At the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, Honda presented its Personal-Neo Urban Transport (P-NUT) design study concept, which excels in futuristic and sophisticated design for an urban vehicle.

The small P-NUT concept is designed with center driving position configuration and a rear powertrain layout. Its exterior vision is based on dynamic flowing lines finished with sharp angles, which forms a sleek and aggressive body styling that also allows for a spacious and open interior with excellent visibility.

"A new generation is discovering the benefits of living in urban centers that provide convenient access to business, entertainment and social opportunities," said Dave Marek, director of advanced design for Honda R&D Americas, Inc. "The Personal-Neo Urban Transport concept explores the packaging and design potential for a vehicle conceived exclusively around the city lifestyle."

Thanks to its center driving position and the two rear seats, the interior of the Honda Personal-Neo Urban Transport design study model is offering generous legroom for all passengers. The windshield of the micro concept car serves as a heads-up display for the navigation system and the back-up camera. The study vehicle has a modular rear engine bay, which can be fitted with a conventional small displacement internal combustion engine, a hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain, or a battery-electric powertrain.

"The objective of the exterior and interior designers was to explore the potential for a new type of small-segment-category vehicle that overcomes many of the objections for existing micro-car designs," said Marek. "While the Honda P-NUT concept introduces function-oriented concepts, it also shows that small cars don't have to compromise on style or amenities."

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