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Ford has unveiled the iosis concept car – a vehicle that defines a new design direction for Ford of Europe featuring CFRP angled pivoting doors.
Building on the style of the Ford SAV Concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, iosis demonstrates Ford’s new ‘kinetic design’ philosophy. The car will debut at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show.
“”iosis is more than just a show car, it is sending a message about how Ford of Europe’s future design will be defined,” says Martin Smith, Ford of Europe’s Executive Design Director. “”It sends a bold message because our future products will be bold.””
Iosis is an alchemic term referring to the final stage of the transformation of base metal into gold.
The iosis features a number of design innovations. The dramatic angled pivoting door arrangement features doors constructed from carbon fibre for lightness. The doors are powered by rams that swing them upwards and outwards via a system of sophisticated hinges that ensure additional support isn’t required when the doors are open.
There are no conventional door mirrors on iosis. Mounted in the rear valance is a camera to complement those on each door. The front lamps have an inner circular turning led for low beam with a vertical day time running light, separating it from the turn signal on the outer edge.
Inside iosis, the centre stack houses docking points for a pair of memory sticks. It is possible that rather than using a conventional key or even keyless entry, a memory stick could be used that as well as acting as a security device, would also contain the driver’s personal preferences for driving position, audio settings, screen configuration, etc.
iosis will make its world debut on the Ford stand at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, which opens to the public on September 15 th 2005 .
“”The forms will be more distinctive and emotional, more athletic and muscular,”” explains Martin Smith, Ford of Europe’s executive design director. “”Equally, we have to combine safety and dynamic performance and still keep the brand identity. The iosis has great stance, it is powerful, assertive and confident, and it just cries out to be driven. That’s kinetic design – energy in motion.””
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