This is the Honda P-NUT 1+2 concept car, which the company has just launched at the LA motor show.
The P-NUT (Personal-Neo Urban Transport), demonstrates Honda’s vision of a “futuristic concept for an ultra-compact and stylish city coupe”. It is, the company says, designed to explore what an urban-only car could look like in 10 to 15 years' time.
The Honda P-NUT follows the trend for small tandem city cars seen at recent motor shows with the Nissan Land Glider and VW L1. The P-NUT, however, features an extra seat that the other two do not.
It is the work of Brit and Coventry design graduate Andy Foster, who is based at Honda’s LA studio. Honda says the P-NUT has been designed to maximise interior space and visibility, while also being an aerodynamic shape to improve efficiency as much as possible.
The futuristic P-NUT’s rear engine bay has been designed with flexibility in mind and can accommodate a range of powertrains. A small internal combustion engine can be fitted, as well as a hybrid system and an all-electric one too. It is this engine bay, as well as its McLaren F1-style 1+2 seating layout, which has influenced the styling as much as anything.
Its central driving position is flanked by two rear seats to try to maximise leg room. Honda says rear leg room is equivalent to that of a mid-size saloon car, but in a car with the footprint of a microcar.
The three-seat design emanates from internal research that shows that 90 per cent of urban journeys are made either solo or with one passenger, said Foster, while only five per cent of journeys are taken with three people.