Why the Seat Minimo isn’t simply one other Twizy

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Seat’s Minimo city mobility idea takes inspiration from motorbikes
Seat design boss tells us why the city mobility idea isn’t a Twizy rip-off

Seat has revealed a two-seat electrical automobile referred to as the Minimo, which is the automobile maker’s imaginative and prescient of how folks will transfer round cities sooner or later.

Regardless of the automobile’s futuristic, quirky seems to be, it didn’t take lengthy for the beautiful folks of the web to pipe up with claims that, design-wise, the Minimo is a rip-off of the Renault Twizy.

Now, we at Autocar aren’t blind to the likeness. They appear related, are an analogous measurement, each have two seats, each have the identical electrical vary and each have been created purely to be used within the metropolis.

However the Twizy is nearly 10 years previous, so absolutely there have to be some variations?

We posed the query to Seat’s design boss, Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, who was naturally fast to reply.

Speaking concerning the Twizy, he mentioned: “It’s the one automobile of reference due to its measurement and two seats. The similarities cease there.

“In a Minimo, you don’t get moist, you may drive in a go well with. And the Minimo strikes on a regular basis because of the battery swap.” That’s a reference to the Minimo’s 4 battery modules, which Seat says may be simply swapped. The Twizy options plug-in charging.

Mesonero-Romanos additionally mentioned the Minimo would provide higher security, which displays a decade of progress in automotive security.

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Transferring on to design, he mentioned: “We did the design another way. The Minimo is surrounded by glass. As folks will use it as a type of Uber or taxi, there’s a whole lot of visibility in the event you sit within the again.”

Okay, there’s a component of ‘he would say that, wouldn’t he?’ to Mesonero-Romanos’s feedback. However Seat can level to the Minimo being designed for stage 4 autonomous driving and that the automobile will exist as a car-sharing service as key factors of distinction.

So now we all know: the Minimo is completely, undoubtedly, not identical to the Twizy. Though we will see the resemblance…

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