Renault’s Twin’Z and Twin’Run concepts have been displayed at several events since March 2013, but the successor to the 20-year-old Twingo will be revealed in its production-ready form at next month’s Geneva auto show.
The automaker is employing magnetic resonance methodology, using two coils tuned to resonate at the same frequency in order to conduct electrical energy wirelessly. Charging time is said to take about 90 minutes.
Industry insiders wonder how Fiat Group can afford to make such a risky investment when it is cutting costs on everything, including delaying development of vital products such as the Punto and Mito range.
For engineers, the show car is a tool to test the limits of its new highly advanced modular aluminum platform. For designers, the concept is meant to determine whether traditional Jaguar patrons will accept a CUV.
Outlining Volvo’s strategy, R&D chief Peter Mertens says the new Scalable Platform Architecture is designed for an all-new family of FWD powertrains utilizing compact, lightweight 4-cyl. engines complemented by hybrid technology.