8 Forgotten Concepts That Should Have Made it to Production
Concept cars are often the result of an automaker’s desire to showcase possibilities. Very rarely, though, do these possibilities translate to reality. Some concepts get used as springboards for future production models. Some get used as blueprints for future technologies. But more often than not, a lot of concept cars get sent back to the shadows, never to be heard from again. It’s a shame because the concept cars on this list didn’t deserve that fates they received. These concepts should’ve been turned into production models. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, none of them did, and all we’re left with our thoughts of what could’ve been.
2018 Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Cargo
Volkswagen is reviving the Type 2 Transporter Delivery Van of the ’60s with its new I.D. Cargo Buzz Concept which was presented at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, Germany. As a sibling to the I.D. Buzz it uses the same MEB platform and will come as early as 2021 with a variety of battery options to suit anyone and everyone’s needs.
2018 Peugeot e-Legend Concept
Peugeot is merging past and future with its stunning e-Legend Concept, set to be revealed to the public at the 2018 Paris motor show in early October. The all-electric design study is a retro-futuristic ode to the late 1960s 504 coupe, and it does a great job of reimagining it with modern cues.
The e-Legend isn’t just a pretty face, showcasing autonomous driving tech, a strong electric powertrain, and a gigantic 49-inch infotainment screen. Peugeot says that one-charge range is 372 miles, according to the new measurement protocol and it offers four driving modes, of which only two grant the driver control.
Technological manifesto is how Peugeot refers to the e-Legend and it previews a near future when you will let your sporty retro-inspired electric car do most of the driving on the boring bits of motorway and in stop-start traffic, as you sit comfortably reclined in your seat, then take control as you near your destination if it’s at the last leg of the journey is a twisty driving road.
2018 Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept
Based on the familiar Nissan Navara pickup truck, the Dark Sky concept is a mobile astronomy lab equipped with a state-of-the-art telescope mounted in a bespoke off-road trailer. Unveiled at the Hannover Motor Show in Germany, the Dark Sky concept was developed in the U.K. in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA).
The concept car showcases how a truck like the Navara could support the ESA’s intense efforts to map the stars by helping astronomers conduct follow-up observations from hard-to-reach locations. Of course, the Dark Sky concept won’t become a production model, but Nissan will donate the telescope "to pass on the spirit of exploration and adventure, and to inspire and educate future generations." In addition to the bespoke trailer, the Navara also boasts unique features and technology that’s not available on the production truck. Find out more in the review below.
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Nissan Navara Dark Sky Pick Up Concept - For Astronomers on the Go
Nissan revealed a highly modified version of its Navara pickup truck at the Hannover Motor Show, called the Navara Dark Sky Concept. The pickup is designed to transport astronomers to remote locations to observe the night sky; but of course, it will also appeal to the romantics and star-gazers.
2018 BMW iNext Concept
As each of the major automakers vie for technological supremacy, the space between blue-sky concept cars and their production-based realities is starting to blur. The latest to step into this space is the BMW iNext, an autonomous, battery-powered SUV that comes stuffed with the Bavarian’s latest and greatest ideas for the next generation.
“The iNext project will provide our building blocks for the future, from which the entire company and all its brands are set to benefit,” said BMW Group Chairman of the Board of Management, Harald Krüger. That means that over the next several years, this thing will provide the guidance for not just BMW’s line, but the Mini line as well, both of which are promised to offer “in-car integration of the strategic innovation fields Autonomy + Connectivity + Electric + Services,” according to BMW. Indeed, now that BMW has been doing the EV thing for more than a decade at this point, it’s about time the company stepped up its game. Read on to see how.
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There’s A Lot To Like About The BMW iNext Concept, But It’s Not All Great
After teasing us for what seems like ages, BMW has finally unveiled the iNEXT concept crossover. The production vehicle will be based on this concept, and will be up for grabs from 2021. Even though all seems hunky-dory about it, the iNEXT has left us with mixed thoughts. Here are a few.
The BMW iNext Points To the Future Of The Automaker’s Electric SUVs
BMW’s plan to introduce 12 all-electric cars by 2025 took a big step forward when the German automaker officially unveiled the iNext SUV at a Lufthansa hanger at JFK Airport in New York City. The New York unveiling was one of four stops for the iNext in a global tour that started in Munich, Germany. From Germany, the iNext traveled to New York aboard a Lufthansa cargo plane. The SUV also has stops in San Francisco, California, and Beijing, China, before returning home to Germany.
Mercedes Previews Future City Driving with Vision URBANETIC Concept
Auto show season is creeping up, and that means the concepts are starting to roll on out. One of the first out the gates is this new all-electric, fully autonomous, highly customizable transportation bubble from Mercedes-Benz Vans, which offers highly intelligent conveyance for not only people, but goods and cargo as well.
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This Rendering of a Ford Mustang Raptor has Fast and Furious Written All Over It
X-Tomi Design has released another rendering, this time of a Ford Raptor wearing the face — and body — of a Ford Mustang. It’s not a vehicle you’ll probably see in the real world anytime soon, but it’s good to know that there’s a way to look at the Raptor if Ford decided to use the Mustang as the canvas. Don’t start getting any ideas, though. A Ford Raptor with the face of a Mustang is not a good idea. The rendering itself is jarring; imagine what it could look like if it turned into a real model. Can’t picture it? We can’t blame you.
Hyundai Gives Us A First Look At Two Of Its SEMA-Bound Projects
With the 2018 SEMA Auto Show a month away, Hyundai is getting the anticipation started by unveiling modified versions of the Veloster N and the Ioniq Electric sedan. Hyundai created the two one-off models not only to showcase their aftermarket potential but to compete in Optima Batteries’ 2018 Search for the Ultimate Street Car. The Ioniq Electric will defend its 2017 National Championship in the GTE class while the Veloster N will compete in the top GTC class. Both cars will compete in the last two Ultimate Street Car events as part of Hyundai’s plan to use the two vehicles to “collect data on multiple tracks across the country to aid in development and validation.”
The Plymouth Asymmetrica, later renamed the XNR after its designer, was a concept car built and showcased in the 1960s. Plymouth’s first full-blown sports car, the XNR was conceived as a possible competitor for the Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford Falcon, but the show car never made it into production.
Unlike most concept cars from the era, which were kept by their respective automakers, the XNR was returned to its builder, Italian firm Ghia, and then sold to a privateer. The XNR changed hands a few times until the 1970s when it made to Lebanon, where it was found and hidden during the country’s civil war. The concept was sent to Canada in 2008, where it was restored until 2011. In 2012, it was auctioned for nearly $1 million.
It’s been almost 20 years since the Plymouth brand was discontinued and the XNR doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s why we decided to have a closer look at one of the company’s most underrated concept cars.
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2019 BMW Z4 vs 2017 BMW Z4 Concept
BMW concept cars are somewhat special. Most of them turn out to be clear representations of what one can expect to get from the production phase. The latest BMW Z4 Concept included. BMW pulled a stunt by introducing the Z4 Concept at The Quail in 2017 and, just one year later we got the all-new 2019 BMW Z4. So, while you may still be smitten by the new Z4, I am taking the opportunity to show you just how different the new production Z4 is compared with the Z4 Concept. Or, just how similar it is. Despite losing some sharpness, edginess, and exclusivity of the Z4 Concept, I feel that the production version of the 2019 BMW Z4 actually retained most of the important design cues. Except for the most important ones of course, because, well, real life is never that good.
2018 Volvo 360c
Volvo has pulled the sheets off of the 360C, a fully autonomous electric concept car that showcases a new way to go about domestic travel without having to pay the exorbitant amounts attached to airline tickets. The 360c concept is essentially a bedroom on four wheels that Volvo views as a possible alternative to regional flights. It’s not expected to go into production anytime soon, but it does open the door to a new and innovative way of using autonomous driving technology.
This Is How The Audi PB18 e-tron Compares To The Audi R8 V-10 Plus
It is almost impossible to compare the new Audi PB18 e-tron and the R8 V-10 Plus. While taking the shape of supercars, the Audi R8 V-10 Plus and the new Audi PB18 e-tron are different on so many levels I find it rather amusing to see where Audi is going with its e-tron and sports car program. Nevertheless, revealing the Audi PB18 e-tron at the Monterey Car Week, Audi held a long said promise of developing a super fast electric supercar. I will go one step further here and say that PB18 e-tron, if it ever reaches production heaven, will be a supercar at the very least. Currently, Audi provides a whole set of sports machines from the S and the RS line of cars. Yet, the only one to even touch the majesty of the PB18 e-tron is the Audi R8 V-10 Plus. Of course, only the most powerful version as the PB18 is plainly mad.
Let me get something off my chest right away - PB in the PB18 e-tron actually stands for Pebble Beach. It is like a specially dedicated concept crafted only for the event. The 18, on the other hand, is from the Audi LMP1 racer - the R18 e-tron. Nicely tied Audi. Well played.
Now, we can definitely call the latest Audi R8 V-10 Plus a supercar. After all, it takes all the tech from the likes of the Huracan, and that is a supercar. The PB18 e-tron, on the other hand, is an even more extreme representation of the supercar ideology. One based on electricity and torque delivery that no V-10 can ever achieve.
Skoda Teases the RS Vision Concept That Will Debut at the Paris Motor Show
Skoda is going berserk with making powerful production cars lately. Hardly a week after announcing the first SUV to get the vRS moniker, Skoda has now RS-ed the Vision Concept as well. The Skoda Vision RS is a five-door hatchback that will be showcased to the world at the Paris Motor Show.
2018 Mercedes EQ Silver Arrow
Mercedes has unveiled the Vision EQ Silver Arrows Concept, and it is a stunner. The concept is a feast for the senses, a product of Mercedes’ masterful use of its own heritage and reinventing it with a futuristic electric-jolted twist. As it is, the EQ Silver Arrow is a showcase concept — and what a concept, it is — that we’ll never see in production form. The good news is that the concept isn’t just a muscle-flexing design exercise, too. Parts of the concept will appear in Mercedes’ new electric brand offshoot, EQ. As to what those parts are? We’ll just have to wait and find out.
2018 Audi PB18 e-tron Concept
In a world where the term “concept car” has been overused to some extent, Audi jolted some life back to the phrase with the PB18 e-Tron Concept. The fascinating prototype made its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, blending form with a number of functions, packaged in a dynamic design that’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen from Audi. Best of all, at least for snobs of the autonomous technology movement, the PB18 e-Tron Concept gives the driver full control of the vehicle with no hints of autonomous tech assistance.
What in the World is Volvo Teasing?
Volvo recently took to its Facebook page to unveil a teaser video, promising what could be the “sound of your ride.” No clue or hints were divulged other than the cryptic #360c hashtag. It doesn’t say anything revealing, which leads to the question on what exactly is Volvo teasing with the “sound of #360c”?