The Tokyo Motor Show showcased many of the most exciting concept cars of 2011. Many companies had efficiency in mind with their eco-friendly designs while others pushed their ideas to the limits of creativity. Here we will explore a few of the more intriguing and eccentric designs of 2011.
For those of us who like to rock and roll, Volkswagen unveiled their newest Beetle. They have made friends with Fender to bring a sound system to this car that is ready for the main stage. The system includes a 400W 10-channel amplifier, a subwoofer, and two sets of tweeters, one set in the front and one in the back.
This year Honda debuted this an ultra tiny electric car they call their “micro commuter”. This eco-friendly vehicle is only 98.4 inches long, 49.2 wide, and 56.3 tall and brings a video game feel to your morning drive. Two joysticks control the car. Its top speed is just 37 mph and carries three people. Although this might appear to be a drawback, for those navigating a crowded city, its tiny size is perfect.
While this design from Daihatsu looks like a bus, it is not; it’s the FC Sho Case. FC standing for fuel cell. Daihatsu’s progressive design contains no rare earth metals, which makes it more economical to make then other fuel cells. The LCD screen on the outside plays relaxing wave patterns, but when getting into the car passengers must step over these to get in which makes it hard for elderly people or people with injuries.
Toyota and Yamaha
We see more and more scooters on the streets nowadays as people search for easy and fuel-efficient ways to get around town. Toyota and Yamaha partnered up to take this a step further with an electric tricycle called the EC-Miu. It has Wi-Fi capabilities and can be recharged at charging stations used by other electric vehicles.
This year’s concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show were very green focused. Each year the designs unveiled at the show seem to get more inventive. I can’t wait to see what they bring us next year.