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What a Concept!

Look at these concept cars to see what the future holds for your fleet.

This story appears in the February 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

What do auto manufacturers have up their sleeves to influenceyour company-car purchases? For the answer, look at their conceptvehicles. Closely guarded secrets until they're unveiled atannual car shows, concept cars are hints of things to come. Not allgo into production for sale to the public. A few are outrageous,engineless attractions to draw attention to the brand; others testthe waters with small changes on next-generation models.

Exterior and interior designs are often wildly futuristic onconcept cars, eventually reaching dealerships as toned-downversions. Some concepts are previews of redesigns, such asNissan's Altima and Toyota's X-Runner. Crossovers andpickups that combine sedan-style front ends with truck beds areamong the most successful production vehicles built from concepts.Chrysler's Pacifica had some of the attributes of a minivanbefore evolving into a crossover, and elements of Lincoln'sAviator concept crossover will translate into a production model(its launch date is not yet confirmed).

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