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Old 24th October 2013, 18:26   #1
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Default Plastic body Offroader concepts from Germany

A German automotive consultancy Uniqueco is developing two offroad vehicles which have a new kind of plastic panel shells as body. Uniqueco claims that their designs have same crash safety standards as other conventional german passenger cars. Uniqueco designed vehicles have plastic body panels secured to an extruded aluminum passenger safety cell and zinc coated steel frame. So it is basically tubular frame with aluminum safety cell and plastic panel shells as body. Uniqueco has innovated two vehicles one is two seater compact MPV called eFROOG weighting around 1530 kgs powered by 1.2 litre 70 hp petrol engine or 20 hp electric motor drive with 15/18/20 kw battery packs. It will have range of 185 km with top speed of 80 kmph with the smallest battery pack option. The eFROOG is available in various configurations of open top or pick up or recreation vehicles. Second concept from Uniqueco is SUV called Kitesh to be powered by 125 hp CRDI engine from Opel. Kitesh also has six speed gearbox, offroading ability with high ground clearance, an electronically controlled limited slip rear differential and a number of safety features, such as front airbags, anti-lock brakes and an electronic stability program.

Uniqueco claims that with platic panel shells, the weight of vehicles is going to be reduced by 60 percent. Also, they claim to utilize recycled plastic for making panels so that it will have greener manufacturing. Uniqueco is looking for suitable manufacturing partners and investors to launch these vehicles. On a side note, readers of Team-bhp will note that Kitesh SUV resembles earstwhile Tempo Trax! May be Force Motors relies so much on German designers and engineers for its vehicles!

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The kitesh looks promising. Wonder if plastic panels also mean cheaper cost of production and lower retail price.

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They seems to be heavily influenced by Indian Trax series, Or Is the otherway around, Trax concept is lifted from European car?

Found a brochure : http://www.uniqueco.de/files/BROSCHURE_KITESH2013[1].pdf

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The kitesh looks promising. Wonder is plastic panels also mean cheaper cost of production and lower retail price.
Plastic does not necessarily mean cheaper. The dies for molding panels of these sizes are extremely expensive and hence the component produced will also be expensive, unless of course this vehicle sells by the millions.
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Theres a large market for M&M to try out this config for older Jeeps and newer Thars. Infact Mahindra customisations can make a killing on this front.

I wud luv to put up a replica of Hummer on my MM540. True that underpinnings never will be a Hummer. But What the heck? I am willing to be s ucker to get a retro look on my Jeep as long as it does not hamper offroadability in any sense.

EDIT: How about M&M offering changable body panels? A. la wrist watch straps and changable panels on mobile backs :-)

Andy

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