When in the USSR they seriously thought about creating a car for the people that would be available to a large number of consumers, designers began to offer a huge number of concepts. True, most of them never went into mass production. One of the first and most curious "humpbacks" was the "Squirrel" model.
History has shown that sooner or later every country where there is an actively working industry, there is a need to create a car. Not just a car, but a “people's car”, so to speak. We are talking about a vehicle that could be produced in huge quantities and which, at the same time, would be available to a wide consumer. Such a period was in the auto industry in Europe, in the United States, and it also began in the Soviet Union.
The creation of a truly "people's car" in the Land of the Soviets was seriously thought about after the Second World War. The national economy was recovering, industry was growing, as was the well-being of citizens. It was high time to create a vehicle that would become an integral attribute of a citizen, making his life and life easier.
At the time the development of the first humpback began, the Moskvich's capacities were fully loaded, and therefore it was decided to adapt another enterprise for the production of cars - Kommunar, which later turned into the well-known Zaporozhye Automobile Plant.
As befits everything new, the concept of the first "people's car" was countless. Designers and engineers ate their bread for a reason and showed the commission dozens of design options and technical equipment for a budget Soviet car. There were many options, but perhaps the most curious version was the Belka car. Now he can be seen in the photo. It was planned to produce "Belka" in two versions: urban and for country roads. However, the car could not pass the tests, and therefore did not get into the series.
How many new things are being done for cars. For example, quite recently in one company showed how an innovative body kit works for a car, which even Zaporozhets will equip with an autopilot functionturning the car into candy.