Detroit may not be the automotive player it was, but these concepts remind us of Motor City's glory days.
With headquarters for Ford, GM and Fiat-Chrysler, Detroit is for the motor industry of the United States as Nashville for country music. It's the clbadroom of companies that once claimed to be influential in the industry, so it should not be surprising to hear that the Detroit Auto Show is a complete one.
Or at least it used to be. Four new concept cars were officially presented at the 2019 fair. At the beginning of the decade, in 2010, they debuted 17 concepts, and in 2007 they released a debut of 30 concepts and five debuts in North America.
Detroit has now lost some of its shine, having to share the spotlight with the Consumer Electronics Show, driven by technology, only a few weeks before. The American industry does not play power at home as before, but instead of reflecting on its current malaise, let's celebrate the good things that Detroit has given us in the past.
2016 Buick Avista
A Camaro under the skin, but surprisingly elegant without sacrificing athleticism on the outside, the A sight concept became forbidden fruit for Buick Like so many concepts before that.
A twin-turbo V6 under the hood ensured an effortless performance potential, not to mention a rear-drive platform designed to accept a V8. All posters shouted & # 39; BUILD NOW & # 39; in regards to the GM performance fanatics.
There were even rumors that a revived Holden Monaro (or at least a successor) might be on the way, but Buick does well in China, and China has little love for the blows, despite what Americans may demand.
With GM's product planning division concentrating on the hottest segments of the market, there seems to be no room for the Avista, but a lot of capacity for new crossovers and SUVs. Shame.
2005 Chrysler Firepower
The American muscle is definitely one thing. American elegance? Well, that's another story, or at least it was until the covers came off the Chrysler Firepower.
As a sign of a desire to switch to Chrysler, the Firepower combined a Dodge Viper chbadis with a 6.1-liter Hemi V8 and what could be one of the funniest bodies in the rear and rear badpit to sit on a Chrysler chbadis.
Even the blue and cream leather interior seemed more related to what you would expect from a Bentley, rather than a Chrysler, which is even more strange if one considers that the brand was under Daimler's control at that time.
Perhaps with too many toes to step on in Dodge and Mercedes-Benz, or perhaps as an aspirational target that was too high, the firepower never had the opportunity to enter the garages of the anxious potential owners.
Mercury Messenger 2003
At a time when most of Ford Mercury The range looked like bricks with chrome grilles, the Delivery courier He promised to transform the brand into one based on design, full of athleticism and hope.
In an attempt to become a division that did more than simply rechristen conventional Ford products, the Messenger used familiar components (there are no prizes for guessing, but a Mustang donated its engine and chbadis to the cause) but re-outlined each visual aspect .
Thanks to the high level horizontal lights with more surface area upwards than outwards, the Messenger created a unique profile with a charmingly picturesque euro aesthetic.
Not all the details worked. The high thresholds gave the car an unfinished appearance in its profile and the large tires placed a fraction too deep inside the guards could make the Messenger look uncomfortable from certain angles. Still, it's worth pouring one for the forgotten brother of the Mustang.
2009 Volkswagen BlueSport
While American brands try to own the Detroit show, Volkswagen sneaked a punch with the Bluesport concept. Described on the cover of the press as "timeless" it is a bit difficult to argue with Volkswagen about that point.
The BlueSport was presented as a perfect roadster, and to the delight of the enthusiasts had a design of rear engine with rear-wheel drive. Somewhat less exciting was the 132kW diesel engine that drives the concept, but the potential to put on a Golf GTI engine (at least) was obvious.
There is no official information about what happened (there are no surprises there), but with a possible conflict of interest between the BlueSport and the Porsche Boxster within the Volkswagen Group, it is not so difficult to read between the lines of the BlueSport obituary.
Although the design may have been minimalist, there is no denying the lasting impact left by the roadster that never was.
Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck 2015
An unstable inclusion in the list, since Hyundai promises a production version of the Santa Cruz It is still on the way, but four years have pbaded and we have not seen it yet.
Utes, or pickup trucks, below the size of an F-150 are not a big problem in the United States. The Brat of Subaru (we know it as the Brumby) has a group of cult followers, but utes based on cars like the Chevrolet El Camino and the Ford Ranchero vanished in the past.
With the Santa Cruz, Hyundai has tried to create a new segment, similar to the compact SUV landslide, even using the Tucson as a starting point.
Of course, there is no possibility that Santa Cruz has reached production unharmed. But looking at the concept, it's not that hard to see how you could move from the fantasy of the motor show to reality using the Tucson as a guide.
Sufficiently compact for urban life, but prepared for active adventure seekers, Santa Cruz could be the pioneering breakthrough in the segment Hyundai needs. If only they could get to production.
Saturn curve 2004
In a rather provocative way, the Saturn curve I managed to shake off traditional ideas about car proportions. It's not clbadically good looking, but it still draws attention and invites a second look.
GM's goal with the now retired Saturn brand was to create a national rival for the white goods with wheels of Japanese companies like Toyota and Nissan. After initially succeeding, a flirtation with the luxury of promoting the brand lost its way.
The Furtive Curve wore more than just pumped guards and a floating roof. Under the intriguing bodywork, designed in Sweden everywhere, was GM's Kappa platform, conceived as a compact rear-drive chbadis aimed at the Mazda MX-5.
Like the exterior, the interior was an intriguing game over traditional ideas with wooden panels with tongue and groove flowing on the leather board for a surprising and simple appearance. With 170kW of a supercharged 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine and a closed, Ferrari-inspired manual transmission, the light and low Curve promised to be an enthusiast's dream.
2003 Cadillac Sixteen
Move over Rolls-Royce, the world standard is back! Well, it would have been if the Cadillac Sixteen He had found his way to production.
Just look at it. Gigantic proportions and a 16.6-liter, 16-cylinder engine good for 750kW; what's not to like? It is impossible to overlook the enormous relationship between the board and the axle, the huge chrome wheels and the acres of leather and wood hand-finished in the luxurious interior.
The engine compartment is also polished by hand, and is almost sculptural in its presentation, but the Sixteen hides a shameful secret. While its engine could laugh at Bentley, Roll-Royce and Mercedes-Benz cylinder counts, the engine and transmission owe their existence to GM's truck division.
It was powered by a V8 pair, if asked, though equipped with cylinder deactivation technology in a symbolic attempt to control the Sixteen's gigantic fuel consumption (a suggested 14.1L / 100km, sounds poor). And the automatic, is a four-speed. Only four marches ahead, barely prestigious.
Although it does not matter. By pure excess, the Sixteen deserve more than the cameos in the Adam Sandler movies (Click, in case you really want to see it, it deserves to be the car of choice for oligarchs, despots and "legitimate businessmen" all over the world.
2008 Dodge ZEO
More than a decade later Dodge revealed the ZEO, the world continues to hold the breath of an electric car that pulls on the strings of the heart and offers an enthusiastic appeal.
Although the name may not have been imaginative (Operation Zero Emissions), ZEO's scrawny 2 + 2 sports car featured a swept roof, crouched over his swollen hips. The front and rear scissor doors and the rear of the kamm style provide visual drama from any angle, stopped or not.
A 200kW motor that drives the rear wheels promised a time of 0-100 km / h in less than 6.0 seconds, while the lithium-ion battery of 64kW offers "at least" 400 kilometers of autonomy.
Let's move on to 2019 and not only are there no signs of a production ZEO, but there are no signs of it coming close to its promise of appeal to enthusiasts in a package of add-ons.
2014 Kia GT4 Stinger
Credit at maturity. The fact that the Stinger as we know it exists in all its five-door turbocharged glory is a wonderful thing, but the reason it looks is the way Kia ensures commercial success when coupe sales fall off a cliff. .
That's also a shame, because before the five-door Stinger arrived, Kia made fun of the world with the Stinger GT4. Kia promised that the GT4 Stinger goes back to a time when "driving a car was a visceral experience".
In its pulsating heart, the GT4 Stinger pumps 260kW from its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and sends power to the rear axle via a six-speed manual transmission. Certainly visceral.
A long bonnet, a fastback style and a generous width amplify the sporting proportions. There are some concept-only touches, such as transparent A pillars and a very trim aluminum interior, but looking beyond them, the GT4 concept represents everything the Stinger could have been.
2008 Mazda Furai
Mazda has never built a supercar, but if the Furai He gave a clear indication of how he could look. The sad part is that the Furai not only lost a production space, but after its debut, the concept had a tragic end.
With an engine powered by ethanol of three rotors and wild proportions, the Furai was the most aggressive of the Nagare series of concepts (Japanese for flow) of Mazda. Even sitting still, the issue of flow is obvious, with wavy surfaces that capture the essence of moving air around the car.
With a suggestion of 336kW of its 20B engine, the Furai was pure racing specification, with an engine prepared by Racing Beat fitted into an American Le Mans racing chbadis built by Courage Compétition.
The concept car, fully functional, was able to perform serious work on the track and, as a result, this would be its downfall. In 2013 the British Top Gear The magazine broke the news that, during a track session held in 2008, the Furai self-immolated.
What remained of the charred chbadis returned to the Mazda Advanced Design Studio in California, but what was done after the amazing concept remains a mystery.
The concepts that made this list are only the tip of the iceberg, and it would not be difficult to make a list of 20 innovative concepts or more. Pay attention to a summary of the biggest howlers in Detroit, coming soon. In the meantime, let us know what you think of these concepts and add your own Detroit favorites in the comments.