Who knew car designers could also write screenplays? Well, not screenplays but movie concepts, and because they’re automotive designers, they’ve also come up with the hottest movie cars for movies that never existed. And where else to showcase these cars than the L.A. Auto Show in “Design Los Angeles”.
Picking up the gauntlet this year were Honda Research and Development, Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design North America, Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Germany (Smart), Hyundai Design, Maybach Interior Design Studio, and Subaru Design Studio. Each entrant had to come up with a movie title, a name for the vehicle, and illustrations showing what the car would look like if it really existed, at least in the celluloid universe.
Honda’s entrant is called the Honda IH (for Intelligent Horse), and hails from the movie High Noon. However it’s not the High Noon you know, rather the Wild West after the impact of a giant comet that wipes out most life on earth. The Honda IH is how cowboys from several centuries into the future ride what’s left of the range.
The Mercedes Silver Arrow stars in Silver Lightning, or at least co-stars with a couple of crash test dummies. Here’s how Mercedes-Benz describes it: “In a futuristic society of increased artificial intelligence, two enlightened crash test mannequins, Hans05 and Franz02, show that they’re no dummies when it comes to recognizing a potential catastrophe and decide to take matters into their own hands.” And they’re there to Pump. You. Up.
Annie Get Your Grannies! Is the name of the movie and the Smart 341 Parkour is the car. In this movie, Annie Angle sets off on a mission after reading the headline, “Smart Granny Robots missing!!!” Her quest? Find the missing Grannies, of course. And “Her Smart 341 Parkour vehicle plays a key role in this private investigation, providing both effective transportation and favourable sleuthing capabilities.” Parking in the city is at a minimum, but never mind, the wheels are retractable and contain impulse pads and vacuum cups.. Of course.
They’ll have no trouble selling the merchandising rights to the Hyundai Stratus Sprinter, DB Atlant (Airship) after it serves Countess Elena as “she set out on a mission to stop the negative effects of communism around the globe,” in Countess of Siberia. Hey, these folks live next door to North Korea so they know communism. But speaking of merchandising, we’ll bet that even pre-teen boys will be playing with a Countess Elena doll, er, action figure after seeing this movie.
The movie Cinderella and the Maybach Berline wouldn’t be the same without the Maybach Berline. In fact, they’d have to rename it Cinderella and the pumpkin thing’s already been done. Anyway, the Maybach Berline, we’re told, is “[b]ased on the dimensions of a Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, the Maybach Berline Carriage is an E-Cell or F-Cell vehicle and features autonomous driving that allows Cindy to have an amazing night out, where she meets a handsome stranger.” And it gets stranger from there.
Finally, there’s Divided and the Subaru HORIZON. Built “to withstand the strong electromagnetic field, chemical imbalances, scorching heat, and raging storms of the Daysphere,” the HORIZON takes the team of Alcyone (the driver), Maia (the navigator), Merope (the mechanic), and Pleiades (their magical cat) on a quest to get the crystal to power an advanced civilization living on the dark side of Earth after Earth has stopped spinning. Why Alcyone needs Maia and Merope after nav systems have been perfected and cars perform flawlessly we don’t know, but everyone needs a magical cat. Note: The Subaru HORIZON should not be confused with the Plymouth Horizon.
There’s more, of course. Visit the Design Los Angeles page at the LA Auto Show’s website for additional illustrations and a more complete synopsis of each movie. As for the screenplay, buy a bus ticket and go to Hollywood. A Maybach Berline and a girl named Cindy will be parked in your driveway before you know it. Or maybe a Subaru Horizon and a magical cat. Either way, how can you lose?