By on March 4, 2010

Boxy cars are a divisive subject: bring up the Mk. 1 Scion xB, and people will either swoon with desire or faint with disgust. The Heuliez Mia looks to wade into the middle of this controversial segment, offering a huge amount of space in a weird, box-like form. With only a 80km-100km range at the starting price of €18,000, the Mia’s electric drivetrain will doubtless self-select out the anti-cubists, limiting its appeal to fans of the impractically practical. In dense urban centers, however, there will always be an audience for small-but-spacious people movers. But can the Heuliez compete with Asia’s proud tradition of automotive cubism?

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10 Comments on “Geneva Gallery: Heuliez Mia...”


  • avatar
    discoholic

    Look, Mum – a see-through bottle bank!

    On a more serious note, somebody else came up with the “I screwed this thing together myself” look – it was Daihatsu with the appropriately named Naked (Yes. Really.) back in 1999.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Daihatsu_Naked_005.JPG

    Didn’t look much better then.

  • avatar
    Btrig

    I’d really love something like that, but a 200 mile range and 80 MPH cruising ability is a must. Sure is cute though (yes, I love the first gen xB).

  • avatar

    adorable. Maybe even cuter than the original xB. but to paraphrase the Tin Man, “if I only had a range.”

  • avatar
    ClutchCarGo

    It looks like it could be a good vehicle for mail delivery, but not much else. Why not throw some solar panels on the roof for re-charging the batteries while they’re at it?

  • avatar
    Autopassion

    Perfect proportions – love it!

  • avatar
    JMII

    I can’t wait till ALL cars come with sliding doors… I’m sick of door dings and people who park too close to MY door.

    • 0 avatar
      shaker

      I’m with you on the sliding doors – I’d buy this box because of them; but that “step-in” cutout gasket would likely accumulate frozen slush and freeze shut in a sloppy winter.

  • avatar
    Commando

    You will never, ever, get me into one of those death traps. Not that the Feds would ever aprove it.
    Frontal impact? Fegeddaboudit. You’re not coming out alive.

    • 0 avatar
      BuzzDog

      Never say “never.”

      Take a look at a smart in profile, and you’ll see that there’s similar or less impact area, yet it manages to perform fairly well in crash tests.

      Not that I’d want to own/drive either of these vehicles for my commute on a 70 mph interstate highway, but as a “neighborhood electric vehicle” it makes more sense than a glorified golf cart.


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