TodayApril 15, 2022

2016 Concept cars and trucks

2016 North American International Auto Show

Each auto show is full of world unveils, product reveals, and future cars and trucks are known as concept cars. Some vehicles listed as concept cars are a way to get some feedback on certain design patterns. Concept cars are the future of the company, which is why we pay particular interest in certain aspects of each car, not the whole of the vehicle. One looks for different design cues, different power trains, safety, and infotainment.

Acura Precision Concept Car

The Acura Precision Concept model made its world debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show

If you squint you might see some NSX in the Precision. A couple of the same designers that worked on the NSX, such as Michelle Christensen, lead exterior designer of the NSX, and the Precision. At first glance, the Jewel Constellation LED headlights composed of organically arranged fractal elements, and in the back with floating LED taillights caught my eye.

In the press release, Acura describes A key design theme, dubbed “quantum continuum,” as a seamless transition of materials and structure from the exterior to the interior of the vehicle, which is further highlighted by the absence of a b-pillar. The large door rocker panel flows into the interior side sill, transitioning into a cantilever for the floating rear seats. The rear center high-mounted stoplight becomes an architecture element piercing the rear glass and then flowing down to help form the structure for the metal airfoil shape of the rear headrests.

The elegant and powerful exterior is matched by its dramatic interior design, where cantilevered surfaces meet with striking tones, expressive surfacing, and modern detailing. Of particular note are the double-layered instrument panel, the high-contrast front seat surfaces, the ultra-thin “floating” rear seats, evoking the look of modern lounge furniture, and the hand-crafted audio speaker grilles made of exotic wood.

The driver’s space is highlighted by a compact, race-inspired, sports steering wheel with paddle shifters and Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) controls, a floating center meter, a driver’s head-up display, a cantilevered center stack, and an ultra-wide, thin and curved center display screen.

The proportions are lovely, the design striking and the front fascia wicked. Unfortunately, Acura gave no information about the power train.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.