Honda Presents Personal-Neo Urban Transport (P-NUT) Concept

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The future is a common theme at most auto shows, and the future most automakers have seen lately is a highly compact, enviro-friendly urban environment. To remain relevant in such a market, cars will have to shrink, adapt and go very high-tech, at least if the concepts are to be believed. Honda's latest, the Personal-Neo Urban Transport--yes, P-NUT--offers a new look at that theme.

Making its debut today at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, the P-NUT demonstrates a futuristic concept for an ultra-compact and sophisticated city coupe. Conceived around a small footprint for maximum convenience in tight urban settings, the packaging concept integrates a center driving position configuration and a rear powertrain layout.

The layout of the interior space, with its center driving position flanked by two rear seats, provides generous legroom for all occupants, roughly the equivalent of a mid-sized sedan in a vehicle that has an exterior footprint similar to a minicar. The windshield serves as a heads-up display for the navigation system and the back-up camera.

The modular rear engine bay, depicted on the exterior by blue composite material, is designed to accommodate a wide variety of potential propulsion technologies including a conventional small displacement internal combustion engine, a hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain, or a battery-electric powertrain.

Sadly, Honda has not hinted at any production possibility for the P-NUT, describing it simply as a way to explore the potential for a new type of small-segment-category vehicle that overcomes many of the objections for existing minicar designs.


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Comments (4)
  1. Wow... nice car.
    Where/when can I get one? :)

  2. So is this like a SmartFor2 fighter?

  3. Fascinating. Sitting in the driver's seat is like being a pilot in a Star Wars spacecraft.I think we are blessed in this age seeing so many great sports cars and accomplished vehicles, as well as getting a veritable torrent of concepts. Too much to choose from. Bring on the next. I'd like to see greater regard for, more experiment in, modern renewable, lightweight materials used for body shapes and panels....

  4. Hi Guy's,
    I don't believe that this will ever come to market, the safety just isn't there , did you see the seats, there is no functionally here, they are trying too hard to be different.

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