2011 Frankfurt Auto Show Roundup Three

Volkswagen creates a small urban commuter while Citroen unveils a futuristic take on a classic model.

Here’s one more batch of standout concepts from Frankfurt that debuted earlier this week.

Volkswagen’s NILS concept aims to offer an alternative transportation solution to urban commuting. The single seater electric vehicle is a study at melding sustainability, design, and lifestyle in a new way. Powered by an electric drive system, the lightweight car can achieve a top speed of 81mph according to VW. The interior is simple and functional with driving information displayed via a lcd panel. A unique bit of included technology is the Portable Infotainment Device (PID). The touchscreen PID snaps into the dashboard and allows the driver to access navigation, music, telephone, and vehicle information such as charge status. The PID is removable and can be used outside the vehicle as well.

The sleek Peugeot HX-1 concept is a large car but aims to achieve efficiency through a combination of extreme aerodynamics and design. The HX-1 feature a number of active aero elements like wheel spokes which close up creating a smooth surface and rear flaps and a spoiler which better guide air around the vehicle at speed. The interior is fitted with some interesting passenger amenities including a minibar and a coffee machine.


[photos Jonathon Ramsey / AOL]

We previewed Citroen’s Tubik concept in computer image form and the actual vehicle looks just as wild. The Tubik has design roots in past Citroen commercial vehicles like the TUB and Type H, the latter you’ll be familiar with if you follow premium cycling gear maker Rapha. The Tubik is all together a vision of the future. The drivers seat for instance is called the “cyclotron” and is designed to combine the seat, foot controls, steering wheel, and display in one circular shaped space. The back is designed to be like a lounge and integrates a semi-circular screen and spatialised sound system. Seating can be freely configured to be face-to-face, semi-reclined or flat for sleeping.

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