Concept Cars

The future is toothy: BMW Concept 4 shows off company's future sedan design

BMW is showing off the future of its sedan looks with this new concept car.

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First there were the comparisons between the front of the 2019 BMW X7 and Bette Midler's character from "Hocus Pocus." BMW isn't backing down. They've taken their new design language even further with the BMW Concept 4, a blunt and toothy take on the future of the sedan.

"The BMW Concept 4 embodies the aesthetic essence of the BMW brand. It combines perfect proportions with a clear and precise design," says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.

At its front is the company's kidney grille, which sits abruptly on the front of an extended hood with creases that give the concept the character of a Lexus or Infiniti model. The car's Forbidden Red paint job gives the car sporty character.

BMW Concept 4

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The BMW Concept 4 design alludes to the future design language of BMW's sedans.

BMW's presentation of the model emphasized the car's athleticism, something that the German automaker is known for. The design further emphasizes the car's strength by adding a muscular back end and sleek lines that showcase the vehicle's length.

The most attractive parts of the car are in the details. Its aerodynamic side mirrors look ready to slice through the air while the taillights are an intriguing squiggle that emphasize the car's thicc-ness.

The BMW Concept 4 is just that, a concept car, but it does allude to the design we can expect coming down the line. The concept is expected to come to life as the redesigned BMW 4 Series and the forthcoming all-electric BMW i4.

Cadillac is moving the car buying experience into an interactive video-based platform as the brand works to gain new customers.

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Edmunds.com is predicting hat sales of used cars will rise through 2020. At the same time, used car prices are expected to decline. That's a recipe for success for used car buyers according to Carvana. The online used vehicle retailer is predicting four trends for used car shoppers.

Mainstream Cars Stay Hot

Carvana believes that demand for used cars from mass-market brands like Honda, Toyota, and Nissan will continue. In 2019 small and mid-sized cars showed the strongest price appreciation in the used-vehicle market, a trend that is expected to continue in 2020.

Consumers Choose Quality Over Everything

According to Carvana, "A recent study from Brandwatch asked consumers what attributes were most important for brands in the auto industry, quality was the most popular option with 30% of the vote. Affordability followed, with 21% of respondents choosing it as the most important attribute. Carvana has more than 8,000 cars available on their site for local buyers priced under $15,000."

Customers Continue to Get Comfortable Shopping Online

If there's one thing America can agree on, it's not politics. It's that they generally hate going to car dealerships. Shopping for vehicles online has grown tremendously over the past decade and Carvana expects that to continue, a trend driven by the ability for customers to "do it all" from financing to browsing to scheduling delivery without ever having to talk to a salesperson.

According to Carvana, 75% of car buyers are willing to purchase a car online and 97% of car buyers do online research before a purchase.

The Digital Economy Will Continue to Transform Car Buying

Technology is making it easier than ever to buy a car. New online initiatives like Cadillac Live allow customers to talk to a salesperson without leaving their couch. Getting a 360-degree view of the vehicle is possible thanks to sights from most manufacturers, and CarFax offers reports on used vehicles.

Subaru recently debuted its VIZIV Tourer concept.

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Subaru has a goal. By 2030, they want at least 40 percent of their globals sales to come from electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles. To get there, the automaker will be continuing to work on electrification via the application of the technology to Subaru's current lineup.

"Although we're using Toyota technology, we want to make hybrids that are distinctly Subaru," Chief Technology Officer, Tetsuo Onuki, recently commented to Reuters. "It's not only about reducing CO2 emissions. We need to further improve vehicle safety and the performance of our all-wheel drive."

Subaru VIZIV Touring concept the VIZIV Touring concept has a WRX-like front end.Photo courtesy of Subaru Corporation

At first, this plan likely means more model variants in the same vein as the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. Reuters has reported that the first new model that will enter the Subaru lineup under this plan will be a "strong hybrid" vehicle using Toyota technology. But, it's not coming until later this decade. Subaru previously activated this partnership in the marketplace to launch the Crosstrek Hybrid.

The automakers are also working together to launch an all-battery electric car (BEV) around that time as well.

Don't set your calendar yet. Plans are continually developing and timelines are bound to shift as the market for new vehicles changes. Subaru will likely keep the public updated as their plans develop by releasing concept car versions of their designs ahead of any big news.