SMALL MERCIES: DESIGN OF TOWN CARS

The town car-economic, fuel saving and non polluting--has been given added impetus by problems of limited fuel supplies. Details are given of models from enfield automotive, citroen, fiat and British Leyland, which present a range of technical solutions to current design problems. The citroen-backed minima's tubular steel chasis supports a body of ABS plastic; the suspension is comprised of four cylinders of rubber, rigidly mounted in the chassis. The safety wheels have three separate circumferential compartments to counteract damage from kerbs or potholes. British Leyland's Minissima, built as a prototype for exhibition only, has weaknesses in seat design and bumper protection. The electric powered enfield, although costing about half as much to run as the small petrol driven cars, is limited in range and top speed. The fial design concentrates on safety features. The town car is seen both as a forerunner of the modules of an integrated system and for use in distribution from outer urban or rural public transport terminals.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Design Council: Design Scottish Committee

    28 Haymarket
    London SW1Y 4SU,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1974-3

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 52-57
  • Serial:
    • Design
    • Issue Number: 303
    • Publisher: Design Centre

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00261673
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 11 1974 12:00AM