The Chevrolet Journey: Brazilian Concept Car Revealed at the 2002 Sao Paulo Auto Show
After a sneak peak last August when the international press got to see a designer's sketch, GM do Brasil has revealed the Chevrolet Journey concept car during the 2002 Sao Paulo Auto Show.
Developed by GM do Brasil's design talent, the Journey boasts a daring athletic exterior design that is smoothly sculpted and expressive. It was conceived with the active lifestyle and adventure spirit which drives Chevrolet fans from the banks of the Amazon to the shores of Rio.
The Journey defies classification. This all-wheel drive combines elements of an SÚV and a sports wagon to offer a spacious and versatile interior within a compact package.
The Chevrolet Journey is based on the Zafira MPV and features 3 rows of flexible seating for maximum versatility
'This vehicle is designed to break away from the traditional two-box design of today's SÚV with a more dynamic design statement, yet at the same time offer great utility and flexibility,' said David Rand, Design Director of GMB.
The Journey's design stands out thanks, in part, to its unique proportions. Its wheels have a diameter of 18 inches and boasts tires of 235/50 R18. It measures 4,380 millimeters in length, entailing a long distance between shafts (2,703 millimeters). Its height and width are 1,606 and 1,778 millimeters respectively,
The Journey's design study, which began in January of this year, presents serveral new concepts such as advanced front and rear lights and paint technology. It features a pearl gray color it features which changes depending on the light taking a reflecting a range of green hues.
Developed by a team led by Nelson Barros, GMB design manager, the Journey explores automotive ideas expected to generate customer feedback and influence future designs. While technically viable, at present, there are no plans to produce the Chevrolet Journey.
GMB Design is comprised of a 70-person team of which 25% are designers with a broad academic and professional experience from Brazilian, European and North American institutions. The design talent operates with total autonomy and the freedom to create projects that challenge the current automotive experience. Available to them is the latest in automotive design technology and equipment. Today, Brazilian designers can explore design concepts with great precision and the opportunity to perfect every surface from their own computers. This allows for a seamless evolution from concept and design to creation and manufacture with the highest quality levels.Source - GM