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The Mercedes-Benz Nimbus was conceived during my internship at Mercedes Exterior Design Studio (10.2009-03.2010). My task was to design a special taxi vehicle with an innovative package, new visual and practical solutions for the cities of 2025.
I chose a technical package of 4 wheel hub electric engines and Li-Ion Battery situated in the floor. This enabled the driver to be positioned further to the front, which gave the opportunity for another row of seats to be placed. The driver sits in the middle and has great visibility due to the lack of Α-pillars and the sculptural jet-fighter-like glass dome. Above the driver there is an element which has aerodynamical and protective purpose and visually separates the passenger cell from driver’s space. It also makes the car character-like and friendly.
The passenger space is spacey and can welcome up to 5 adults, or 3 passengers plus luggage. The atmosphere inside is bright due to the big panorama glass surfaces designed for the passengers to be able to watch the scenery while driven. The luggage compartment is positioned very low, between the back wheels and functions as a drawer.
Styling-wise it’s a homage to the first motor taxi in the world, the Victoria (1897), designed by Daimler. Due to the optically separated and rather vertical passenger cell, as well as the big and narrow wheels the vehicle looks like a modern carriage. The main lines are inspired by flowy ornaments and this how the car fits in the old architecture of the European cities. This is the retro element of the car. The modern element is the high percentage of glass (polycarbonate) surfaces and the aero elements, as well as the use of symbolic shapes like drop and boomerang, which express dynamism. At the front the glass part is cut to simulate the traditional Mercedes grille. On the side appear chunky volumes to accent the solidity of the car and the low point of gravity. In the back there are two main volumes showing the passenger- and the luggage compartment. These are finished in glass again to give the car a lighter appearance, and enable the LED displays to be visible. The displays are to be used as advert space. Both elements are wrapped by two aero edges on both sides.
The lights are hidden in favor of the simplicity of the design.
The project was supported by exterior designers Michael Frei, Robert Lesnik and exterior chefdesigner Klaus Frenzel.
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