Automakers develop concept cars to push the boundaries for bringing innovation in design or technology in their future vehicles. These out-of-the-box ideas are presented to car enthusiasts at motoring events to assess the response to the car concept. Following the response received, it is decided whether a concept car should be taken into production or not. As some car manufacturers or designers go overboard with the idea of innovation to make a concept car that is impractical and odd for mass production.
Let’s have a look at some odd concept cars that have been produced by car manufacturers.
MERCEDES-BENZ VISION (TOKYO CONCEPT)
One of the major issues with the motor car concepts is that if the car design is too futuristic even after a decade later then it has failed. Precisely, this is what happened with the Mercedes-Benz Vision. This concept vehicle did not appeal to car enthusiasts due to its lack of vision for innovation. The Mercedes-Benz Vision (Tokyo Concept) was considered too odd for not having normal doors and passengers have to get inside the car from the left side only. The vehicle comes with a weird sectional-style couch and does not have any normal seats. With its lit-up spinning wheels, the Mercedes-Benz Vision looked like a moving object from a 1950s sci-fi movie but nothing like a normal or visionary car.
SUZUKI MOBILE TERRACE
The Suzuki Mobile Terrace is a little bit stumped that made its debut at the 2003 Tokyo motor show. This car was designed with an idea to be a “party” vehicle, but Mobile Terrace proved to be a failure. This odd concept car from Suzuki was designed to offer a spacious interior with its steer-by-wire and brake-by-wire systems. On both sides of the car were large sliding doors to get inside and completely symmetrical. The roof of the Suzuki Mobile Terrace opened in gull-wing doors to provide near-360 views from the interior, whereas the instrument panel could be turned into a table.
The Scion Hako is one of the weirdest-looking concept cars that may look cute but not worth spending your money or driving in. The Scion Hako made its debut at the New York auto show in 2008, but its boxy design and odd color schemes did not appeal to car enthusiasts. On the other hand, Kia Soul was also revealed to the world at the Paris motor show in 2008 that turned out to be a popular vehicle.
MERCEDES-BENZ SLS E-CELL
As the title of this vehicle suggests, the Mercedes-Benz SLS E-CELL is a fully electric version of the famous SLS model. The SLS model offered a lot of eco-friendly features and was engineered to benefit its user. However, the bright dayglow green/yellow scheme of the electric car did not impress the onlookers even with its eco-friendly features. Therefore, the Mercedes-Benz SLS E-CELL remains as a concept car that never made it.
Lexus has an untouchable reputation in luxury vehicles and is known for its stylish and sleek sedans that are loved by car enthusiasts. On the Lexus 25th anniversary, the company celebrated its success with the unveiling of the LEXUS LF-SA at the Geneva auto show in 2015. This much-anticipated concept car did not fail to impress the onlookers with its design. However, the shape and smart size of the LEXUS LF-SA were not received well among the Lexus fans.
CHRYSLER “ATLANTIC” CONCEPT
The inspiration and the idea of innovation to design the Chrysler Atlantic Concept were taken from the much-loved and classic Bugatti Atlantique. It was decided by two Chrysler executives to revive the classic Bugatti through a new car concept and put their dream into reality. However, the Chrysler Atlantic Concept failed to leave a mark with its unsettling design and less spacious interior. In addition, this concept car featured round headlights, a hideous grille, and an extremely long front fascia.
The Chrysler made its debut at the 2006 Detroit auto show and immediately generated controversies for not looking like one of the Rolls Royce vehicles. This concept car was dubbed to be aiming for taking over the Rolls Royce market. It was an attempt from the Chrysler company to make a gigantic vehicle that would match one of the Rolls Royce. However, putting big wheels on a sedan-style vehicle with a long-shaped body made the Chrysler Imperial one of the odd concept cars of all time.
DODGE SUPER8 HEMI
Some of the design elements of the Dodge SUPER8 HEMI were inspired by the 1950s Dodge. Showcased at the Detroit auto show in 2001, the Super8 Hemi proposed a bizarre design of the retro-flavored concept with modern design elements. The vehicle featured bench seats that made the interior look less appealing and an early version of Wi-Fi known as Infotronic. The car concept of the Super8 Hemi primarily failed due to its mishmash design elements that were inspired both from the past and future but remained unsuccessful in its present.
FORD SYNTHESIS 2010
The 2010 Ford Synthesis was launched in 1993 in an attempt to revive the Ford Taurus, which has been one of the successful vehicles manufactured by the company. The remaking of the Ford Taurus as a concept car was an unsuccessful attempt due to its bizarre exterior design and strange shape.
Volkswagen Concept T
The Volkswagen Concept T made its debut at an auto show in 2004 and received mixed reactions due to its unconventional configuration and weird design. A much-anticipated concept car from Volkswagen was expected to be fascinating and unique but it failed to impress the car enthusiasts. The Concept T seemed like a crossover between a buggy and a coupe with giant wheels. The fantastical wheel treatment and the reverse gull-wing doors extended a bizarre look to the concept car.
All the afore-mentioned concept cars have unsettling design elements and the most unusual looks. Even though these concept cars are from some of the most popular automakers, but they failed to hold the sophisticated design and class of the famous car brands. Concept cars are usually produced to experiment with different technologies, features, and designs. However, at times concept cars stray away from their true purpose to showcase an idea of innovation or future technologies.