Wed, January 25, 2012
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Futuristic fold-up car makes its debut

2012-01-25 07:09:04 GMT2012-01-25 15:09:04(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

The "Hiriko", the Basque word for "urban", is an electric two-seater whose motor is located in the wheels and which folds up like a child's collapsible buggy, or stroller, for easy parking. (AFP Photo/Timur Emek)

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, right, and Jesus Echave, chairman of the HIRIKO-AFYPAIDA corporate consortium, unveil the first prototype of the HIRIKO electric vehicle, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012.

JANUARY 24: EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso looks at the first prototype of the HIRIKO electric car, during the global launch of Hiriko Driving Mobility at the EU Commssion headquarters on January 24, 2012 in Brussels, Belgium.

European Commission Chairman Jose Manuel Barroso (R) and the Spanish chairman of a consortium of seven small Basque firms under the name Hiriko Driving Mobility, Jesus Echave (L), unveil at EU headquarters in Brussels the first prototype of a tiny revolutionary electric fold-up car designed in Spain's Basque country, the "Hiriko", the Basque word for "urban". (AFP Photo/Georges Gobet)

European Commission Chairman Jose Manuel Barroso (L) and the Spanish chairman of a consortium of seven small Basque firms under the name Hiriko Driving Mobility, Jesus Echave, unveil at EU headquarters in Brussels the first prototype of a revolutionary electric fold-up car designed in Spain's Basque country, the "Hiriko". (AFP Photo/Georges Gobet)

A tiny revolutionary fold-up car designed in Spain's Basque country as the answer to urban stress and pollution was unveiled Jan. 24 before hitting European cities in 2013.

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