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Malaysian automaker Proton has released the first image of a new compact hybrid concept it will show off next month at the Geneva Motor Show. At this point, we don't have a name or any technical details, but the body was apparently designed by Italian studio Italdesign Giugiaro.

Since Proton is the parent company of Lotus and has often used the British firm to help with its engineering, it's probably a safe bet that the concept will contain some Lotus-developed techno-bits. And since this is a small car likely targeted at a lower price point, it will likely be powered by some sort of mild hybrid developed by the crew in Hethel. We'll know more soon enough. Thanks to Shen for the tip!

[Source: Motorstop.asia]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, that's one sexy little car. I have to say, Giugiaro is the new Pininfarina! And I LOVE Pininfarina designs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Very, very sexy indeed. Amazing what low profile tires on a sweet set of rims can add to a car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Go Proton!!! Sexy!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh please, don't bring back the Subaru SVX windows.
        • 5 Years Ago
        BTW, for those who didn't know... SVX was styled by Guigiaro, as well. As were the Maserati Bora and Merak, and the original Lotus Espirit.

        All of which have multi-pane windows in the doors. some just more traditional wing-window triangles in front of the roll-down main pane.

        The SVX, and others, including McLaren F1, as well... have much more compound curvature to the upper fixed glass panel than would be possible to roll into a slot in the door skin, even if the whole piece of glass would fit into the door skin, which it would not, anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, yes they should!

        Although those are too small.

        That whole window would not fit into the door cavity to roll down, no way, no how.

        But splitting it will make it fit, and will simultaneously make the upper fixed glass able to be mounted more flush, which is more aerodynamic, and quieter, while keeping the large glass area for better visibility and sense of space and light inside a little tin can like that proton.

        The roll down section should be a bit bigger, though. You still want to be able to reach your arm out the window at a drive up ATM, or something. There is such a thing as too small, and SVX windows are not that small.

        ItalDesign, Guigiaro's company, likes these, and I tend to as well, for those listed reasons. DeLorean and other ID designs have split windows.