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Ford Reflex concept hints at a new Puma model

The Reflex concept was unveiled at the recent Detroit Motor Show and it is packed with technological innovations.

Not only does the Reflex hints at a new Puma, but underneath its sizzling body is the platform of the next-generation Fiesta.

This sensational concept features solar-powered headlights, inflatable seatbelts and diesel-electric hybrid engine.

The Reflex features a sporty front end dominated by a three-bar chrome grille and broad lights. Thanks to short overhangs the concept has a chunky and sporty look to it, which is complimented by striking 20-inch polished alloys.

A diesel hybrid engine powers the front axle, while the rear axle is driven by an electric motor - giving the Reflex four-wheel drive.

Reflex's energy is stored in a new-generation lithium-ion battery pack, using the same technology found in cell phones. Ford was the first manufacturer to produce an electric vehicle using this type of battery system when it introduced the electric Ford Ka research vehicle in 2000.

Also contributing to Reflex's power and performance are unique headlamps and taillamps that integrate solar panels. The Ford-patented battery-charging lighting system improves fuel economy by using the sun's power to charge the on-board batteries, while capturing and reusing the daylight at night.

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