11 Oct 07
Honda Puyo concept

Honda has chosen to name its innovative new city car concept Puyo, a Japanese word that is meant to convey all that is warm and friendly, and embodies the tactile traits of this unique car. Representing a new idea in mobility, the concept brings together the principals of clean, safety and fun into one environmentally-responsible, people-friendly, yet minimalist design.

Powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology, the Puyo's small frame is cloaked by a 'gel body' made of soft materials to enhance its real world safety properties. Lights beneath the body shine through the gel, to help highlight doors and other manual functions, and notify users of the vehicle's condition. 

Developed to have a 'silky feel', the Puyo's interior is designed to be inviting and provide a people-friendly cabin with a feeling of space emphasized by transparent materials. Features include an instrument panel monitor, elastic-like controls made from cloth that rise up when the vehicle starts and luminous fluid level displays. The obvious omission is the steering wheel, which has been replaced by a joystick.

As Honda states: "One of the key goals of the project was to create a cornerless car that was kind to both people and the environment. The 'seamless soft box' is welcoming and inviting to look at, but also makes the most of the box-shaped design's spaciousness, managing to accommodate four people within its tiny frame."

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