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Post by lamphant on Mon Jul 28, 2008 10:37 am

July 22, 2008–
Honda's low-emission sportscar study model has been revealed at the British International Motor Show, at ExCel, London

The lightweight roadster design study is a concept showing Honda's core
engineering principals, designing stylish and exciting cars that are
also environmentally responsible.

Named the OSM (for Open Study Model), the two-seater joins the
confirmed-for-production CR-Z sports hybrid and FCX Clarity hydrogen
fuel cell car on the Honda stand at the show.

"We're trying to show that low emission cars can be attractive," says
Andreas Sittel, Project Leader for OSM. "There is no reason why a car
that's more environmentally friendly can't look great too - and be
sporty and fun to drive."

The concept for the project was ‘Clean and Dynamic' - and this
direction was followed for both the exterior and interior design,
ensuring a joined-up, consistent ‘language' between the two. One
example of this can be seen at the rear of the car, where the body
actually extends into the cabin between the seats.

The exterior design is a balance of smooth, rounded curves and sharp
lines to provide definition in key areas. The headlights are cleverly
integrated into the front end, stretching from the nose to the top of
the wheel arches to look more like a part of the original body.

Inside, this uninterrupted, fluid approach is continued, with long
sweeping curves extending from both door panels to form a frame for the
instrument display. The concept for the dashboard was to avoid creating
the traditional block of ‘heavy' colour and material in front of the
driver; in keeping with the clean and lightweight theme. For that
reason, the dash is broken into sections, with the most important
instruments in direct line-of-sight of the driver.

Key information is displayed in a rounded, enclosed central binnacle,
with levels and figures in bright blue on a black background. This
matches the trim inside the car, with the seats and door furniture
trimmed in a new, gloss-effect blue leather, accompanied by white
leather sections, in line with the exterior body colour, a one-off
paint called Mystic Pearl.

The driver's main controls and functions are distributed in an
intuitive layout, close at hand on a panel that curves downwards to the
right of the driver. A centrally-mounted semi-sequential gear-shift
points towards a fun-to-drive transmission, along with paddle shifts
either side of the steering wheel. Integrated into the gearshifter
itself is a red ignition ‘start' button, which reinforces the sporty
direction of the car.

The Honda OSM was designed by Honda's R&D facility in Offenbach,
Germany. It's the latest example of the young talent being developed
within Honda's design studios in Europe - following the Honda Small
Hybrid Sports Concept (Geneva 2007) and the Accord Tourer Concept
(Frankfurt 2007).

At present, the Honda OSM is a design study model, and there are no plans for it to enter production.

Honda's cleaner cars - a brief history

1972The CVCC engine is developed for the Civic - a low-emission petrol engine that meets strict US regulations

1993Honda wins prestigious World Solar Challenge with the solar-powered Type Dream car

1996Honda EV Plus electric vehicle - capable of carrying four adults nearly 224km on a single charge - is presented to the public

1997The Civic GX, which runs on natural gas, is available to buy in America. It becomes the world's cleanest car

1999Honda launches the Insight - a petrol-electric hybrid car capable
of 3.4 l/100km on the combined cycle, with emissions of just 80g/km of

2003Civic IMA hybrid saloon is launched, with CO2 emissions of 116g/km

2006New Civic Hybrid goes on sale, with fuel economy of 4.6 l/100km (combined) and emissions of 109g/km

2007A lightweight hybrid sportscar concept, named CR-Z, is revealed at
the Tokyo Motor Show, and a version is confirmed for production

2008The hydrogen fuel cell-powered Honda FCX Clarity rolls off the
production line in Japan, and leasing of these zero emission vehicles
starts in the US
Honda unveils OSM study model at the British International Motor Show.

2009A much more affordable hybrid car from Honda is due to go on sale
in the Spring - making cleaner motoring technology available to more
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Post by nickwayne on Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:32 am

Wow! the car looks really good.Its a good news.Thanks for all the details and history you provided.

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Post by caleb85 on Mon Sep 27, 2010 2:52 am

Oh ya the car looks so beautiful.Thanks for the pics and information about it.I liked it.

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