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Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Includes Futuristic Concepts

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author photo by Nick Palermo August 2013
  • Acura NSX Concept
  • BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe
  • Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

The annual automotive week at Pebble Beach near Monterey, Calif., is one of the world's premiere automotive gatherings. Most of the week's events and activities are dedicated to antique and classic vehicles, but automakers are also on hand with their latest models and future concepts. Festivities conclude Sunday with the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where the concept lawn features more than a dozen forward-looking vehicles, some of which will become production models. This year, the list includes the Acura NSX Concept, the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe and the Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept.

The Acura NSX Concept -- a mid-engine, 2-seat hybrid sports car -- is among the concepts likely to become a production model available in dealer showrooms. It will take time, though. The new Ohio factory where the automaker will build the NSX is under construction. Acura says the production model will go on sale in 2015.

From BMW and Pininfarina comes the Gran Lusso Coupe, a long, sleek, one-off creation that fits in at Pebble Beach by recalling the nearly extinct practice of custom coach building. The Gran Lusso will hardly be the only vehicle at the show with the Pininfarina badge. The famous Italian design house and coachbuilder is responsible for some of the most sought-after machines in automotive history. For the Gran Lusso, Pininfarina brought its touch to a BMW for the first time. The result is a luxurious, powerful and visually stunning 4-seat coupe with a BMW V12 engine under its long hood. The BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso is not one we expect to become a production model, but some of its design attributes may find their way into BMW vehicles.

The Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept points to future styling for production models, too. The large sedan concept first appeared at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, flaunting a hardtop-style roofline and rear-hinged rear doors that allow the entire side of the vehicle to open, unobstructed by the B-pillar that typically divides a sedan's front and rear doors. Inside, the design is equally daring, with a flying buttress extending from the center stack down to the console. Expect to see HCD-14 Genesis Concept's aesthetic applied to the next-generation Hyundai Genesis sedan.

Porsche, Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini and Mercedes-Benz will also show vehicles on the concept lawn at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Displayed at the entrance and exit to the event, the concepts give attendees a chance to compare the historic automobiles on display at the Concours with these futuristic creations from the world's great automakers.

What it means to you: Concepts from automakers such as Acura, BMW and Hyundai will grace the concept lawn at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, indicating the design direction of future production models.

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