Some concept cars are memorable for all the wrong reasons.
Which is why AutoGuide.com has decided to come up with a list of the top five concept cars that really should never make it to production. Seriously. Automakers if you’re looking for feedback on whether you hit the mark on a concept car, these are the ones that missed by a wide margin.
5. Lexus LF-SA Concept
Did you want some car with your extra large spindle grille? We get it Lexus, you want your new spindle grille to be front and center on every vehicle that’s sporting your nameplate, but you might have gone just a bit overboard on the LF-SA concept.
Considering it’s a subcompact car and the spindle grille is essentially the entire front end, the Japanese automaker chose a really odd way to celebrate its 25th anniversary at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Lexus has been one of the most daring in recent years when it comes to design and maybe it suits the taste of your typical European subcompact shopper… or maybe not. The Lexus LF-SA is probably one of the most polarizing concepts to debut in recent years and it really shouldn’t head to production.
4. Citroën Tubik Concept
Is the Citroën Tubik even a car? Maybe it’s the ultimate party bus. Whatever it is, the French automaker actually has a fine collection of concept cars that really should never head to production. We chose the Tubik because it’s pretty out there and we really can’t get over what’s going on by the rear wheel, with a sharp cutoff to accommodate the swinging door design.
It just seems like someone gave up on the design. Rather than having a nicely rounded wheel well, it has a sharp angle and drastic cutoff.
3. Scion Hako Coupe Concept
Toyota makes some really great concept cars and then leaves its subsidiary brands to make some really strange ones. Along with the subcompact Lexus LF-SA, the Scion Hako Coupe concept makes it onto our list of concepts we hope never make it to production.
And It’s probably a safe bet that the Hako never will be built considering it debuted in 2008. As a one-off concept it’s almost acceptable and honestly it has some pretty cool design features to it like its windshield and wrap-around glass. But the overall xB-inspired style with some retro throwback elements results in an awfully confusing package. Maybe Scion heard all of the criticism when it thought outside the box, because now it has the iA and iM in its lineup (groan).
2. Fiat FCC4 Concept
We honestly had a really tough time not putting the Fiat FCC4 concept at the top of the list. The bizarre crossover debuted at the Sao Paulo Motor Show late last year and it seems like even Fiat doesn’t want to acknowledge its existence anymore because you won’t find any record of it on the automaker’s press site.
It’s like the biggest mashup of every segment that’s popular in today’s market, with a four-door coupe styled crossover that appears to have a pickup bed in the rear, but it turns out to just be sloping glass. We haven’t had the opportunity to see the Fiat FCC4 concept up close and personal, and it’s likely that we never will.
1. BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept
Are we crazy putting a BMW as the top concept car we hope is never made? Maybe, but we bet more enthusiasts are willing to agree than disagree. When the German automaker first teased the 3.0 CSL Hommage concept, things were exciting. An aggressive rear spoiler, a yellow shade that pays homage to BMW’s infamous Dakar Yellow paint and what appeared to be a finely honed widebody.
Then the rest of the car showed up to the party and we needed a few more drinks to even take a second look. Let’s be honest: what is going on with those front fenders wrapping up onto the hood? How is it even possible for BMW to botch the design of a stock M4 to this monstrosity? Our very own Jodi Lai said the BMW CSL 3.0 Hommage concept looked like a “deformed catfish” and well, yeah that pretty much sums it up. It even has whiskers in the form of what we’re sure BMW considers stylish and sleek side mirrors. Ugh, why BMW, why?