Concept Cars

Outlook into the automotive future

Concept cars are per se symbolic of the outlook for the automotive future. They are an expression of a possible evolution or revolution of the product "automobile". For us, Concept Cars, which we have been presenting at international automotive trade fairs since 1999, are the expression of our provocative actions in development. At the same time, they transport our claim of co-designing the mobility of the future: with new designs, technologies and innovative mobility concepts.

2020: The Next Stage in the Evolution of the EDAG CityBot

The AI prototype demonstrates the technical feasibility of the EDAG CityBot. Thanks to its innovative trajectory planning and self-localization, the AI prototype of the EDAG CityBot can autonomously move around a playground. Using AI and machine learning, an object recognition system that enables the EDAG CityBot to identify different objects has been developed.

EDAG CityBot Website

2019: New mobility concept as a game changer

Due to its modularity and multi-functionality, the EDAG CityBot can be operated around the clock and, according to requirements, configured as a passenger cell, cargo carrier or city cleaning device by fitting add-on modules.
An intelligent alternative to individual transport, and one that makes clever use of autonomous driving for various applications in urban mobility.

EDAG CityBot Website 

2016: Digital mobile companion on wheels – Soulmate

The Soulmate shows how autonomous driving will change our lives as car drivers, and how time can be put to more efficient use. The car can be transformed into an office with full data access, or into a room in which you can relax. The Soulmate also demonstrates possibilities for interaction between the driver and his vehicle that are opened up by the use of the latest HMI features.


2015: Light Cocoon – Ultimate lightweight design

Based on the model of a leaf, the bionic structural framework is optimised by means of topological analysis, then developed and 3D-printed. The open carrying structure of the components is subsequently covered with fabric. This brings about a weight reduction of up to 30% in surface components. The concept makes a number of lighting scenarios and morphing surfaces in the body possible. The rear spoiler, for instance, can be seamlessly formed out of the body.

2014: Genesis - Blueprints taken from nature

For the first time, EDAG Genesis showcases the potential and freedoms of additive manufacturing (3D printing) for the automotive industry: individual, tool-free, resource-saving, lightweight and sustainable. This manufacturing method will revolutionise the development process and production: for the first time ever, 3D printing makes it possible for structural solutions to be taken from nature and transferred to technical products. The EDAG Genesis symbolises new industrial thinking.

2011: Intuitive and robust – LightCar Sharing

The EDAG LightCar Sharing is the first vehicle to have been designed solely for the purpose of car sharing. It meets all the requirements of constantly changing users and a new type of mobility. Uncomplicated from booking to invoicing, simple and intuitive vehicle operation and cleaning, protection from vandalism and parking bumps and scratches. The protective pads on the outer skin provided for this purpose also communicate the car's status: available, booked and battery in charge mode.

2010: Flexible architecture for eCars – LightCar Technology carrier

For the new type of eCars, the EDAG Group developed a scalable chassis that can easily be adjusted to different wheelbases, track widths and body styles.
The "space frame" chassis demonstrates innovations of the project partners from the fields of manufacturing and joining processes for various materials such as Organo sheet material, aluminium, steel and thin-walled cast steel.

2009: LightCar – Revolution instead of evolution

All the glass surfaces of the electrically powered EDAG Light Car have been designed to form a touch display (OLED) and, like a desktop, can be individually set up - inside and out: lighting elements, capacitive door openers, car-2-car information and instruments are freely configurable on the windows, and make many conventional mechanical components superfluous. Light is systematically used as a changeable design and communication element, and also optically marks the emergence of eMobility.

2007: A new vehicle type – EDAG LUV

A yacht on wheels was the leitmotiv for the LUV concept car, which was to define the new vehicle category, the "Luxury Utility Vehicle". The LUV features a double cabin and cargo bed in original boat deck design. The basis was the Mercedes-Benz GLS, as many carry-over parts from the donor vehicle as possible were used, and the result? An imposing pickup derivative in maritime look!

2006: Patina instead of high gloss – EDAG BIWAK

Used look, vintage style and ripped jeans. Is it possible to transfer a fashion trend to a vehicle? EDAG produced the BIWAK in answer to this question, using leather-covered bumpers, crinkle finish paint on the body and denim and thick leather in the interior. They take away the fear of the first scratch, because they are intentional and a component of the design.

2005: Facelift 2.0! – Showcar No. 8

How, in terms of development and production, can an existing vehicle be cheaply converted into a new product that has a chance on the market? In the Showcar no. 8, we merely vary 20 exterior parts and created an entirely new look. With minor changes, it can be produced on the existing production plant.

2005: : Metamorphosis of a winner – EDAG SUV 

Working on the basis of the Porsche Cayenne, EDAG designed a low-slung SUV with a powerful appearance. This effect was achieved by lowering the roof line and implementing athletic attributes such as projecting wheel houses and wedge-shaped, solid door sills. Chunky bumpers with large lateral openings for the charge air cooler round off the vehicle's powerful image.

2004: Mobility for modern nomads – GenX

The EDAG GenX is the mobile response to the increasingly hectic pace of everyday life of future generations in a constantly changing society. Leisure is any period when a person is not working - no matter where he or she is. To this end, the EDAG GenX provides an individual luggage set externally affixed to one side and a sleeping space inside. Like a motor caravan, it has a lifting roof, to enable the interior height to be increased.

2003: Cinema on wheels – Cinema 7D

The EDAG Cinema 7D has three rows of seats with space for up to 7 people. As in a cinema, the seats are staggered and arranged at different levels rising to the rear. For the first time ever, every passenger has an unrestricted view in the direction of travel, and can also make eye contact with the other passengers. Travelling thus becomes a shared experience.

2002: Fusion of classic and modern – Keinath GTC

These cars, both of which were designed for Horst Keinath, feature a conscious interplay of classic sports car attributes and modern style elements. The combination of the familiar and the new appeals to a broad target group of sports car enthusiasts. Moreover, the ready-to-drive prototypes of both vehicles were built by the EDAG Group.

2000: Re-launch of the sedan shape – EDAG 2000

Its low-slung silhouette lends the vehicle (based on the Audi A4 Avant) a certain sporty appearance. It reduces the classic notchbackdesign and takes the limousine shape to "One-Box-Design". This study anticipated the subsequent trend towards narrower, more streamlined window surfaces.

1999: Different and similar – the EDAG Scout

The EDAG Group's first concept car: the EDAG Scout, a pickup derivative based on the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. The design of the derivative's exterior perfectly adopts the stylistic elements of the base model. Its speciality is its tailgate, which is lowered electrically and integrated flush with the cargo bed.


Johannes Barckmann

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