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Top 100 Auto Ideas in April

From Inexpensive 3D-Printed Cars to Sporty Plug-In Cars

— April 26, 2015 — Autos
Sustainable, compact and affordable are three qualities that can be found in many of the top April 2015 auto ideas. With smart dashboards and Bluetooth technology that allows drivers to make store payments from within a vehicle, cars are becoming just as smart and as hyperconnected as our homes.

Thanks to 3D printing, the automotive industry continues to see many advances.
For instance, Chinese company Sanya Sihai created a vehicle with a 3D-printed body that only cost about $1,700 to manufacture, making the most of cost and customization. Similarly, a group of students from Nanyang Technological University designed a vehicle that's both 3D-printed and solar powered.

As cars become smarter in their design and capabilities, it's fitting that SXSW 2015 appealed to tech and auto enthusiasts with a workshop on Designing Your Future with the Connected Car.
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Activity
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Climatic Car Pranks
Climatic Car Pranks
Toyota's Weather Challenge Features a Forecast-Activated Sunroof
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99
Speed Limiting Gadgets
Speed Limiting Gadgets
The Intelligent Speed Limiter
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98
Eye-Tracking Car Headlights
Eye-Tracking Car Headlights
The Vauxhall/Opel Smart Headlights Aim At Where The Driver is Looking
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97
Architectural Auto Events
Architectural Auto Events
Land Rover's Car Showcase Pairs Its Vehicles with Modern Houses
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96
Carpool Audio Kits
Carpool Audio Kits
The Kinivo Bluetooth Car Kit is Perfect for Soundtracking Summer Road Trips
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95
Pop-Up Charging Stations
Pop-Up Charging Stations
The Pop-Up Tesla Supercharger is Located In Bristol
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94
All-Inclusive Transportation Apps
All-Inclusive Transportation Apps
RideScout Premiers Latest App Service at SXSW 2015
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93
Branded Snow Shovels
Branded Snow Shovels
Subaru's Winter Marketing Stunt Provides Shovels to Non-Subaru Drivers
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92
Car Exhaust Campaigns
Car Exhaust Campaigns
The Billboard Promoting the Audi A7 Sportback H-Tron Emits Water Vapors
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91
Automotive Pizza Payments
Automotive Pizza Payments
Pizza Hut May Soon Let Customers Pay for a Pizza Through Their Cars
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90
Record-Breaking Autonomous Cars
Record-Breaking Autonomous Cars
Delphi's Autonomous Car Will Drive From California to New York
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89
Connected Car Workshops
Connected Car Workshops
Learn About Designing Your Future With Connected Cars at SXSW
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88
Pointy Bicycles
Pointy Bicycles
This Cykelmageren Bicycle is Incredibly Eye-Catching
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87
Retro Tribute Cars
Retro Tribute Cars
The Fiat 500 Vintage 57 Pays Tribute to the First Cinquecento
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86
Eco Car-Cleaning Services
Eco Car-Cleaning Services
Nanak Offers an Eco-Friendly Car Wash with Certified Green Products
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85
Community-Building Food Trucks
Community-Building Food Trucks
Dining at This SXSW Kosher Food Truck Redefines Connectivity
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84
Spanish Concept Cars
Spanish Concept Cars
The 20V20 Concept Hints at SEAT's Styling Direction
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83
Sporty Plug-In Cars
Sporty Plug-In Cars
The VW Sport Coupe Concept Blends Speed and Fuel Economy
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82
Gorgeous Concept Wagons
Gorgeous Concept Wagons
The Audi Prologue Avant Show Hints At Future Audi Wagon Designs
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81
Commemorative British Sportscars
Commemorative British Sportscars
The Lotus Elise 20th Anniversary Edition Packs a Mean Punch
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80
Aggressive Compact Cars
Aggressive Compact Cars
The Honda Civic Type R Boasts Body Kit Armor and 310-Horsepower
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79
Cityscape Car Campaigns
Cityscape Car Campaigns
Toyota's 'Go Fun Yourself' Campaign Features a Huge City Illustration
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78
Upgraded British SUVs
Upgraded British SUVs
The Range Rover Sport HST Offers Improved Handling and a Fresh Look
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77
Spanish Supercars
Spanish Supercars
The GTA Spano Boasts More Power and Torque Than An F1 Car
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76
Reworked Touring Cars
Reworked Touring Cars
The Berlinetta Lusso Arose Out Of a Reworked Ferrari F12
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75
Mock Off-Road Kits
Mock Off-Road Kits
Volkswagen Supplies the Essentials for the Look of an Off-Road Adventure
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74
Compact Camper Vans
Compact Camper Vans
Nissan's Ultimate Smart BBQ Camper Car is Suited to Summer Getaways
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73
Progressive Sports Cars
Progressive Sports Cars
The BMW i8 is a Sustainable, High-Performance Sports Car
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72
Gold Anniversary Cars
Gold Anniversary Cars
The Nissan GT-R Gold is a Limited Edition Celebrating 45 Years
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71
Mobile Car Wash Services
Mobile Car Wash Services
Washly Cleans Your Car With an Accompanying App
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70
Pet Wash Services
Pet Wash Services
This Car Wash Also Services Man's Best Friend
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69
Carbon Fiber Sports Cars
Carbon Fiber Sports Cars
The McLaren 570S Coupe Has Racecar-Standard Features
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68
Female-Only Repair Shops
Female-Only Repair Shops
Hilary Noack is Crowdfunding to Open an All Girls Auto Shop in Toronto
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67
Car Customization Ads
Car Customization Ads
This Printed Car Advertisment Gives a BMW Its Stripes
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66
Women-Oriented Car Showrooms
Women-Oriented Car Showrooms
James Frizelle's Pop-Up Showroom Entices Women Into Buying Cars
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65
Bamboo E-Bikes
Bamboo E-Bikes
The Bamboost E-Bike Features Balsa Wood and 3D-Printed Parts
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64
Solar-Powered Planes (UPDATE)
Solar-Powered Planes (UPDATE)
Solar Impulse 2 Has Started Its Trip Around the World Without Fuel
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63
Car Servicing Restaurants
Car Servicing Restaurants
The Kent & Co Wine Bar Doubles as an Auto Repair Shop
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62
Eco-Friendly Unicycles
Eco-Friendly Unicycles
The Airwheel Unicycle is an Enjoyable & Planet-Preserving Transit Choice
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61
Connected E-Bikes
Connected E-Bikes
Ford's MoDe:Pro Connects Riders to Cars
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60
Lightweight Swedish Supercars
Lightweight Swedish Supercars
The Koenigsegg Regera Can Hit 250 MPH in Just 20 Seconds
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59
Three-Tiered Race Cars
Three-Tiered Race Cars
The Honda IndyCar Looks Like a Giant Shaving Razor
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58
Thunderous Luxury Cars
Thunderous Luxury Cars
The Aston Martin Thunderbolt Blends Luxury and Performance
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57
Self-Flying Cars
Self-Flying Cars
AreoMobil CEO Announces Plans for the Mass Market at SXSW 2015
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56
Weight-Reduced Sports Cars
Weight-Reduced Sports Cars
The New Porsche 911 GT3 RS Blurs the Line Between Race and Road Cars
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55
Elegant British Sportscars
Elegant British Sportscars
The Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 is Built to Rip Up the Track
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54
Supreme Swedish Supercars
Supreme Swedish Supercars
The Koenigsegg Agera RS is One of the World's Most Impressive Supercars
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53
Autonomous Parking Robots
Autonomous Parking Robots
These Car Parking Robots Are Being Used in Audi's Ingolstadt Plant
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52
Electric Vehicle Charging Robots
Electric Vehicle Charging Robots
FreeWire's Mobi Charger is an Autonomous and Mobile Solution
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51
Tailored Armored Vehicles
Tailored Armored Vehicles
Enigma Showcases Emerging Defense Technology for the Military
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50
Targeted Highway Billboards
Targeted Highway Billboards
Lexus' Engaging Marketing Billboard Singles Out Drivers
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49
Small Size Billboards
Small Size Billboards
Smart Car's Rotating Billboard Ads Highlight Savings on Cost and Space
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48
Cross-Pollinated Designs
Cross-Pollinated Designs
The Ah A May Project Involved Music Designers Crafting Bikes & Vice-Versa
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47
Interactive Car Interfaces
Interactive Car Interfaces
Bureau Oberhaeuser Designs a Modern Infotainment System for Tesla
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46
Opulent British Coupes
Opulent British Coupes
The Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 is Fast, Furious and Luxurious
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45
Energy-Generating Tires
Energy-Generating Tires
The Goodyear BH03 Uses Heat to Recharge Hybrid and EV Batteries
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44
Self-Serve Car Washes
Self-Serve Car Washes
The Wash&Drive; Will Cost 12 Million Euro to Develop
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43
Camouflaged SUVs
Camouflaged SUVs
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible Looks Truly Unique
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42
DIY Printed Dashboards
DIY Printed Dashboards
Redditor Sleepwhereweland Mends a Broken Car Radio with 3D-Printed Parts
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41
Unstealable Bicycles
Unstealable Bicycles
The Yerka Bike is Designed to Be Impossible to Steal
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40
Lightweight Bicycle Locks
Lightweight Bicycle Locks
The Litelok Lets You Enjoy Lightweight Bike Security
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39
Alien-Like Hatchback Cars
Alien-Like Hatchback Cars
The Nissan Sway Concept is the Hatchback Design of the Future
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38
5 Second Commercials
5 Second Commercials
Geico Creates an Unskippable Ad Campaign for YouTube
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37
70s-Inspired Wranglers
70s-Inspired Wranglers
The Jeep Chief Concept Embodies the Spirit of the Cherokee
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36
Futuristic Italian Supercars
Futuristic Italian Supercars
The SCG003 Comes In Both Racing and Road Versions
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35
Pint-Sized Luxury Cars
Pint-Sized Luxury Cars
The Lexus LF-SA Sports Aggressive Style and Sophistication
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34
Luxury Transit Services
Luxury Transit Services
San Francisco's Leap Transit is a Bus Service for the Wealthy Tech Crowd
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33
3D-Printed Car Transmissions
3D-Printed Car Transmissions
An Engineer Created This Working 5-Speed Transmission for a Toyota
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32
Eco-Manufactured Vehicles
Eco-Manufactured Vehicles
BMW Concept Car is 3D-Printed Out of Degradable Materials
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31
Flatpack Go-Karts
Flatpack Go-Karts
The Plyfly Go-Kart Can Be Assembled In Just a Few Hours
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30
Off-Roading Vehicle Concepts
Off-Roading Vehicle Concepts
The Easter Jeep Safari Concepts Showcase the Company's Expertise
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29
Autonomous Luxury Cars
Autonomous Luxury Cars
The Italdesign Giugiaro GEA Imagines Autonomous Luxury Cars of the Future
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28
$27K Bicycles
$27K Bicycles
The Sarto 18K Comprises 18-Karat Gold, Carbon Fiber and Crocodile Skin
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Compact Reptilian Watercrafts
Compact Reptilian Watercrafts
The Jet Capsule Reptile Can Speed Along At Over 90 Km/H
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Luxury Car Washes
Luxury Car Washes
Prime is Positioning Itself as the 'W Hotel of the Carwash World'
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25
Futuristic Electric Cars
Futuristic Electric Cars
The Audi R8 e-tron is a High-Performance Electric Beast
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Inexpensive 3D-Printed Cars
Inexpensive 3D-Printed Cars
Sanya Sihai's Printed Car Exemplifies Affordable Transportation
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Contemporary Wooden Bicycles
Contemporary Wooden Bicycles
Paul Timmer's Ash Wood Bike is Stylish and Highly Functional
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22
Futuristic Funeral Carriages
Futuristic Funeral Carriages
This Modern Coffin Carriage is an Avant-Garde Take on Antique Designs
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Futuristic 3D Printed Vehicles
Futuristic 3D Printed Vehicles
The EDAG Genesis is Inspired By a Turtle's Skeleton
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20
Cyclist Signal Gloves
Cyclist Signal Gloves
For Urban Cycling Safety, These Gloves Keep Motorists Informed of Turns
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19
Buzzing Bumblebee Motorbikes
Buzzing Bumblebee Motorbikes
The Stripes of a Black and Yellow Motorcycle Create Insectile Look
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18
Simplified Hybrid Gliders
Simplified Hybrid Gliders
The GloW Glider & Microlight Hybrid is Designed For Casual Flying
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17
Car Dealership Spas
Car Dealership Spas
The Mercedes-Benz Burlington Location Boasts a Spa and Cafe
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16
Rugged Motorcycle Concepts
Rugged Motorcycle Concepts
The Honda Bulldog Design Moves Away from Traditional Leisure Bikes
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15
Fashion Designer Cars
Fashion Designer Cars
The Paul Smith Land Rover Defender Sports 27 Different Paint Colors
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14
Elongated Jeep Concepts
Elongated Jeep Concepts
The Kahn Design Land Rover Defender Flying Huntsman is as Long as Its Name
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13
Bicycle-Towed Campers
Bicycle-Towed Campers
The Wide Path Camper Can Hold Two Persons
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12
Luxury Business Vans
Luxury Business Vans
The Carlex Jet Van Sports 24k Gold Trim and a Soundproof Interior
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11
Supersonic Cargo Planes
Supersonic Cargo Planes
The PAK TA Heavy Transport Craft Concept Will Fly At 2,000 KM/H
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10
3D-Printed Solar Cars
3D-Printed Solar Cars
Students at NTU Created a Futuristic Car Design with Additive Manufacturing
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9
3D-Printed Jet Engines
3D-Printed Jet Engines
The World's First 3D-Printed Jet Engine Was Created In a Year
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8
Cyclist-Protecting Campaigns
Cyclist-Protecting Campaigns
The Volvo Life Paint Makes Bikes and Helmets Much More Visible
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7
Convenient Convertible Wheelchairs
Convenient Convertible Wheelchairs
The Optimo Reconfigures for Its User to Change Position
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6
Futuristic Three-Wheelers
Futuristic Three-Wheelers
These Yamaha 3-Wheeler Prototypes Tease at Future Vehicles
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5
Lightweight Supercars
Lightweight Supercars
The Falcon F7 Features an Aluminum and Carbon Fiber Chassis
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4
Retro-Futuristic Cars
Retro-Futuristic Cars
The DS21 Renaissance by Slimane Toubal is a Concept Inspired by Citroen DS
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3
Chainless Folding Bikes
Chainless Folding Bikes
The JIVR Folding Bike Reduces Clutter with a Chainless Design
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2
Luxury Observation Yachts
Luxury Observation Yachts
Lujac Desautel's Amazing Yacht Design Presents Unobstructed Vistas
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1
Off-Road Suspension Skateboards
Off-Road Suspension Skateboards
The Gila Board Has Fully Adjustable Independent Suspension
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