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Produce them Please!

It is an unfortunate truth that most of the concept cars nowadays, do not reach production. And the small fraction of them that do, are changed so much from the original, that the production model retains little of the original design. Concept cars are supposed to be precursors to better things. But the ‘better things’ take so much time to come to life that people start losing interest. It is important that concept cars are quickly built into production models which do not differ too much from them.

The technology incorporated in concept cars is highly advanced but it is essential that this technology is replicated in the production model. More often than not, production models based on previous concepts are just their scaled down versions, and are not as advanced as them. Moreover, their looks are also much simplified. Many exceptional concepts have not even made it to production. For instance, the Bentley Hanaudieres, the Lotus M250, the Ford GT40 and GT90 and countless other cars which have been unlucky to have not been produced. Until concept cars are produced, I would reiterate, “they will remain just that, concepts.”



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Concepts Gone Mad

Recently, there has been a great influx of conceptual designs of cars in varied platforms. I especially liked Adrian van Hooydonk’s ‘layered’  design for BMW. However, some of the designs coming out are preposterous, to say the least. For example, the Renault Captur looks more like a beach cabana on steroids, with a hammock in the rear. I was also not particularly impressed by the practicality of some vehicles like the VW Race Touareg and the rather spaceship-like VW XL1.

Ssangyong, the Korean manufacturer, launched the concept SUT1, which bore more than a passing resemblance of shape to the now redundant Hummer H2 SUT and in styling, its front resembles the Toyota Hilux. Moreover, this car has been powered by a 2.0 diesel powertrain, which, for a car of such large proportions is highly inadequate. I don’t think many people would fancy driving an underpowered giant!

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