Russian automaker Yo-Auto is currently taking pre-orders for its trio of hybrid vehicles, which are slated to arrive in 2012. The triumvirate consists of a coupe, hatchback and truck, and they are all referred to as Yo-Mobiles. It seems the automaker has other vehicles in mind as well, because a rather unique concept car has been mocked up that will make its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Yo-Concept is not destined for production. Let's get that right out of the way. Yo-Auto executives, however, want the styling of the concept vehicle to serve as a design leader for future vehicles down the road.

The most unique feature of the Yo-Concept has to be the operation of the doors. They don't open outward, like traditional automotive ports of entry, but instead slide up and to the rear of the vehicle. The resulting entryway is quite large, and you can see it for yourself in the gallery renderings or the video, which is posted after the jump.


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      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Yo-auto"..lol sounds like what MTV would choose for a name if they started a car company. :)
      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only problem with it, if its an automatic sequence, is in situations like parallel parking. If you misjudged and you're too close to a tall vehicle behind you....well, you're doors are going into their car. Or what if someone is walking behind your car? It creates a lot of risky situations I think because they extend further back than the rear of your car.
      paulwilson05
      • 3 Years Ago
      only if I can drive with the doors open!
      pikkie
      • 3 Years Ago
      What if the doors got broken, how can a big size person get out of the car??
        Greg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @pikkie
        How does a big size person get out of a modern car with its little windows if the doors don't open?
      Dayv
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know it's just a concept rendering, but I'm picturing those doors scissoring the head off of someone standing behind the car.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      axiomatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool concept and neat idea. I would like it better if the window shape was a little more standard, so that rear passengers wouldn't be in a cave. But I like the overall shape of the vehicle and the detailing.
      Apex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Think sliding door on a van, but it moves up. Gravity won't like it if it's manual so it's heavy to push up, and fast to come down - watch your fingers. If powered, then it's incredable slow, and the anti-pinch sensors would trip all the time for sure... sad to saY but it's POS design.
      Riley Asbury
      • 3 Years Ago
      So you have to roll your windows down every time you want to get into your car? Smart idea Russia.
        Crown R0yal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Riley Asbury
        i'm pretty sure they would roll down automatically ... much like a convertible top opening.
          Riley Asbury
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Crown R0yal
          Im aware that they roll down automatically. I was thinking more along the lines of having your car roll down the windows for you when its raining out ect.
        Tweak589
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Riley Asbury
        What difference would it make? You still need to open your door when it's raining....
      autoblogger
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's see. If a german or british car manufacturer comes out with a unique and cool looking concept you guys instantly give it a high five. But when something similar gets done in Russia or India, for example, you shoot down with no mercy! Come on, it's just a concept car! It's something you rarely see come out of countries from former USSR..
        lemonite
        • 3 Years Ago
        @autoblogger
        It's not a concept car, it's a just a render.
        ZOZ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @autoblogger
        These guys deserve a Nissan Cube, or ever worse: a Kia Soul :o)
        Ian Bruce 伊恩·布鲁斯
        @autoblogger
        Practical?... maybe. NHTSA certifiable?... unlikely. Out-of-the-box thinking?... absolutely. As good as anything out of the EU or Japan?... sure. Design is global now -- Russia's the address on the checks. You have to expect a little ribbing about a country formerly associated with things like fur-lined bikinis, coal-fired computers, and cast iron foil.
      Luc Helterbrand
      • 3 Years Ago
      eh...bubble car. been done...that said, that has got to be the dumbest design idea ever! you have to roll down your windows to open the door? and when shut that thing as horrible visibility out the sides and the driver can't even see the mirror on the passenger side because of the angle and thickness of the a pillars...unless those aren't mirrors and just cameras for some sort of internal display screen....still for a manufacturer in frigid russia you would think they could come up with a more thoughtful exiting contraption.
      Marselle Hisamov
      • 3 Years Ago
      it hit me right know! you can drive this car with opened doors and car looks awesome anyway!
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