vehicles are meant to inspire and provoke the imagination with original
design and functionality not found in current cars and trucks. Much
of the time they are marvelous-looking, leaving those who see them
with a “gotta have it” feeling, but some fall short of
expectations, inspiring little reaction or even disappointment. A select
few can even spark fear in small children and animals. You may want
to cover your eyes and hide your offspring: We’re about to reveal
the Top 5 Ugliest Concept Trucks.
Chevrolet Borrego: The Chevrolet
debuted in 2001 with a face only a committee could love. A two-seater
with a small bed, its cab could be reconfigured to add two more
seats by eating up most of the space in the cargo box -- like
a new-age Subaru Brat, only uglier. It even had a Subaru powertrain.
The exterior looked like it had been sculpted by two different
designers -- one who liked angular surfaces and one who liked
organic -- whose only commonality was that they both liked M.C.
Escher. The taillights were cribbed from a 2000 Chevy Impala,
so you couldn't get a break even when it was driving away from
Dodge MAXXcab: After it showed off the mighty
Dodge Power Wagon concept in 1999, it was OK to wonder if Chrysler
(then DaimlerChrysler) had used up its designers’ testosterone
when the Dodge MaxxCab concept
appeared the following year. Chrysler said the MaxxCab was inspired
by its soccer-mom-loved minivans, with boxy styling and abbreviated
cargo space in the bed. If it had been well-received, the MaxxCab
would have set the tone for a new line of vehicles. It wasn’t
and it didn’t
(sigh of relief).
Nissan XIX: Don't blame us if you get eye cancer. We
warned you. The Nissan XIX (pronounced ”kicks”)
was first shown at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show. Its crew cab configuration
was way ahead of the curve, while the rest of the truck was boxy
and boring. Its underbody was based on the Nissan
Sunny compact car, which was sold in the U.S. as the Sentra.
A Sentra-based square pickup? No thanks.
Rinspeed Tatooo: All future truck designers should be
forced to study the Rinspeed
Tatooo, a concept so bad even its
name was spelled wrong (on purpose). The Tatooo was built by
the famous Swiss design studio for the 2000 Geneva auto show.
It was based on the Chevrolet S-10, with styling inspired by
1950s American hot rods. In the back it carried a motorized submarine
scooter that could be used up to 30 feet under water, called
BOB (for breathing observation bubble). BOB would have been perfect
for visiting the Tatooo, if someone had dumped it in the East
Nissan Nails: Nissan makes our list a second time with
a concept that must never be repeated or forgotten. The Nissan
Nails’ only redeeming trait was an innovative low load
floor positioned between the rear wheels to easily load cargo,
like dirt bikes. In a press release, it was inexplicably described
as "a tool for communicating with friends rather than a means
of transportation." It would have been surprising you had any
to communicate with if you showed up driving the Nails.