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World premiere „iChange“ -
1-2-3-seater with "trick-tail" at the 79th International Motor
Show in Geneva
Zumikon - World premiere at the
Geneva International Motor Show (March 5th thru March 15th
2009): with the “iChange” the Swiss designers of Rinspeed
present a “1-2-3-seater” powered by a 130kw-electric motor.
Swiss off-the-wall thinker Frank M. Rinderknecht constructs
concept cars with fully variable body design.
The concept car’s striking body
structure adapts via “electronic trick-tail” to the number of
passengers: while the sporty and streamlined teardrop shape
seats only the driver, two more passengers may join him once the
car’s rear end has risen as if by magic. In the blink of an eye
the full-blooded sports car turns into a compact sportsvan.
With the Rinspeed “iChange“ the
automotive jack-of-all-trades Frank M. Rinderknecht and his
partners aim to provide thought-provoking impulses for the
“Thinking about variability and
the constantly changing energy demand, we have created an
extremely flexible vehicle.” The result is a zero-emission car
featuring both extremely low weight and aerodynamic drag, thus
further reducing the power consumption.
For Mr. Rinderknecht the car’s
name “iChange” means more than a flowery phrase: “If we want to
preserve our individual mobility in the future, we have to
re-think our conception of cars - above all we need to
accommodate the ecological aspects.
” The best possible answer the big
automakers could find for the “iChange” woud be a strong
“Yes, we can!”
The partners and suppliers in the
"iChange" project are:
AEZ Leichtmetallräder GmbH -
www.aez-wheels.com Carl F. Bucherer - www.carl-f-bucherer.com
Die Agentur, Werbeagentur GmbH - www.dieagentur-group.com J.
Eberspächer GmbH & Co. KG - www.eberspaecher.com Esoro AG -
www.esoro.ch KGS Diamond Group AG - www.kgsdiamond.com Leaseplan
(Schweiz) AG - www.leaseplan.ch Harman/Becker Automotive Systems
- www.harmanbecker.com Motorex Bucher Langenthal AG -
www.motorex.com Schoeller GmbH & CoKG - www.schoeller-wool.com
Siemens AG - www.siemens.com Strähle + Hess GmbH & Co. KG -
Special thanks to:
Subaru Deuschland GmbH -
www.subaru.de Lesonal GmbH - www.lesonal.de
(Jan 29, 2009)