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Hyundai's Green 'QarmaQ' Driving Machine

SpecialChem / Mar 5, 2007

At the recent Geneva Auto Show, Hyundai unveiled the QarmaQ, a crossover SUV concept vehicle that not only strikes the eye with its C-shaped polycarbonate windows and wraparound windscreen, but also shows its environmental colors by using materials made from recycled PET water bottles to create its plastic shell. The clean-burning diesel QarmaQ is a green futurist dream car. Any concept vehicle with a name derived from the word the Inuit's use for their dwellings made of Earth, whalebone, and animal skins is bound to be interesting. Hyundai Europe's Design and Technical Center in Russelsheim, Germany created the QarmaQ-a quirky looking crossover coupé concept. One of the QarmaQ's key features is its innovative use of recycled polyethylene terepthalate (PET) plastic bottles to create a large portion of the vehicle's skin. The use of plastics, instead of more traditional metal and glass, gives the vehicle a 130-pound weight savings. That weight loss equates to 20 gallons a year savings in gas, not to mention fewer plastic bottles clogging up the local landfill.

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