Author: Jason / Date: January 20, 2023 / Tags: rare cars
(RareCarMarket.com) – Automotive manufacturers use concept cars to play with new ideas and try to predict consumer reaction. Sometimes it works and is well received by consumers, and the manufacturer makes a few tweaks before running it into production. However, there are also times when the company simply takes things too far, or they’re too ambitious — or not ambitious enough. Whatever the case may be, the resulting concept falls on the bad side of history. Here are some of those ideas that the world is happy never made it to production.
The 1990s and early 2000s were a time when car manufacturers dared to be different. Unfortunately, that meant there were a lot of designs that flopped. One of these was the 1998 Buick Signia. The rounded appearance of the SUV, designed to be a crossover, didn’t impress consumers. At that time, there simply wasn’t a market for crossover SUVs. Thus, the Signia never took off. Now, the concept car sits in a General Motors Museum.
It worked before, so why not try it again? That’s likely what Chrysler thought when it decided to bring back its Imperial model in 2006. Unfortunately, the car lacked one crucial component: originality. The 2006 Imperial looks like a generic copy of the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The model was supposed to be Chrysler’s ticket into the high-end luxury market, but nobody likes a copycat.
In 2001, Dodge showcased what was supposed to be a retro-design sedan that would reinvent the rear-wheel-drive market. The car wasn’t impressive looking, and the interior looked like something out of the 1950s. However, the Super Hemi was powerful and laid the foundation for modern-day Chrysler sedans, including the Dodge Charger and the Chrysler 300.
There are hundreds of concept cars out there. Manufacturers take a gamble by pumping money into a vehicle they believe consumers will want or gauge their reactions to innovative ideas. Unfortunately, for many of these cars, company predictions fell flat as they were either too far ahead of their time or suffered from serious design flaws and will never make it to production.
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