Last year, Dutch design label Vij5 made headlines in the green scene for its unique line of furniture and home decor items made from recycled newspaper. The innovative material – appropriately dubbed NewspaperWood by designer Mieke Meijer – was unveiled at an exhibition in Milan last year, where Vij5 designers were approached by French automaker Peugeot. After a year of working together in secret, the two labels unveiled their futuristic concept car – which is on display at the 2012 Paris Motor Show until Oct. 14. Along with super-efficient engine technology, the Peugeot Onyx concept car features NewspaperWood material in its interior – drawing attention from car-lovers and reuse enthusiasts alike.
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The Onyx Concept Car
In addition to its cutting-edge interior design (we’ll get to that in a moment), the Peugeot Onyx concept car boasts a 680-horsepower diesel-hybrid engine and an ultra lightweight exterior – making this an eco-friendly ride that’s ready for the race track.
Weighing in at a mere 2,425 pounds (slightly more than half the weight of the average American car), the exterior of the Onyx is made mostly from carbon fiber. Its fenders and doors are plated with thin copper sheets for a unique appearance, and the whole exterior is made up of only 12 pieces for maximum efficiency.
Under the hood, HYbrid4 technology recovers kinetic energy that is normally lost during braking. This energy, stored in lithium-ion batteries, is automatically restored during acceleration and boosts power by about 80 horsepower, Peugeot said.
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