The Ford Airstream concept displayed at the 2007 North
International Auto Show was a crossover vehicle influenced
by Airstream's iconic design and the optimism for the
future that Stanley Kubrick captured in his 1960s cult
film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The whole idea behind the
Ford Airstream concept was to create a vehicle for adventures,
touring and traveling long distances in a unique design.
The Airstream draws on many American
icons for its styling
The Ford Airstream concept is powered by a plug-in hydrogen
hybrid fuel cell drivetrain that operates under electric
power at all times. This advanced fuel cell system is
lighter and cheaper than today's fuel cells, and as a
further bonus it can operate in the dead of winter, most
other fuel cells struggle when the temperate drops below
The unusual design of the Ford Airstream concept uses
several different influences, including aircraft and spacecraft
for the windows, Airstream's mirror Finish bodywork -
on the concept Ford have used a unique reflective paint.
The Ford Airstream concept's bold, futuristic front-end
explores a new look for Ford, encapsulating the single-surface
grille and headlamps into the same graphic.
The Ford Airstream Concept's doors are asymmetric as well,
allowing for easy loading of passengers and cargo. In
addition to the driver's side hatch, the passenger side
features a power clamshell door that runs two-thirds the
length of the vehicle. A three-door hatch finishes the
rear of the crossover.
Inside, the Ford Airstream concept features a floating
instrument panel with flush-mounted, touch-sensitive controls.
A multifunction single gauge display provides the driver
all primary information. A Sharp dual-view screen centrally
mounted on the instrument panel provides a camera view
and secondary driver-oriented information, while allowing
the front-seat passenger to view DVDs and post mobile
Modern, pod-shaped swiveling captain's chairs rotate so
the driver and front-seat passenger can easily socialize.
In the rear of the Airstream concept, lounge-like seating
is sculptural, creating a continuous cocoon-like environment
wrapped in bold red fabric. The focal point of the rear
seating area is a 360-degree screen for entertainment
and games. The unique screen not only creates ambient
mood settings including a modern lava lamp and virtual
fire, but it also is an entertainment source featuring
games and a live camera feed.
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