We have all heard about those success stories. But we can’t really overlook the failures, can we?
It all comes down to innovations and what the market can absorb at a particular time.
Many manufacturers of luxury cars have also failed at bringing the change. And maybe we couldn’t see it as they saw it at that time.
Maybe, they were just an era early to have launched a few of these variants.
So let’s dive in and explore the five blunders of the automotive industry of all times.
The BMW blaster-
The name does justice to this car. It was indeed a “blast”.
No, the car did not blast but it had some very strange features- which might not have been practical in the era it was launched.
The BMW blaster was outfitted with flamethrowers.
We asked the same question- why would someone need flamethrowers in a car?
Unless they also worked as barbeque. We don’t foresee a need to roast cars or people on the road for no reason.
Interestingly, the car had two LPG flamethrowers on each side of the car below the doors.
So to put it differently, with the click of a switch- the driver could roast whoever they wanted. Weird right?
Safety and legality concerns did not let this car stay on the road for long.
Statistically, only a few hundred of this model were sold in the South African market due to high costs and the criticism that it received.
As argued by BMW, the renowned manufacturer of luxury cars, the car could not kill but gave the driver enough time to save himself from uncertainty. Which was opposed, and the car was never again spotted.
Toilet on wheels-
This one is equally disturbing for us as this is for you.
Businesses do attempt at solving people’s problems but, some of them are better unresolved.
Cars normally stink so much that carrying a toilet inside them would drive anyone nuts.
We don’t know what the makers thought- but we surely can not agree with them!
This was the vision of none other than Cadillac.
They indeed had a vision.
People stopping every mile at a restroom to get light was obviously not agreeing with them.
They wanted people to keep travelling and cover long distances in less time.
But maybe they forgot about the car’s ambience.
Who would choose to carry shit with themselves while travelling and not you know use a public washroom instead?
Gross for us too!
While some did not give a damn to how it smelled inside the car- Mercedes gave serious thought to it.
The traditional dispensers were not doing it for Mercedes. So they instead tried to give it a shot themselves.
Creating something that was specific to their brand and that no other luxury competitor was offering was their aim- clearly, it did not work out as they expected.
Mercedes launched their scent dispensers in a few of their used luxury cars. Even though the concept was great, it was not something for all.
Comfort is paramount. And this is why it got rejected- since many people from the Mercedes consumer segment faced issues with scents and fragrances.
In all, the concept was great but didn’t serve the purpose as it was envisioned initially.
Points for the idea though!
The Sinclair C5 30-
Just what we talked about initially. We couldn’t see the purpose as the manufacturers did.
It is believed that the Sinclair C5 30 was a little too ahead of the time.
People couldn’t picture themselves in a mini electric car.
The C5 was a single-seater pedal-assist tricycle designed to promote personal transportation.
While today people are moving towards it-this phenomenal concept was rejected back in 1985.
Simply because of the design and since people couldn’t picture themselves as the manufacturers did.
The design was a little too unenclosed to be on the road indeed. But a modified version might work today.
The curtiss-wright model 2500-
We all envisioned a world with red lights in space at least once.
Because the new century always brings better advancements- which we all knew for a reason were “flying cars”.
And while we all were dreaming about flying a car once in our lives- people out there were working to make that possible.
The Curtiss-Wright 2500 was the only model that ever came close to being a flying car ever.
This was a dual-engine model with 300 horsepower- which could easily carry four passengers at a time.
Without actual wheels, axels or transmission- this car could be driven easily by anyone who could drive a normal car at that time.
Made specifically for the use of the US military- this variant did not stand up to their expectations.
Only such blunders can lead us to a successful product after all. But honestly, a few of them need to stay as a blunder.
We would rather use a public washroom than carry one with us everywhere.
Luxury cars have always been the light bearer for the industry. Their innovations are followed if they stand out. And a few of the above mentioned are worth experimenting with.
A flying car is still on the list of many, and a compact electric car will surely see a good demand too- provided positive changes are made to the concept.
We can only wish for a positive shift.
But apart from these failures, luxury manufacturers have launched many irresistible cars that we all envy.
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