Design concepts of the day #2: Suzuki Regina, Q-concept, Swift EV Hybrid

November 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Three Suzuki concepts of interest at the Tokyo Motor Show, on the theme of “small cars for a big future.” The green one, called Regina, is a next-generation low-cost ‘world car': it weighs just 730kg, is highy aerodynamic and economical, and could emit as little as 70g/km. Reminds me of the Renault 8, somehow… The Q-concept is a city two-in-tandem-seater, “ideal for everyday journeys within a radius of about 10km” as an alternative to a motorcycle; it could be configured as a delivery vehicle or cargo carrier.

On a more here-and-now note, the Swift EV Hybrid is an up-and-running prototype: it can do 20-30km in all-electric mode and has a small, lightweight range-extender engine which works as a generator. Suzuki describes this as a low-cost, low-resource, quick-charging solution compared to a ‘pure’ EV.

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