Ten meaningless cars whose concept we still don’t really understand

BMW X6 from 2008It was a success. And forced others to build SUV coupes as well. But we have not understood this idea until today. Why do you put a hummer higher – but a flat roof on it?? Today the X6 is also more reasonable, back then it couldn't do anything as good as an X5 and offroad not at all – just show that you spend massive money for little car. Well done for sure, well meant no.

2. Chrysler PT Cruiser from 2000

Some blind buyers may have cried for their money on the first ride: The PT Cruiser made it from enthusiasm to disillusionment in the very plodding twelve seconds it took to hit 100 mph with the gasoline engine and automatic transmission. Space concept and design were casual, driving rather annoying: No trace of the cool cruising promised by the style. In the USA it ran anyway. In the more demanding Europe, appearance without reality was too little: When Chrysler finally improved later, the hype was already dead.

3. Fisker Karma from 2011

How to disenchant an exciting exotic, showed the Fisker Karma. That it was unwieldy – given the style forgiven. But electrically it had a hard time with the 2.5 tons. And once the 60 kilometers of electric range in the test were gone, a four-cylinder engine howling loudly for power made itself heard as a "range extender" (i.E. On-board power unit). Goodbye, luxury feeling. No thanks.

4. Ford Focus Electric from 2013

The Focus Electric looked as if a fired Ford employee had given the sales approval too early on his last working day out of revenge. "Neanderstromer" was the headline of Blick. All electric beginning was hard, for sure. But an electric compact with 145 hp and a range of 117 kilometers in the test for 55,500 Swiss francs, whose weight ruined the chassis and whose battery ruined the cargo space? And bye.

5. Mercedes R-Class from 2005

For reasons of space, many a family still swears by this starry-eyed beetle, which they could only afford as a second-hand model. It has an insane amount of space, yes. But the concept was too daring: Six businessmen in luxury single seats drive over hill and dale into adventure – seriously now? The rear bench made it more practical, but never more beautiful despite the facelift. A flop. Since then, Mercedes has preferred to leave the topic of the R alone.

6. Mini Paceman from 2013

Perhaps Mini was too used to the fact that anything can be sold if it says Mini on it. The Mini Countryman inflated to the Maxi sweetens less Mini at least with much more use. The Paceman three-door SUV coupe, however, could do almost everything worse than a normal Mini and still not go off-road. That was too much, even for the dedicated clientele, and after three years it was over.

7. Peugeot 1007 from 2005

A small car with wide sliding doors was actually a brilliant idea: The narrowest parking space is enough for it. Great – but Peugeot wanted too much: For the sake of easy access, the center door pillar was omitted. In order to be crash-proof, the doors became thicker, too heavy, therefore electric, even heavier – and in the end the 1007 was so heavy and expensive and thirsty that it ran out of customers. Too bad, less would have been more.

8. Range Rover Evoque Convertible from 2016

Nissan had shown the way in America: No one buys SUV convertibles. Why? Because with convertibles it's the look that counts – but you can't make the SUV rear even higher to accommodate the soft top. The open Evoque tried it anyway, but it also looked like it had been cut with a grinder – and flopped. Currently, the VW T-Roc Cabrio is trying its hand at it. Let's see how it turns out.

9. Renault Kangoo Be Bop from 2009

As with the stylistically grandiose, in everyday life useless design work of art Avantime Renault proved with the Kangoo Be Bop sympathetic, but pointless courage to the gap. In the two-tone ultra-short Kangoo, the convertible roof opened predominantly over the rear occupants. It was fun to look at – but that was the end of the story. The Be Bop then quietly gave up with the Kangoo facelift.

10. VW New Beetle from 1997

The idea was pretty. Just the idea. What Fiat succeeded in doing with the 500, for example, went wrong with the pseudo Beetle New Beetle. VW did not have the courage to reinterpret the Beetle as basic mobility. But built a disguised, more impractical Golf at high prices. The Beetle found many fans, especially in the USA, but never fulfilled its Beetle promise and in the end was no longer profitable for VW.

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