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It was designed as a small eco-friendly SUV that can turn into a pickup. It had the Ranger's 2.3L I4 modified to meet PZEV standards, but the failure and stupidity comes in a soy based body. Imagine if Ford was so stupid they started to produce them! RODENTS WILL BE EATING PEOPLE'S TRUCKS!!! OMG!!! But not only Ford, but Chrysler tried to make a plastic car (not out of soy! Chrysler will always be better) the CCV but it was unsafe so that flunked, would've been a great idea (the CCV, not the Model U) as it would be a really cheap car!
 

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what you have to remember is they both were concepts, meaning they were never meant for production and were just a building exercise to basically say "it can be done". And I doubt any rodents would start eating the body, because soy is actually used in some manufacturer's cushioning for seats, and I haven't heard of anything try to eat seats lol.
 

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You are obviously biased.
Objectively, it isn't any dumber than most concepts.
And if you thought of rodents eating something, so did they. They can treat it to prevent that.
 

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http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z6655/Ford_Model U/default.aspx

It's pretty obvious this car was never meant to be produced, but rather as a testbed for new ideas and new technology. This is pretty evident, as the car was designed to run on hydrogen (9 years later, do you see widespread hydrogen use? No, this wasn't meant to be a mass-produced vehicle). However, some of the designs and ideas have made their way into vehicles being produced today, and that is often the reason that these concept vehicles are produced- to see what is viable and what is not.
 

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Ooooops, I wonder if Consumer Reports are missing that little detail when they rate the Odyssey and other Honda products.

Good Enough to Eat: http://www.motor.com/article.asp?article_ID=1563
Once we got the vehicle (2003 Odyssey) up on the lift, we found a section of the wiring harness that looked like it had been chewed by a rodent. After we repaired the damaged wiring, the engine fired right up.

In recent years, several vehicle manufacturers (including Honda) have switched to soy-based materials for wiring harness insulation, as well as for other vehicle components like seat padding. One of the effects of this change would have to be classified as an unintended consequence. In most cases, soy-based products replace petroleum-based products, so overall petroleum consumption is reduced. That’s a good thing. But the plant-based insulation apparently smells and tastes like a delicacy to rodents. That’s not a good thing. When other (conventional) sources of food become scarce, rodents may begin foraging underhood, undercar and possibly in-car.
 

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If rodents would eat Honda then they'll eat your whole Ford. glad Ford wasn't stupid enough to send into production (other ford concepts not produced are interceptor, which can be mistook for cop car, synus, which is a armored car for civilians that would be really expensive, and the airstream, a car that looks like a TOASTER :lol: .)
 

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There are cars that look like tosters that are not Fords, and ARE production cars.
 
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