Heatherwick is the name of the architecture and design office that recently presented the concept car under the name Airo. Studies with variable interiors have already been seen, such as the Mini Urbana. But one thing distinguishes the car from the London studio from the concept of the BMW subsidiary: The vehicle manufacturer IM Motors really wants to build the Airo from 2023. The joint venture between automaker SAIC, Alibaba, and the high-tech region of Zhangjiang near Shanghai has not yet placed the Airo on its own site. Instead, it announces a sedan and an SUV there.
The four seats
The four seats can not only be rotated freely but also folded down to form a flat surface. There are also retractable components that the occupants can put together to form a table. The result: four people can sit around it – like in a dining room. Alternatively, all seats can be converted into a bed and you have a “bedroom”. Owners can also convert the interior into a film or gaming lounge, and a huge screen can be rolled out. A prototype could already be seen at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, but there are no recordings of what the bed or the display looks like when it is folded out. The large glass surfaces of the Airos should lose their transparency on command and thus ensure privacy.
Heatherwick puts the emphasis on the concept’s air cleaning functions. The Airo also cleans the air around the car from harmful particles from other vehicles, writes the studio in its press release. The founder says the Airo goes one step further and also absorbs pollutants from other cars while driving. In addition to the car itself, the studio has created a steel charging station with a retractable cable for charging. It is the first car that Heatherwick designed. Before that, however, a public bus and a tourist boat were among the projects.