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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
Freshness
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Speed Limiting Gadgets
Speed Limiting Gadgets
The Intelligent Speed Limiter
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99
Climatic Car Pranks
Climatic Car Pranks
Toyota's Weather Challenge Features a Forecast-Activated Sunroof
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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
All-Inclusive Transportation Apps
All-Inclusive Transportation Apps
RideScout Premiers Latest App Service at SXSW 2015
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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
Carpool Audio Kits
Carpool Audio Kits
The Kinivo Bluetooth Car Kit is Perfect for Soundtracking Summer Road Trips
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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
Eco Car-Cleaning Services
Eco Car-Cleaning Services
Nanak Offers an Eco-Friendly Car Wash with Certified Green Products
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88
Pointy Bicycles
Pointy Bicycles
This Cykelmageren Bicycle is Incredibly Eye-Catching
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87
Connected Car Workshops
Connected Car Workshops
Learn About Designing Your Future With Connected Cars at SXSW
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86
Community-Building Food Trucks
Community-Building Food Trucks
Dining at This SXSW Kosher Food Truck Redefines Connectivity
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85
Retro Tribute Cars
Retro Tribute Cars
The Fiat 500 Vintage 57 Pays Tribute to the First Cinquecento
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84
Sporty Plug-In Cars
Sporty Plug-In Cars
The VW Sport Coupe Concept Blends Speed and Fuel Economy
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83
Spanish Concept Cars
Spanish Concept Cars
The 20V20 Concept Hints at SEAT's Styling Direction
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82
Aggressive Compact Cars
Aggressive Compact Cars
The Honda Civic Type R Boasts Body Kit Armor and 310-Horsepower
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81
Gorgeous Concept Wagons
Gorgeous Concept Wagons
The Audi Prologue Avant Show Hints At Future Audi Wagon Designs
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80
Commemorative British Sportscars
Commemorative British Sportscars
The Lotus Elise 20th Anniversary Edition Packs a Mean Punch
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79
Spanish Supercars
Spanish Supercars
The GTA Spano Boasts More Power and Torque Than An F1 Car
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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
Cityscape Car Campaigns
Cityscape Car Campaigns
Toyota's 'Go Fun Yourself' Campaign Features a Huge City Illustration
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76
Mobile Car Wash Services
Mobile Car Wash Services
Washly Cleans Your Car With an Accompanying App
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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
Reworked Touring Cars
Reworked Touring Cars
The Berlinetta Lusso Arose Out Of a Reworked Ferrari F12
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73
Pet Wash Services
Pet Wash Services
This Car Wash Also Services Man's Best Friend
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72
Compact Camper Vans
Compact Camper Vans
Nissan's Ultimate Smart BBQ Camper Car is Suited to Summer Getaways
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71
Gold Anniversary Cars
Gold Anniversary Cars
The Nissan GT-R Gold is a Limited Edition Celebrating 45 Years
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70
Progressive Sports Cars
Progressive Sports Cars
The BMW i8 is a Sustainable, High-Performance Sports Car
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69
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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68
Car Customization Ads
Car Customization Ads
This Printed Car Advertisment Gives a BMW Its Stripes
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67
Carbon Fiber Sports Cars
Carbon Fiber Sports Cars
The McLaren 570S Coupe Has Racecar-Standard Features
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66
Bamboo E-Bikes
Bamboo E-Bikes
The Bamboost E-Bike Features Balsa Wood and 3D-Printed Parts
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65
Women-Oriented Car Showrooms
Women-Oriented Car Showrooms
James Frizelle's Pop-Up Showroom Entices Women Into Buying Cars
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64
Car Servicing Restaurants
Car Servicing Restaurants
The Kent & Co Wine Bar Doubles as an Auto Repair Shop
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63
Solar-Powered Planes (UPDATE)
Solar-Powered Planes (UPDATE)
Solar Impulse 2 Has Started Its Trip Around the World Without Fuel
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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
Targeted Highway Billboards
Targeted Highway Billboards
Lexus' Engaging Marketing Billboard Singles Out Drivers
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59
Lightweight Swedish Supercars
Lightweight Swedish Supercars
The Koenigsegg Regera Can Hit 250 MPH in Just 20 Seconds
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58
Three-Tiered Race Cars
Three-Tiered Race Cars
The Honda IndyCar Looks Like a Giant Shaving Razor
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57
Thunderous Luxury Cars
Thunderous Luxury Cars
The Aston Martin Thunderbolt Blends Luxury and Performance
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56
Elegant British Sportscars
Elegant British Sportscars
The Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 is Built to Rip Up the Track
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55
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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54
Self-Flying Cars
Self-Flying Cars
AreoMobil CEO Announces Plans for the Mass Market at SXSW 2015
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53
Supreme Swedish Supercars
Supreme Swedish Supercars
The Koenigsegg Agera RS is One of the World's Most Impressive Supercars
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52
Autonomous Parking Robots
Autonomous Parking Robots
These Car Parking Robots Are Being Used in Audi's Ingolstadt Plant
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51
Electric Vehicle Charging Robots
Electric Vehicle Charging Robots
FreeWire's Mobi Charger is an Autonomous and Mobile Solution
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50
Tailored Armored Vehicles
Tailored Armored Vehicles
Enigma Showcases Emerging Defense Technology for the Military
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49
Interactive Car Interfaces
Interactive Car Interfaces
Bureau Oberhaeuser Designs a Modern Infotainment System for Tesla
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48
Small Size Billboards
Small Size Billboards
Smart Car's Rotating Billboard Ads Highlight Savings on Cost and Space
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47
Energy-Generating Tires
Energy-Generating Tires
The Goodyear BH03 Uses Heat to Recharge Hybrid and EV Batteries
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46
Cross-Pollinated Designs
Cross-Pollinated Designs
The Ah A May Project Involved Music Designers Crafting Bikes & Vice-Versa
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45
Opulent British Coupes
Opulent British Coupes
The Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 is Fast, Furious and Luxurious
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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
DIY Printed Dashboards
DIY Printed Dashboards
Redditor Sleepwhereweland Mends a Broken Car Radio with 3D-Printed Parts
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42
Camouflaged SUVs
Camouflaged SUVs
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible Looks Truly Unique
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41
5 Second Commercials
5 Second Commercials
Geico Creates an Unskippable Ad Campaign for YouTube
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40
Unstealable Bicycles
Unstealable Bicycles
The Yerka Bike is Designed to Be Impossible to Steal
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39
Lightweight Bicycle Locks
Lightweight Bicycle Locks
The Litelok Lets You Enjoy Lightweight Bike Security
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38
Alien-Like Hatchback Cars
Alien-Like Hatchback Cars
The Nissan Sway Concept is the Hatchback Design of the Future
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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
3D-Printed Car Transmissions
3D-Printed Car Transmissions
An Engineer Created This Working 5-Speed Transmission for a Toyota
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34
Pint-Sized Luxury Cars
Pint-Sized Luxury Cars
The Lexus LF-SA Sports Aggressive Style and Sophistication
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33
Luxury Transit Services
Luxury Transit Services
San Francisco's Leap Transit is a Bus Service for the Wealthy Tech Crowd
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32
Flatpack Go-Karts
Flatpack Go-Karts
The Plyfly Go-Kart Can Be Assembled In Just a Few Hours
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31
Eco-Manufactured Vehicles
Eco-Manufactured Vehicles
BMW Concept Car is 3D-Printed Out of Degradable Materials
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30
Luxury Car Washes
Luxury Car Washes
Prime is Positioning Itself as the 'W Hotel of the Carwash World'
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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
Off-Roading Vehicle Concepts
Off-Roading Vehicle Concepts
The Easter Jeep Safari Concepts Showcase the Company's Expertise
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27
Compact Reptilian Watercrafts
Compact Reptilian Watercrafts
The Jet Capsule Reptile Can Speed Along At Over 90 Km/H
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26
Futuristic Electric Cars
Futuristic Electric Cars
The Audi R8 e-tron is a High-Performance Electric Beast
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25
$27K Bicycles
$27K Bicycles
The Sarto 18K Comprises 18-Karat Gold, Carbon Fiber and Crocodile Skin
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24
Contemporary Wooden Bicycles
Contemporary Wooden Bicycles
Paul Timmer's Ash Wood Bike is Stylish and Highly Functional
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23
Inexpensive 3D-Printed Cars
Inexpensive 3D-Printed Cars
Sanya Sihai's Printed Car Exemplifies Affordable Transportation
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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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21
Futuristic 3D Printed Vehicles
Futuristic 3D Printed Vehicles
The EDAG Genesis is Inspired By a Turtle's Skeleton
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20
Buzzing Bumblebee Motorbikes
Buzzing Bumblebee Motorbikes
The Stripes of a Black and Yellow Motorcycle Create Insectile Look
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19
Cyclist Signal Gloves
Cyclist Signal Gloves
For Urban Cycling Safety, These Gloves Keep Motorists Informed of Turns
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18
Car Dealership Spas
Car Dealership Spas
The Mercedes-Benz Burlington Location Boasts a Spa and Cafe
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17
Simplified Hybrid Gliders
Simplified Hybrid Gliders
The GloW Glider & Microlight Hybrid is Designed For Casual Flying
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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
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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11
Luxury Business Vans
Luxury Business Vans
The Carlex Jet Van Sports 24k Gold Trim and a Soundproof Interior
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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
Supersonic Cargo Planes
Supersonic Cargo Planes
The PAK TA Heavy Transport Craft Concept Will Fly At 2,000 KM/H
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8
Convenient Convertible Wheelchairs
Convenient Convertible Wheelchairs
The Optimo Reconfigures for Its User to Change Position
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7
Cyclist-Protecting Campaigns
Cyclist-Protecting Campaigns
The Volvo Life Paint Makes Bikes and Helmets Much More Visible
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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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