The Tokyo Motor Show showcased some 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 examine some 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 great 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 only 37 mph and carries three people. While this may seem like a disadvantage, for those navigating a crowded city, its tiny size is perfect.
This design may look like a bus; it is actually the FC Sho Case fuel cell car. Daihatsu’s revolutionary design contains no rare earth metals, which makes it more affordable to make then other fuel cells. The LCD screen on the outside play soothing wave patterns, but when getting into the car, passengers must step high over these to get in, making it hard for elderly people or those with injuries.
Toyota and Yamaha
As people look for fuel-efficient ways to get around, we have seen the popularity of mopeds increase in the past years. Toyota partnered with Yamaha to take this one step further with their electric tricycle the EC-Miu. This scooter can be recharged at charging stations used by other electric vehicles and will be embedded with Wi-Fi capabilities. Talk about high-tech.
The cars debuted at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show were extremely imaginative and focused on energy efficiency. I can’t wait to see what will be unveiled next year.