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Another Stunning BMW Concept Launching Under Name "Vision"

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On: Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 4:28PM | By: Chris Weiss


Another Stunning BMW Concept Launching Under Name "Vision"

BMW will debut a new roadster concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show next month. And the pictures tell us that it's going to be as stylish as its Vision EfficientDynamics concept that originally launched at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, and is now on the way to production. More than just a way to build buzz around Bimmer, the Vision ConnectedDrive concept will preview new, in-vehicle technology systems that will make it to production models like the Vision Ed and MegaCity EV. The concept also introduces new design language, which will also make it to the production line.

A source explained the design to Autocar: "There are certain features which have been chosen because they reflect the look you’ll see on new models already in the pipeline. And you won’t have to wait too long before they become reality."

While we don't anticipate the small, unframed windshield will make it into production, other elements like the L-shaped taillights, headlights and angled, stretched kidney grille will likely be seen in future, roadgoing BMWs. Like the Vision EfficientDynamics, the Vision ConnectedDrive gets lighted elements around the exterior. The concept also gets sliding doors similar to the ones BMW equipped to its Z1 roadster from the early 90s.

Inside, the Vision CD showcases new technology that BMW intends to incorporate into select models. Drivers will get information traditionally available in an instrument cluster from a three-dimensional HUD. The system will enable drivers to superimpose the most essential information over the top of less important information, so that they'll still be able to see both, but the most crucial readings will be in the foreground. It sounds as though the system will automatically switch displayed information based upon current driving conditions. In superimposing the information on one screen, BMW will be able to offer a robust selection of key information without having to add an extra display.

The concept is also equipped with a variety of sensors that deliver information from the driving environment.

Unfortunately, for anyone who loves this concept (me, for instance) it's all about the pieces and not about the package. In other words, while the design and technology will survive, there are no plans to spin a production model from the Vision CD.


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Michigander | 4:35PM (Tue, Feb 15, 2011)

I can't believe they are not actually put it into production... my dreams have been crushed! :(



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