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Do you wish you'd been able to buy one of these concept cars?

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Some concept cars are meant to show off a manufacturer's design and engineering prowess and cause a motor show sensation, while others preview future releases.

Manufacturers can be rather coy about their intentions but in some cases it's fairly obvious that a concept should go into production. While many undergo varying degrees of revision before they reach the production line, others simply disappear into the background, never to be mentioned again.

Concept cars which left us surprised:

Renault Captur

Introduced at 2011's Geneva Motor Show, the Captur was originally a very bold design featuring an orange carbon fibre body shell and 22 inch wheels. While these would obviously need a little toning down before hitting the marketplace, the Captur which eventually reached forecourts looked nothing like the exciting concept shown off in Geneva. It's far milder and more conventional, when Renault had the opportunity here to offer something really special.

Rover TCV

By 2002 Rover was in a pretty poor state, but at the Geneva Motor Show in March of that year it unveiled an executive estate concept that looked good and promised to be both practical and sophisticated. Its striking design made for a far more convincing executive car than the earlier 75 and presaged an interesting future. However Rover had given up the ghost within three years.

Lamborghini Miura

The original Miura is frequently listed above the Jaguar E-Type as the most beautiful car ever, and Lamborghini introduced a modern re-envisioning of it in January 2006, to mark the 40th anniversary of its release. At the time Lamborghini made it clear that it was more interested in looking forward than in living in the past but the automotive press was convinced that there was more to this than a mere concept. Lamborghini stuck to its guns and has yet to revive the Miura.

Suzuki Kizashi

Suzuki tried out three different concepts for the Kizashi in 2007, before eventually releasing a fairly characterless four door, four wheel drive saloon that was phased out after only a year on the market. Instead it could have gone with the sleek coupe estate shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2007, a bold and exciting looking concept which could have given Suzuki's image a significant boost.

Lotus Elan

Lotus took over the Paris Motor Show in 2010 with no less than five concepts, which were touted as its forthcoming new model range; a brave new world for the struggling sports car maker. Out of the Elan, Elise, Elite, Esprit and Eterne on show, the Elan was probably the best bet and Lotus confirmed it would be put into production for a 2013 release, as a replacement for the Evora. We're still waiting...

Nissan Qashqai

We all know the Qashqai, the genre-defining crossover which revolutionised the family car sector upon it release in 2007. But it was first introduced at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show, radically styled and frankly quite odd looking. Whilst it is fairly normal to water down the braver aspects of concept styling to make a viable production version, most of the time the result is weak and disappointing. In the case of the Qashqai, Nissan clearly knew what it was doing. The car which was released was still interesting looking but was a far safer bet in commercial terms.

Renault Wind

The Renault Wind turned the watering-down theory on its head. The concept, shown at the Paris motor Show in 2004, was quite lovely. Its proportions were elegant and it promised to be a nice little competitor to the likes of the Mazda MX-5. Somewhere along the production process, the Wind was hit with the ugly stick, arriving in 2010, with awkward performance and looks to match.

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