Every year, there are concept cars designed, created, tested, engineered, made and shown – then manufacturers make the same cars they did the year before with a few extra cupholders added. And, they’ve been doing it that way all along for the last 50 years.

Why?

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

I was looking at this yesterday and had just seen some phenomenal concept car designs the day before along with some from America in the 1960’s. So where are they? Why didn’t we ever have the opportunity to have any of them? Or to have anything even remotely close to any of them available to buy? What happened?

It appears to be a closed loop. There is never anything new offered because (possibly) it doesn’t offer the moneyed decision-makers a track record of sales which the things already being made automatically offer. Maybe.

Or do those decision-makers in companies and among the public, among the bankers and investors, among the government subsidy providing agencies – really believe that nothing else will work in the public’s desires and in the marketplace?

What is it? Some people say that the public wouldn’t buy these new designs produced as concept cars – but how would they know that when none of them have ever been made available to the public marketplace in any tangible, cost-effective, competitively priced form? These things have never been manufactured nor made available to the public anywhere. Why would decision-makers believe that they are not and were not plausible, profitable product offerings?

And, just to look at it – in the past fifty years, the same cars are simply being offered again the next year as was provided in the market the year before – except occasionally, as I said, they add new cupholders or some other non-appreciative change in materials or brake light styling. Why the hell is that?

Its as if we have been cheated all this time of those progressions in change that would have taken us forward – in car design, in options of those designs being available and tried in the marketplace, in ways to fuel those needed vehicles that our society must use to conduct lives and businesses, and in other things that would’ve also changed as a result or at least widened availability in other available technological advances.

Here are some of the things I was seeing over that past couple days that had me thinking about this –

Toyota Concept, 1966

Toyota Concept, 1966

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Why Not?

And this one I found when looking at the cars posted to be auctioned off earlier this year from an Italian museum collection –

1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero - Photo: Tom Wood / Courtesy of RM Auctions

1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero - Photo: Tom Wood / Courtesy of RM Auctions

(from)

http://www.autoblog.com/2011/03/30/crazy-collection-of-concepts-from-bertone-to-be-auctioned-by-rm/

The page with more photos of it is here –

http://www.autoblog.com/photos/bertone-concepts-at-rm-auctions-villa-deste/#photo-4013253/

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So they design these, make real working models of them, they really work, these are engineered to work, they are designed to work, they are beautiful, elegant and progressive in their approaches – then we don’t get any of them and none of those came to be part of the market where any of us get to buy and to choose our cars. That is obscene. What a waste.

It is no wonder that our problems with transportation continue to be the same problems over and over and over again, year after year – decade after decade, really. Good grief – it is no wonder at all. The changes of progress have been being thwarted in an unnatural closed loop system of manufacturing and marketing decisions by those who select to keep things the same as what has gone before – and that is what they have been choosing to do over and over and over again. Which has resulted in this mess we have today – while dismissing these other options from the menu available to go forward.

Such as these, as well –

Toyota EX-II, 1969

Toyota EX-II, 1969

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Mazda London Taxi, 1993

Mazda London Taxi, 1993

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And there were these, but no – the public couldn’t have those either  –

“The following three photos are from a book called Projections, published by US Steel in May, 1962, about the future uses of steel! The illustrations are by Syd Mead (he was the designer of Blade runner, among other things and is considered one of the greatest living futurists).” – from text on the page linked below.

Syd Mead Futuristic Design 1962 or before published in US Steel book called, "Projections," May 1962

Syd Mead Futuristic Design 1962 or before published in US Steel book called, "Projections," May 1962

1964 GM Runabout car from the New York World's Fair, a three-wheeled car complete with shopping cart! (photo and info at http://www.discovery.com/area/technology/future/1964/trans.html)

1964 GM Runabout car from the New York World's Fair, a three-wheeled car complete with shopping cart! (photo and info at http://www.discovery.com/area/technology/future/1964/trans.html)

(these and some others found among the American concept car designs found here – )

http://www.jetsetmodern.com/cars.htm

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Now we also have these which no one will ever get to buy either – because they won’t be manufactured in a cost-effective product line made available anywhere either – just as the others have not been –

http://www.earthtechling.com/2011/09/frankfurt-motor-show-2011-opel-rak-e-concept/

Frankfurt Motor Show 2011: Opel RAK e Concept - image via Opel

Frankfurt Motor Show 2011: Opel RAK e Concept - image via Opel

Frankfurt Motor Show 2011: Opel RAK e Concept - image via Opel

Frankfurt Motor Show 2011: Opel RAK e Concept - image via Opel

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And this one –

The Wrightspeed X1 is a one-off Ariel Atom heavily modified to use an all-electric powertrain. The Atom was chosen for its light weight and efficient design. The electric motor and inverter are sourced from AC Propulsion, makers of the TZero concept car, while the batteries are low weight, high energy density lithium ion provided from A123 Systems. As with the Atom the transmission is a Honda unit, but stripped of its shifting mechanism and other parts to provide only the second gear speed, allowed by the wide speed and torque range available from the electric motor.

Built by San Francisco-based New Zealand engineer Ian Wright, the X1 created a stir when it bested several sports cars in a drag race, including a Carrera GT (even with a rolling start, an advantage for the gas burning vehicles), all while being filmed by local news station KRON 4.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrightspeed_X1

Ian Wright next to the Wrightspeed X1 - from wikipedia entry

Ian Wright next to the Wrightspeed X1 - from wikipedia entry

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Why can’t we all have one of those? Or a Tesla Motors Electric Wonder Car that we’ve all seen publicized?
Wouldn’t it make sense to manufacture those in the same way that Hummers and SUVs have been made available? Why not?

And these are fun too – and could be very profitable if they were ever made available for the public to buy as their primary transportation -if manufacturers would ever actually manufacture them – hello, most manufacturing is done by computers and robots now anyway – why not?

Lotus Hot Wheels Concept Car 2007 - 2008 Design

Lotus Hot Wheels Concept Car 2007 - 2008 Design

Lotus Hot Wheels Concept Car - 2007 Design

Lotus Hot Wheels Concept Car - 2007 Design - Shown in 2008


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

 

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But then we could have had this series since 1969 – but no – wonder where that would have taken us – (by today) –

Toyota EX-III, 1969

Toyota EX-III, 1969

 

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