Sunday, September 27, 2009

NOOOOOOOO! Say It Ain't So ... Aptera Production Design Released?

I've commented many times about how Microsoft runs their business like a car company ... throwing out designs and prototypes months (sometimes years) before shipping the actual product. Then that final product usually ends up being radically different from the original concept.

One car company recently went from awesome to completely ugly ... Toyota ... with the 2010 Prius.

This was the concept 2010 Prius:

This is what the actual 2010 Prius looks like:

The wind has been knocked out my sails completely if the following rumor is true ...

Aptera's final production design:

One of the things that drew me to the Aptera was it's radical departure from today's automobile design. This "new design" (if true) is a huge letdown to everyone that has adamantly supported Aptera for the past two years.

I love the original design:

I doubt I'd even take the new design if it were given to me.


I am a lover of children's literature said...

To be honest, I think all of these designs are down right and butt UGLY! I'm not sure I would want to be caught dead standing besides one, let alone driving one. I'll take a Mercedes SL 550 any day - now that's what I call a good design, even a sexy design! These cars could always get an award for being the ugliest though, I will admit!

Philip Smith said...


Some of us like to drive ... some of us dream of flying.

I'm a dreamer.

I happen to think this is the most beautiful design for a car ever ... the old design.

Paul Douglas said...

That second Aptera design doesn't strike me as significantly different from the first...It's a little less funky, but it's nowhere near as radically poorer as the final 2010 Prius design is relative to the concept.

That being said, I find the idea of a "final production Aptera" design someone hard to believe - they've made it very clear it's the shape it is for aerodynamic reasons.