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 Date: December 02, 2009 16:20
 Submitted by:  JeffX
 Source: Honda PR
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Honda ‘Personal-Neo Urban Transport’ Concept Demonstrates
Potential for Ultra-compact City-focused Vehicle



Small car maximizes style and amenities



LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2, 2009 – The Honda Personal-Neo Urban Transport (P-NUT) design study model demonstrates a futuristic concept for an ultra-compact and sophisticated city coupe, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Conceived around a small “footprint” for maximum convenience in tight urban settings, the packaging concept integrates a center driving position configuration and a rear powertrain layout. The exterior styling leverages crisp angles with dynamic flowing lines that originate from the front of the vehicle and span outward toward the rear. The end result is a sleek and aggressive exterior that also allows for a spacious and open interior with excellent visibility.

“A new generation is discovering the benefits of living in urban centers that provide convenient access to business, entertainment and social opportunities,” said Dave Marek, director of advanced design for Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “The Personal-Neo Urban Transport concept explores the packaging and design potential for a vehicle conceived exclusively around the city lifestyle.”

The exterior styling is intended to capture a future direction for premium sophistication while balancing the need for maximum interior space and an aerodynamic appearance. The interior layout, in conjunction with the rear powertrain design, contributes prominently to the exterior’s overall shape.

The layout of the interior space, with its center driving position flanked by two rear seats, provides generous legroom for all occupants, roughly the equivalent of a mid-sized sedan in a vehicle that has an exterior footprint similar to a micro car.

Interior functionality is increased by rear seating areas that fold up and out of the way to increase storage capacity. The windshield serves as a heads-up display for the navigation system and the back-up camera.

The modular rear engine bay, depicted on the exterior by blue composite material, is designed to accommodate a wide variety of potential propulsion technologies including a conventional small displacement internal combustion engine, a hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain, or a battery-electric powertrain.

“The objective of the exterior and interior designers was to explore the potential for a new type of small-segment-category vehicle that overcomes many of the objections for existing micro-car designs,” said Marek. “While the Honda P-NUT concept introduces function-oriented concepts, it also shows that small cars don’t have to compromise on style or amenities.”

The Advanced Design Studio of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Los Angeles developed the P-NUT design study model. Honda R&D Americas began its operations in California in 1975 with local market research activities and has steadily grown its capabilities over the past 33 years to include all aspects of new vehicle research, design and development. Recent Honda-brand efforts include trend-setting products such as the Pilot, Ridgeline, Element, Civic Coupe and Civic Si Coupe.

Specifications
Size class: Ultra-compact
Layout: Rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Passengers: 3
Length: 3,400 mm
Width: 1,750 mm
Height: 1,439 mm
Powertrain: Internal-combustion engine, hybrid-electric or battery-electric





Last edited by JeffX on December 02, 2009 16:17

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  Unlikely to make much sense in North America
Stuki 0
  Such concepts are a dime a dozen at Tokyo Motor Show
civicw 3
  not a bad modern design; I'd take the EV-N body though
SoichirosHeroes 9
  Kill it with fire!
honda2112 16
  Why Waste the Money on Ugly Sh*tboxes like this???
Slawsk 14
  First thought in my mind...
turbob16 1
  Alien vs Predator
HONDA AFVM 2
  I like it!
djaaronk 10
  Angry spider monkey!
NealX 5
  it RWD!
TonyEX 6
  sharp creased plenum design looks good on smaller cars
myhui 0
  Is Honda microcar coming?
King77 5
  A Pillar design
Nick GravesX 2
  Would the Sport Version be the P-NUS?
Colin 2
  Poor man's McLaren F1?
dicko 2
  Booooo Micro Cars = Fail. CRX replacement = WIN !!!
Tastycakes 0
  Perfect For Car-Pedestrian Interface
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