2007 Opel Flextreme ConceptEnlarge Photo
While there are more than enough muscle cars to go around at this year’s
GM’s Chevrolet Volt was arguably the star of last January’s Detroit auto show. The plug-in hybrid concept could charge up at any electric outlet and handle the typical commute on battery power alone – though its onboard three-cylinder gasoline engine would be able to kick in, functioning as an electric generator for longer drives.
The Opel Flextreme could well grab headlines at the
If that isn’t enough to catch your eye, the crossover vehicle features the Opel FlexDoor system, an unexpectedly large interior, a split rear hatchback and, in concept form, space below the cargo bed to store two Segway Personal Transporters. There’s no word on whether Opel will translate the Flextreme into production – but GM is promising to deliver a real-world version of the Volt, so considering Europe’s focus on mileage and emissions, one might bet in favor of finding the Flextreme in the lineup as well early in the next decade.
“Sustained growth and profitability,” declared GM Chairman Rick Wagoner, is going to depend on a manufacturer recognizing that it is “neither feasible nor optimal for our industry to rely only on oil.”
GM is clearly not the only automaker taking this to heart, nor is it the only maker pushing into uncharted territory. Since the Volt’s well-covered debut last January, virtually every major maker, and more than a few small ones, has announced interest in the technology, including not only
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