What will be among them is the 20Cup’s engine, the first fruit of a collaboration between the French firm’s parent, PSA Peugeot Citroen, and BMW. It develops 170 hp and should propel the lightweight concept very quickly.
The three-wheel configuration isn’t new or unique; British specialist manufacturer Grinnall has been building and selling such vehicles for some years now, using BMW motorcycle engines that push the compact little car to 100 mph and beyond with outrageous acceleration.
2005 Mazda Sassou conceptEnlarge Photo
Conceived and designed at Mazda’s European R & D centre in Oberursel, near
The Shoji principle is carried over into the concept’s interior systems are conceived to be used with a universal serial bus (USB) stick key that functions in place of a traditional key and includes a remote central locking function. Using this, the driver can operate all the important functions through a screen in the centre stack. When a function is selected, light circuits illuminate a path to the selected feature.
The USB stick key can be downloaded at home with music and favorite hot spots, which can then be uploaded onto the car’s hard disc drive and navigation system. The Sassou has room for either three or four occupants, employing a rear seat morphing system that uses compressed air to arrange the back seat area for two passengers or one in the middle.
Work on the Sassou no doubt started back when gas was an affordable $40 a barrel; current conditions are no doubt making product planners assess them very seriously for production. On an optimistic note, it should be remembered that the original Issigonis Mini was the direct result of increasing gas prices in
Ford’s New Direction
2005 Ford Iosis conceptEnlarge Photo