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2013-12-11 08:41

DESIGN COMMITMENT: Hyundai Motors will unveil its Intrado concept, the next-gen hydrogen fuel cell car, at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Image: Newspress

OFFENBACH, Germany - Hyundai will unveil the Intrado, a concept car that confirms the automaker’s on-going commitment to innovation by previewing future developments for the brand, at the 2014 Geneva auto show.

The company says the Intrado is built around a super-light structure made from a mixture of materials and joined using a revolutionary technique that has the potential to change the way cars will be constructed in the future. It also has a next-gen hydrogen fuel-cell drivetrain that is smaller and lighter than the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell.

AIRCRAFT INSPIRED

The Intrado will be the first concept car inspired by the company’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 - the result of a close collaboration between Hyundai’s design and engineering teams. The car was styled and engineered primarily at Hyundai Motor's European R&D centre in Russelsheim, Germany, hence its codename, HED-9 (Hyundai Europe Design).

Hyundai says the car takes its name from the underside of an aircraft’s wing, which produces lift, enabling flight to take place (purist definition is "the inside curve of an arch" - which, effectively is what an aircraft wing is).

The car’s technical aspects also take inspiration from aircraft, such as the use of advanced materials, removal of all unnecessary weight, a style born solely of purpose, and a highly efficient power train.

Hyundai president and design guru Peter Schreyer said: “Hyundai Intrado envisages a motoring future that encapsulates the efficiency and freedom associated with flying. I believe in the power of mobility to deliver emotional as well as physical connections and this car helps us find the joy of discovery again.

"The Intrado shows that future cars can be relevant and exciting.”

More details of the Intrado will be revealed ahead of the 2014 Geneva show.
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