‟The design had to appeal equally to the intellect and to the emotions and its exterior had to signal its visionary and pioneering character at first glance,” Mercedes-Benz design chief Gorden Wagener says of the F 015 self-driving concept car.
Design chief Walter de Silva has had a lot on his plate as manager of a huge empire, and it is unclear whether a direct replacement will be groomed or responsibilities divided more strategically among the bevy of brands in the VW Group.
Volkswagen reportedly has been working on similar technology and may show off a similar concept in Paris. But Renault wants to be the first automaker to offer a B-segment compact family car that delivers 235 mpg and can carry four people.
The outstanding fuel economy comes from a unique hybrid powertrain that uses air instead of electricity. The technology combines a 3-cyl. PureTech gasoline engine with a compressed-air energy-storage unit that powers the automatic transmission.
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