NEWS: Honda to Unveil Low-Emission Roadster Concept at British Show

July 8, 2008
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Honda will show its latest concept creation at the 2008 British Motor Show.
The OSM - which stands for Open Study Model - was designed at Honda's R&D facility in Offenbach, Germany. It's a two-seat roadster with an aerodynamic body, it has six-spoke alloy wheels and, at this point, that's about all we know.
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The OSM's shape is reminiscent of Honda's CR-Z concept, a hybrid coupe/hatchback first shown at the 2007 Geneva show. There's also a bit of S2000 in the styling and this study could in fact be a prelude to that vehicle's replacement. We can't see it from the teaser sketch, but Honda says the car has a wide, sloping rear end with a narrow light strip that "wraps around the rump of the car."
Like the CR-Z, Honda's OSM is a lightweight design that's supposed to be fun to drive. In addition, the OSM is being billed as a low-emission vehicle, which at this point is only described as using "more efficient engine technology." More efficient than what we're not sure.
As the name implies, there are no current plans to produce the OSM, but Honda says the car will be used to gather feedback at the show. We'll have to wait until the car is revealed in London on July 22 for more details and images.

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