50 YEARS EDAG
CONCEPT CARS

1999 SCOUT – the first EDAG concept car

Leisure-oriented, independent and unique: EDAG designed the sporty SCOUT in 1999 as a niche vehicle. It took the themes of “the USA” and “the ranch” as its inspiration and this imagery is reflected in the use of materials and styling. The iconic, denim-clad rancher look that characterises the interior of the SCOUT is resilient and robust, symbolising life on and off road.

The car was based on a 4×4 saloon and launched as a pick-up derivative. One of the most striking features is the tailgate which lowers electrically and is integrated flush into the loading bed for easy loading. Virtual design tools and rapid prototyping techniques were used to quickly turn the SCOUT into a roadworthy study.

2000 EDAG

One-box vehicles experienced a rise in popularity in Europe at the turn of the millennium. EDAG responded to this by showcasing the EDAG 2000 concept study at the Geneva Motor Show. The one-box design did away with the familiar car body configuration of engine compartment, passenger compartment and rear luggage compartment.

When looking at the EDAG 2000 in the form of an Audi A4 Avant, a noticeable feature was the substantial rear end. The impression of a self-contained luggage compartment was retained, thus allowing the car to match the expectations of the buyer segment: firstly, safe storage space, and secondly, the classic saloon silhouette.

By shifting the proportions from high side panel to narrower window area, a strong image of safety was projected which took account of the trend towards occupant safety.

2001 Keinath GT/C – a classic vehicle with potential

EDAG designers were responsible for designing the exterior of the Keinath GT/C. Commissioned by car manufacturers Horst Keinath Automobilbau, they created a vehicle with the potential to be a classic car of the future.

Sports cars like the Keinath appeal to an exclusive target audience that expects traditional stylistic elements. Accordingly, the design of this vehicle was deliberately aligned with the classic design language. The Keinath GT/C stands for independence, individuality and exclusivity. It fits perfectly into the line-up of luxury sports cars that continue to impress us today with their timeless elegance. The Keinath GT/C even made its television debut in 2011 in the film “Erlkönig”.

2002 Keinath GT/C Cabriolet – traditional and modern in perfect harmony

When they were designing the Keinath GT/C, the EDAG design team were already thinking about a cabriolet version. That is why many of the same elements like the curved sideline, the muscles over the wheel arches, the striking headlamps and the chunky rear end could be seen once again at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show.

Sections such as the coupé’s passenger compartment could be translated to the cabriolet version without any stylistic errors. The roof disappeared neatly under the roof cover and emphasised the cabriolet’s side silhouette, which blended traditional and modern elements of sports car history. The result: perfect simplicity – without roll bars or joints between the body and the roof cover.

2003 Cinema 7D – a driving experience in cinemascope format

The Cinema 7D brought the spacious feeling of a cinema auditorium to a vehicle interior for the very first time. Among the main features were the elevated seating tiers with staggered seats. These were intended to give all seven passengers an unobstructed view in front of them – just like in a cinema. The road ahead provided passenger entertainment in cinemascope format.

The Cinema 7D also broke with convention regarding the design of its exterior. Instead of a horizontal body structure, the silhouette of the show car demonstrated an interplay between the generously proportioned, elevated tiers of the passenger compartment and the faceted chassis. The visual separation emphasised the passenger compartment as a key element of the design concept.

2004 GenX – the new combination of sports car and everyday vehicle

As a next-generation sports car, the GenX reflected the changing living and working habits of society in the new millennium: always in the fast lane, permanently on the move – nomads of the future. A life shaped by independence, speed and individuality.

The GenX was designed as a two-seater in response to these needs and incorporated a full-fledged sleeping berth for the driver. The car’s electric roof could be raised to make more space in the interior. The exterior of the GenX highlighted the independent character of the innovative sports car concept. With its slender midsection it resembled a Formula 1 racer.

2005 Exclusive and extrovert, the SUV 2005 by EDAG and Rinspeed

The joint project between Swiss company Rinspeed AG and EDAG made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. To give the SUV 2005 its extrovert appearance, the design team “chopped” the roof of the base vehicle and added muscular, dynamic-looking flanks to the four-wheel drive.

“It was inspired by a football player: athletic features, broad wheel arches, lowered roof line and solid side sills. Incredible power, perfectly incorporated into the SUV 2005,” said Johannes Barckmann, head of the EDAG design studio, explaining the concept. The front end was also impressive: a hefty bumper with large vents for the charge air cooler, giving an indication of the greedy air requirements of this 600 hp racer.

The joint project between Swiss company Rinspeed AG and EDAG made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. To give the SUV 2005 its extrovert appearance, the design team “chopped” the roof of the base vehicle and added muscular, dynamic-looking flanks to the four-wheel drive.

“It was inspired by a football player: athletic features, broad wheel arches, lowered roof line and solid side sills. Incredible power, perfectly incorporated into the SUV 2005,” said Johannes Barckmann, head of the EDAG design studio, explaining the concept. The front end was also impressive: a hefty bumper with large vents for the charge air cooler, giving an indication of the greedy air requirements of this 600 hp racer.

2006 EDAG Biwak: masculine and ready for action

A used look and ripped jeans – EDAG brought this popular fashion trend to a vehicle in 2006. The result: the EDAG Biwak, based on the new Beetle, with leather-clad bumpers, crackle paint on the body and a denim and cowhide interior. According to Focus: “Not a Beetle for the mother-in-law.”

EDAG positioned the estate car as more “masculine” compared to the original, which was preferred by women. The estate format offered a greater cargo capacity and was also designed for routes off the beaten track. EDAG envisaged the Biwak as the perfect second car or stylish leisure vehicle for surfers and divers. On the practical side, the Biwak could be manufactured at the new Beetle production facility.

2006 Showcar no. 8 – dynamic and cost-effective

EDAG surprised the industry with its roadster study. Show car no. 8 was designed as a solution to the age-old conflict of objectives between product variety and economic efficiency. While maintaining the vehicle structure, the production times for a discontinued vehicle model could be extended economically.

The show car no. 8 was designed for a target group that wants to express its individuality and positive attitude to life. The forward angled “beltline” and low-slung body nestling close to the tarmac accentuated the forward thrust of the car. The exterior featured distinctive recesses and air vents, which consistently observed the laws of aerodynamics.

2007 EDAG LUV – the birth of a new vehicle class

EDAG caused a furore in 2007 with its “yacht on wheels” vehicle concept. The luxury utility vehicle (LUV) based on the Mercedes-Benz GL featured a double cabin and loading area designed to resemble a boat deck. An electrically operated tailgate, high-quality materials, real wood planks and chrome trims all gave the vehicle its upmarket appearance.

Behind the nautical design was a modular concept which made it possible to turn vehicles into derivatives at a reasonable cost. For example, the floor pan was extended by 512 mm using original parts. The wheel houses were used without any modifications, as was the rear end with the standard integrated power lift system from the saloon.

2009 EDAG Light Car – the next level of evolution

The EDAG Light Car features an innovative vehicle architecture for electric cars, made possible by the consistent use of modern technology. All the glazing on the EDAG Light Car is designed as a touch display (OLED). Elements can be individually arranged both inside and outside: lighting elements, capacitive door opener, car-to-car information and instruments can be freely configured on the glass panes, making many of the usual mechanical components unnecessary. The charging symbol is displayed outside in the sill area, enabling it to be communicated clearly.

The electric drive with hub motors and the small overhangs also make the interior feel spacious despite the small exterior dimensions.

2010 Light Car Open Source – world premiere of an innovative space frame structure

At the 80th Geneva Motor Show, EDAG presented the next evolutionary stage of its successful e-mobility concept. The EDAG Light Car Space Frame was conceived as an open source project. The aim was to develop a scalable chassis that could be adapted to different wheelbases, gauges and body types in line with the principle of purpose design.

The chassis features innovations from our partners who work in the fields of production and joining processes for various materials, including organo sheets, aluminium, steel and thin-walled cast steel. The technical concepts were conceived for small and medium-sized quantities with the minimum possible investment costs and a total weight of 1,200 kg.

2012 EDAG Light Car Sharing – the future of electric car sharing fleets

Traffic congestion, convincing consumers to leave their own cars behind and ever-changing status symbols – EDAG Light Car Sharing takes all these factors into account. It is designed only for sharing and is a component of a modern mobility concept: simplicity from booking to billing, intuitive operation and protection against vandalism.

A laser has been incorporated into the vehicle for the first time: when the car is parked or unlocked, it projects a safety zone onto the tarmac and ensures passengers can get in and out safely. The interior with its back-to-back seating configuration is ideal for the transportation of wheelchairs and large volumes of cargo.

2014 Genesis – 3D revolution in automotive development and production

Bionic forms from another world: the futuristic-looking sculpture of the EDAG Genesis illustrates the opportunities offered by additive manufacturing (3D printing) in the automotive industry – individual, tool-free, resource-efficient, easy and sustainable. 3D printing makes it possible for structural solutions from the natural world to be applied to technical products.

The EDAG Genesis is based on the bionic patterns of a tortoise, whose shell provides protection and cushioning and moves with the animal’s skeleton. Similar to a sandwich component with bone structures on the inside, the innovative manufacturing principle guarantees the strength and stiffness of the shells. Millions of years of natural evolution can be harnessed to improve the occupant safety of a vehicle.

2015 EDAG Light Cocoon – ultimate lightweight construction

It is well known that the weight of structural components can be bionically optimised and printed in 3D. But how can the weight of large-scale exterior components, such as a car’s bonnet, be reduced? This was the issue that had to be addressed for the lightweight construction of the EDAG Cocoon.

Using a plant leaf as a model, the bionic support structures were developed and printed. Three-dimensional branch structures were produced which met all the requirements for exterior components. The open supporting structure was covered with a weatherproof textile for weather resistance and aerodynamics. This resulted in a weight reduction of 30 per cent for the lightweight EDAG Cocoon.

2016 EDAG Soulmate – digital companion on wheels

EDAG and Bosch presented their joint project, the Soulmate, at the Geneva Motor Show. The concept car was an impressive technological example that clearly demonstrated how autonomous driving is changing mobility. Imagine the car as an office on four wheels – with full data access. Or as a space for short breaks and relaxation.

The EDAG Soulmate also demonstrated opportunities for interaction between the driver and the vehicle, based on the latest HMI features. The innovative concept took account of the increased level of automation in the automotive sector. EDAG was able to use standardised components to transform the ideas into functional prototypes.

2017 The car as a collective idea – the future of engineering

At the IAA, EDAG demonstrated the direction in which things may be heading next with #collectivio, probably the first live engineering project in automotive history. The EDAG engineers developed a vehicle concept live during the course of the exhibition. Visitors were able to interact with the engineering team via social media during the concept phase. The world premiere then came on day 12!

The result: a concept for swarm-intelligent robotic vehicles that are autonomous, electric and connected and which open up new possibilities for mobility. #collectivio led the way: the future of automotive development lies in collective, networked working practices – at EDAG, this applies to both the development and the product.

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