The entirely new
tiny Meta 'city' car, from Garage Italia, has made its
public debut at the Bologna Motor Show, which will be
available in 2006 in five innovative different versions.
Technically known as a quadricycle, the Meta is versatile,
compact, has excellent handling and has been developed to
meet very high safety standards according to Garage Italia
who believe that the best of Italian design and engineering
has been concentrated into this perky, agile, fun vehicle.
Born to respond
to the strong need for easy, individual, urban mobility Meta
saves space, especially important for town parking, has low
fuel consumption and very good performance, even on really
steep roads or parking ramps. Meta has unique and
sophisticated mechanics - statement from Garage Italia
continues to say - as an entirely new integrated gear has
been developed and patented. It guarantees constant and
continuative traction avoiding bumpy starts and, when the
accelerator is released, acts as a powerful engine brake.
Meta mounts double bracket front shock absorbers and
leveraged horizontal rear suspensions to give maximum
efficiency with removing space from the boot of the vehicle.
14-15 inch wheels guarantee good visibility and comfort.
Maximum attention has been pain to safety and protection:
the chassis has been designed with a top case built with
tubular cells in concurrence of forces to resist both fontal
and lateral impacts.
Three different engines are available, electric 15kW, petrol
505cc and diesel 505cc, giving good performance with low
consumption circa 3.5 litres per 100km for the diesel and
circa 5 litres for the petrol version. The maximum speed
varies from 45km/h for 4kW to 85km/h for 85kW. The electric
model will adopt an engine that is hermetically sealed for
longer duration and lower maintenance. Moreover, for the
same power, it is lighter and smaller allowing faster heat
dispersion and consequently greater efficiency and autonomy.
The interiors are technical and rational. The aim of
acquiring maximum space in this very compact car has been
achieved with many details. Starting with the very special
seats made in metacrilate shells with seats in Eva. These
sporty but elegant designer seats fold double, closing like
an oyster. This gives plenty of space, even for cumbersome
objects such as golf clubs, when the passenger seat is
folded. The seats contain a useful dish inserted at the front in
which to securely place keys or cellphones so that they do
not slide under the pedals when braking. Several hooks are
available for hanging handbags or backpacks.
The windows have been designed to be removable, for summer
use, and thus a comfortable arm rest has been created in the
doors. All these particular ergometric solutions make Meta
small outside and big inside. The steering wheel has also
been especially developed to improve space and safety. The
attractive instrument panel has been inserted in the centre
of the steering wheel, allowing the driver maximum
concentration on the road and leaving a very clean,
essential dashboard. A photosensitive sensor adjusts the
visibility of the external light.
Meta will be
available in five versions: Basic, Safari, Sport, Top and
Electric, each with its own special features, for example
'Top' has a removable roof and windows to turn it into a
summer car, while the 'Safari' option has bull bars, luggage
grid and headlamp protection for off road driving; Sport has
a sporty driving position with larger rear tyres than the
front ones to give a very good grip on the road and Basic is
just that, a very essential, no-frills vehicle. Meta will
come in a choice of five body colours: Sunflower yellow,
racing red, blue electric, desert sand and livesilver to
which different colour seats can be matched in meta green,
sea blue and grey.
Meta will arrive on the
market in 2006, sold through selected dealers - on the basis
of customer care, location and service - initially in
Italy, but later abroad, in particular in Mediterranean
countries with characteristics and terrain similar to Italy
such as medieval towns, narrow streets, islands and tourist
areas. Meta has already obtained Italian
Ministry of Transport homologation.
"Meta is a
synthesis of the best of Made in Italy," comments Giovanni
Galvano, Director of Garage Italia Srl. "The whole project
has been aimed at creating an extremely safe, small vehicle
to be used alternatively to a car for individual transport
in our congested cities reducing both the need for parking
space and running costs. Meta is the result of a coordinated
study by a group of young Italian engineers that, thanks to
great team effort, have brought an idea to reality in only