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23 January 2013

Veer into the individual: Honda GEAR Concept

Words by Jade Lu | Photos courtesy of Honda Canada Inc.
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Falling into the ‘smaller’ trend, Honda follows suit after the Chevy Spark, Hyundai Eon, and Mitsubishi Mirage. At the 2013 Montreal International Motor Show, Honda Canada unveiled their concept unit for the chic, young, next generation urbanite - the GEAR Concept Study Model.
Honda doesn’t really say anything about the GEAR, just this statement from Honda R&D Americas Design Director, Dave Marek: "Subcompact cars are usually either utilitarian, but uninspiring or they're fun, zippy cars that are impractical and too expensive for the Gen-Y buyer, GEAR Concept tears down those walls - it's practical but fun, customizable, connected and affordable. Everything that young, discerning urban buyers would want in a car."
Its design inspiration is as ambiguous as its specs. At first glance, the GEAR looks like a badger. Its front-sloping lines, however, have hints of the Jazz, which is a relief given that the Jazz is one of the fail-safe cars of choice for practical buyers. But what really interests us is how this bug-eyed mini bears a close resemblance to the original Honda City Turbo from 1982.
We wonder how much of this concept will be put into the production model, if this will, in fact, be developed for commercial consumption. At this point, we are left to do no more than speculate and - hopefully - wait.
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