Renault unveils Frendzy concept
* Asymmetric design * Part-car, part-van * Will be at Frankfurt motor show...
This is the Renault Frendzy, a concept car that will be the star of the makes display at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
Renault describes the Frendzy as 'a commercial business vehicle that can double-up as a comfortable family car'.
On the drivers side, theres no central pillar, only a pair of centre-opening doors that provide easy access to the cabin. On the passenger side, there's a conventional front door and, behind that, a sliding rear door that incorporates a 37-inch widescreen external display. Renault says that, for business, the screen can be used to display messages or information, such as 'making deliveries' or 'back in five minutes'.
For family use, the rear seats fold up from the floor. Those in the back can watch DVDs or play games on a touch-sensitive pad that slides out from the back of the drivers seat. They can also draw on a blackboard-style slate thats integrated into the sliding door.
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The cabin features leather latticework seats, removable accessories and extensive use of wood that Renault says echo 'the simple, yet practical, world of camping'. The interior also includes a Blackberry Playbook.
A production version of the Frendzy isnt likely, but elements of the design could influence the next-generation Renault Kangoo van/MPV model.