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General Motors will display the latest stage of its E-Flex architecture which in the shape of the
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show car, at the Frankfurt Show.
The MPV-style concept uses the same electric hybrid drive system as the Chevrolet Volt, substituting a petrol
model for a 1.3-litre turbo diesel engine.
The Flextreme uses an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery and is capable of a range of up to
55km on electric power alone.
The 1.3-litre diesel engine is used solely to charge the batteries when they are empty and no plug-in facility
GM says the Flextreme will also give styling cues to the next generation of Vauxhall cars and utilises
lightweight polycarbon panels, optimal aerodynamics and reduced weight alloy wheels add further to the car’s
potential propulsion range.
The Flextreme also features Flexload and Flexdoors loading systems, mixed with the latest advanced
materials inside the cabin.
The Flexload luggage compartment allows access through a pair of butterfly-style rear tailgate doors which
make the tailgate accessible not just from the rear, but from the side of the vehicle.
Rear Flexload doors are hinged at the rear, and with the lack of a central B-Pillar provide improved access
into the car’s cabin.
The seats are anchored to the floor in single rails in order to free up extra foot space, while a selection of
cameras mounted in the car’s bodywork present the driver with a complete all-round view of the car’s
For the Frankfurt Show the Flextreme carries two Segway Personal Transporters mounted inside Flextreme’s
body which can be released from the car’s luggage compartment with a twist of the handlebars.