Honda 'Personal-Neo Urban Transport' Concept Demonstrates Potential for
Ultra-compact, City-focused Vehicle

Small car maximizes style and amenities

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2 /CNW/ - Honda's Personal-Neo Urban Transport (P-NUT) design study model made its debut today at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. The P-NUT is designed to demonstrate a futuristic concept for an ultra-compact and sophisticated city coupe.

Conceived around a small "footprint" for maximum convenience in tight urban settings, the packaging concept integrates a centre driving position configuration and a rear powertrain layout. The exterior styling leverages crisp angles with dynamic flowing lines that originate from the front of the vehicle and span outward toward the rear. The end result is a sleek and aggressive exterior that also allows for a spacious and open interior with excellent visibility.

"A new generation is discovering the benefits of living in urban centres that provide convenient access to business, entertainment and social opportunities," said Dave Marek, director of advanced design for Honda R&D Americas, Inc., Los Angeles. "The Personal-Neo Urban Transport concept explores the packaging and design potential for a vehicle conceived exclusively around the city lifestyle."

The exterior styling is intended to capture a future direction for premium sophistication while balancing the need for maximum interior space and an aerodynamic appearance. The interior layout, in conjunction with the rear powertrain design, contributes prominently to the exterior's overall shape.

The layout of the interior space, with its centre driving position flanked by two rear seats, provides generous legroom for all occupants, roughly the equivalent of a mid-sized sedan in a vehicle that has an exterior footprint similar to a micro car. Interior functionality is increased by rear seating areas that fold up and out of the way to increase storage capacity. The windshield serves as a heads-up display for the navigation system and the back-up camera.

The modular rear engine bay, depicted on the exterior by blue composite material, is designed to accommodate a wide variety of potential propulsion technologies including a conventional small displacement internal combustion engine, a hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain, or a battery-electric powertrain.

"The objective of the exterior and interior designers was to explore the potential for a new type of small-segment-category vehicle that overcomes many of the objections for existing micro-car designs," said Marek. "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."

    
    P-NUT Specifications
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    Size class:  Ultra-compact
    Layout:      Rear-engine/Rear-wheel-drive
    Passengers:  3
    Length:      3,400 mm
    Width:       1,750 mm
    Height:      1,439 mm
    Powertrain:  Internal-combustion engine, hybrid-electric or
                 battery-electric
    

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SOURCE Honda Canada Inc.

For further information: For further information: Richard Jacobs, (416) 543-6593


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