Monday, March 1, 2010

Proton to unveil concept hybrid in Geneva

Posted by: Anthony Lim

Proton will be unveiling its A-segment concept hybrid car at the 80th International Motor Show in Geneva on Mar 2. The four-seater, five-door hatch will be launched by Proton's advisor, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, at the show.

The vehicle is a creative collaboration with Italdesign Giugiaro and is essentially the first configuration of what will turn out to be family of low environmental impact compact cars due from Italdesign in the future.

The 3550mm long concept features a front-mounted endothermic engine for recharging the lithium ion batteries with a fully electric drive-train. The specially designed chassis also features a raised floorpan which accommodates the hybrid system’s batteries at the rear.

The concept leverages on maximising interior space, while maintaining the overall dimensions of a compact car. The high position of the four independently-adjustable and sliding seats, allows passengers to fully enjoy the spacious interior. Thanks to the combination of these two technical specifications the car is easier to enter, as the seats’ H-points (or the position of an occupant’s hip) are at the same height as in an SUV.


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