The Dodge Kahuna Concept

Kowabunga! Here’s a Dodge concept vehicle from back in 2003 that was nothing but fun—the surf-flavored Kahuna.

 

Unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Kahuna featured a fully retractable fabric roof and frameless windows that tucked out of sight completely inside the body.

 

Three rows of flexible seating—based on the Dodge Caravan Stow ‘n Go system—provided the interior accommodations, while surf boards could be stowed on the handy roof rack. The floor was polished wood, much like a boat deck.

 

Exterior touches included Pacific Blue paint with teak door accents. “The Kahuna Concept blends function and performance with equal parts of cool,” said Chrysler Group Senior Vice President of Design Trevor Creed.  Providing the power was 215 hp turbocharged four, coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission.

 

Unfortunately, perhaps, the Kahuna never saw production. Some auto pundits called the little beach buggy “cute enough to take home,” while others termed it “incredibly ugly.” But what do you think? Would you like to see a Dodge vehicle like the Kahuna today? Would you drive one?