Car makers are always pushing the boundaries of design, bringing small glimpses of the future into our everyday lives with their forward-thinking designs and innovations. Of course, they occasionally (read: frequently) miss the mark, showing off automotive abominations that look as though they’re begging for the sweet release of the car crusher. Here’s a look at 10 concept cars where their manufacturers threw the design book out of the window, along with any apparent smidgen of taste…
10. Fiat Ecobasic
Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/ Not only does its name sound like a supermarket’s own-brand washing powder, this two-tone monstrosity looks like something from the Early Learning Centre.
9. Volkswagen Nils
Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/autovivacom/6143741096/ It’s like someone at Volkswagen said: “Let’s make an iPod you can drive!” Unveiled in 2011, we’re yet to see the VW Nils on our roads…. Surprising, that.
8. Peugeot concept car (model name unknown)
Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org I can’t actually find the model name of this particular aberration, but I can only assume it was designed for a future where super-intelligent children are allowed to drive, given those tiny wheels and the ball pit balls at the back.
7. Peugeot Hoggar
Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org User: Alchemica Part-buggy, part-motorcycle, all-terrible. This bizarrely-named Peugeot was shown off in 2008, to what I assume were terrified crowds, some fleeing, others clutching their sobbing children.
6. Mila Alpin
Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org User: Detectandpreserve It’s as if Nintendo abandoned development of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in the 1980s and decided to make a car instead. Never heard of the manufacturer before.
5. Toyota Pod
Source:http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/ User: Megapixie It looks like a kitchen appliance made by Breville, but it’s actually a concept car by Toyota, which must think that our roads could do with a lot more people just pointing and laughing.
4. Keio University Eliica
Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/ User: Liftarn After more than 120 years of car-making, the 'four wheels' concept has pretty much proven itself – but no, this Japanese concept car opts for eight, for some reason.
3. Toyota Fun-Vii[embed width="616" height="346"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_CwM1CUj_I&t=2m38s [/embed] Ever get tired of your car’s dreary, one-colour paint scheme? Wish you could replace it with an extremely fragile glass display, on which you could show off your favourite pictures and read your emails? Yeah, me neither. Toyota thought it was a good idea though…
2. Honda Fuya-Jo[embed width="739" height="414"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stS_WrTGtE8&t=1m21s [/embed] Still pictures just can’t do the Fuya-Jo party wagon justice. As the video from Japan shows, the concept car might look like the disembodied front end of a train, but it’s actually a party on wheels, complete with turntable steering wheel and a rack for your skateboards. Entry to the vehicle is only possible through the medium of breakdance.
1. Pontiac StingerIf you only watch one YouTube video today, please make it this one. [embed width="744" height="418"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MrIv1JDlhg[/embed]
“I’m looking for a car with lots of features. What can you recommend?” “Ah, well the Pontiac Stinger has it all.” “You say that, but how many portable vacuum cleaners does it have?” “It comes with two.” “Only two? What other features does it have?” “Why it has removable door panels that double as ice coolers, a collapsible picnic table, a portable gas stove, a garden hose, tool kit and a portable vanity case, of course!” - Pontiac’s bizarre vision for the future of cars sales, circa 1989. [text-blocks id=cta-banner]