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Best Concept Cars for 2017

2016 has been a high point for car makers in the United States. Consulting firm AlixPartners estimated that almost 18 million light-vehicles will be sold in the US prior to the year’s end. However, as it appears, 2016 maybe as good as it gets for the automotive industry, at least for this decade. The firm forecasts a decline in sales from 2017 until the end of the decade.

But even with the not-so-promising estimate, motor heads still have plenty to look forward come 2017. In fact, the forecasted decline in figures may turn out to be good for car enthusiasts as manufacturers will be pressed to come up with innovative products in an effort to increase sales.Needless to say, most of the innovations that we’ll be seeing are centered on all-electrics, hybrids and the autonomous driving system, which is no longer a far-fetched idea. In fact, manufacturers are predicting that by 2025, driverless vehicles will be a common occurrence. By 2030, the streets will be filled with them.With that said, here are some of the best concept cars for 2017.hqdefault

Genesis “New York”

In March 2016, Genesis, a Hyundai subsidiary, unveiled the New York concept sedan, which has since gotten a lot of positive push from the press. Contrary to most concept cars, this one doesn’t slap you in the face with an over-the-top design. It doesn’t scream, “Notice me! I’m so futuristic.”

The New York concept is quite subtle and that’s what makes it attractive. If it can speak, it’ll just say, “Hey.” There’s nothing pretentious about it, and it has no need to pretend. In fact, the only thing that really stands out with the car is its hexagonal grilles, which complements the streamlined shape and slick lines.But while subtle, the hybrid concept can output 242 ponies thanks to its 2L four-cylinder engine that is supplemented by an electric motor. The car is fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission.Some critics have commented that both the design and drivetrain are quite unimaginative and derivative, which holds water. Still, there’s no denying that this concept car is a sexy one. There’s little to no change needed for it to be ready for release. In fact, Hyundai’s luxury arm is looking to do just that. The New York concept’s production model may hit the streets before 2017 ends.

Faraday Future FFZERO1

With Tesla opening up the consumer market for electric cars, a number of companies are jumping in to join the race. Such is the case of Faraday Future.The Gardena-based car maker introduced the FFZERO1 concept back in January during CES 2016. Suffice to say, the car stood out from the rest. Its winged design and black paint screams of how it was inspired by the batmobile. However, make no mistake, even Bruce Wayne will not complain when he’s on this concept.

The FFZERO1 has a thousand (1000) horsepower and can go from 0 to 60 in under three seconds, which is fast, really fast. It outputs so much horses thanks to four engines.Moreover, Faraday Future is also currently field testing its proprietary driverless system. However, it’s yet to be revealed whether the FFZERO1 will be fitted with it. Nonetheless, this concept’s production derivatives are bound to be released later in 2017.

Acura Precision

Acura is Honda’s answer for Toyota’s Lexus. However, it hasn’t been performing well compared to the performance/luxury brands of other car manufacturers. Acura is looking to change the status quo with the Precision concept.Acura’s auto offerings as of the recent years have had the “corporate” look and feel to them, which, as figures would reflect, didn’t work out so well. Perhaps things will be different with the Precision, which, according to the company, will be a big influence in the future cars that are going to come out of its production facilities.The Precision debuted at the Detroit Auto Show. The high contrast details, solid, aggressive lines, sharp front grille and a humongous exhaust outlet come together to create a sporty, muscular eye candy.Note that the Precision is designed by the same people who brought out the NSX. Unfortunately, details regarding the drivetrain are yet to be released.