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The 2011 Tokyo Motor Show

Business Technology | December 14, 2011

The 2011 Tokyo Motor Show brought us some interesting and imaginative eco-friendly concept cars. With efficiency in mind, these companies pushed their creativity to the limit. Here are some of the most eccentric designs of 2011.

Volkswagen

Volkswagen

For those of us who like to rock and roll, Volkswagen unveiled their newest Beetle. They have made friends with Fender to bring an audio 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.

Honda

This eco-friendly design is Honda’s “micro commuter” car. This tiny electric car is only 98.4 inches long, 49.2 wide, and 56.3 tall and looks like something from a video game. To add to its arcade feel, it’s controlled with two joysticks. While its top speed is just 37 mph and can only carry three people its tiny size is great for the city commuter.

Daihatsu

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 less expensive to make then other fuel cells. The LCD screen on the outside plays relaxing wave patterns, but when getting into the vehicle passengers must step over these to get in which makes it difficult for elderly people or people with injuries.

Toyota and Yamaha

We see more and more scooters on the road 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.

The concepts showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show this year were green focused and highly imaginative. It’s hard to predict what they will think of next, but I for one am looking forward to next year.


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