The remit was 'Imagine the Peugeot in the worldwide megalopolis of tomorrow'. Designers were asked to create a concept car designed to evolve in future cities, while retaining key 21st-century values like environmental awareness, social harmony, interactive mobility and economic efficiency.
The Oxo is built on an X-shaped frame so it can expand and contract in traffic, and its two passenger seats are in separate compartments which can be as far apart or close together as desired. It's electric, of course, and looks like a toy because the future will be fun 🙂 No lessons will be required to drive it – it can be controlled like a video game or autorun.
Ahead of the others by several hundred votes (the public have been the judges so far) is outrageously curvaceous, dune-buggy-inspired RD by Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar from Colombia.
Another cool contender is MoVille, the vision of Woo-Ram Lee from France. It's a compact single passenger vehicle with artificial intelligence and zero-emission drive train, shaped like a teardrop. The passenger capsule rotates on electromagnets to make it aerodynamic on highways. Like a Smart Car with 'cute' turned up to full volume.
The winner will be announced on October 2 at the Paris Motor Show. The winning design will be produced as a scale model for the Shanghai Motor Show in spring 2009 and receive a €10,000 prize. RM