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Honda’s P-NUT Design Concept Supports Small Displacement ICE, Hybrid or Battery Electric Powertrains

American Honda unveiled its new design study concept for urban transport, the Personal-Neo Urban Transport (P-NUT), at the LA Auto Show. The ultra-compact car is conceived around a small footprint for maximum convenience in tight urban settings. The packaging concept integrates a center driving position configuration and a rear powertrain layout.

Honda’s P-NUT. Click to enlarge.

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.

A new generation is discovering the benefits of living in urban centers that provide convenient access to business, entertainment and social opportunities. The Personal-Neo Urban Transport concept explores the packaging and design potential for a vehicle conceived exclusively around the city lifestyle.

—Dave Marek, director of advanced design for Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

The layout of the interior space, with its center 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.



What's the specs on ICE, Hybrid or Battery Electric Powertrains?


Centered driver with rear drive, rear engine is going to make this vehicle a drift car dream for teenagers who want pump up the eco performance.


My guess is that people would want a four door sedan with maybe a small SUV configuration as another model based on the same platform. They want 40 mpg at under 30,000 dollars and have it perform well. The first maker to make that happen just might get some sales.

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