The Tokyo Motor Show showcased many of the most exciting concept cars of 2011. Many companies had efficiency in mind with their eco-friendly models while others pushed their concepts to the limits of creativity. Here we will examine 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 perfect for anyone who is ready to rock out!
This eco-friendly design is Honda’s “micro commuter” car. This tiny electric car is just 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 only 37 mph and can only carry three people its tiny size is great for the city commuter.
While this design from Daihatsu resembles a bus, it is not; it’s the FC Sho Case. FC standing for fuel cell. Daihatsu’s revolutionary 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 which makes it hard for elderly people or individuals with injuries.
Toyota and Yamaha
We see increasingly more scooters on the streets these days as people look 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.
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.
Posted on: 12.14.11