The Tokyo Motor Show showcased some of the most exciting concept cars of 2011. Many companies had efficiency in mind with their eco-friendly models 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.
Volkswagen unveiled their newest Beetle and it is ready to rock. Teaming up with Fender, this Beetle is equipped with a sound system that includes a 400W 10-channel amplifier, a subwoofer, and two sets of tweeters, one set in the front and one in the back. This car is designed for anyone who is ready to rock out!
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 anyone navigating a crowded city, its tiny size is perfect.
While this design from Daihatsu resembles a bus, it is not; it’s the FC Sho Case. FC standing for fuel cell. Daihatsu’s groundbreaking design contains no rare earth metals, which makes it more economical to produce 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 making it difficult for elderly people or people with injuries.
Toyota and Yamaha
We see increasingly more scooters on the streets these days as people search for easy and fuel-efficient methods for getting 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. Every year the designs revealed at the show seem to get more inventive. I can’t wait to see what they bring us next year.