BMW reportedly is leading the development of the cars’ chassis, banking on its experience with aluminum, carbon fiber and high-strength steel to create a lighter and stiffer composite body structure, while Toyota is focusing on high-performance hybrid technology.
Following the concept of Daimler’s Smart minicar, Daihatsu rejects the notion it is difficult to alter a car’s design after it is bought, and instead is enabling customers to make post-purchase changes in line with their preferences.
The concept is a fresh interpretation of Qoros’ New Premium philosophy, featuring several design cues from the Qoros 3 Sedan on sale in China and Slovakia and the Qoros 3 Hatch arriving in showrooms in China in mid-2014.
The car’s development reportedly has been sped up under the project codenamed X3C. Mules seen undergoing testing around the FCA plant in Belo Horizonte suggest the new model will make do with the platform from the first-generation Panda.
Networked vehicles that can communicate with each other and the infrastructure open up a new range of possibilities for user functions that will make driving safer, more comfortable and environmentally friendly, the supplier says....More