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Old 09-05-2008, 08:31 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Hiya,

The nose looks pretty good, except for the large "fog light" openings. The upper grill appears to be mostly closed, and the windshield and hood are almost on the same plane, and they form a pocket for the wipers.

The lower front corners seem to have pretty substantial "wedges" leading into the front tires -- this is especially noticeable on the right side in this image.

It is too bad that they didn't do a front wheel opening like the original Insight; with the trailing edge curved in behind the tire. And yes the rear wheel opening should have been shaped like the Mercedes "Boxfish"; or have skirts.

The side view mirrors are fairly far back from the 'A' pillar, and they are quite slim (vertically).

I think that the "beltline" on the side of the car slopes downwards in the front; forming a subtle wedge with the line of the rocker panels. The window sills are also sloped down in front.

They hopefully will share more details at the show: Cd (and CdA?), and more details about the power train and dimensions. I love the price!

[Edit: I wonder if part of the cost savings is coming from them using EE Stor batteries/ultracapacitor? These are possibly 1/2 the size and ~1/5th the cost of other cutting edge lithium ion batteries.]
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