11 February 2004

This is a sneak preview of Vauxhall’s Trixx concept – to be shown at Geneva next month – which demonstrates the company’s increasing drive towards interior ingenuity. At 3027mm long and 1651mm wide, it’s a super-compact city car with seating for up to three adults and a child. It’s powered by a version of the 1.3 CDTi common-rail turbodiesel which yielded 113mpg in Vauxhall’s experimental VX Speedster.

The Trixx majors on versatility and innovation, including electrically operated cantilevered doors. A Vauxhall spokesman said that ‘they could be employed on the next generation of MPVs’.

In the Trixx’s case they provide both passenger and loading access from the kerb. Additional access to the loading space can be gained through the sliding rear window or the rear half of the sliding glass sunroof.

Inside, the front passenger seat folds away which, with an inflatable rear bench, means the modestly proportioned city car can play a variety of roles. When required, it can be a one-seater with a 1.5-metre load bay, a runabout with plenty of passenger space, or even transport for a small family.

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