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Ford Evos concept preview (photos)

Ford's new concept, to be officially unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show, demonstrates a unified vision for design, power train, and cabin technology.

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Ford's new Evos concept represents much more than a new design or vehicle platform; it is intended to show off a unified vision for future Ford technology. Ford wants to show how its technology can fit in with your everyday life.
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The Evos concept is certainly a good-looking car, but Ford says it is not a predecessor to an actual production vehicle. However, it does demonstrate some refinement of Ford's design language.
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These thin headlights are supposed to represent an actual element of future Ford designs, along with other strong, geometric shapes around the car.
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The Evos represents Ford's electrification strategy by using its new plug-in hybrid power train. This system uses a lithium ion battery pack, and will first appear in the Ford C-Max Energi in 2012.
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Multiple gull-wing doors are definitely a concept element for the Evos, giving the car some flash, but they're unlikely to ever be used in a production car from Ford.
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Pedestal-mounted buckets in front and contoured buckets in the rear only allow seating for four. The driver's seat is called out in red, signifying its importance.
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Ford imagines quite a few technological innovations in the Evos. It would be cloud-connected, with smart features to adapt to its owner. For example, knowing the owner's calendar, it would anticipate when it is likely to be driven by heating up the cabin.
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The car would also have a number of adaptive drive technologies. Learning the owner's driving style and also knowing what types of roads it is being driven on, it could adjust engine response, steering, and suspension.

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