Besides the brilliant Honda Sports EV Concept, the Tokyo motor show is full of innovation elsewhere as well. These are five more sick concepts unveiled at the Mecca of the motoring east.
All pictures contained in this article were sourced from AutoExpress.
1. The Yamaha Cross Hub Concept
Designed for the active urbanite, this concept is especially cool for South Africans who love their weekends off road and dirt biking. To be honest though, you'd probably be better off with a more spacious trailer or Hilux, but nothing you get will look as cool as this: It's designed like an American 30s pick-up and we think it's sick. If anything, we hope it inspires a new era of bakkies based on American classics.
Take note of the seats, arranged like a diamond, with the top of the diamond the centrally-seated driver.
2. The Hot Honda Nismo Leaf Concept
It looks like a smaller Civic (and is to Civic now what Polo is to Golf) but this Hot Nismo Leaf will, of course, be full-electric when it arrives and could have a range of around 500km. Perhaps the most interesting fact about it though is that it will offer Type R like performance and AutoExpress reports that it will likely be sub-6 second machine.
What's not to like then? Oh yes, the name. Absolutely horrible. Leaf. Jik.
3. Nissan IMx SUV Concept
Staying with Nissan, this interesting looking design is a fullly electric SUV capable of 600km on a single charge, and features cabin seats capable of full recline. Nice. This means that everyone in the car can nap while Nissan's Intelligent Mobility goes about its business, and even the steering wheel will recline away for added space. Expect outrageous performance stats by the way, with electric motors that produce 320kW at 700Nm of torque.
The best part about it? It will drop you at the airport and go park itself. The worst? It looks like a Lexus, which isn't particularly bad, but not very original.
4. Subaru VIZIV Performance Concept
A hot Scoobie is always a favourite in South Africa! Take a look at this then, and yes, you're welcome. Go about the rest of your day confidently knowing that it is very likely the new Impreza will take design cues from this sick looking, bonnet-scooped Subaru and that there is great news! The 'hawk-eye' lights and scoop hint that there's a boxer lurking somewhere inside and with it, the deep rumble of car-loving South Africa.
Now, imagine it in Scoobie blue. Then, open a savings account and start saving! If Subaru doesn't release this with two silly twin turbos, we will be severely disappointed.
5. Mazda Vision Coupe Concept
Take a look at this very, very pretty coupe'd Mazda that is touted as the design language for all new Mazdas on their way the world over, which is, let it be stated, tasty news. As is reported in AutoExpress, it is designed with a 'less-is-more' outlook of the world, which means all lines and creases are polished out to make it as sleek as possible. Back lights are Ferrari-like, stance Mercedes-like and in general it does look a class above what South Africans would expect of Mazda. We love it.
The best part is the super clean interior, which matches the drapes. The worst part is where do you put your tin of coke? Think people, think!