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11. Despite thick A-pillars, one has an impression of great visibility thanks to the absence of billboard-size sideview mirrors and the generous glass area of the windshield.

12. The dramatic instrument panel sweeps up to a central screen and out to the rearview sensors, and the lower curve to the console is even more dramatic. Will it stay?

13. Relatively thin, very comfortable seats help the interior feel truly spacious. They should be possible for production.


14. This triangular plateau allows the hood to taper inward to the front in plan view, giving visual direction to what is, after all, a big box. How it fades into the door is very nicely done.

15. Glass roof panels are extremely popular with stylists these days-but less so with paying customers. Glass is heavy and a hazard in rollover accidents, and it is often perceived as not worth the considerable expense.

16. Another triangular, almost-horizontal plateau fades away in the rear doors and provides a shoulder to set off the upper structure.

17. No door handles. Shades of 1940s lead-sled customs. They'll be there when the cars are manufactured, but the effect of not having them is very pleasant.

18. Long wraparound taillights provide a natural separation of the vertical and horizontal surfaces.

19. This subtle rib across the rear gives the impression of strength and adds visual width.

20. More black plastic beneath the tail reduces visual height. Expect the effect to remain when the car goes on sale, but in much less elaborate form.

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