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The name John DeLorean is synonymous with the automotive industry. From his days at General Motors, where he turned Pontiac into the automaker's de facto performance division with the creation of the GTO, and, therefore, the muscle car genre in general, to his days running his eponymous car company that gave us the classic stainless steel gullwing wedge that became an iconic time machine through the magic of the movies, DeLorean was at the forefront of the industry for three decades.

Sadly, John DeLorean died in March 2005. We'll never know what exactly he may have had in store to bring DeLorean Motor Company back to the market, though a telephone call two weeks before his death gives us a few clues. Apparently, DeLorean was planning to relaunch DMC with a new take on the classic DMC-12, complete with an engine from Renault with an optional hydraulic hybrid drivetrain and carbon fiber panels to keep it all lightweight and efficient.

The above information comes courtesy of our sister site AOL Autos' Maintenance Editor Tom Torbjornsen, who had planned an interview with John DeLorean that was to take place one week after his death. Torbjornsen pieced together information from a conversation he had with DeLorean and his "best guess at what [he] thought John might have said based on [their] conversation." It's an interesting read, and you can check the whole thing out by clicking here.

[Source: AOL Autos]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I would love to see DMC revived and I would LOVE to own a hybrid or even fully electric DeLorean. Off to watch Back to the Future now!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I say to construct an hydraulic concept car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This guy a genius ? come on the Delorean as a car was an absolute failure, a piece of crap, ugly, badly engineered, unreliable and had poor performances. Not mentioning that they sunk billion of $ of the US government to design that piece of junk. Also this guy was involved in corruption affairs and totally full of himself and overwhelmed by ambition up to the point that it made him lost his common sense.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Allegedly involved in corruption...

        Anyway, he was clearly a visionary. I would give my left... er, I would love to have stainless steel body panels :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        "He was promoted to assistant chief engineer of Pontiac in 1959 and made chief engineer in 1961. In these positions, DeLorean was responsible for many of the division's engineering innovations, including the Wide Track principle, the overhead cam six-cylinder engine, the concealed and articulated windshield wiper, the torque box frame, the Endura bumper, and the windshield antenna."

        I will always love John for the GTO. I know it's the ultimate non-green auto, but I can't help myself. I am a Pontiac Fanboy, with a capital P and F.

        John was acquitted of all charges against him. Of all the conspiracy theories I see promoted on a daily basis here on ABG, the truth is, John Z DeLorean was set up by somebody. John wouldn't play, and as a result of his honesty, he remained a free man.

        http://wiki.gmnext.com/wiki/index.php/DeLorean,_John_Z.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While the stainless steel construction made the flux dispersal... well, uh, flux...

        It made the fuel economy horrible. No wonder Marty needed a mile and half of road to get up to 88 mph.

        It would really need a steam locomotive to get that sucker moving.
      • 4 Years Ago
      John was a genius and a visionary. Every now and then some of his personal journals show up an an online auction site, and I make bids. They always go for a princely sum... Who knows was interesting concepts he might have jotted down in there, or what insights into the industry.

      Suggested reading: "On a Clear Day You Can See General Motors"

      http://www.amazon.com/Clear-Day-You-General-Motors/dp/0380517221
      • 4 Years Ago
      and Pontiac as well as Delorean are 2 brands that History will keep memory of for the great cars they put on the market, yeah....

      Yes the Delorean was so advanced for his time right, the truth is that car was so poorly engineered that the V6 engine couldn't move the car with decent performance because of its awful weight, but despite its weight it was unreliable and of crap quality from A to Z.

      The problem of the Delorean is that it was a dream care of people who have the wrong ideas about what a car should be, and the result was disaster. The only idea that an guy from the american auto industry could make a car in europe was plain stupid to start with.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "The only idea that an guy from the american auto industry could make a car in europe was plain stupid to start with."

        Are you including Henry and Edsel Ford? Ford of Europe has been profitable for 50 years. I know many Europeans consider Ford a Bristish company but Henry wasn't born in Bristol.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I have not heard great things about the cars longevity or performance, I think they refined things in the later models. The concept was ahead of it's time. Mercedes Gullwings had similar doors but the stainless steel and other concepts were very contemporary for the 80's was it? He was exonerated of the charges I believe. Can you say bananas?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The composite body structure under those stainless steel panels was very advanced for its time and even today.