5 car manufacturers to watch out for this decade
We are already a third of the way through Janurary, and not much has really changed so far this decade - which is understandable. Engineers, management and designers of car manufacturers all around the globe will still be getting over the new year, thinking more about how they are going to burn off the calories they gained over the holiday season after ditching their new years resolution.
But soon, they will get back to work. These companies will be working on some of the biggest projects in motoring history. Today's article will point out 5 companies that you need to keep an eye on this decade.
#1 - Tesla
Okay, okay. I can hear the clicks of the mice from the Tesla haters around the world thinking - 'Oh boy, another article all about Tesla'. But I think you should hear me out.
Tesla has produced some amazing cars that have some of the newest and most advanced technology that we have seen so far. While some of their products are controversial, I would say that they are seriously a force to be reckoned in the next 10 years. If the American company can bring the prices down on their technology, or make a budget version of their cars; I think they have the potential to increase their market share even faster than they are currently.
The main talking point about Tesla is their self-driving technology. While the company does have other interesting pieces of technology incorporated into their vehicles (such as the smart summon device), many people consider them as gimmicks that can only be used in certain situations.
However, the self-driving aspect of Tesla's cars suggest that the future of cars may be completely different to what it is like today. There is a good chance that pedals and steering wheels may not even be present in some cars in 2029, as laws have been made that legalise the full use of self-driving cars!
#2 - Rimac
Rimac is a very promising company. Looking back at the Concept One that was revealed in 2011 and fully released in 2016 - the car had great potential compared to some of the other supercars on the market. Rimac specialise in electric cars; having announced the Concept S a year later at the Geneva Motor Show.
During the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Rimac revealed the Rimac C_Two; which is a monster of a car compared to the first one. The Concept Two will be able to accelerate from 0-62mph in a staggering 1.85 seconds. This almost half a second faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder's 2.2 second 0-62mph time. Additionally, the top speed of the C_Two will be 258mph! While there are only 150 models planned to be produced, the car itself is a massive step up from it's older brother, and the release date was expected to be 2019, but we are not sure on the final date yet.
The improvement that has been made between the first and the second version of these cars is exceptional; and this is why Rimac is a company you need to keep an eye on.
#3 - McLaren
Image: McLaren Newsroom.
McLaren is an innovative company - there is no doubt about it. They have produced many different types of cars in the last 10 years, which all started with the MP4-12C back in 2011. However, the British manufacturer's success started in the 1990s with their release of the McLaren F1; which held the world record for the fastest production car in terms of top speed.
Going forward to 2013, McLaren then released the P1, which was another famous car due to it being one of the first supercars to incorporate hybrid technology into their work. The P1 took its place in 'The Holy Trinity' when Clarkson, Hammond and May ran a series of tests to see whether it was better than the Porsche 918 and the Ferrari LaFerrari.
McLaren stuck with similar designs throughout the middle of the 2010's decade; but decided to shake it up a bit in 2018, where they revealed the McLaren Senna to the world - a supercar that turned a lot of heads in the supercar industry. A year later, McLaren then revealed the Speedtail (above) which also gathered a lot of attention.
McLaren seemed to have changed the way they operate. It seems as if the Woking-based company want to make more unique looking cars, and I am very much looking forward to seeing what they come up with.
#4 - Koenigsegg
Image: Oskar Bakke via Koenigsegg Press.
Koenigsegg vs Bugatti vs Hennessey. This is a battle that I have written about many times on DriveTribe. However, I believe that Koenigsegg are going to be a supercar company that everyone looks up to in the 2020s.
Koenigsegg is a car company that purely focuses on producing cars that have a top speed of over 250mph; with their more recent project being the 'Jesko' which will have a top speed 'in excess of 300mph'. This suggests that the Jesko will dethrone the Bugatti Chiron as the fastest production car as it may overtake its record speed of 304mph.
This wouldn't be much of a surprise, though. Like Bugatti, Koenigsegg have a lot of experience in producing top-of-the-line hypercars, and I think the Jesko will be their biggest project yet. The Jesko is expected to go into production this year, but the release date is currently unknown. I expect Koenigsegg will sell them in 2021. But this could be the start of a war to take the top step...
# 5 - Aston Martin
Have you seen Aston Martin's prototype cars? No? You need to look at Aston Martin's prototype cars. They look phenomenal. But what if we look past the 'car idea'? The next 10 years may not see the introduction of those silly old 'self-driving' cars and all of that 'nonsence' - oh no. Aston Martin has bigger plans.
Image: Aston Martin.
Introducing the Aston Martin Volante Vision Concept. A flying car.
Aston Martin claim that the future of transport will be air-based, and this is their answer to this vision. Collaborations with companies such as Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, Rolls Royce, as well as Cranfield University have produced this gorgeous concept for a vertical take-off vehicle that has space for three adults to sit in.
Aston Martin state that this vehicle is suitable for urban and 'inter-city' travel, while helping ease congestion and be more efficient than normal cars.
What you are looking at is an electric vehicle. I would love to provide some more specifications, but the British manufacturer hasn't supplied any as this is just a concept. They did reveal, however, that it features the latest advances in aerospace technology. I would love to see your thoughts on the Volante Vision Concept in the comments!
And that concludes this list of 5 manufacturers to watch out for this decade. If you can think of any more manufacturers that should have made the list, let me know! If you enjoyed my content and would like to see more from me, click here to see my profile. Why not check out my recent article 'How Toyota revolutionised business with just one word' by clicking here? Finally, you can follow me on Twitter by clicking on the link above.
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