2010 Geneva Auto Show: Italdesign Giugiaro-Proton City Car Concept
Offering the interior volume of a full-size sedan with the footprint of an A-segment mini-compact, this four-seat city car concept is one of what Italdesign Giugiaro describes as "a family of low-environmental impact cars" that it will present in Geneva as part of a cooperative effort with Malaysian automaker Proton.
Although pre-reveal details are fairly limited, we do know that this eco-friendly sedan is an extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV) that's fitted with a complete drivetrain package developed by Lotus Engineering specifically for use in series hybrid vehicles. Like the Chevrolet Volt, the Proton Concept relies solely on an electric motor fed by a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack for direct power. It can be charged up by plugging into a stationary outlet or on the fly courtesy of its 1.2-liter/3-cylinder range-extending gasoline engine. The Giugiaro-penned platform architecture incorporates a unique raised floorpan that allows Proton Concept's battery pack to be efficiently stored at the rear of the vehicle. It also facilitates ingress/egress to each of the identical and individually adjustable sliding seats by elevating their lower cushion height to hip level.