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Old 02-27-2007, 01:36 PM   #1
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Default Giugiaro Vadho @ 2007 Geneva Motor Show

Giugiaro Vadho @ 2007 Geneva Motor Show

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The Vadhò prototype represents a niche theme destined to spur discussion. Conceived out of the traditional “box” of sports car design, Vadhò is instead a super-sporty two-seater inspired by aeronautics, with a cockpit that encloses pilot and passenger in tandem. The steering wheel has become a thing of the past because pilot functions are located on two joysticks planted on the armrests of the seat-pedal block unit, all of which are adjustable and conform to the driver’s body type. The structure is unique, functional, and independent from the chassis, while by-wire impulses facilitate the adaptation of right, central, and left-drive versions without costly interventions for an eventual series production. Fuelled by hydrogen, in response to the pressing necessity to promote and develop alternative and ecological propulsion systems, the engine is positioned centrally on the right side of the car next to the passengers. One last note: the Vadhò prototype was developed on a chassis custom-created by Italdesign technicians and for the first time sports the “G” logo that Giugiaro intends to use as the new signature for the firm’s creations.
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Old 03-02-2007, 04:09 PM   #2
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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 Vadhò. 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 Vadhò, 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 Vadhò, the X-Over and all of the other world debuts at the Geneva Motor Show, March 6-7.
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