A large contributor to fuel inefficiency is the sheer weight of a vehicle. Loremo AG, a German car corporation, has used this as the inspiration for the Loremo LS, a sporty, low-weight, low-resistance vehicle that according to the company will boast the lowest emissions for any vehicle ever.

Loremo, which stands for Low Resistance Mobile, is based on the concept that by reducing weight, one can increase the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. And don’t worry about safety, the company is confident that the steel cell construction method provides the vehicle with a solid rigidity and enough of a deformation area for it to be safe to drive around the city. The design of the Loremo impresses. It has a very unique body shape, giving it clear individuality. Furthermore, rather than having two side doors for the drivers to enter the vehicle, there is a front wing door which swings upwards and to the front, allowing access to the vehicle.

But more importantly, the Loremo LS is designed to achieve a stunning 157mpg. It will go up to 160km/h on a 2 cylinder turbo-diesel engine, though the company is also exploring an all electric version of the vehicle. The vehicle weighs about 450kg, and will cost around 13,000 euros. Expect the vehicle to go on sale in Europe, China and India in 2009.

2007 was the year when the car industry realized that there was serious demand for green vehicles. And 2008 will bring us plenty of new concepts and vehicles that will change the way that we move around our cities, and we will continue to bring them to you.

+Loremo LS