You may think this is the latest design out of a famous Italian design house like Pininfarina, or even a new concept from Citroen, but the sleek Icona Fuselage was designed in its hometown ahead of this week’s unveiling at Auto Shanghai 2011.
Icona Shanghai is a unique European design, engineering and prototyping team that is permanently based in Shanghai’s Pudong district.
Led by French design director Samuel Chuffart – who has worked with Nissan, Jaguar Land Rover and Stile Bertone – Icona was created in 2010 in response to the growing demand from the Chinese automotive sector for projects to be conducted closer to home.
The Fuselage concept is an all-electric vehicle with a 15kWh electric motor and a 360kg battery pack.
Icona says acceleration from 0-100km/h takes just 4.5 seconds, while the Fuselage will continue on to a top speed of 200km/h.
The flowing hatchback is sleek and athletic, with fine headlights and taillights, full-length gullwing doors and a clean, driver-focused interior.
The Icona Fuselage is just a concept, but with an alluring blend of Chinese crispness and Italian flare, it’s hard not to appreciate the work of the Icona and hope it inspires a production design in the not too distant future.