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1. (WO2005068279) VEHICULE POUR PASSAGERS ARTICULE EQUIPE DE SIEGES DANS LA SECTION ARTICULEE DU VEHICULE
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CLAIMS

1. An articulated passenger vehicle comprising
a first rigid car body section (12);
- a second rigid car body section (14) that rotates in relation to the first rigid car body section (12) at least about a vertical rotation axis;
a flexible car body section (16) extending between the first and second rigid car body sections and delimiting an intercommunication area;
- a first seat (28, 70) supported by the first rigid car body section (12);
- an element (30, 60, 72) supported by one of the second rigid car body section (30) or the flexible car body section (16); and
deformable means (50, 64, 74), which deform when the second rigid car body section rotates in relation to the first rigid car body section about the vertical axis of rotation, to prevent the opening, between the first seat and the element, of a gap accessible from the intercommunication area.

2. The articulated vehicle of claim 1, wherein the first seat bears against the element and the deformable means comprise resilient biasing means (50, 64) for biasing the first seat (28) towards the element (30, 60) and/or the element (30, 60) towards the first seat (28).

3. The articulated vehicle of claim 2, wherein the resilient biasing means comprise at least one spring (50, 64).

4. The articulated vehicle of any one of claims 2 or 3, wherein the first seat (28) is movable with respect to the first rigid car body section (12) and the resilient biasing means comprise seat-biasing means (50) biasing the first seat (28) towards the element (30, 60).

5. The articulated vehicle of claim 4, further comprising guiding means for guiding the motion of the first seat (28) in relation to the first rigid car body section (12).

6. The articulated vehicle of claim 4 or claim 5, wherein the element (60) is fixed in relation to said one of the second rigid car body section (14) or the flexible car body section (16).

7. The articulated vehicle of any one of claims 2 to 5, wherein the element (62) is movable in relation to said one of the second rigid car body section (14) or the flexible car body section (16) and the resilient biasing means comprise element-biasing means (64) for biasing the element (62) towards the first seat (28).

8. The articulated vehicle of claim 2, wherein the element-biasing means comprise a spring (64) attached to the element (62) and to the first rigid car body section (12).

9. The articulated vehicle of any one of the foregoing claims, wherein the deformable means comprise a convex flexible sheet (74) protruding towards a longitudinal center plane of the vehicle .

10. The articulated vehicle of claim 9 wherein the flexible sheet (74) comprises a silicone layer and a reinforcing layer providing mechanical strength.

11. The articulated vehicle of any one of the foregoing claims, wherein the element is a second seat (62, 72) supported by the second rigid car body section (14).

12. The articulated vehicle of any one of the foregoing claims, wherein the first seat (28, 70) at least partially extends into the flexible car body section (16).

13. The articulated vehicle of any one of the foregoing claims, wherein
- the flexible car body section has an internal width that is less than the internal width of the first rigid car body section (12);
- the first seat (70) extends into the flexible car body section (16) and includes a first seating portion (70 A) that faces towards a longitudinal end of the first rigid car body section (12), and a second seating portion (70B) facing inward towards a longitudinal vertical center plane of the vehicle.

14. The vehicle of claim 13, wherein the seat (70) has an arcuate shape.

15. An articulated passenger vehicle comprising
a first rigid car body section (12);
a second rigid car body section (14) that rotates in relation to the first rigid car body section (12);
- a flexible car body section (16) extending between the first and second rigid car body sections and comprising a bellows (18);
- a deformable sheet (74) preventing access to the bellows (18), said deformable sheet (74) comprising:
a first fixed portion (76) that is stationary in relation to the
first rigid car body section (12);
a second fixed portion (78) that is stationary in relation to
the second rigid car body section (14);
a convex flexible intermediate portion (80) protruding
towards the longitudinal vertical center plane of the
flexible car body section (16), which deforms when the
second car body section (14) rotates in relation to the first
car body section (12).

16. The articulated passenger vehicle of claim 15 wherein the first fixed portion (76) is attached to a first seat (70).

17. The articulated passenger vehicle of claim 16 wherein the second fixed portion (78) is attached to a second seat (72).

18. The articulated vehicle of claim 16 or 17, wherein
the flexible car body section has an internal width that is less than the internal width of the first rigid car body section (12);

- the first seat (70) extends into the flexible car body section (16) and includes a first seating portion (70A) that faces towards a longitudinal end of the first rigid car body section (12), and a second seating portion (70B) facing inward towards a longitudinal vertical center plane of the vehicle.

19. An articulated passenger vehicle comprising:
- a first rigid car body section (12);
- a second rigid car body section (14) movable in relation to the first rigid car body section (12);
- a flexible car body section (16) extending between the first and second rigid car body sections (12, 14), said flexible car body section having an internal width that is less than the internal width of the first rigid car body section (12);
- at least one seat (70) supported by the first rigid car body section (12) and extending into the flexible car body section (16), wherein the seat includes a first seating portion (70A) that faces towards a longitudinal end of the first rigid car body section (12), and a second seating portion (70B) facing inward towards a longitudinal vertical center plane of the vehicle.

20. The vehicle of claim 19, wherein the seat (70) has an arcuate shape.

21. An articulated passenger vehicle substantially as hereinbefore described having reference to Figures 1 to 4, or Figure 5, or Figures 6 and 7, or Figures 8 to 11.