Hyundai reveals new concept
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It seems like Hyundai is the first brand to flinch as it announces one of the cars that will star at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Announced at a media briefing event the Intrado is said to preview the next generation of Hyundai's 'Fluidic Sculpture' design language (ingeniously labelled Fluidic Sculpture 2.0) that will feature on models from the Korean brand in years to come. The design and engineering of the concept was completed primarily at Hyundai's European R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany but presided over by Peter Schreyer who has assumed the role of chief designer at Hyundai - along with a similar role at Kia, which he has held since 2006.
Hyundai says the concept will be built "around a super-lightweight structure made from a mixture of advanced materials and joined using a revolutionary technique that has the potential to change the way cars are constructed in the future." Unfortunately it gives no hint as to this structure of the bonding method - guess we will just have to wait until Geneva to find out.
What we do know is that the Intrado will be powered by a next-generation hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain that is smaller and lighter than the one currently used in the ix35 Fuel Cell.
In case you were wondering, the name Intrado comes from the underside of an airplane's wing - the part that produces lift. Hyundai says the whole car has taken inspiration from the aeronautical world down to the use of advanced materials, removal of all unnecessary weight and its highly efficient powertrain.
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