The Renault Kangoo is a practical and utilitarian van-like vehicle sold as a passenger car and as a light commercial vehicle. Being already on the market for a few years Renault decided to update its looks and introduced the new styling with the Kangoo Break'up concept at the 2002 International 4WD and SUV Motor Show in Val d'Isere, France.
The combination of the bright yellow metallic paint job and the grey plastic mouldings make the Kangoo Break'up a striking vision. This concept seems practical and versatile and should appeal to active outdoor people.
Keeping in mind the important role the British car industry once has played it seems a worth while cause to keep at least one British independent manufacturer alive. After a tumultuous recent history the now independent and British MG-Rover group has set its mind firmly on survival. A clear statement of that was the introduction of the Rover TCV concept at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show. This concept lacks running gear but shows in what direction new Rover exterior and interior styling might go.
Basically the TCV is a roomy 5-passenger estate wagon with a flexible interior. The rear three seats and the front passenger seat can be individually folded down flush with the rear floor to create a huge cargo space, allowing the transportation of objects up to 3.1 metres in length. The central rear seat is modular and can be replaced with a child seat, an entertainment center, a fridge/foodwarmer and whatever else comes in handy.
MG-Rover tries to embody versatility and luxury with this concept but in all it doesn't look very convincing. It's massive and bulky with too many crisscross lines. It seems to me that the MG-Rover design department had a bit of a wild day when they conjured up this car and I genuinely hope they'll improve on it for the next generation of Rovers scheduled to appear starting 2004.
Seat shows that a concept car can be recycled. On the occasion of the 2002 Madrid Motor Show the Spanish division of the Volkswagen Audi Group has taken their 2000 Seat Salsa Emocion concept and gave it a makeover. The shape of the car hasn't changed much and neither has the featured technology but a new coat of paint has been slapped on and a number of details have been redesigned. And there you have the new Salsa Red, ready to strike the car show circuit all over again.
The relevancy, if there ever was any, of the Salsa concept is fading away. Its looks aren't futuristic anymore and its technology isn't that exiting. Just compare it to the similar Alfa Romeo Brera and see the difference. The bright red color is an improvement but it still looks like a suppository. Time to hit the drawing boards for a new design, Seat.
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