Concept cars are a great way for the automobile industry to gauge the reactions of the consumers regarding their more risky ideas. While each year, auto shows bring to us some truly magnificent cars, some make the cut and some get delisted without ever hitting the road.
Nissan Land Glider
The car brought many futuristic ideas to the table. It was hybrid, it was Nano and most importantly, its turning system was completely attached to the electronic systems of the car rather than the steering. In order to turn, you had to tilt your body weight, just like you do with a bike. Sadly, the car never made it out of the concept.
2012 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid
Instead of this, Chevrolet Volt was a much better option but due to some design difficulties at General Motors, the Volt never received the acceptance into the market that was anticipated.
Another foreign concept, the deora was a bizarre lovechild of the pickup truck and the low-rider, with no front bonnet and the engine placed instead in the back hatch. The car was perhaps targeted at the youngsters of the time but never really gained much appreciation.
Lincoln Futura 1955
On the other hand, Lincoln Futura soon rose as the king of futuristic cars. Its designed was well-appreciated, and was shown in many futuristic movies.
Perhaps built for the adventurists and the surfers, the Kahuna was a confused woodie shaped like a mini wagon.
Rinspeed X Dream
Instead, the ultra-futuristic Rinspeed X Dream is something we believe should have become more popular. A fairly spectacular design and a Mercedes engine was just a bonus that came with this car – the real novelty was the hydraulic lift that came with it so it could hover on water.
Aurora Safety Car
As the name suggests, this car was built to keep its occupants safe. Designed by a priest, the car contained a roll cage as well as side impact bars among numerous other features. While the concept eventually failed, we believe that another car would have been better.
The Ford Vertrek
Vertrek was eventually boxed to make space for its upgraded version – the Ford Escape. The sleek Vertrek was not only a relatively safe car but also had a very modern style that impressed consumers everywhere.
The car was one of the strangest concepts of recent times. The machimoto was almost a motorcycle, had no roof and had three rows of seating, making it truly the family car.
A better option in its stead would have been the Infinity Kuraza. The Kuraza was a rather boxy model and had capacity for six passengers. It had a rather bizarre design but at least it was a car.
Once upon a time, they called it the most futuristic car of the time, but then it fizzled out. It had heavy credentials – a heavy engine as well as a sleek design but it failed because the brand failed to keep up with the expectations.
Alternatively, a better option would have been Mazda Furai. The car was a super hot vehicle probably designed for racing with an even hotter design.