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Well, 2013 is just around the corner, and in honor of the new year, Car and Driver has done it again: produced a list that can only fill our hearts with hopes that will never be realized.  The publication has released its “2013 10 Best: Concept Cars.”  Not sure why they called it them the best of 2013; all of these debuted in 2012.  In any case, we give you our own picks below:

The Acura NSX concept debuted in January 2012 easily exceeding the low expectations most had. Car and Driver describes the beautiful silver vehicles as having a “long dragonfly tail” and being a “a gleaming compact jewel of techno-elegance, all faceted like a brilliant-cut diamond.”

The strange-looking Bentley EXP 9 F makes the list for having a name that you might find on a tube of lip protector and for being a SUV that, in appearance at least, could be a top-right fancy London taxicab. The Chevrolet Code 130R is a blocky, rear-drive coupe that is many ways the anti-hero to the practical Cruze.

Meanwhile. The Kia Track’ster concept is as cute as any other Kia while being even more cartoony. Its elongated front end is readymade to star in the next “Cars” movie. The topless Lamborghini Aventador J looks as if a skilled kid designed it. The only one of its kind ever made was sold to someone who happier than me.

The Mazda Takeri concept deserves to be on this list for being both beautiful and practical. This writer hopes that the Takeri makes it to production. Its smooth lines and oversized wheels make for a gorgeous ride that needs to be seen on our roads.

Lastly we have the Peugot Onyx, which is crazy, impractical, and awesome.  It has copper doors, wool-felt seats, and looks capable of interstellar travel.  Isn’t this what concepts are for?

 

About the author: Andrew Greene

 

Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.

 

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