The Hyundai Nuvis concept was one of the vehicles displayed
at the 2009 New York Motor Show. The Nuvis was designed
at Hyundai's American design center in Irvine, California
and is intended to preview a possible future design direction
for the next-generation of crossover vehicles from the
The exterior styling of the Nuvis was partially inspired
by the way water moves and flows around the hull and sides
of a boat, creating a wake, and the way wind shapes a
snowdrift or sandune.
"Our goal was to create a living machine, constantly
moving, that the driver and passengers could be part of,"
said John Krsteski, Hyundai Design manager. "There
are no lines on or in this car that are standing still."
bold face of the Nuvis concept is dominated by the large
central grille and elongated diamond-shaped headlights.
"One of the coolest attributes of Nuvis is that
the protective roof appears to float on top of the body
through the use of hidden pillars and high-contrast glass,"
said Andre Hudson, Hyundai senior designer. "This
effect starts at the headlamps and is carried all the
way through to the taillights producing a tall, strong
body-side and rear."
Perhaps the most striking and unusual design feature of
the Hyundai Nuvis are the massive gullwing doors which,
when open, provide a completley unobstructed view of the
In keeping with the exterior design theme, the interior
of the Nuvis is dominated by a striking blue acrylic center
stack that ebbs and surges like a river. The four sculptured,
comfortable seats are custom woven with a graduated fabric
that is formed from 100% recyled plastic drinks bottles.
A futuristic infotainment system is fed by outside sources
the occupants, for example, can learn of a restaurant's
specials that evening as they drive past it.
Powering the Hyundai Nuvis concept is a hybrid drivetrain
which consists of a fuel effcient 2.4 litre engine and
a 30kW (205 Nm) electric motor.
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