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Old 11-17-2009, 01:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Saw the cheesy Demolition Man the other day and drooled at all those concept cars they used :

How Many Ultralite Concept Vehicles Were There - GMnext

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In 1991, legendary action-adventure film producer, Joel Silver was casually scanning a automotive magazine when he came upon what he thought would be the ideal vehicle for his upcoming project Demolition Man. Set in Los Angeles in 2032, Demolition Man was to star Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes and Sandra Bullock in an action-adventure feature. The vehicle was the GM Ultralite concept car. The Ultralite featured a totally carbon-fiber body, 3 cylinder direct injection gas engine a host of other light-weight features that help it reach 100 miles per gallon at 55 miles per hour.
After many discussions between Silver Pictures, Warner Brothers and GM, the decision was made to utilize not only the Ultralite, but 17 additional GM concept vehicles, to add an authentic automotive component to the films futuristic look and feel. Silver Pictures and Warner Brothers quickly dispatched a production team to Detroit to see the vehicles first hand. After reviewing GM’s large fleet of drivable concept vehicles, the production team selected the vehicles they would utilize so they could be serviced and readied for their upcoming work in the film.

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Old 11-17-2009, 11:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What could have been indeed! It's so sad to see this kind of thing. Even if the cars were made of steel instead of carbon fibre, they would still be very good FE wise. But for some stubborn reason, these cars just don't make it to production. Apparently we dont want that kind of car. Well i do!

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Old 11-17-2009, 11:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Apparently we dont want that kind of car.
Although it's also painfully obvious that a great many people don't want the kind of cars GM decided to build instead.
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A lot of things end up looking like the future. Probably because we were conditionned by the image we had of the future. So in a sense it's a really good thing to see teardrop shaped cars with wheel skirts in our future. I'd be a lot more worried if all sci-fi movies showed was vehicles looking like an International CXT.
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Although it's also painfully obvious that a great many people don't want the kind of cars GM decided to build instead.
That's weird 'cause when I walk out of my office and into the parking lot, a full 50% of the privately owned vehicles are GM with *all* other brands sharing the remaining half. There are twice as many S10s (and direct variants) as the 2nd most common individual model, which is the Tahoe. This is in Phoenix, where we really don't even have any UAW people or other particular bias driving our decisions.
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That's weird 'cause when I walk out of my office and into the parking lot, a full 50% of the privately owned vehicles are GM with *all* other brands sharing the remaining half.
I guess either your office is strange, or else Phoenix is. Around here I seem to see more Fords than GM products (especially in the pickup/SUV category - I can't in fact instantly recall ever having seen an S10), but not all that many of either. But why rely on personal observation, when sales figures are readily available? In the '60s, GM had nearly 50% of the US market, now it's about 20%. So four out of five American car buyers don't buy GM cars.
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They should built that "ultralite concept", in steel with a small diesel. wonder what the MPG rating of it would be nowdays?
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I was more interested by the safety foam the car used, which encased the entire car in foam when he crashed it. It was interesting. And not that far off from current cars with 18 air bags in them.

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