In Spring 1995 for my final semester at Art Center (Europe), I decided to propose a car specifically for the Indian market.The project went on to be sponsored by Mercedes Benz AG's India Concept Car Project. The model was based on the Mercedes Benz A Class Package, similar to the Mercedes Benz FCC.The Economic, Climatic & Social differences between the European & Indian markets were the driving forcees behind the project.
Indian Traffic Conditions:
The car incorporated several low cost solutions:
common hinges for the bonnet, trunk & (optional) doors, Tubular seat frames with hammock stylesupport, the absense of a dashboard that could be customised after the initial puchase.
Upright windscreens, Fabric roof and the absense of doors would keep the car cool in the hot Indian Climate
The key assumption for this project was that a culture with it's own taste for clothes, food & colours would have their own taste for cars.
I also drew extensive inspiration from Indian Art & Architecture