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Mitsubishi SSS

2000 Mitsubishi SSS

(Sleek sliding doors)

This concept car was created by the company’s 26-year-old lead designer, John Hull.

Powered by Mitsubishi’s 3.5-liter SOHC V-6, mounted transversely, the SSS was built on a front-wheel-drive platform with 4-wheel independent suspension.

Functional touches of the SSS include parallelogram-hinged doors that minimized the space needed to open side doors, high intensity discharge (HID) front lighting, LED lighting system in the rear, and a dual front bumper system (one low and a second one higher) that decreased the possibility of nosedive under a larger SUV in a rear-end collision.

Mobile Terrace

2003 Suzuki Mobile-Terrace

(Sliding Doors with a terrible name)

4.050m long, 1.695m wide and 1.774m high with a wheelbase of 3.0m.

The body is opaque and the top is completely made of tinted glass.

In addition to siding doors, the roof rises like the wings of a bird. It looks like the seats rotate and slide out from the body of the vehicle.

Cinema 7D

2003 EDAG Cinema 7D

(Best in Class Sliding Doors)

Little can be found about this car. It’s certainly one of the better looking ones, and looks to be a practical vehicle that would work as an EV. What’s surprising is the three wide passenger seats.



1999 Pinanfarina Metrocubo

(cube with sliding doors)

A small car, just a tiny bit over the 2.5 metres in length.

Powered by a four stroke, 505cc two cylinder gasoline engine that works as a generator charging the batteries at the rate of 6.3 kW per hour. The electric motor has a capacity of 35 kW.

Its top speed is reported to be slightly above 100kph when operating on its electric motor. The battery capacity was limited to 40 km. But with the petrol engine, 10 litre petrol tank it could go up to 300km



New Years Resolution = STOP Downloading Stuff.

It’s been 10 years since I started reading eBooks (remember the Palm Pilot ?). And in the years eBooks have been accumulating. From free books from Amazon, to the Internet Archive and Gutenberg, they just keep increasing. Now the Calibre library has been down-sized. But even then I can’t chuck stuff out. It just gets stored on an external hard drive.

As for music, with Spotify, Bandcamp and Chromecast everything can be streamed to speakers or just played on the Smartphone. Those albums not available on streaming services are in MP3 format on the phone.

And TV, Movies are almost all streamed. Between TVNZ on Demand, Lightbox, Netflix and Disney+ I don’t need DVDs.

But will keep a few, just to play and keep under the Broadband 120gig cap.



Scenic Coggiola

The 1991 Renault Scenic (Coggiola) was revealed at the Frankfurt Car Show.

It had Power steering, four-wheel drive and automatic load levelling system. Powered by a 150bhp 2.0-litre multivalve engine.


3 Wheels

Spotted at a Hospital car-park, two unusual motorcycles. A blue and white Yamaha Tricity 155.

Displacement: 155.00 cc
Engine type: Single cylinder, four-stroke
Power: 10.9 kW @ 6750 RPM
Torque: 14.40 Nm @ 6000 RPM
Fuel control: Single Overhead Cams (SOHC)

Overall height: 1,210 mm
Overall length: 1,980 mm
Overall width: 750 mm
Ground clearance: 125 mm
Wheelbase: 1,350 mm
Fuel capacity: 7.20 litres


ELO ‘Mt Blue Sky’ rip-off


Daihatsu TA-X80

1987 Daihatsu TA-X80

Sliding Doors Designed in a wind tunnel

Daihatsu’s TA-X80, a 2-seat mini-midi with a 1.0-liter twin-cam 24-valve turbo V6.

The TA-X80 get its name from Technology Advanced eXperimental, and the fact that it marks the 80th anniversary of the Daihatsu company.

4×4 on-demand (variable torque-split full-time 4WD), automatic 4-speed gearbox
Petrol engine displacement: 996cc
Power: 95.5 kW @ 9,000rpm
Length: 3.9m, width: 1.695m, height 1.065m
Weight 880kg
Top speed: 250 km/h
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h 5.5 s


Ford Ghia

1985 Ford Probe V (Ghia)

Wrap-around Sliding Doors

The Probe V achieved a 10% reduction in drag coefficient, achieving 0.137 to Probe IV’s 0.152. This tiny, but very significant, 10% reduction in drag required building a whole new concept to achieve it.

The wheel skirts are integrated in the body’s outer surface so when the front wheels are turned the membrane flexes to clear the tires.