DC Design (now renamed to DC2) recently hit all headlines with its Ambassador EV concept
The Indian automotive market is slowly recovering from the global COVID-19 crisis as manufacturing plants and dealerships (in safe zones) gradually resume business. Sales in March and April 2020 were the worst in recent history since no dealership in the country was open. In the meantime, several automakers introduced online sales platforms alongside attractive discounts and benefits to encourage potential customers to make the shift.
Even though showrooms and service outlets are open, staff have taken all the necessary precautions to maintain safety through sanitisation and social distancing. Depending on the dealer, customers can also avail test drives and vehicle deliveries right at their doorsteps in a safe environment.
Effective sanitisation is one of the most recommended steps in preventing the virus spread. Owing to this, OEMs, as well as cab services such as Ola and Uber, have advised its employees to sanitise the vehicles they use, in periodic intervals. However, DC2 (formerly DC Design) has gone one step ahead in this regard.
India’s popular automotive design firm claims to have created the country’s first ‘sanitised and distanced’ car. Headed by automotive designer Dilip Chhabria, DC2 shared the news on its Facebook page by posting a custom interior render. Apparently, the cabin provides more than 6.2 feet of social distancing (for two passengers). The interior customisation pack is available along with existing ‘DC2 range of Club Products’.
Other highlights of DC2’s new interior package include a medical-grade partition finished in leather plus glass and Grade A electric or automatic sanitiser sprays in 20-minute intervals. The sanitisation system is internally plumbed and covers all touchpoints. DC2’s new interior concept is offered at the same price as its other packages. Furthermore, customers get free disinfectant for a year.
As of now, the specification is available for the Toyota Innova Crysta, Toyota Fortuner, Mercedes-Benz V-Class, Kia Carnival and Mahindra Marazzo. DC2 has also welcomed custom orders for full-size luxury cars such as the Audi A8, Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLS, BMW 7 Series, BMW X7, Volvo XC90, Jaguar XJL, Range Rover (Vogue and Sport) and even Mercedes-Maybach and Rolls-Royce models.
It was only recently that DC2 hit all major headlines with an interesting concept inspired by the Hindustan Ambassador. The company has rendered an ‘Ambassador EV’ reimagination and plans to bring it into production by the end of next year. But what’s more interesting is that it might be featured in Amazon Prime Video’s popular car show, The Grand Tour — read more details.