View Single Post
Old 03-02-2007, 05:09 PM   #2
NYCshopper
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 5126
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: www.nugateway.com
Default

http://blogs.motortrend.com/6201115/...ace/index.html



Quote:
Italdesign Giugiaro, who wowed last year's L.A. showgoers with its eye-popping Mustang Prototype, is looking to 'spur discussion,' as they put it, once again at a major international auto show with the dispay of its latest concept, called Vadh˛. Consider the discussion spurred.

The tandem two-seater bound for Geneva is said to be inspired by the aeronautics industry in an effort to give the vehicle a true jet-like experience from behind the wheel. The closed cockpit uses two adjustable joysticks to pilot the vehicle and drive by-wire tech enables the vehicle to easily adapt from left to right hand drive, or even in the center.

Powered by the same V-12 that powers the BMW Hydrogen 7 and mated to BMW's seven-speed SMG, the Vadho is a also an exercise in alternative fuel technology. The powertrain is positioned on the center right of the car adjacent to the passengers. In addition, the chassis was custom-designed by Italdesign technicians and the vehicle sports a new 'G' logo that will serve as the firm's new signature logo on its future creations.

In addition to the Vadh˛, the firm will also show another concept developed in conjunction with Toyota-owned Daihatsu called the D-Compact X-Over concept (pictured at bottom). The X-Over is European B-segment vehicle that is said to be close to becoming a production model. According to Giugiaro, the X-Over, through the extensive use of glass throughout the greenhouse, offers 'plenty of sunshine inside,' according to the Giugiaro press-speak, and is being billed as an expression of Daihatsu's 'harmony with nature' vehicle theme.

Stay tuned to MotorTrend.com for more on the Vadh˛, the X-Over and all of the other world debuts at the Geneva Motor Show, March 6-7.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
NYCshopper is offline   Reply With Quote