Here’s Why These 9 Stunning Concept Cars Never Made It To Production

Concept cars and trucks often wow viewers at car shows, but are quickly tossed into the pits of the forgotten lot. And in many cases, automakers are keeping the reasons for not looking for a great car to themselves and leaving the public with unanswered questions. This article seeks to explain why these incredible concept cars were never produced.

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Spending and consumer demand are the main reason why a concept car never makes it to the roads. While those with the deepest pockets could drive any vehicle home, for the average man, cool concept cars are just daydreams. That said, find out why these nine stunning concept cars never made it to production.

9 Ford Shelby GR-1


Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept
By Ian Muttoo

There’s no shortage of cool cars made by Shelby. And although the GR-1 never got past the prototype stage, it’s still one of those cars. Perhaps the most notable feature of the Ford GR-1 was the seamless blending of a modern Mustang GT with a Ford GT to bring out a unique vehicle. Designed as a successor to the Ford GT, the GR-1 was excellent in every way.


Ford Shelby GR-1
By Mike Babcock

When it launched, Ford contacted a full GR-1 feasibility study, and all executives needed to do was say yes to the project. So why didn’t it happen? In view of the poor performance of the GT towards the end of its life, the brand could not risk it with the GR-1.

8 Jaguar C-X75


Jaguar C-X75 Concept
By SébastienRondet

The C-X75 is Jaguar’s first concept supercar in nearly two decades. It was a hybrid-electric supercar designed to compete with the world’s best road-legal performance electric vehicles, such as Tesla cars. The styling of the car was unique and the design has remained alive all these years despite being mothballed.


Jaguar C-X75.
By Dmitry Valberg

The folks at Jaguar thought it was wise to cancel mass production of the C-X75, but why? In December 2012, the brand’s global director announced that production was canceled due to the current economic crisis. The automaker said now was not the right time to launch a car that would cost the company more than $1 million to build.

7 Saleen S5S Raptor


Saleen S5S Raptor
By Moto100

Saleen has long been a major player in the performance car segment, and with its fine selection of supercars, the S5S Raptor was poised to be another brand beast. With its beautiful design, the S5S Raptor looked like a proven production-ready supercar.

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Although there is no documented reason for its discontinuation, the car never made it to production. The automotive community praised the Saleen S5S Raptor for its outstanding modern styling and excellent performance. He had it all in terms of beauty and strength.

6 Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force


Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force
via mercedes-benz.com

Although electric vehicles are all over the automotive headlines these days, there was a time when the fuel cell was the future of green power in the automotive industry. Mercedes-Benz wanted to lead this segment with the Ener-G-Force, a single fuel cell SUV that never entered production. The proposed highway patrol vehicle featured an ambitious design and was expected to begin production in 2025.


Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force.
Via youtube.com

The SUV was equipped with water collection tanks on its roof that convert water into fuel, with enough power for 800 km without emissions. The Ener-G-Force was developed for the 2012 Los Angeles Design Challenge, and it was awesome. But with battery power being the popular alternative to internal combustion engines, the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force will probably never see the light of day as a production SUV.

5 Lamborghini stock


Lamborghini stock
By Lamborghini_Stock

The Lamborghini Estoque looked razor sharp when it was launched as a concept. Unlike other sedans with curvaceous design cues, the Estoque featured sharp edges and straight cuts in its design profile. And for a car presented in 2008, the Estoque concept still holds up relatively well. Reports suggest the concept was supposed to be shelved for just a year after its world premiere and then move into mass production. Interestingly, Porsche had also presented the Panamera.


Stock Lamborghini.
By Arnaud 25

Although there is no official reason for the estrangement of l’Estoque, some theories elaborate on the unfortunate events. It is believed that the Volkswagen Group could only finance one project between the Estoque and the Panamera. Unfortunately, the VW Group chose to go the Panamera route.

4 Cadillac Sky


Cadillac Sky
By serge

It’s no secret that Cadillac suffered notable failures in the early 1990s – the Cadillac Catera was the most notable. However, the brand developed some nice concepts around this time, and the Ciel was one of the coolest. The car featured a retro-themed body design that utilized Cadillac’s new artistic and scientific design language.

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Cadillac Sky.
By Autoviva

The Ciel was supposed to be Cadillac’s flagship model, but ended up being a luxury car living off the shelves. General Motors executives concluded that the car was too expensive to manufacture and had little or no brand appeal to justify the investment. And although it never made it to showrooms, it starred in the 2015 Surroundings movie.

3 Bugatti Galibier

The Galibier was one of the best car models of 2009. It was a beautiful design that closely resembled Rolls-Royce luxury cars, primarily the Ghost. The most surprising aspect of the Galibier is that it was a sedan, the brand’s first, but it did not go into production. Rumor had it that in 2011 Wolfgang Durheimer put the car on ice because it was not designed to Bugatti standards.

The new Bugatti chief, who also ran the Bentley marque for the VW Group, believed that for the Galibier to be produced it had to be top notch in every aspect to appeal to billionaires – the typical Bugatti buyers. The Galibier was to succeed the Veyron. So when Bugatti realized the VW Execs had killed off the Galibier, they began developing a Veyron successor in secret, explaining how the Bugatti Chiron came about.

2 Chrysler ME four-twelve


Chrysler ME Four-Twelve Concept
By pinging

The ambitious mid-engined Chrysler ME Four-Twelve was first shown at the 2004 North American International Auto Show. This was a time when the Daimler Chrysler relationship was at its peak. The car has put carbon fiber to good use, using the lightweight material to build parts of the chassis and its body panels. With Chrysler’s healthy relationship with Mercedes at the time, the brand didn’t want to go far to find a reliable power source.


Chrysler ME four-twelve.
On supercars.net

Accordingly, the ME Four-Twelve was equipped with a modified version of the AMG 6.0-liter V12. The result wasn’t just a shiny show car; it was a fully operational prototype that Chrysler engineers went through the required testing process and confirmed for production. Unfortunately, the same healthy relationship between Chrysler and Mercedes that brought the cool concept to life caused its demise. Mercedes couldn’t approve a Chrysler-built supercar with AMG horsepower to go into production, especially one that would challenge and surpass Mercedes’ SLR McLaren.

1 Volkswagen W12 Nardo


VW W12 Nardo 2001
By lebubu93

The Volkswagen W12 Supercar hit the automotive waves in the 1990s with a 5.6-liter W12 built from two 2.8-liter VR6 units. Every aspect of the W12’s design was impressive, from its exterior styling to the interior appointments and the power under its hood. But the exotic W12 never saw the light of day as a production vehicle. But why?


VolkswagenW12.
By lebubu93

One of the reasons, and perhaps the only viable reason for this supercar’s failure, was the complexity of its powertrain. It was complicated and expensive to manufacture the W12 engine.


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