Will these make it or not?
DEBUT: Paris Motor Show 2010 APPEARANCE: The Mini Scooter E might be a thing of the past but it’s the most forward-looking moped you’re likely to find anywhere. Complete with funky colours, almost steampunk-inspired styling and the ability to charge from any domestic plug socket, the Scooter E is a supercool solution for cities that desperately need a change in urban transport policy. Like perennial air quality villain London, for example. PREDICTION: Mini seems to have forgotten about the Scooter E, having more recently showcased a smaller scooter that could fit into the boot of, obviously, a Mini. After so long on a shelf in Mini’s own concept corner, it’s not likely that this will ever see the light of day again. Which is a shame, because they look a damn sight nicer than Boris Bikes. RATING: 9/10 DEBUT: 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show APPEARANCE: Cut the Smart Fortwo’s roof off, pop it into a compartment in the boot and hey presto: here’s your Cabrio version. The loss of the roof has meant the addition of extra structural bracing but the cheeky city car’s character is boosted by a million miles of headroom. It’s must the sort of thing that the existing 220,000 previous Fortwo Cabrio buyers will go for. And the open bit is – wait for it – approximately 4% larger than before. PREDICTION: This is all-but ready for the showroom. Don’t expect much to change, if anything, but there’s always chance that some clever so-and-so spots a fundamental flaw with having to stop the car and get out in order to put the roof back on... RATING: 6/10 DEBUT: 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed APPEARANCE: Rather like the first Juke-R that had chequebooks waving frantically in the Middle East after the prototype trounced a collection of exotic supercars in an improvised race, the Juke-R 2.0 is big, wide and as brawny as a bar full of drunk wrestlers. With its matt black paint, gaping new cooling vents in the front bumper and huge brakes barely hidden behind aggressive alloys, it looks like it wants to crush you and eat you. Or eat you then crush you. PREDICTION: With 600 horsepower the Juke-R 2.0 is a serious piece of kit. It’s hardly going to match the regular Juke’s massive sales figures but it might just make production, more or less as you see it here. Nissan is gauging interest in the world’s fastest (and silliest) compact crossover and our money is on a limited production run. RATING: 10/10
From left: 2016 Smart Fortwo Cabrio; 2015 Mini Scooter E Concept and 2015 Nissan Juke-R 2.0 concept