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What were the options? When manufacturers paid a company to host focus groups for their decisions to be made about which cars to produce – did they let any of the focus group participants drive or see any of the concept cars? Or did they simply offer the same old stuff they intended to mass produce in the first place before asking the focus groups about them?

Cupholders – I bet they said, “add some cupholders.” And, then there is no place for the ipod to dock, nowhere for the laptop to sit or the ipad to be charged or secured while using it in the passenger seats or the back seats – or, in fact any cupholder that actually fits any cup known to mankind ever . . .

And, no way for everyone in the car to charge their cellphones while eating their fast food goodies which drip into their laptops and ipods . . .

But at the same time – these concept vehicles aren’t even in the equation and they could be – including the goodies on board that designers and engineers were nice enough to include for today’s lifestyle requirements –

Noted from a Peugeot Concept Car 2010 –

“Inside, a ‘head-up’ display allows the driver to see essential information without being distracted from the road, as well as a state-of-the art ‘movement recognition’ system that means the driver can rotate the hand to scroll menus and switch control of menus with a sweep of the hand from left to right.”

http://www.peugeot.co.uk/about-peugeot/latest-news/jul10-sep10/peugeot-hr1-urban-concept-car/

Included in this concept car from Peugeot shown last year –

The HR1 combines the best of a city run-around, coupé and SUV - 2010 Peugeot Concept Car

The HR1 combines the best of a city run-around, coupé and SUV - 2010 Peugeot Concept Car

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This concept car from Nissan(below) was shown in 2007 – wonder how long it will take it to get to market? And don’t think el Peugeot above is all about things that look just like everything else in concept cars like the one above – they could’ve followed a long line of design choices that are far more avant garde that their concept cars have proven, as seen below this Japanese Pivo-2 from Nissan shown in 2007 –

Nissan Pivo-2, 2007

Nissan Pivo-2, 2007

(from)

http://pinktentacle.com/2010/09/photos-50-years-of-japanese-concept-cars/

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And Peugeot had a nifty design something in the same neighborhood as the styling above – made up as a concept car with conceptual drawings, computer renderings and an actual scale model made of wood, composites, foam and plastics for display at the 2005 Franfurt Auto Show – called the Peugeot Moovie –

Portuguese designer, André Costa designed the Peugeot Moovie, an environmentally friendly city / urban driving concept car. Introduced at the 2005 Frankfurt Auto Show by Peugeot.

Portuguese designer, André Costa designed the Peugeot Moovie, an environmentally friendly city / urban driving concept car. Introduced at the 2005 Frankfurt Auto Show by Peugeot.

Portuguese designer, André Costa - 2005 Peugeot Moovie - urban commuter concept car

Portuguese designer, André Costa - 2005 Peugeot Moovie - urban commuter concept car

So, they didn’t make any of those into production for the marketplace either – and they didn’t with the one below from 2003 before that –

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Concept Cars: Peugeot 4002 - designed by Stefan Schulze - 2003 for Peugeot

Concept Cars: Peugeot 4002 - designed by Stefan Schulze - 2003 for Peugeot

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Peugeot 4002 concept car designed by Stefan Schulze for Peugeot 2003

Peugeot 4002 concept car designed by Stefan Schulze for Peugeot 2003

http://www.diseno-art.com/encyclopedia/concept_cars/peugeot_moovie.html

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Nope, none of them make it into production and why not – would we really not buy them?

 

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