Honda P-NUT Concept

Concept Cars 4 Dec 2009
Honda P-NUT Concept

At the 2009 LA Auto Show Honda has unveiled the P-NUT Concept (Personal-Neo Urban Transport), a design study of a futuristic city coupé developed by the company’s California-based Advanced Design Studio. Among the features are the 1+2 seating layout and the aerodynamic body.

Honda P-NUT ConceptCreated by the Advanced Design Studio of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Los Angeles, the Honda Personal-Neo Urban Transport (P-NUT) design study model is a futuristic ultra-compact city coupe.

The P-NUT, which debuted at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, is conceived around a small “footprint” for tight urban settings.

The packaging concept integrates a center driving position configuration (1+2 seating layout) and a rear powertrain layout.

The exterior styling leverages crisp angles with dynamic flowing lines that originate from the front of the vehicle and span outward toward the rear.

Honda P-NUT ConceptThe end result is a sleek and aggressive exterior that also allows for a spacious and open interior with excellent visibility.

“A new generation is discovering the benefits of living in urban centers that provide convenient access to business, entertainment and social opportunities,” said Dave Marek, director of advanced design for Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

“The Personal-Neo Urban Transport concept explores the packaging and design potential for a vehicle conceived exclusively around the city lifestyle.”

The exterior styling is intended to capture a future direction for premium sophistication while balancing the need for maximum interior space and an aerodynamic appearance.

Honda P-NUT ConceptHonda P-NUT ConceptHonda P-NUT Concept InteriorThe interior layout, in conjunction with the rear powertrain design, contributes prominently to the exterior’s overall shape.

The layout of the interior space, with its center driving position flanked by two rear seats, provides generous legroom for all occupants, roughly the equivalent of a mid-sized sedan in a vehicle that has an exterior footprint similar to a micro car.

Interior functionality is increased by rear seating areas that fold up and out of the way to increase storage capacity.

The windshield serves as a heads-up display for the navigation system and the back-up camera.

Honda P-NUT ConceptThe modular rear engine bay, depicted on the exterior by blue composite material, is designed to accommodate a wide variety of potential propulsion technologies including a conventional small displacement internal combustion engine, a hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain, or a battery-electric powertrain.

“The objective of the exterior and interior designers was to explore the potential for a new type of small-segment-category vehicle that overcomes many of the objections for existing micro-car designs,” said Marek.

“While the Honda P-NUT concept introduces function-oriented concepts, it also shows that small cars don’t have to compromise on style or amenities.”

Advanced Design Studio of Honda R&D Americas

Honda P-NUT Concept Design TeamThe Advanced Design Studio of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Los Angeles developed the P-NUT design study model.

Honda R&D Americas began its operations in California in 1975 with local market research activities and has steadily grown its capabilities over the past 33 years to include all aspects of new vehicle research, design and development.

Recent projects include products such as the Pilot, Ridgeline, Element, Civic Coupe and Civic Si Coupe.

Honda P-NUT Concept – Technical Specifications

  • Layout: Rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive
  • Passengers: 3
  • Length: 3,400 mm
  • Width: 1,750 mm
  • Height: 1,439 mm
  • Powertrain: Internal-combustion engine, hybrid-electric or battery-electric

(Source: Honda)

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