Top Ten Worst Concept Cars of 2008

2008 Scion Hako Coupe Concept
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These are the cars that the executives presenting them couldn’t hide the ‘WTF’ face, and no amount of booth babes could make them attractive. These are the top (bottom) ten worst concept cars of 2008.

Most of these cars made this list because they were ugly. So comment away, because beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

A few made this list because they are utterly useless. That’s a tough distinction to make. Many concept cars are not practical, but some stand out as a complete waste of space.

Just like yesterday’s top ten concept cars, these ten bottom-feeders must have been in an auto show or officially recognized by a car manufacturer in 2008.

So here is the list (in alphabetical order) of the top ten worst concept cars of 2008:

Bertone BAT 11

Bertone BAT 11 unveiled in Geneva
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Bertone is the styling house for some of the great automotive classics: Lamborghini Miura and Countach, Fiat Dino, Iso Grifo, Citroen XM, and many others. But it hasn’t had a hit in a while. The BAT 11 isn’t one either.

This looks like what would happen if Vespa got to design the Batmobile.

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Chrysler ecoVoyager

2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept
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The idea of removing the B-pillar for an open air experience is great, but it can’t hide the fact you’re still a jellybean.

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Dodge Caravan R/T

2008 Dodge Caravan R/T concept
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This is not the way to reclaim your testicles. That’s what the big back seat in the Dodge Challenger is for.

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Ford Explorer America

2008 Ford Explorer America
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Anyone remember the “Bitter Beer Face”?

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Kia Kee

2008 Kia Kee
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This is the only car that looks good in pastels. It’s hard for this one to look mean, even after running over your grandmother.

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Knight KV

Knight XV for the urban grocery assault
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Debuting at SEMA, this was Pimp My Ride meets a disputed eastern European country. How paranoid do you have to be before this seems like a good option?

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Nissan Nuvu

2008 Nissan Nuvu
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Yes Nissan it was amazing how fast you could pull off an electric car, but that doesn’t mean you have to design it to look as surprised as we all were.

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Renault Ondelios

2008 Renault Ondelios
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One big door. Huh? What?

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Scion Hako Coupe

2008 Scion Hako Coupe Concept
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McGruff the Crime Dog your vehicle is now ready.

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Toyota Yaris Club

2008 Toyota Yaris Club
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Sorry, you’re still not cool , but nice try though.

What do you think?
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  (630) posted on 06.13.2011

haha these cars are the most freakiest designs I’ve ever seen. The title describes the whole appearance of these cars. They are totally worst.

Myles_Kornblatt  (169) posted on 12.31.2008

I didn’t find the Renault’s Z.E. all that striking either, but I though it just looked like cross-town rival Citroen’s C1 with some neon glass added. I voted for the Ondelios not just because of the door, but also because it seems like it went for a distinctive face and came up with nothing. The Megane Coupe Concept that was at Geneva also had one big door per side, but it looks soooooo much cooler.

AK47  (1024) posted on 12.31.2008

Dude, if thats your rubbish english, please don’t ever use your best english on this site. Us poor sods will have to leave this site in shame.

AK47  (15) posted on 12.30.2008

The BAT wasn’t at geneva motor show smiley It was on a private reception in the city . Well, the project was directed by an american guy from Michigan who is the owner of the BAT5 or 7 (I don’t remember) and wanted to do an hommage of the old BAT’s on his brandnew Alfa 8C .

Another thing that I find strange, is the reason the Ondelios in a flop ... Just because it has one door it’s rubbish ? Come on, the Renault Z.E concept was muUUuuch worst than the Ondelios ! By the way the Nepta also only had one enormous door .

But as I understand it, it’sa vote beetween the whole TopSpeed team that gives the TOP10 ? (or FLOP10 in this case)

P.S : Sorry for my rubbish english smiley

Myles_Kornblatt  (169) posted on 12.26.2008

That’s fair…no one on the staff who voted for it got to spend much time with in Geneva.

It did get my vote because I think it’s not something original from Bertone. The BAT 11 takes a lot of its cues from Bertone’s hard-edge concept designs from the 70s and early 80s where I think Bertone lost its way. I didn’t want something unimaginative to go unchecked.

Myles_Kornblatt  (15) posted on 12.24.2008

the bertone bat11 is a great car ! It’s rather easy to say it’s rubbish but I had the chance of seeing it and it’s absolutely stunning ! Got to be a top not a flop !

adrian  (90) posted on 12.24.2008

The top is almost perfect. Ford Explorer is a cool concept and Yaris is one of the coolest mini-cars. In this case, Yaris Club is ugly by color (so, 50-50% here smiley

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