Automakers are jazzing up vehicle interiors, and that means their designers are paying more attention to things such as functionality. For 2006 vehicles, innovative storage areas abound.
Here are five examples.Flip and fold
The Impala, Chevrolet's best-selling car, was re-engineered and restyled for 2006. Among the improvements is an all-new interior that features flip-and-fold rear seats.
The rear seat cushions flip forward to reveal this storage area. There also are hooks for plastic grocery packages so contents don't spill. The rear seat can fold flat to create a large pass-through area for the trunk.
The 2006 Chevrolet HHR is not the biggest wagon on the road, but it boasts a healthy 63.1 cubic feet of cargo space. The HHR has two bins in the cargo area for small items, such as a flashlight or jumper cables. The bins are behind the second row of seats and in front of the primary cargo area floor, which can be raised to form a shelf.
Pontiac's design team made sure there were plenty of storage areas throughout the 2006 Torrent sport wagon. The rear cargo area features the Pontiac Cargo Storage System, which consists of storage bins in the floor and wheel wells plus a lightweight plastic shelf that can be placed in various positions. The system includes hooks for grocery bags.
The Chrysler group boasts that its 2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab has the most interior space of any light-duty pickup. The rear seats split 60/40, fold down and move forward to reveal these storage compartments. The compartments also are in a 60/40 configuration, and there are storage hooks on the wall behind them.
A toast to storage
Buyers of a new Rolls-Royce Phantom can add personalized storage features to their car, such as small refrigerators, cigar humidors and, as shown here, a drink cabinet for passengers in the rear.