Sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic is one of life’s supreme drags, eating up hours that could be spent doing anything else besides inching forward while cars on the side of the barricade whiz by in the other opposite direction. It was just such a scenario that gave birth to the EV A2, Audi’s new concept car, which takes over in congested traffic and frees you up to do other things—like using the built-in Wi-Fi to complain on Facebook about how it’s taken you three hours to move less than a mile.
If all auto shows are paeans to over-the-topness, the Qatar Motor Show must top them all. So it's probably appropriate that Volkswagen is unveiling its highly anticipated XL1 hybrid concept car there: with a look that's part Prius, part Tesla, and part... DeLorean (dig those split windows and gullwing doors, Marty!), the XL1 appears to be stuffing 10 pounds of futurism into a five-pound bag.
Designers Mike and Maaike, already famous for the odd-looking Google G1 phone, have taken a stab at reinventing the concept of the car. Gone are speed, danger and human drivers, in are comfort, efficiency... and slowness.
Whether or not cars use alternative fuel engines or regular gasoline ones, their overall manufacture isn't really very green at all. But that may only be until Toyota's latest idea becomes a reality, because the car giant is suggesting an adjustment to the material they make cars from—the company is talking about going from metal to reconstituted seaweed.