GURGAON: Students of a private university in Manesar have designed a car which runs solely on solar power. An 11-student team spent over 20 months on the project, starting at the beginning of last year.
The students who are close to completing their 4-year-course from Amity University, had to juggle lectures, projects and exams along with the solar car project. “Earlier, we used to invest our weekends in the solar car but to expedite the project, we started working two to three hours daily on the project after the classes would get over,” said Ankit Gupta, a final year student of mechanical engineering.
He said the single-seater car is unique as it was made keeping the Indian conditions in mind. “We made the car’s hood detachable which makes the vehicle easy to maintain,” said Gupta.
The car which can be driven for 300-400 kms at the top speed of 50 km/ hour, has four solar panels with a current of seven amperes and electric potential of 53 volts each.
“The way battery-operated car Reva became a popular vehicle on the city roads, our solar car can also be commercially successful if we get financial support from an automobile company,” said Yadav. Sarthak Vashisth, another member of the team and a final year student of electrical engineering said, “After the students from the mechanical stream finished the chassis, I looked after the solar panels and fixed the electric connections.”s
The solar car was demonstrated before the university’s vice chancellor and chancellor recently at a university event and the officials gave appreciation letters to the team members. “We now want to present the car at an Auto Show in Delhi which will be held next year but until then we would want this innovation to be patented,” said Gupta.
Carmakers in India would be forced to recalibrate their focus on safety, with the Vehicle Regulation and Road Safety Authority of India an independent agency proposed in the draft Road Transport and Safety Bill expected to wield the stick on issues such as standards for the design and construction of passenger cars.
Also, from next year, the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program is expected to be rolled out, under which the safety of passengers would be assessed by testing cars in front-on and side-on crashes.
India currently does not have a new car assessment programme to provide buyers with independent reports of vehicles crash safety and vehicle makers are not required to meet the United Nations basic crash-test standards, something that is mandatory in markets across the world.
The two measures assume significance in light of a random crash test conducted by an independent agency in January this year, where three cars out of the five cars failed the front impact crash tests on account of basic structural deficiencies in the body.
This is even as a variant of one of these car models that is sold in the European market was found to be carrying the highest rating safety certification offered by the same agency in similar crash tests conducted on cars sold in the European Union.
In January 2014, the UK-based Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) had tested five of Indias bestselling compact cars for their safety features.
The Hyundai i10, along with Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and Tata Nano, were found to have inadequate vehicle structures that collapsed to varying degrees, resulting in high risks of life-threatening injuries to the occupants.
Hyundais i10 had a five-star NCAP certification in the UK (this car has now been replaced with the Grand i10 in Europe).
The Ford Figo and Volkswagen Polo also received zero points for adult protection ratings in a frontal impact at 64 km/hour.
NCAP, however, noted that these two cars had structures that remained stable and, therefore, with airbags fitted, protection for the driver and front passenger would be much improved.
The explanation offered by carmakers for going easy on safety is that norms prescribed in the country do not stipulate airbags or specific standards on reinforcement of vehicle structures, as opposed to the stringent norms followed in markets such as the US, EU or even ASEAN.
Hyundai vehicles are designed and built to meet all the
James Russell Owen (24), a student at the world-famous Royal College Of Art (RCA), has won the Royal Automobile Club’s ‘Best of British Design’ Award . Owen informally entitled his design ‘Wolseley Voyager’ and took the 1899 Wolseley Voiturette – a fascinating pioneer British motor car – as part of his inspiration.
The Royal Automobile Club laid down the challenge to RCA first-year students on its Vehicle Design course to design an eco-friendly version of a famous car in its British Design Competition.
This coincides with the Club’s leading involvement in London Motor Week, and the world-famous Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which takes place on Sunday 2 November. The original Wolseley Voiturette is certainly an eligible vehicle to take part.
The award was made at a ceremony at the Pall Mall clubhouse, and the prize was presented by Michael Quinn, whose grandfather Sir William Lyons had a legendarily intuitive design sense.
Adding their congratulations on the night for the students’ efforts were working designers from McLaren Automotive, Land Rover, Ford and Jaguar.
The aim was to conceptualise a car that might participate in a Brighton to London return run of 2025.
Students were encouraged to develop their own concepts for a high quality exterior design, drawing from the history of car design, while also identifying potential new design methodologies. The assignment enabled entrants to demonstrate drawing and presentation skills for public display.
“I enjoy studying art and design and have a passion for cars as I used to work as a mechanic when I was 16,” said James, who hails from Cornwall. “So I fused my love of cars and interest in design and went forward to do a Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Design.
“I am absolutely thrilled my design was selected as the best fulfilment of the Club’s brief. This was a fantastic opportunity to be truly creative while maintaining a deep awareness of future demands and a strong element of tradition. It’s what British car design should be all about.”
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – The Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®) has unveiled the 2014 Design Challenge entries submitted by world-renowned auto design studios for its 11th annual competition. This year’s entries explore the future of automobile connectivity by responding to the prompt: “Sensing the Future: How Will Cars Interact With Us In 2029?”
Each Design Challenge entry showcases how future technology will further transform human-to-machine interfaces that connect with senses, predict our next moves and create a more humanlike relationship with our vehicles. Specifically, entries are focused on automotive interiors that will comfortably and safely connect the driver and/or passengers to the car by 2029. With in-car connectivity and technology moving forward at a rapid pace, the Design Challenge pushes automotive designers to explore new instruments and knowledge like never before.
The design studios participating in this year’s Design Challenge represent the following global automakers: Acura, Honda, Infiniti, Peterbilt and Qoros. Several other studios will participate by showcasing their latest future-facing concepts in the Design Gallery, making for a total of 10 studios from around the world participating in the Show. Studios exhibiting in the gallery include: CALTY Design Research (USA), Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center California (USA), Nissan Design America, Inc. (USA), Subaru Global Design Team (Japan) and Volkswagen Group of America Design Center California (USA). Additionally, leading design schools will display select student concepts in a special part of the gallery.
The 2014 LA Auto Show Design Challenge Entries:
Honda RD Americas, Inc. (USA) designed a human-to-machine interface concept for Acura that is comprised of an exterior and interior shell, connected through a modular adjustable mesh material that can flex to custom fit a passenger’s preferences. Able to accommodate one or two passengers, the interior is constructed out of a fabric-like material that can be altered simply by pushing or pulling on the surface. With the help of biometrics and repeated use, the vehicle will be able to learn the user’s preferences, anticipate their needs and have the ability to change its shape.
Honda Advanced Design Tokyo (Japan) presents the CARpet, a human-focused interior consisting of two elements, a carpet and a ball. The carpet is a highly flexible platform used to create a seamless and uninterrupted space with the freedom to change its shape to accommodate each user. Whether alone or traveling with friends, users can manipulate the car’s interior and make intuitive and natural forms for their ride. The second element, the Honda ball, allows drivers to interact during their autonomous journey. Within its closed shape, the Honda ball provides users a calm interface that responds to voice, touch and gesture commands for human-to-vehicle communication. In “active mode,” the driver can use the ball to control the car; the synergy between car and machine emulates that between a rider and their horse. Via the Honda ball, the car interprets driver commands to determine its optimum move.
Infiniti Design San Diego (USA) introduces a brand new universal fuselage pod that can transform into three vehicle types. This vehicle will be used for the brand’s unique triathlon competition, the A.R.C. race (Air, Rally, Circuit). The first stretch of the A.R.C. race is a Formula 1 grand prix course from LA to Las Vegas. The second portion is a desert race, which requires driving an off-road buggy to the Grand Canyon. The final leg of the race is a radical gymkhana-style jet race through virtual pylons back to Los Angeles. The A.R.C. triathlon race will also be the debut of Infiniti’s new futuristic HMI called SYNAPTIQ, a system that will make the driver and machine become one by connecting the SYNAPTIQ S.U.I.T. (Symbiotic User Interface Technology) through spinal lock attachment. It will enhance the driver’s passion and performance for racing as well as influence the design of a vehicle that will provoke imagination.
Peterbilt Motors (USA) created SymbiotUX, (pronounced “Symbiotics”), a concept based on the projection that the future of transportation will be dominated by a transformational shift toward vehicles operating together in truly symbiotic relationships that will, in turn, improve efficiency, safety, wellness and travel enjoyment. An important part of this transformation will be the role of “truck driver,” which will grow in stature and esteem (similar to that of an airplane pilot). SymbiotUX is a design concept that explores and illustrates how human-to-machine interfaces will be transformed by this future reality. The road pilot will have greater responsibility; therefore, the spaces and interfaces of a vehicle in “pilot mode” will be purpose-driven to enhance pilot capabilities leading to energy efficiency, reduced accidents, traffic and prevent overall wear and tear.
Qoros Design Shanghai (China) introduces a digital and physical concept, Q: Qoros Qloud Qubed, where the vehicle will become an intelligent, multi-dimensional personal management assistant. Q learns from the user over time through the five senses: sight, touch, smell, taste and sound. The dynamics of the relationship between Q and the user is modeled on how human relationships develop over time. Q learns the user’s tastes, favorite restaurants, places regularly frequented, music preferences, friends, family, etc. during the ownership period and is designed to maximize safety by identifying when the user is acting irresponsibly and quickly switching to automated driving mode.
“This year’s entries are particularly compelling because they offer insight into what our vehicles are capable of,” said Chuck Pelly, Chief Creative Officer of Intersection, Inc. “This year is a turning point for connected car technology and it’s fascinating to see how far we could get in the next 15 years.”
Design Challenge entries are judged on various factors including comfort, attention to human sense and emotional connection, ecological sensitivity, creativity of concept, control and function of concept and reflection of the brand. This year’s judges include: Tom Matano, Executive Director of the School of Industrial Design, Academy of Art University, Stewart Reed, Chair of Transportation Design, Art Center College of Design and Alexander Klatt, Chair of MFA Transportation Design Associate Professor, College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
In addition to the judges award, design aficionados from the public will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite Design Challenge entry online starting Oct. 27; to vote, or for more information about the first annual “People’s Choice Award,” please visit LA Auto Show’s website here or the Show’s official Facebook page here. The winner(s) of both honors will be announced and presented with their award(s) before media and industry professionals during the annual Design LA Open House on Thursday, Nov. 20.
Following the Open House will be the Car Design Night LA party, taking place at Elevate Lounge in downtown Los Angeles from 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. In contrast to previous years, LA Auto Show credentials will not grant access to Car Design Night LA ’14. Design industry professionals interested in attending the offsite affair are invited to register directly with Car Design News here.
The final competition concepts will be prominently displayed in the Design Gallery of the LA Auto Show throughout Press Trade Days (Nov. 18-20, 2014), as well as through the run of the public show (Nov. 21-30, 2014).
LA Auto Show’s Design Challenge is sponsored by Faurecia, the world’s sixth-largest automotive supplier specializing in automotive seating, emissions control technologies, interior systems and auto exteriors. In addition to Faurecia, Design LA is made possible by the support of Lacks Enterprises, Inc., Autodesk, Bose, We-Inspire and Car Design News.
About the Los Angeles Auto Show and Connected Car Expo Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show is the first major North American auto show of the season each year. Press Days for the 2014 LA Auto Show® will be held on Nov. 18 – 20. The show will be open to the public Nov. 21 – Nov. 30. The second annual Connected Car Expo (CCE) will unite automotive and technology professionals in an effort to increase development and foster relationship-building in the connected car industry, providing attendees with access to the key players and top media constructing the future of the connected car. CCE will start on Nov. 18, and continue in conjunction with the 2014 LA Auto Show Press Days. The LA Auto Show is endorsed by the Greater L.A. New Car Dealer Association and is operated by ANSA Productions. To receive the latest show news and information, follow LA Auto Show on Twitter at twitter.com/LAAutoShow or via Facebook at facebook.com/LosAngelesAutoShow and sign up for alerts at www.LAAutoShow.com. For more information on CCE please visit http://connectedcarexpo.com/
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Ford’s CEO, Mark Fields, told Wall Street financial analysts Friday that the company had the product development staff and engineering ability to build an electric car like a Tesla.
While he didn’t say the company would do so, he did say that such a car would be “very consistent with our product strategy”.
On top of that, behind-the-scenes efforts by Ford engineers to boost the power delivered by future generations of quick-charging stations may indicate that plans are more advanced than Ford is letting on.
Puzzling CCS power push
A long-range Ford electric vehicle–in perhaps three to five years–would require a robust network of DC quick-charging stations.
Chevrolet Spark EV at CCS fast charging station in San Diego.
Those sites would perform the same function as the fast-expanding Tesla Supercharger network: recharge a large battery pack to 80 percent of its capacity in 20 to 30 minutes, making long-distance trips possible.
It appears that Ford, alone among the participants, is now pushing to expand the power-delivery capability of future Combined Charging System (CCS) DC quick chargers to as much as 150 kilowatts.
An engineer at another automaker who’s involved with the technical committee working on that standard told Green Car Reports that other participants didn’t understand why Ford insisted on such high power.
Today’s Tesla Supercharger fast-charging stations deliver a maximum of 120 to 135 kW, with plans rumored to boost that further to 150 kW.
Tesla Motors Supercharger station in Oxnard, California.
The CCS standard is supported by General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, and Ford in the U.S. and BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen Group in Germany.
Few CCS sites are open today, and the only cars on the market that can use them are the BMW i3 and Chevy Spark EV.
Minimal battery-electric effort
Ford’s efforts in electrified vehicles have so far focused almost entirely on its hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.
It current offers conventional hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid versions of its C-Max compact hatchback and Fusion mid-size sedan.
2014 Ford Fusion Energi
While the battery-electric version of the compact hatchback Ford Focus went on sale in December 2011, sales of the Focus Electric since then have been minimal: fewer than 4,000 units through September.
That compares to almost 64,000 Nissan Leafs. And it has led some analysts to deem the Focus Electric a compliance car sold only to meet Ford’s requirements under the California Air Resources Board’s zero-emission vehicle rules.
While the Focus Electric is at least nominally on sale in states outside those with California emission rules, buyers report that stock is low to nonexistent, dealers know little or nothing about the car, and in general there’s a lack of interest in battery-electric vehicles.
2015 Ford Focus Electric, 2014 New York Auto Show
The Focus Electric is built on the same assembly line as other Focus versions.
And in a clever bit of piggybacking, its LG Chem lithium-ion cells are essentially those that LG provides to General Motors for that company’s Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac ELR range-extended electric cars.
Ford itself has downplayed and criticized its own product, several times underscoring its limitations and suggesting that many buyers will find it doesn’t fit their needs–unusual behavior by an automaker, to say the least.
Start-up electric vehicle maker Detroit Electric unveiled Monday the final exterior design of its battery-powered SP:01 sports car before the company’s promised production start early next year.
The design varies slightly from versions shown since the car’s prototype unveiling at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. It features a fastback configuration designed to enhance airflow and reduce turbulence, and includes changes to the front air intake and outlet ducts, which have been reshaped to optimize airflow to the heating and cooling system.
The electric car will be made at a facility in Leamington Spa in England, and will go on sale in Asia, Europe and North America in 2015.
“The final design of SP:01 incorporates signature Detroit Electric design DNA, carried over from the prototype model we revealed last year,” Jerry Chung, Detroit Electric’s head of design, said in a statement. “Coupled with many motorsport visual cues, the new fastback design, bold face and sharp contours evoke the company’s vision of pure electric performance.”
The car will reach 155 mph and can go 0-to-60 in 3.7 seconds, the company said. The vehicle’s battery packs have been placed in a protective composite casing which forms an integral part of the vehicle’s structure and protects the battery in a crash.
Detroit Electric said it plans to use the dealer franchise model and is seeking dealers in the U.S.
Earlier this year, Detroit Electric scrapped plans to build its car at an unidentified facility in Plymouth that would have employed more than 100 workers; it said then it would begin building the car overseas in late 2014.
The company said last year it hoped to sell 999 of its $135,000 SP:01 two-seat sports cars, built on the same platform as the Lotus Elise. The company said it would use revenue from that to build a second sports car, and later produce higher-volume, less-expensive electric cars.
Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker is planning a show concept for 2016 that he expects to be as influential on Renault’s future as the 2010 DeZir electric coupé.
The DeZir set the design direction of the company’s two best-sellers of recent years, the Clio and Captur.
Van den Acker said that the type of car can’t yet be revealed but that by the time the wraps come off it, a new Mégane – and, more important, a Mégane-based SUV – will be in the frame.
Meanwhile, he cited the ultra-low-carbon Eolab hybrid concept, shown at the recent Paris show under a French government-sponsored economy car scheme also embraced by PSA Peugeot-Citroën, as giving clues to a future Clio.
“You can drive this car,” he said. “It has been created with a large amount of input from engineers and it works already, despite being 100mm narrower in the rear track for aerodynamic reasons. This is a car we could produce for 2018,” he revealed.
“All of its innovations – the aero, the carbonfibre doors, the magnesium roof and a lot more – could be made now. But we need time to put them all into the industrial process,” he said.
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Auto show season heats up in November as Las Vegas and Los Angeles host two fall favorites: the custom-car heaven of the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association Nov. 4-7 and the design-rich Los Angeles auto show Nov. 21-30.
The Ford Mustang is an aftermarket tuner’s dream and Ford will start the stampede at SEMA with tuned models of the 2015 Mustang, which isn’t even on sale yet.
Legendary LA dealer Galpin Ford contributes a 725-hp model with gold-flecked black paint. NASCAR giant Richard Petty’s tuning shop offers a Mustang bearing the King’s signature, his blue paint scheme, number 43 and a V8 supercharged by fellow NASCAR giant Jack Roush.
Fiat Chrysler will have cars based on a range of models, including the Chrysler 200, Ram 2500 pickup, Dodge Dart and Challenger and — most intriguingly — the new Jeep Renegade subcompact SUV, which goes on sale early next year. The Renegade Riptide aims to appeal to beachcombers while the Renegade Frostbite has accessories tailored for winter sports.
Chevrolet will show tuned versions of its SS sport sedan, Impala, Cruze and Sonic. For 2015, all SS sedans get GM’s adaptive Magnetic Ride Control for better ride and handling. The Sonic Performance concept features engine and suspension changes for more power and better handling.
Hundreds of other tuned models from dozens of brands and customizers will fill the Las Vegas Convention Center for SEMA.
The Staples center in downtown LA will get its share of high-performance models, too, starting with the eagerly awaited Cadillac ATS-V sport sedan.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Fiat 500X will give U.S. customers their first look at the subcompact crossover expected to ignite the Italian brand’s sales. A restyled Chrysler 300 sedan will also debut.
Ford’s Lincoln brand is expected to reveal more about its Black Label line, which aims to take its dealer experience and interior materials to new levels.
Honda will jump into a hot new market segment with the HR-V subcompact crossover SUV. Smaller than the CR-V, the HR-V is likely to use the same 1.5L engine and continuously variable transmission as the Fit subcompact car.
The LA show has become a popular spot for automakers to test new design themes.
Audi promises a concept car that presages the styling of its upcoming production cars. Audi’s current design theme has been on the road for years, but it still looks beautiful and advanced. That makes this the perfect time for Audi, which considers itself a design leader, to move on. However, it also makes this the exact time many executives would be tempted to stand pat.
We’ll see how Audi lives up to its aspirations to leadership when we get a look at the concept, which is the first show car by the brand’s new design chief, Marc Lichte.
The LA show also includes the announcement of Green Car of the Year. The finalists are:
■ Audi A3 TDI diesel compact
■ BMW i3 electric car
■ Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, which runs on either gasoline or natural gas
■ Honda Fit gasoline-powered subcompact
■ Volkswagen Golf, which has gasoline, diesel and electric models.
Expect news about more debuts by Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and others between now and the LA show’s press days, Nov. 19-20.
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Carmakers in India would be forced to recalibrate their focus on safety, with the Vehicle Regulation and Road Safety Authority of India — an independent agency proposed in the draft Road Transport and Safety Bill — expected to wield the stick on issues such as standards for the design and construction of passenger cars.
Also, from next year, the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program is expected to be rolled out, under which the safety of passengers would be assessed by testing cars in front-on and side-on crashes.
India currently does not have a new car assessment programme to provide buyers with independent reports of vehicles’ crash safety and vehicle makers are not required to meet the United Nation’s basic crash-test standards, something that is mandatory in markets across the world.
The two measures assume significance in light of a random crash test conducted by an independent agency in January this year, where three cars out of the five cars failed the front impact crash tests on account of basic structural deficiencies in the body.This is even as a variant of one of these car models that is sold in the European market was found to be carrying the highest rating safety certification offered by the same agency in similar crash tests conducted on cars sold in the European Union.
This is even as a variant of one of these car models that is sold in the European market was found to be carrying the highest rating safety certification offered by the same agency in similar crash tests conducted on cars sold in the European Union.In January 2014, the UK-based Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) had tested five of India’s bestselling compact cars for their safety features.
In January 2014, the UK-based Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) had tested five of India’s bestselling compact cars for their safety features. The Hyundai i10, along with Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and Tata Nano, were found to have “inadequate vehicle structures that collapsed to varying degrees”, resulting in high risks of life-threatening injuries to the occupants.
The Hyundai i10, along with Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and Tata Nano, were found to have “inadequate vehicle structures that collapsed to varying degrees”, resulting in high risks of life-threatening injuries to the occupants. Hyundai’s i10 had a five-star NCAP certification in the UK (this car has now been replaced with the Grand i10 in Europe).
Hyundai’s i10 had a five-star NCAP certification in the UK (this car has now been replaced with the Grand i10 in Europe). The Ford Figo and Volkswagen Polo also received zero points for adult protection ratings in a frontal impact at 64 km/hour.
The Ford Figo and Volkswagen Polo also received zero points for adult protection ratings in a frontal impact at 64 km/hour. NCAP, however, noted continued…
On the eve of the Paris Motor Show a barge carrying brightly coloured jumbo Barbour wellingtons floated on the Seine as the latest Land Rover was introduced by model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The day before, Stella McCartney had unveiled her cutely personalised Jaguar XJ; the ‘baby’ Jaguar had received a theatrical London debut a few weeks earlier.
Jaguar Land Rover’s recent dramatics could be perceived as over the top if not for the convincing new products. The company is cash rich – it certainly felt the envy of others under the hot fluorescent lights of the half-empty pavilions at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. JLR is spending wisely on carefully calculated cars across the range, opening up the marque to a wider, younger audience.
Its confidence is almost infectious. The big German three – BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, who hold hegemony in the premium sector – must be feeling a little pinched. One unnamed car designer compared today’s Jaguar with the Audi of 15 years ago, when it raced its way to the top.
In terms of trends at Paris, the crossover remains ubiquitous, overtaking the hatchback and people carrier. Theoretically, a hybrid of family-life practicality and fun, sporty motoring is a winning combination. Yet finding the right design remains a bit of a challenge. Notable exhibits at Paris included the Peugeot Quartz, Lexus NX 200t, Toyota C-HR and Fiat 500X.
Tiny urban runarounds also took centre stage in some pavilions, though given the urgency to downsize, there were surprisingly few pioneering concepts floating around. Smart’s latest ForFour is a cute little gadget and Mazda’s MX-5 is a roadster for the masses. Mini’s Superleggera Vision, too, is worth noting – a small, handsome roadster that signals a fresher direction for the brand.
There were few genuine surprises in Paris, though; the blogosphere certainly spoils the fun. Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off the much-anticipated GT by AMG. The marque is having a design renaissance and the latest product from its performance arm is a highly focused and exceptionally handsome car.
Lamborghini proved that superpower could marry sustainability with the Asterion LP1 910-4 show car, the Italian’s first plug-in hybrid. Elsewhere, Volkswagen did quite the opposite. The Ducati-powered XL Sport concept sees a V2 motor power the bullet body originally envisaged as the ultimate eco-car.
The pavilions of the Gallic hosts were equally inspired, with such concepts as the Citroën Divine DS, Peugeot Quartz and Renault Eolab on show. Some (Renault, for instance) were a little light on material, but overall the French do show cars extremely well. They are fun, innovative and full of drama – and we hope to see more of their daring design language translated to production cars.
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