The definition of a concept car, in the terms of the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “a car built to test or show a new design.” Each car show hosts at least one concept car from at least one automotive producer that offers the public incredible technological innovations or awesome designs that may or may not be produced in the future. According to GM Heritage Center, the first concept car ever created was, in fact, a General Motors concept car: the legendary Buick Y Job made by Harley Earl, the chief designer of the company. He developed it with the main idea to see the reaction of the public to a new design and new technology instead of commercial production. This was happening in 1938, and since then, each and every producer fights to have the best and the most innovative concepts to make the production line.
Each concept car is unique and one of a kind. And each one is destined to deliver important new technological discoveries or design ideas that should have a great impact on the automotive industry. The concept cars are also called “dream cars” or “show cars” because they represent something that hadn’t been created before, a new model for the future, according to History Access. However, not all concept cars manage to enter the production line because they still need to be tested or modified. This list offers a quick look at the awful and also great concept cars made by General Motors.
SATURN FLEXTREME CONCEPT
The Saturn Flextreme Concept was displayed in the 2008 edition of the Detroit Auto Show, actually being a two-in-one concept vehicle, according to How Stuff Works. The same vehicle was also displayed in 2007 at the Frankfort Auto Show—but with Opel badges. This means the first big minus for Saturn. The compact crossover concept vehicle is based on the same E-Flex technology already seen on the Chevrolet Volt concept from the 2007 Chicago Auto Show. So, it was nothing new, as a matter of fact. The E-Flex system is represented by a lithium-ion battery along with an auxiliary power source (a diesel or a gasoline internal-combustion engine or even a hydrogen fuel cell) and it can provide a maximum range of 40 miles with a full charge.