General Motors launched four striking new concept cars at the North American International
Auto Show this week claiming that they are more youthful, more innovative, and
more exciting than anything the company has previously produced.
The Buick Bengal features what GM calls ‘dangerous’ curves, a long hood and
wheels at the corners. The Bengal is a front-wheel drive, with V6 engine, and
looks like a two-seater though it seats four.
A retractable tonneau cover over the rear seats slides back and a third door
on the driver’s side admits two more passengers. Or, a pair of custom golf bags
also fits into the rear compartment when there are just two on the way to the
The Bengal also has ‘Quiet Servant’ voice-activated controls and an NXT flat-panel
speaker across the entire dashboard.
Combining the best of a wagon and an SUV, with a wrapping of Cadillac‘s house
luxury style, the Vizon features a ‘sensuous’ interior, state-of-the-art ‘infotainment’
systems for passengers and the latest in traction control, collision avoidance
and V8 power.
Key features include adaptive cruise control, Cadillac’s own StabiliTrak stability
control and an OnStar Virtual Advisor that makes telephone calls at voice command.
Great driving performance and show-stopping good looks are said to distinguish
the GMC Terracross. More refined than the no-holds-barred 2000 Terradyne, this
concept vehicle is, GM says, “aimed at a young, sophisticated consumer who wants
to entertain guests in style”.
Key Terracross features include a huge three-panel opening roof, swivel chairs
that turn the interior into a conversation pit and wheels at the corners for
GM has used the European Opel Astra platform and Ecotec four-cylinder engine
to create the O4, “a seamless blend of European-influenced design and General
Motors innovation [that] graces both the interior and exterior of this gorgeous
Key O4 features include an ‘Info Ring’ minimalist instrument panel with reconfigurable
displays, a flexible, lightweight targa top that allows several roof configurations
and ultra-bright projector beam lighting front and rear.