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In the UK, most motorists drive to work alone, carrying only minimal luggage, meaning more than half the vehicle is usually 'dead weight and wasted space’. Many households feel they need the flexibility of more than one car, so it makes sense to either car-share or make that second vehicle as small as possible.
Infineum is a leader in the formulation and manufacturing of petroleum additives for lubricants and fuels and has been developing products to enhance the performance of vehicles for over 80 years. Infineum's products are used in 1-in-3 of the world's vehicles and they expect to continue to make advances in the fuel efficiency of vehicles for many years to come.
Without good design - that which raises the emotions, and gets us all fired up - how do we hope to encourage the sorts of numbers needed to switch to sustainable living, to really make a difference? Aspiration and style play key roles in getting us to make the switch to a better cleaner way of living.
- Oliver Heath, eco-designer
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Peugeot’s designers started with three words to define the new 208: ”agile, sensuous and athletic”. Architectural regeneration and efficiency was a key target for the 208 and the Active HDi 70 has a diesel engine which utilises micro-hybrid technology, aerodynamics and lightweight materials to reduce CO2 emissions to just 87g/km. Petrol versions are only slightly higher: 99 – 135g/km). The brand new model has already won the coveted Auto Express Award for Best Supermini.
The fully-electric Mia is short and nimble on the outside but incredibly spacious inside for three or four people depending on the model. Like a McLaren F1 supercar, the driver sits centrally giving the passengers an enormous space to stretch their legs. The Mia’s sliding doors and an almost 'T-top' style roof facilitate getting in and out safely, especially in tight parking spots. The seat configuration allows for more boot space too.
Joining a car club means having means saving money and emissions,. A typical Zipcar member saves £3,162 per year vs. owning their own vehicle. Car club models available in the UK emit 20% less CO2 per kilometer than the average British car. In the US, 10% of the population is expected to adopt car sharing as their primary mode of transportation. Millions of people saving billions of gallons of gas and oil. Factor in the savings and you've got an economic revolution.
From the development of the first city coupe model, the smart brand (Swatch Mercedes Art) has always been pursuing out-of-the-ordinary approaches. A primary characteristic was a courageous design which integrated structural elements such the Tridion safety cell as a significant part of automotive styling in a self-assured manner.