MAKOTO HARADA, SPORTS EV DE­SIGNER

Autocar - - TOKYO MOTOR SHOW -

How long had you been work­ing on this project?

“It was a su­per-tight turn­around. We were work­ing on it right to the last minute. The Ur­ban EV at the Frank­furt show was cre­ated way be­fore this. The cars share the same con­cept, but we’re tar­get­ing a wide range of peo­ple with them.”

How adapt­able is Honda’s elec­tric ve­hi­cle plat­form?

“There is a lot of free­dom, de­pend­ing on what we want to achieve. Con­struc­tion wise, this is the same as the Ur­ban EV, us­ing the same head­lights, tail-lights and in­te­rior ex­cept for the seats. Di­men­sions-wise, they are pretty close. The plat­form al­lows for dif­fer­ent weight dis­tri­bu­tions, where you can make some parts of the car heav­ier, some parts [lighter].”

Why is the de­sign so dif­fer­ent to cur­rent Hon­das?

“The sur­fac­ing is to­tally dif­fer­ent – we’re not re­ly­ing on harsh crease lines. We spent so much time on the sur­fac­ing. We gave the car a low, wide stance, and then wanted to give it a de­sign like sports cars back in the day – more friendly and hu­man.”

How was the con­cept re­ceived within Honda?

“We took a lot of risk with it. Some peo­ple ask why it is like this. There are so many dif­fer­ent opin­ions on it. I went through three three­quar­ter clay mod­els rather than just one to get the right feel­ing from my orig­i­nal sketch. At the end, peo­ple seemed to like it.”

The con­cept fea­tures clas­sic long-bon­net, cab-back pro­por­tions

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