The Honda Skydeck Concept
As far as future minivans go, the Honda Skydeck Concept makes the current Odyssey look downright dowdy. Designed to haul six people in comfort, the Skydeck has a large sloping greenhouse and blacked-out pillars that give it a racier look than the traditional box on wheels.
While it is a one-box people mover in function, the Skydeck Concept is stylish thanks to its unusual scissor-style doors for the front passengers. The rear cabin is accessed through traditional sliding doors; however the combination of the B-pillarless design and the ability of the side doors to drop down and away from the vehicle as they move rearward makes entry and egress a breeze.
The interior is best described as high-tech elegant. Simple shapes flow from front to rear, while the three rows of seats, with their thin backs and open mesh design, contribute to the open, airy feeling of the cabin. Adding to this effect is the larger windshield that extends into the roof, giving tremendous outward visibility. The Skydeck features a modular approach to seating, with the second row seats able to stack beneath the front buckets for limousine-style seating. The third row can be easily folded flat to greatly increase the Skydeck’s cargo capacity.
The Honda P-NUT Concept
Designers at American Honda have looked into a crystal ball and seen a future of more densely populated urban areas populated by active young adults. To meet their mobility needs, the company envisions a small urban car like the Honda P-NUT. While the name is evocative of the shape, the acronym stands for Personal-Neo Urban Transport.
With its wheels pushed all the way out to the corners, the P-NUT measures just 133.9 in. in overall length, stands 56.6 in. tall and 68.9 in. wide. Designed by the Advanced Design Studio of Honda R&D, the vehicle is designed as an ultra compact city car, but can carry up to three persons. The light and airy cabin features a center-mounted driving position with passengers flanked on either side. These rear seats easily fold away to provide additional cargo space.
Similar in layout to the Volkswagen Up! Lite Concept, the P-NUT is envisioned as having a choice of traditional internal combustion engine, a hybrid power plant or pure electric with the drivetrain located in back driving the rear wheels. The packaging allows for compact car room in a microcar footprint—Honda calls this a “Man Maximum, Machine Minimum” philosophy.
“The object of the exterior and interior designers was to explore the potential of a new type of small-segment-category vehicle that overcomes many of the objections for existing micro-car designs,” said Dave Marek, director of Honda’s advanced studio. “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 crisply designed Honda P-NUT has a flowing shape with a large glass area—the forward windshield serves as a head-up display for the navigation system and back-up camera that allows for a minimal dash. While Honda has no plans to build the P-NUT, it does point to a future design direction for the Japanese automaker, which will launch the 2-seat CR-Z later this year.
The 2011 Honda CRZ production vehicle is a lot more like the Concept than most think. The back-end is what most People say is tremendously different. Looking at it, the lights are extremely similar, the split window is there, the lines are extremely close. The main difference is the Smoke portion that has the CRZ name on it..in the 2007 Concept version. Take that away and it came out extremely close to the original concept and holds the great looks all the way around. In fact the front end was longer and more bulbous in my opinion on the 2007 concept, than the final product.
The 2011 Honda CRZ will finally launch here on the 24th of August. We are excited about it, the reviews that it has been getting, and can’t wait to show folks how they drive! Not only that, but what they can really do MPG wise in ECON Mode!
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