Vauxhall Flextreme Concept
From Vauxhall press: The Flextreme was conceived at General Motors’ European Design Center and premiered in 2007 at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The car is a study of the future design of the monocab segment, incorporating alternative energy propulsion with fresh, bold styling.
Vauxhall/Opel is the European leader in monocabs, a segment it helped pioneer with the Meriva and Zafira.
The Flextreme uses the new design language introduced under the direction of British GME Design Vice President Mark Adams and was first brought to market this year with the Insignia. With rear-hinged “Flex doors” that enable comfortable access to the interior, a large transparent roof and twin tailgate doors that open from the side and swing upward, the Flextreme embodies Vauxhall’s tradition of flexible and practical body concepts with attractive designs.
The concept car features GM's innovative extended-range electric vehicle technology system recently showcased in the Chevrolet Volt. An electric motor, powered by a lithium-ion battery, propels the Flextreme for up to 55 km on electric-drive-only. A 1.3 turbo-diesel onboard engine operates as a range extender and is used to drive an electric generator when the battery's energy has been depleted. The range extender is able to generate additional electricity to power the car for hundreds of additional kilometers.