The Fiat 500C Abarth is not the only vehicle from the 2012 LA Auto Show that comes with a distinctive canvas roof that opens to the rear: ladies and gentlemen, this is the Hyundai Veloster C3 Roll Top Concept. As expected, the C3 stands for Convertible 3-door as the vehicle combines open-air freedom with the style of a coupe and the functionality of a tailgate.
According to the press release, the vehicle was designed by Hyundai Design North America and comes with a dual-function power-retractable roof that is combined with the tailgate in order to give the C3 a dual personality. In fact, the vehicle acts like a stylish pickup truck: roll the top forward, open the tailgate, fold the rear seats and the car becomes perfect to carry yor surfing board, bike or kayak.
Moreover, the Veloster C3 Roll Top Concept also comes with large free flowing circular exhaust pipes, robust intake manifold sound, a bold hexagonal front grille, sculpted side skirts, diffuser vents in the lower rear fascia, eight individual headlight LED accents and new 18-inch wheels with chrome inserts.
Inside, we find broken and old skate board decks that create a unique cargo floor. Under the hood, we find the 1.6-liter supercharged GDI four-cylinder engine delivering 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque from 1,750 – 4,500 rpm with regular fuel.
Fixed gear bikes, also known as “fixies,” had its beginnings as trendy accessories that hipsters use before eventually entering the mainstream bicycle world. Nowadays it is difficult not to see in urban areas a group of riders going along the road or simply doing some tricks in the nearby park. While many of these bikes are indeed colorful, they are also seen as minimalistic given that they have no brakes and only have a single speed.
Their biggest advantage would have to be the fact that these bikes can be easily customized to fit the style of its rider. These include the hand-built wheels and even handlebars and saddles that are color coordinated. In general, it is easy enough to say bikes are half done by the manufacturers with the other half completed by the customer. This is the same experience that the C3 is offering its customers.
The design shows an excellent style but one that is also efficient and simple. In addition, the brand guarantees that any modification done on the exterior will not be expensive. For example, customers can change the color of the rear wheels and the mirror caps. With the body being in neutral white, this means an entirely new look for the C3. Indeed, it is simple and fast to change the appearance.
It is important to note that when the individual is the one doing the enhancements, the relationship of the driver and the car is changed completely. For the Veloster C3 Roll Top, Hyundai revealed that the choice of colors was inspired mainly by the fixed gear bicycle culture. The design team in particular knew that the C3 needed to have a color combination that would fit an urban setting.
The team looked into various color combinations on fixie bikes and ultimately decided on the themes of teal, black, white, and red. Thus, while the C3 has a high-gloss white paint, this is contrasted by the convertible top rails, glass close out, and spoiler, all in flat black.
In flat black as well are the badge, license plate pocket, and reflector bezels in the rear. Since the badging, front grille, fog lamp bezels, and front wheels are all in flat black, these are offset by the mirror housing in flat red. Completing the look are the smoked taillights and reflectors in red with the rear wheels being in flat teal.