Geneva 2016: 5 biggest concept cars disappointments

#5 Nissan Qashqai & X-Trail Premium

Nissan Premium Concepts

Why are they here? They’re just like Ford’s sad Vignale line, and that’s enough words wasted on these cars…

#4 Honda Civic Hatch

Honda Civic Hatch Concept

Why is it here? The Civic hatch may yet end up a good-looking car, but as a spicy concept previewing a more mundane production model this fails miserably, looking more like something out of the covers of Max Power magazine…

#3 VW T-Cross Breeze

VW T-Cross Breeze

Why is it here? I understand the T-Cross Breeze is meant to be a close preview of a Polo-based SUV, but where the previously-shown Taigun was spunky and the T-Roc was aggressively sporty, the T-Cross just looks like a rounded brick. That the body style emulates one of the silliest cars in production, the Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet, just worsens its case.

#2 Italdesign GT Zero

Italdesign GTzero

Why is it here? Because it shows that Italdesign is having a hard time rebounding from the funk it has found itself just before VAG bought it in 2010. Or is it VAG’s conservative approach that translates into the GT Zero looking like an off-the-peg, generic competitor to the Tesla Model S / Porsche Mission E with splashes of a modern Lamborghini?

#1 DS E-Tense

DS E-Tense

Why is it here? It’s not because it’s ugly, or technically boring – it’s because as a shining beacon for the nascent DS luxo-brand the E-Tense makes no sense. If you start a new brand you want your concepts to preview what you may make in the near future. As is, a mid-engined, electric supercar whose styling is flamboyant if overdrawn has so little to do with DS’s near future (small European and large Chinese crossovers) that it has me wondering whether it would not work better as a pie-in-the-sky Citroën…

About Krzysztof Wozniak

Kriss grew up in Poland reading German car magazines, before moving to England and graduating to the British magazines, which he still considers the best in the world and continues reading them after he’d moved to the US. In college he promised himself he’s buy himself a used Porsche before he turned 30 (not to be accused of having a mid-life crisis), but instead family needs dictated a Subaru Outback. Still waiting for that perfect moment to buy a used 2008-ish Cayman…
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  1. David walter-davies says:

    Oh so boring concepts..vignale Fords spectacularly daft watch them drop in value like a stone! Evoque convertible may be pointless but watch it sell all they can make.& thats the who point of manufacturing surely?

    • Krzysztof Wozniak says:

      @David – you’re absolutely right, from a marketing perspective the Evoque makes total sense, it’s just that personally I still have a problem with the whole concept of an SUV cabriolet…

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