This is the first picture of a hybrid Proton concept from Autocar.uk that has been designed by the Italdesign Giugiaro studio and is said to preview a production model.Read the full news from Proton below.
PROTON TO UNVEIL CONCEPT CAR AT 80TH GENEVA MOTOR SHOW
Shah Alam, February 12, 2010 – PROTON will unveil its concept car at the 80th International Motor Show in Geneva on 2 March 2010. PROTON Advisor, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, is scheduled to launch the PROTON Concept Car during the event.
The concept car is a creative collaboration with Italdesign Giugiaro and based on a hybrid propulsion system. The specially designed chassis also features a raised floor that can accommodate the conventional engine as well as the hybrid system’s batteries in the rear. The concept car leverages on maximising space, while maintaining the overall dimensions of a compact car.
The five-door, four-seater hatchback concept car has a total length of 3550mm and features a front-mounted endothermic engine for recharging the lithium ion batteries with a fully electric drive-train.
The car was conceived with the aim of maximising the interior roominess and improving access to the vehicle. The high position of the four independently-adjustable and sliding seats, allows passengers to fully enjoy the spacious interior. Thanks to the combination of these two technical specifications the car is easier to enter, as the seats’ H-points (or the position of an occupant’s hip) are at the same height as in an SUV.
PROTON Holdings Berhad Group Managing Director, Dato’ Haji Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamad Tahir, said that the collaboration is part of its long-term strategy to match global automotive standards and expand its footprint worldwide.