9, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 BMW i8


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 200 model-year 2014 BMW i8 vehicles manufactured between May 16 and Sept. 16, 2014.

The Problem: An improperly welded fuel tank bolt could cause a fuel leak, leading to a possible fire.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the fuel tank for free.

What Owners Should Do: BMW started notifying affected owners in November. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

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5. 2014 BMW i8

By Matt Schmitz | November 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 BMW i8 Video

The 2014 BMW i8 is "a head-turner of epic proportions," says reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder. "It is sporty, it is quick, especially if you consider that it is a plug-in gasoline electric hybrid." Watch the video for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

How People React to the 2014 BMW i8


One huge side effect of testing new cars for a living is seeing peoples' reactions when you're piloting something that's either all new, never been seen before or something exotic or ultra-expensive. The BMW i8 is all of those things and was handed over to me for an entire weekend.

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Since a review was already in the works I didn't want to write about the i8's performance but rather the many looks — and even rude commentary on my manhood — from people I came across. Here is what I encountered after three days with the plug-in electric sports car.

By David Thomas | November 4, 2014 | Comments (2)'s Top 10 Most Anticipated Cars


Now that auto show season is over, the wait is over when it comes to seeing which new cars will hit dealerships soon, but now the real wait begins.

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There's plenty to look forward to, because there are almost too many new vehicles to choose from such as the redesigned, more modern Ford Mustang and the sleek, futuristic electric car from BMW, the i8. They're not all sports cars though; the tiny Jeep Renegade SUV and midsize Hyundai Sonata sedan are also on our list.

Check out the top 10 new vehicles the reviewers can't wait to drive:

By Jennifer Geiger | May 7, 2014 | Comments (17)

More Electric Cars Than Ever, Still Not Available Everywhere

Where the electric cars are

As more manufacturers introduce electric cars, these battery-powered vehicles are becoming something people see on the road every day. At least in some parts of the country, they are.

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The number of purely electric vehicles offered in the U.S. will grow to a dozen by the end of this year. Many of those EVs are available only in a small number of states, however, with California being the epicenter of electric-car sales.

By Rick Popely | March 11, 2014 | Comments (4)

2014 BMW i8 Video

Typically, concept cars either start as outrageous contrivances that retain little shock value upon production, or the "concept" is so close to production that there's little difference once it’s in showrooms. reviewer Kelsey Mays says the 2014 BMW i8 — the automaker's first plug-in electric hybrid — is nearly as out-there as it was in "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol," with upward-and-outward-opening doors, aluminum and carbon fiber throughout, and even "laser headlights" where legal.

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The double-team of the i8's turbocharged three-cylinder and electric motor means it'll only take you 4 seconds to get to 60 mph, but Mays warns it takes far longer to maneuver your body into the driver's seat.

By Matt Schmitz | November 25, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 BMW i8: Up Close


It's not every day that you can hop down to your favorite car dealer and drive home in a concept car, but BMW is making that possible with the introduction of the new 2014 i8 sports coupe. While it doesn't look exactly like the 2011 EfficientDynamics coupe concept on which it is based, the second vehicle in BMW's eco-friendly "i" lineup is just about as close as one can get to the original vision while still maintaining crash-safety standards and everyday usability.

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If you think it looks dramatic in pictures, wait until you see an i8 in person. The swoopy body work is maybe the most futuristic design on the market. This is exactly the kind of car science-fiction movies predicted we'd be driving in the 21st century. It is also deceptively small; despite being a 2+2 configuration, this is truly a two-passenger sports coupe.

By Aaron Bragman | November 21, 2013 | Comments (3)

2014 BMW i8 Photo Gallery (21 Photos)


As promised when we saw the BMW i8 Spyder concept at last year's Los Angeles Auto Show, the production version of the high-performance hybrid plug-in has arrived for the 2014 model year, bowing this week at the City of Angels' 2013 show. The sleek 2014 i8 coupe with gull-wing doors is expected to reach showrooms by spring with a starting price of $135,700, not including destination charge or any state or federal incentives for which the high-mileage i8 may qualify. The all-wheel-drive 2+2 seater uses BMW's first plug-in hybrid powertrain: a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder teamed with an electric motor and a high-voltage lithium-ion battery, and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The combined gas-and-electric output is 362 horsepower and 420 pounds-feet of torque — good for a zero-to-62 mph time of 4.4 seconds and estimated fuel economy of 94 mpg.

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BMW describes the i8's exterior design as an "emotion-led visual impression based around established BMW i design language," boasting classical sports-car proportions, clean lines and standard full LED headlights. Check out the photo gallery below; photos by's Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 20, 2013 | Comments (3)

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