internal combustion, hybrid, or full electric
The Honda P-NUT (Personal-Neo Urban Transport) concept
is a bizarre and rather ridiculous concept which was displayed
at the 2009 LA Auto Show. The design is a proposal for
a futuristic three-seat vehicle for the city which offers
a small physical and environmental footprint.
According to Dave Marek, director of advanced design for
Honda R&D Americas: "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."
The unusual, but at the same time rather unimaginative
shape and styling of the P-NUT was designed to offer a
balance of eye-catching lines and maximum interior space.
It certainly is eye catching - but for all the wrong reasons.
The layout of the interior, with its center driving position
flanked by two rear seats, provides a decent amount of
legroom for all three occupants. 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.
The modular rear engine bay of the P-NUT, depicted on
the exterior by blue composite material, is designed to
accommodate a wide variety of potential drivetrains, including
a conventional small displacement internal combustion
engine, a hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain, or a battery-electric