Automobiles Press Release) IMPERIA AUTOMOBILES. A new car for a new
History never forgets
Between 1900 and 1950, Imperia wrote one of the finest pages in the
history of the Belgian automotive industry. Flattering sales and
convincing successes in different international races enabled the
Liege-based manufacturer to occupy an enviable place in the prestige
Green Propulsion was born in 2001. Specialising in the development
of clean motor vehicles, Green Propulsion soon became an essential
European benchmark in its field.
Green Propulsion designed its own motorisations (an electric
motorbike, an electric and hybrid Microbus, a hybrid Renault Kangoo
and a hybrid city bus), and also worked in conjunction with major
manufacturers to develop prototypes that are still kept secret.
Accumulated experience and know-how generated a new desire amongst
the company managers: to develop an individual project that offers a
decidedly innovative and appropriate solution to environmental
Green Propulsion recalls that in 1907, Imperia achieved rapid
success in the workshops of Pieper, inventor of the Auto-Mixte, the
first hybrid vehicle, also called at the time the “petro-electric”
car. Reviving the Imperia brand is a way of creating the future by
remembering a prestigious past.
Good clean fun
Imperia hopes to create a new concept of vehicle. This concept
involves new technologies, shares environmental concerns and
introduces a new approach to driving and the pleasure it brings.
The Imperia GP roadster sees the light of day in 2008.
This is a project that has superb road-holding.
The motorisation of the Imperia roadster is its main innovation. It
relies on a technology developed exclusively for this vehicle:
“PowerHybrid” propulsion. This combines electric motor and thermal
engine in parallel with a harmony never before achieved. In addition
to its autonomy in electric mode, the Imperia GP offers an unlimited
radius of action. The thermal engine takes over when battery
recharging is required. Thanks to this hybrid motorisation, the
Imperia roadster emits remarkably little CO2 overall (zero direct
emissions in electric mode) and thereby plays an effective part in
fighting global warming. Another exclusive feature is that it is the
only hybrid car that can be recharged from the mains, simply via a
power socket. Full charge is obtained in 3 hours, for an unbeatable
cost per kilometre ratio (€2.10/100 km on day tariff, €1.10/100 km
on night tariff).
Sports and environmental performances
The Imperia GP is comparable in consumption and CO2 emissions to a
Smart ForTwo, whilst still guaranteeing outstanding performance (*),
easily rivaling Ferraris or Porsches. It demonstrates brilliantly
that a socially- and environmentally-responsible approach does not
rule out the finer pleasures in life!
The In Thing
Design is very important for a car in the exclusive “prestige cars”
niche. The Imperia roadster is of Neo-Retro style, which is very
much the in thing. Distinct from standards commonplace in today’s
vehicles, with its wings separate from the engine hood and its fluid
lines, the Imperia celebrates the return to a concept where elegance
is not sacrificed for efficiency. Serenely aggressive, its vertical
radiator grille might suggest an aerodynamic weakness. In fact, it
houses a mobile inlet device that regulates the flow of air into the
vehicle and gives it a better penetration ratio than many
Communication based on “buzz”
The Imperia is produced in small numbers. You will rarely come
across it on the roads and never on 20 ft-high posters. It aims to
establish its reputation via a different route. Its qualities enable
it to drive endlessly along the “information highway” (a similarly
Neo Retro name for the Internet), and you cannot fail to spot it
there. And get to know it better.
There is no doubt that it will go very far.
The Imperia accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds in purely
electric mode, and in 4.8 seconds in hybrid mode. The kilometre time
trial clocks in at 22 seconds. Even the Porsche 911 Carrera S cannot
boast as much. Specialists will appreciate it.
c/o Green Propulsion
Liege Science Park
Avenue Pré-Aily, 20
4031 LIEGE - BELGIUM
Tel : +32 4 239 70 40
Fax : + 32 4 239 70 49