Remember the Honda P-NUT? The unusual vehicle (pictured above, full details here) was unveiled at the 2009 LA Auto Show and … well, now it’s gone. Who knows if we’ll ever see it again. Each automaker has their own
graveyard museum of old concept vehicles. We visited the General Motors Heritage Center a few years ago, and discovered vehicles like the Electrovair II, a battery-powered 1966 Corvair Monza sedan, and the ElectroVan, the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle. Why do automakers build these concept vehicles if they’re just going to collect dust? What’s the point of making one-off contraptions that don’t work and could never be used on the road? Look at the P-NUT again. Where are the side mirrors? How would you put a windshield wiper on that thing? Aside from the auto show floor, it seems like concept vehicles just don’t have much purpose.
Turns out, there is a reason for these exercises in automotive silliness. We explore the role of concept cars in full after the jump.
Gallery: LA 2009: Honda P-NUT