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Lagonda Vision Concept, a new electrical species

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Shorter and lower than traditional limousines, this model promises exceptional space efficiency thanks to its radical design.

Write down this name: Lagonda. You may be familiar if you are over 40 and are passionate about the world of luxury cars. But if they are younger and less well versed in classic cars they will not sound like anything. Well, Aston Martin, which acquired the British brand in 1947 and at the end of the 70s gave many successes, has proposed to recover this name after almost four decades in absolute ostracism. Practically, the only reference we find about Lagonda in the newspaper library of the last three decades is the prototype presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009 to commemorate the 100 years of the British manufacturer.

Years later, in 2015, he gave his name to an exclusive saloon of representation, the Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf, aimed at the Chinese market and the Middle East and valued at one million euros. And then, nothing more. Until today, when Aston Martin has announced in Geneva the rebirth of Lagonda as a luxury brand driven solely by zero emission technologies, Tesla style but more exclusive. In practice, the century-old firm will be the power division of Aston Martin. And to launch this new approach to luxury vehicles, Aston Martin launches the Lagonda Vision Concept, a four-door saloon that will begin production in 2021 and anticipates the design language for two new Lagonda models planned for 2023, a coupe and, of course, an SUV. Lagonda promises to revolutionize the distribution of weights and the habitability of electric cars with a novel design that optimizes the interior space.

“The Lagonda Vision Concept is an incredibly bold design statement,” said Aston Martin vice president and studio manager Marek Reichman. “Our new concept shows the scope of the design opportunities that are opened when it is no longer necessary to provide space for a large internal combustion engine in front of the passenger compartment.In the Lagonda Vision Concept, the batteries occupy the floor of the car. what is above that line belongs to us, “Reichman explained. The Lagonda Vision Concept is much shorter and shorter than traditional limousines, but it promises an” exceptional efficiency of space thanks to its radical design “.

Depending on the brand, inside the passenger compartment there is enough space for four adults, each two meters tall or more, to stretch with great comfort. And all without ostentation of wealth. By abandoning traditional architecture and using electric power, Lagonda’s design can still be “distinctive and luxurious without being grandiose”. “It offers its customers a form of super-luxurious mobility that is completely modern and emission-free,” the manufacturer stresses.

For the interior, the Lagonda Vision Concept uses ultramodern materials such as carbon fiber and ceramics, as well as other older and finer materials that are rarely used in the automotive industry, such as cashmere wool and silk. The result is a surprising cabin, where silk rugs and woven wool upholstery are combined with carbon fiber pieces and ceramics that open and close to regulate ventilation and adjust the volume of the music. Due to that most of the structural strength of the car comes through the floor, it has been possible to design doors much larger than normal. As a result, the rear doors do not open only to the outside; the roof sections also open upwards to provide easier access to the rear seats.

The occupants of the second row of seats can literally stand inside the car and get out, or walk directly to it. And the seats are more like armchairs with reinforced armrests. The Lagonda Vision Concept also offers autonomous four-level driving technology, while the steering wheel can be moved from left to right according to needs and, moreover, can be completely removed in autonomous mode, allowing the passengers in the front seats to turn 180 degrees to maintain a face-to-face conversation with those in the back.

Lagonda also promises a high level of connectivity and security. The Lagonda Vision Concept has been configured to house powerful solid-state electric batteries that allow it to have a range of up to 650 kilometers on a single charge, that is, the distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco, from London to Edinburgh or from Berlin to Vienna without stopping. In addition, the prototype has been designed to be compatible with the latest wireless conductive charging technology.

EXPANSION – DANIEL G. LIFONA – Mar 8 2018  (Translation Soft)

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