Cute concept car hints at budget
22 April 2009

Chinese car maker Geely is showing off its Smart-rivalling IG concept car at the Shanghai motor show.

The compact three-seater is being developed as a low-cost city runabout. Company officials say they want to build the car to a 10,000RMG retail price tag - just over £1000. Customers would then lease the battery on top of that.

Among the design highlights is solar cell arrangement covering the short bonnet and high-tech LED technology for the head- and tail lamps.

Geely refused to comment, but rumours in Shanghai suggest that the pint-sized city car was penned by Georgetto Guigiaro’s ItalDesign studio in Italy as part of a broader collaboration on the design of future Geely models.

However, the flamboyant single gullwing door on the right hand side that provides entry to the three seat interior – arranged in a one-plus-two layout with the driver positioned centrally up front and the passengers slightly further back to each side - is purely a concept car flourish.

The driver’s seat can be adjusted traversely along with the steering wheel, while the rear seats can be folded down to improve luggage carrying capacity.

A broad blue crystal display showing the battery charge along with an integrated touch screen for the air conditioning controls dominates the dashboard, providing it with a very modern look.

Shanghai motor show

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