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Which Concept Cars Should Be Built?

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Over at the main site, we're talking about concept cars. Rex Roy chose ten from the remote and near past that for whatever reason, weren't built. Chrysler's Norsemen never even made it to an auto show, while the bastardized Pontiac Aztek we did finally get was so far from the concept design as to be a totally different car. We've chosen our ten - now tell us the ones we missed in the comments section below, and we'll cobble together a reader's version of the list for you.

Ten Concepts Detroit Should Have Built --TheCarConnection.com
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  1. All these cars are nice and all, but a bit big and not going to sell in large numbers. I liked the Ford 021c. Small, cute with a cool retro styling.

    The Jag F-type was a bit bland, but was exactly what Jaguar needed. Instead we got the X-type.
     
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  2. I think the Ford Intecepter should be built with a couple of caveats: include a two door coupe and a convertible.

    The Dodge Demon looks interesting, build it!!!
     
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  3. Neither Chrysler nor Cadillac managers can look in the mirror and, with a straight face tell themselves their copncept cars ( Phaeton, 16) are worth $120K. Why not? Their engineers designed it, they can build it, there is a niche for halo cars and good ones don't come along every decade. Detroit management needs to think backwards: am I offering a car that will get people out of their Mercedes? The answer has always been NO, but it doesn't have to be.
     
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  4. Really, how you could include the Norseman which was strictly an idea car that was as impractical for immediate production as almost any concept that ever came out of GM over the Chrysler Falcon sports car which all of autodom continues to rave over and comment that it would have been an incredible success perhaps beyond those of Thunderbird and Corvette for Ford and GM is inexcusable.
     
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  5. the chev SS from a few years back is one of my recent favorites. I'd have bought one.
    Tight, clean, with lots of curves; a shorter version would have made a much better Camaro than the one headed for production.
    very sexy

    I also really liked the 99 Nomad; instead we got the Astek. What were they thinking?
     
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  6. How long will it be before Ford finally gets their heads out? They should deliver on smaller autos, cut back on those giant trucks. They have the engineers to do it so put them to work, don't think the Continental is the route to go.
     
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  7. I hope Lincoln puts the stunning MKR into production SOON and gives its design cues to their line up.
     
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  8. The 4-door 1997 Jeep Wrangler Dakar - just look how well the 4-door Wrangler Unlimited has been selling. The Gladiator and Rescue should have been built as well. Instead, we got crap like the Compass and Patriot and Commander.
     
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  9. The ford Interceptor is total balls out AMERICAN style. American cars potray strength. Foreign cars portray little sissy don't know any better type people. JohnK.
     
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  10. I really think Chevy's Bel Air concept of 5-7 years ago would have been a winner. Even though the show car was a convertible, its styling cues easily would have worked as a full line offering (remember the old days with sedans, wagons, coupes and convertibles with shared model names and styling?). It would have brought GM's family sedan sales back from the dead ( a market it once ruled), and back from the fleet market as well.

    Instead, we got the Malibu Maxx and "Impala"...
     
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  11. Hands down -- the 1999 Dodge Charger R/T Concept.

    "this Charger R/T is powered by a supercharged, compressed natural gas (CNG) 4.7-liter V-8 engine. Not only is this powertrain clean, but it generates 325 horsepower, blending both power and ultra low emissions."
    http://www.supercars.net/cars/425.html

    Don't get me wrong, I like the current Chargers... But that thing was gorgeous!!
     
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  12. Pete,
    I have to totally agree with you. The 1999 Dodge Charger R/T Concept was a stunner. Besides the fantastic shape, the 4 doors made is practical, and the pistol grip shifter kept its roots. I would have paid big bucks to get my hands on that car!
     
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  13. The Chrysler Newport is nice enough, but the 90s Chrysler concept they really should have built is the Atlantic. I'm still blown away by its stunning homage to classic styling, and its equally classic straight-8 powertrain. I'll take mine in gold -- of course!
     
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  14. Dodge Copperhead. a truly STUNNING car in person.
     
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  15. 1959/'60 Ford Levacar
     
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  16. Ford Forty-Nine concept.
     
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  17. My first choice is the Chevy Nomad 2003 version. It is practical, in terms of size and versitility. The body is a beautiful execution of classic design and proportion, with a retro hint of the the '53 C-1 Corvette. It would meet todays current need for elegant looking small vehicles that deliver exceptional fuel economy in base, Hybrid, and performance SS iterations.
     
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  18. Ford shelby GR-1!!!! what else
    one of the best concepts ever made
     
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  19. My most favorite concepts in recent years are the Jag RD-6 (love the shape and the size!!) and the Dodge M80 pickup. I'd have a tough time not buying either of those.
     
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  20. Well, I'm a Mopar fan all the way..... so my answer is shared with many here!! Top of the list: 1999 Dodge Charger R/T concept. The concept made so much sense! It took awhile to accept the 4 doors, but it IS practical. The unmistakable Coke-bottle design of this concept looks back to one of the most sought after muscle cars NOW and since it was first released in 1968 (1968-1970 Chargers). And the rakish styling of the concept also looks forward in respects to aerodynamics and sleekness. The technology in the car was a nod to a responsible clean burning vehicle. The current Charger is ok, but too slab-sided to be called Charger. Hopefully in the coming redesign, we see a dramatic design change toward the Coke-bottle design... no excuses!! (just as they made the change from 1967's slab sided Charger to the popular, exciting 1968-1970 design)! I'll be first in line to buy one!
     
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  21. I thing the Ford Airstream at the detroit show was cool. Put a fuel efficient engine in that thing, don't dumb it down and get it to the market NOW.
     
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  22. Looking at the list thats provided likes of 1999 and 2003 Chevrolet Nomad, 2003 Cadillac Sixteen or 2002 Lincoln Continental, would be clear emotional choice for production based on their looks alone....however path from concept to production vehicle is not emotional but very,very rational and unjust (for many enthusiasts at least), cold truth is that car companies are in this business because they want to make money and lots of it and not to make our ( and many designers) dreams come true....
     
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  23. Ford should build the Interceptor now-It's a Chrysler-killer.Baby boomers need some American -sized room. The '99 Chevy Nomad is Sweet. Dump the '03 balloonie, out of proportion ,rounded - off Vega wagon.
     
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  24. Dream cars are fun to dream about, but if Detroit is going to survive it needs to build a car that is widely accepted everywhere in the world. Germany did this with the original VW Beetle, for example. It was economical to own and drive, roomy enough for 4 adults, stylish enough to be acceptable in any setting, and they didn't change it just for the sake of changing it.
     
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  25. I really want a Ford Reflex. I wrote to Ford and, of course, only got an unsatisfactory canned response from customer service. Don't just taunt would-be consumers by showing what you can do with no intention of making the cars available. Listen to us. Build what we want, and you will reap the benefits.
     
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  26. The F-type was perfect for Jaguar -- in 2000. The retro excitement of New Beetles and PT cruisers has mostly passed. The late retro designs, like the Dodge Challenger, will be too late.

    Ford should have built the 2005 SYNUS concept. It was a small 2-box, like the Scion Xb, but styled like a cross between an armored car and a bank vault. What an original style for a hatchback! Much better than the Chevy micro-car trio from New York.
     
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  27. I liked the Dodge Rampage. It seemed very buildable from a practicle stand-point. I agree with Robert that the auto industry needs a 21st century Beetle or better yet Model T. Inexpensive but very stout and would be desireable across class and culture lines.
     
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  28. SAAB Aero X
     
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  29. The Chevy Nomad 2003. It's still not too late. Great design is timeless.
     
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  30. The prettiest concept car of recent years was the beautiful 1999 Dodge Charger. What Chrysler built instead is ugly by comparison. I was willing to write a check.
     
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  31. I find it funny to see the reference to Chrysler's sunken concept, the Norseman. Though design chief Virgil Exner played the grieving "parent," he was privately pleased to see that show car deep-sixed, later telling one of his relatives (whom I know) that it was about the worst of his concept vehicles. Ah, one man's art...
     
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  32. The current Demon concept should be built. The Mazda MX-5 has proven that these things sell well when done right, as have the Solstice and Sky.

    The M80 was a good concept, but I think they need to go smaller than that. The M80 should become the next Dakota, back to being a mid-size instead of full size.

    The '99 Charger concept should become the basis for the next generation (LY) 'Charger'. give it sleek curves and that coke-bottle profile, and people will ignore the extra doors.
     
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  33. I've always admired the original Virgil Exners K-310 concept car imported from Ghia in 1952-53 and the C200 convertible version. Surely they would have revived Chrysler from the early fifties doldrums which saw their market shrink from over 20%
    market penetration to less than 13% and almost out of business. it wasn;t until 1955 that the new styling went into effect , but they never made back up to where they had been.

    I also agree with Wayne graefen that the falcon sports car should have been built.
    It was and continues to be a winner whereever its shown. The "dart' showcars were also spectacular.
     
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  34. Again... The missed opportunity is the Nomads!
     
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  35. some of it sholud have been done, look now some of it are like out of grave(jaguar f type,chevy aztec,ford reflex,caddy 16, and the corvette w/ 4 wankel that woulld've been great to see like mazda RX).

    some of other brands (protege) that 'die' young is BMW Z9, Toyota RSC, Pug's RC coupe.lot's of them still in my ngage gallery .

    I'll make a list of them on why(spec,model,etc) these young models should've been made (at least limited unit). like the new HYdro7 BMW(7 series hydro-gasoline hybrid) that is only 3000 unit (sold out like a hot porsche carrera gt).It also kick the hell of MB's concept hydro(i think it was an A class shell).

    See ya
     
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  36. There willl always be a place, though not a large one, in the market for unusually luxurious and expensive cars, and the Cadillac Sixteen Concept is among the most beautiful things to come out of Detroit in a long time. Its retro, of course, but it goes back to a time when size = power. If your 6 cylinder wasn't big enough, and the 8 cly just couldn't impress, well then you double the size and voila, you now have 1000 hp and a long, low, crisp and stunning car that'll likely blow the doors off the competition without any help from AMG...
    I have to say i'm impressed with the new CTS, because it picked up a lot of cues from the sixteen, but its not quite there yet...
     
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