~ Return to 'Son Of Xweb' here ~

  << Previous Topic | Next Topic >>Return to > X1/99  

Size counts

February 9 2005 at 4:28 AM
Alex Shepherd 

I feel that a replacement for the X1/9 needs to be small, cleverly-packaged, and lightweight.

A common trend over the last ten-fifteen years of car design has been ever-increasing car sizes. That has lead to improved safety, comfort, and of course passenger and luggage space. If the size of the bodyshell is reduced, there are unavoidable compromises in suspension design, safety of the cabin structure, and the level of refinement (NVH) enjoyed by the occupants.

Even considering all the above, FIAT has excelled in packaging over the years. Take the original 128 saloon - even the spare wheel fitted into the engine bay! - and for a more recent example, the clever Multipla.

Look under the bonnet of a Japanese saloon and you see a flat bulkhead with the wiper motor bolted on. This is an area where FIAT deserves to enjoy the advantage built up over years of packaging small cars - including the design of the X1/9.

Therefore I feel that a key element of the X1/9's successor is the clever packaging required to produce a small, lightweight two-seater sports car. This is not going to be an executive saloon or a family wagon. The compromises outlined above need to be addressed, in a similar way to what Lotus and Smart have achieved.

If this packaging compromise leads to the re-introduction of X1/9 features (fuel tank and spare wheel behind seats, front and rear luggage compartments, roof manually-stowed in front compartment) then so be it, that does not need to be seen as retrospective for the sake of old times. If there are better solutions made possible by modern materials and technology, or if safety regulations force the adoption of conventional (or innovative) solutions, those solutions will be perfectly acceptable as well.

I am confident that a target-consumer study would reveal that potential 'X1/99' buyers already have access to larger vehicles for their transport requirements. So why not create a unique vehicle with exemplary packaging and style?


 Respond to this message   
Current Topic - Size counts
  << Previous Topic | Next Topic >>Return to > X1/99  

Xweb 'Calling All Cars' Bulletins:
Be sure to add yourself to Xweb's Registry and User Map
Xweb BUG REPORT/Q&A can help you get around!
Want Xweb's latest threads on your site? Click
Special section: X1/99 Concept forum

Xweb Forums Contacts:
Forums Moderator: Mark F mfreemanis AT hotmail.com
Forums Moderator: Gregory S gfs AT scattercreek.com
Forums Moderator: Eric A fastx19 AT yahoo.com
Site Maintenance: Mac seattlex19 AT fastmail.fm
User Registry: Mark H markyharris AT gmail.com
User Map: Andrew rooy AT new.rr.com

XANA Homepage:

LEGAL NOTICE: All comments, suggestions, ideas, sketches, renderings, images and any other information or intellectual property posted by users, on any page where this message appears, are being offered entirely free of charge or legal obligation to Fiat S.p.A. for potential consideration or unrestricted present or future use, with no expectation or obligation for compensation, unless that specific item is directly accompanied by a statement to the contrary. By posting to this web page, you accept this agreement.