Ford Product Development Center
16 June 2002
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GHIA POCKAR CONCEPT
Light yellow over beige cladding with brown cloth interior with beige inserts
Pockar means "pocket car". Why that's appropriate isn't immediately obvious. In fact, it's not immediately obvious even upon closer examination of the Ghia Pockar concept itself.
City cars like the Ghia Pockar concept can sacrifice none of their volume. Every nook and cranny is important. With the Pockar concept, Ghia recognized it could find additional space ... in the doors. Windup windows are too heavy for a city car and inside map pockets are, well, they're places to put maps and not much else. Ghia turned the doors, in a manner of speaking, inside out and put pockets on the outside. The lower clad panel on the Ghia Pockar concept's doors open, freeing up a good-sized volume of previously wasted storage and still leaving room to seat four inside for short periods of time.
Ghia built Pockar on a Ford Fiesta platform but moved the engine to the rear, driving the rear wheels. A package tray over the engine adds to storage capacity, as does another tray under the windshield. The Ghia Pockar concept package is 28 inches shorter than the Fiesta from which it was made. Cooling air for the rear-mounted engine comes through vents which are part of the body's B-pillar. Ingenious.
The Ghia Pockar concept body is built of metal. It has cast alloy wheels with 155/70SR-12 Kleber tires. The side and rear windows are plexiglass, with sliding panels in the front windows. The rear window does not appear to open. There is an access door below the back window, probably for access to the engine.
The interior is nicely trimmed in what appears to be an imitation suede cloth in brown and beige. Engine instruments appear to be dummies. Ghia Pockar concept is described as a static display model but the suspension works and it steers.
The Ghia Pockar concept is an ingenious solution to a problem few realize exists.
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