LA Auto Show – Honda REMIX Concept
- December 1, 2006
- Concept Cars
- Posted by George Peterson
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Yet another sport coupe was announced at the LA Auto Show once again answering questions no one is asking anymore. We can’t help but think that these sporty cars and coupes are ego boosts for young designers wanting a notch in their resume. From a business perspective, the market for low slung coupes is thin. The days of folks traveling as couples is done. Now it’s traveling in groups. Hence the dramatic swing from two-door bodystyles to 4-door SUVs and XSUVs. The days of wanting to sit low to the ground and have obstructed visibility are over. So, what value would a concept like the Remix actually have? It can go a long way at validating the talent of a young designer and can also test new design themes. But, please, no more coupes!
Honda used the Los Angeles Auto Show as the world debut venue for its Honda REMIX small sport concept vehicle. The REMIX explores the shape and design of a two-seat sports car focused on agile and fun-to-drive performance that can also provide exceptional practicality as a daily driver. [This sentence could be from any generic auto press release. Insert appropriate name for REMIX].
“The REMIX blends familiar Honda themes into a new, fresh design,” said Ben Davidson, REMIX lead designer, Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “Smooth and fluid surfaces provide a sports car identity to the geometric shapes that form the functional aspect of this vehicle.”
REMIX Pretty Conventional – Uses Small Car Platform – Nothing Exotic
Sports car in shape and design, the low-slung REMIX features a wrap-around canopy that adds a fighter jet-feel to the driving experience. The aluminum-color exterior accentuates every line and curve in the geometric, yet fluid styling. Capable of delivering more than just driving performance, the rear storage area supplies generous cargo room. Purely a design concept, the vehicle is fashioned around a front-wheel drive small car platform with a 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. A sport suspension, along with aggressive tires and brakes, further supplement its performance side.
“Pure Honda to the core, the REMIX concept vehicle focuses on a simple, lightweight and fun-to-drive philosophy,” said John Mendel, senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “The concept balances sports car virtues with real-world practicality.”
The REMIX Small Sport Concept was designed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., Advanced Design Studio in Torrance, California.