Honda Model X
From Honda press: Model X radically departs from traditional automotive design and thinking in a way that resonates with a younger audience," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda. "The Model X concept clearly demonstrated that a vehicle like this is possible to build and consumer interest is high for new and functional approaches to exterior and interior designs.
A mass production version Of the Honda Model X is scheduled for about a year from now.
The Model X concept was conceived around achieving ideal functionality for a cross-country road trip, hauling surfboards, mountain bikes, snowboards or just about anything else as it combines some of the best features of a pickup and an SUV.
Another target of the concept was to keep the cost low, so it would be an attractive entry-level vehicle to younger buyers.
Model X was first conceived by a core group of young R&D engineers in 1998.
They wanted to develop a vehicle that they could use for their activities and conducted informal on-site focus groups at colleges, beaches, campsites and the mountains.
The exterior design has a simple two box design with side moldings running the length of the vehicle for a durable look. The side doors are designed without a B-pillar and open from the center, achieving an "open architecture" style. These "open wide" doors make Model X the perfect base camp or location for side gate parties.
On the inside, Model X offers a resilient and comfortable interior. The floor is flat with a low loading height and features an easy to clean resin surface. All seating surfaces are made of materials that are easy to clean. Interior features include a flip-up navigation screen with integrated wireless Internet capability, video input and DVD playback. The stereo system includes MP3 download and playback capability, along with satellite radio, cassette and CD player.