6 of the worst concept cars of all time
Although concept cars are a great way for manufacturers to experiment with new ideas and technologies, sometimes those ideas are so unique that they simply don’t work.
As much as we would love to praise every concept car ever made, this isn’t possible as occasionally even the best manufacturers in the world can drop the ball and produce something that fails to impress and gets people talking for the wrong reasons.
Due to the fact that concept cars are usually not meant for production, it’s okay for manufacturers to take risks. They don’t always pay off however, we have to give them some credit for trying.
We’ve decided to take a look at some of the worst concept cars ever produced to find out exactly what went wrong. To be fair, we’re going to take into consideration the response the cars were met with upon their debut as well as the overall quality of the vehicles.
6. Toyota A-BAT
Toyota is a well-known manufacturer, one that experienced great success throughout the years. Its cars can be seen on our roads and the brand is a household name at this point. Having produced a number of them throughout the years, Toyota is no stranger to unusual concept cars. Some were better than others, however there’s no denying that a lot of them were pretty decent.
One vehicle that simply didn’t meet the expectations is the 2007 Toyota A-BAT. Not only was the car dull but it was also rather ugly. Don’t get us wrong, there are many unique-looking cars that we find intriguing, however the A-BAT isn’t one of them.
The concept truck is very large and its shape is rather unappealing. Its styling is definitely bold however it’s also very dull, which makes the car boring to look at. It doesn’t really have any redeeming qualities apart from its suicide doors that actually look pretty cool.
Overall, the A-BAT is one concept vehicle that Toyota dropped the ball on. It’s a real shame because most concept cars produced by the brand are actually pretty cool.
5. Scion Hako Coupe
Scion Hako is a good example of a big idea that isn’t a good idea. The vehicle was designed by Scion and made its debut at the 2008 New York International Auto Show. Even though the vehicle definitely is bold, its design simply doesn’t work.
The brand set out to create something unique however what they actually ended up with was a strange car that we can’t imagine seeing on our roads.
Its square design is rather unappealing and strange, which doesn’t to the car any justice.
Overall, the Scion Hako is a good example of a vehicle that’s too “unique” for its own good. By ditching the familiar features that people expect from modern vehicles, the brand completely dropped the ball on this one.
4. Lexus LF-SA
We’ve mentioned earlier that even the biggest manufacturers on the planet can occasionally produce a vehicle that fails to impress. The Lexus LF-SA is a good example of that.
Unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the concept car failed to evoke the same feelings as some of the brand’s other cars do.
We’re used to seeing very luxurious vehicles from the brand as that what it is known for. Having been in the industry for a very long time, the brand made a name for itself by producing cars that are renowned for the level of luxury that they offer.
Although the Lexus LF-SA concept still is a luxurious vehicle, the brand completely ruined the vehicle by giving it a rather unusual design.
The grille that it sports is simply bizarre. It steals the attention from the rest of the vehicle and not in a good way.
3. Aurora Safety Car
We couldn’t have a list of the worst concept cars ever without at least mentioning the Aurora Safety Car. Often described as the ugliest car ever made, the vehicle is one of the earliest examples of a concept car that didn’t work.
Designed and built by a priest, the car was meant to offer a safe alternative to all the other cars on the market back then, which weren’t the safest.
Unfortunately, the car failed to impress and its extreme appearance was far from appealing.
Fortunately, the vehicle never went into production however a lot of the safety features that it included can be found in a lot of our modern vehicles.
2. Citroen (Conccinelle) Prototype C
The 1955 Citroen Conccinelle, is definitely one of the strangest looking cars on our list. It resembled the bubble car by Messerschmitt in many ways however it simply wasn’t appealing.
The vehicle looked bizarre and weird, which made it unpopular with the masses.
In the end the car never went into production, even though originally there was a plan for it to be mass produced.
1. Peugeot Moovie
Peugeot has been around for a while and is well-established brand. A great number of its cars can be seen on our roads, which makes this next entry on our list a little more bizarre. The brand clearly knows how to produce a solid vehicle so it’s really hard to believe that Peugeot is actually responsible for the atrocity that is the Moovie.
The concept vehicle doesn’t even resemble a car, which sometimes can be a good thing, however this isn’t the case here.
The Moovie looks like something straight out of a science fiction film, which we guess could appeal to some people, but we can’t imagine the futuristic-looking car on our roads.
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- Published On : 2 years ago on February 2, 2016
- Author By : James
- Last Updated : February 2, 2016 @ 4:26 pm
- In The Categories Of : Concept