5 great cars that never were
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The world is filled with masterpiece concepts, for one reason or another, never had their moment in the sun. This is as true of automobiles as it is of films, books, and paintings. Here’s a look at five concept cars that should have made it to the mass production phase.
2001 Volkwagen Microbus
Designed in Simi Valley, CA, this modern take on a classic people-mover made its debut at the 2001 Detroit Auto Show. It combined all that was great about retro styling with the advantages of modern mechanics. Given the immense popularity of the revamped Beetle, we can’t help but feel that the 2001 Microbus was an opportunity lost.
2008 Toyota A-BAT
Lots of people need a pickup truck every now and then, but many of us shy away from buying one due to the sticker price and fuel costs. Enter the A-BAT, the perfect solution for the budget-conscious driver who still has stuff to haul. This vehicle did what the El Camino tried to do, without…well, without looking like an El Camino. Why Toyota never put this brilliant idea into production is a mystery.