1988 Peugeot Oxia Concept Car

1988 Peugeot Oxia Concept Car Interior
The 1988 Peugeot Oxia concept car interior drew on solar cells for electrical power. The dashboard included a computer and a map display.
The 1988 Peugeot Oxia concept car interior drew on solar cells for electrical power. The dashboard included a computer and a map display.
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The 1988 Peugeot Oxia concept car interior continued the theme of futuristic comfort. Computerized air conditioning made sure that the selected temperature and airflow stayed constant, regardless of external conditions. When the car was stopped, this system drew power from 18 solar cells, to maintain airflow through the passenger compartment.

Getting into the two-seater wasn't so easy, since you had to climb over a tall sill. Once inside you found a blend of traditional leather and future high-tech. The tall console swept downward, with a high gearshift lever in easy reach. A steel-blue anodized finish decorated the aluminum dashboard.

Electrically-adjustable seats contained a five-point safety harness. Carpets were bright blue; trim was a colored mix of anthracite gray and steel blue. Electrically powered mirrors stood right at eye level, aligned with the inside mirror to produce a wide field of view.

As for entertainment, the Peugeot Oxia concept car's stereo system came with a compact disc player -- a cutting-edge device in a car at the time. Both the driver and passenger had an entertainment-selection keyboard located on the door panel.

Body construction borrowed considerably from race-car techniques, combining light weight with rigidity. An outer skin of carbon and Kevlar-epoxy resin composite was bonded to an aluminum honeycomb structure. The entire chassis assembly weighed only 180 pounds.

Peugeot was no stranger to dramatic concept cars, or to memorable production cars. After years of offering rather sedate passenger vehicles, the company suddenly came up with the speedy 205GTI in 1984. A year later, a turbocharged twin-cam 16-valve 205 Turbo 16, with all-wheel drive, won the World Rally Championship.

A long wheelbase gave the Oxia plenty of room for two passengers, the engine, and cargo space between the front and rear axles.
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At the 1985 Paris Auto Show, Peugeot displayed its futuristic Quasar concept sports car, which had been designed in-house, even though the legendary Pininfarina had styled many Peugeot production models. No less than the later Peugeot Oxia concept car, the fanciful Quasar had a science-fiction quality about it. Doors pivoted forward and up from the sculptured body, in the manner of Lamborghini's Countach.

The Quasar was just the first step in the eventual development of the 1988 Peugeot Oxia concept car, however. Learn more about it on the next page.

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