Italian design house Italdesign Giugiaro shows three and five-door hatches, plus mini SUV
3 March 2010

Italian design house Italdesign Giugiaro has created a family of city cars for Proton, based on a Lotus-developed hybrid powertrain.

The range includes three and five-door hatchbacks, along with a mini-SUV version with increased ground clearance. The hatch seats four while the SUV can accommodate five, thanks to the removal of the B-pillar.

See all three Italdesign Giugiaro Proton concepts

Guigario is claiming that the car can offer the leg and kneeroom equivalent to a C or D-segment car such as a Ford Focus, with the raised driving position of an SUV.

The car is 3550mm long, and uses a range-extender drivetrain with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine that can run on petrol, ethanol or methanol.

The engine provides power for the batteries, which are sandwiched between the car’s double floor. The electric motor is at the back of the car and drives the rear wheels.

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24 February 2010

why dont they just give up lol

24 February 2010

this is quite innovative for a small company like proton. its about time they harnessed lotus expertise to better effect.

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24 February 2010

This looks very interesting and innovative, I agree with the above comment about Proton being a small company needing to take more diresction form Lotus.

24 February 2010

[quote Autocar]based on a Lotus-developed hybrid powertrain[/quote]

Presumably similar to the unit about to be used by Jaguar in its XJ-based prototype. These cars look good, the batteries are where they should be; could Proton/Lotus be about to steal a march on GM?

24 February 2010

I really like that. Cool design and 'out-of-the-box' intelligent engineering from Lotus. The big companies (maybe apart from Renault, but I have a quality-perception-problem with the French companies) are far too conservative. Realistically the only way for a Proton (or a SAAB, or Subaru) to survive is to be innovative. We're facing one of the most interesting, disruptive of times for the car industry and I see a real opportunity for a new, or minor manufacturer grabbing a big chunk of the new market. (I don't count firms who show light electric concepts then make 2 tonne estates as being innovative - just good at PR) It would be great to have two Lotus cars in the garage. Now just to persuade she-who-counts that we can keep the Forester for those times we need AWD and get something really environmental for those times (80% of the year) when we don't.

24 February 2010

Oh, and second thoughts when reading the article. The engine is in the rear & has RWD. This lets the front wheels concentrate on direction & theoretically can mean better turning circles and traction. Lotus did a city car study which you can find by googling the Engineering magazine which discusses the practical and handling benefits of this layout. With electric motors there is no need to drive the front wheels for packaging reasons.

24 February 2010

In layout and appearance, reminiscent of VW's original Up concept. But no worse for that... this is an intelligent and good-looking car.

24 February 2010

It looks good, is rear wheel drive, and has range-extender technology (probably the best environmental option for the short to medium term). I want one.

24 February 2010

From the Savvy to this in one jump, that is some leap.

I can see a whole range of Proton cars featuring some, if not all of, Lotus`s design principles in the near future. very palatable.

I am looking forward to a whole lot more people enjoying the great service from Proton that I have enjoyed with my GEN 2.

24 February 2010

I always think of Proton as one of those arrogant over confident home cooks on "Come Dine with Me" who spend a fortune on top quality ingredients, and then create something that looks and tastes like school dinners. Lets hope this time the effort comes up with a Michelin Star dish.

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