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- 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011 Review -

Alongside a majority of gasoline engine production models, the Tokyo Motor Show introduced a wide variety of concept vehicles with electric propulsion in various drive-train solutions. Considering the success of gasoline/electric hybrid Toyota Prius , the Honda Insight and Civic hybrid as well as the pure electric Mitsubishi MiEV introduced on the market in 2009 or some Nissan Qashqai electric taxi operating in Tokyo, Japan is a leading country for a return of the electric propulsion. The 42nd Tokyo Motor Show was an exceptional illustration of this trend. The micro-car new urban electric commuter solution illustrated by Renault with the recently introduced Twizzy find design studies on several Japanese manufacturers exhibits; Nissan that is associated with Renault showed a Nissan branded Twizzy. We are presenting herewith a non exclusive selection of interesting and original cars and design studies exhibited at this show.

Cars Featured in this report - Index
1-Toyota FCV-R Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Sedan for 2015 2- Honda ACX Plug-in Hybrid Concept 2011 3- Volkswagen Cross Coupe Plug-in Hybrid Concept 2011
4- Nissan PIVO3 Electric Urban Commuter concept 2011 5- Toyota FT-EVIII Electric commuter project 6- Honda EV-STER Sports Electric car concept 2011
7- Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid 2012 8- Mazda Takeri Concept 2011 9- Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV hybrid vehicle 2011
10- Nissan Leaf Nismo Racing Car 2011 11- Toyota Aqua Hybrid Sedan 2011 12- Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept 2011
13- Suzuki Regina design study 2011 14- Suzuki Q-concept 2011 15 – Toyota Fun-VII Design Study 2011
16- Honda Electric Micro Commuter project 2011 17 - Nissan ESFLOW Electric Sports car concept 2011 18- Daihatsu PICO urban mobility vehicle 2011
19- Toyota GR MN Hybrid Concept II 2011  
 

1- Toyota FCV-R Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Sedan for 2015

Toyota introduced a first vision of the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan it is planning to release in 2015. An hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is an electric vehicle where electricity is generated on-board by the combination of hydrogen and air in a fuel cell . Hydrogen Highway projects under development in several countries will allow evaluating the necessary infrastructure for the hydrogen powered vehicles of the future.Japan has already eleven hydrogen filling stations spread in different cities. For further information and illustration visit Toyota FCV-R Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Sedan for 2015 inside autoconcept-reviews.

Toyota FCV-R Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Sedan for 2015 Toyota FCV-R Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Sedan for 2015
Toyota FCV-R Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Sedan for 2015 Toyota FCV-R Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Sedan for 2015

2- Honda ACX Plug-in Hybrid Concept 2011

Honda proposed a next-generation plug-in hybrid vehicle which offers the choices of an "engine drive mode" for more aggressive driving or an "automatic drive mode" for more relaxed driving. This design study illustrates a possible future sedan vehicle between the Civic and Accord models. The steering wheel is replaced by a strange handle bar.

2- Honda ACX Plug-in Hybrid Concept 2- Honda ACX Plug-in Hybrid Concept
2- Honda ACX Plug-in Hybrid Concept 2- Honda ACX Plug-in Hybrid Concept

3- Volkswagen Cross Coupe Plug-in Hybrid Concept 2011

The Cross Coupe Concept presented by Volkswagen illustrates the design of future Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). The Cross Coupé has not one but three motors operating in hybrid mode, one 110 kW TSI petrol engine at the front axle together with a 40 kW and 180 Nm electric motors while a second electric motor with 85 kW and 270 Nm activates the rear axle.
For further information and illustration visit Volkswagen Cross Coupe Plug-in Hybrid Concept inside autoconcept-reviews.

Volkswagen Cross Coupe Plug-in Hybrid Concept 2011 Volkswagen Cross Coupe Plug-in Hybrid Concept 2011
Volkswagen Cross Coupe Plug-in Hybrid Concept 2011 Volkswagen Cross Coupe Plug-in Hybrid Concept 2011

 4- Nissan PIVO3 Electric Urban Commuter concept 2011

The PIVO3 by Nissan integrates a series of electric urban concepts. This concept with one central seat for the driver and two separate seats at the back for passengers offer an extremely efficient manoeuvrability for city traffic with the possibility for U turn within four metres. For further information and illustration visit Nissan PIVO3 Electric Urban Commuter concept 2011 inside autoconcept-reviews.

Nissan PIVO3 Electric Urban Commuter concept 2011 Nissan PIVO3 Electric Urban Commuter concept 2011
Nissan PIVO3 Electric Urban Commuter concept 2011 Nissan PIVO3 Electric Urban Commuter concept 2011

5- Toyota FT-EVIII Electric commuter project

The Toyota FT-EVIII (Future Toyota- Electric Vehicle III) is based on the iQ 3+1 seats city car  and is a near production version of the battery electric car that Toyota announced for introduction in 2012. Equipped with a lithium-ion battery, the FT-EV III achieves an estimated cruising range of 65 miles on a fully charged battery (under the Japanese JC08 test cycle).

Toyota FT-EVIII Electric commuter project Toyota FT-EVIII Electric commuter project
Toyota FT-EVIII Electric commuter project Toyota FT-EVIII Electric commuter project

6- Honda EV-STER Sports Electric car concept 2011

The EV-STER concept is intended to illustrate a possible return of the Honda NSX in the Honda line of products. For further information and illustration visit Honda EV-STER Sports Electric car concept 2011 inside autoconcept-reviews.

Honda EV-STER Sports Electric car concept 2011 Honda EV-STER Sports Electric car concept 2011
Honda EV-STER Sports Electric car concept 2011 Honda EV-STER Sports Electric car concept 2011

7- Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid 2012

After three years of field test in Japan, the USA and Europe, Toyota will launch in 2012 a plug-in hybrid version of the now popular gasoline/electric hybrid PRIUS. With larger lithium-ion batteries that can be charged on the electric grid, this PRIUS will be able to run on pure electric mode for about 20 km. We still have to discover the extra cost of the Plug in solution compared with the actual Prius. For further information and illustration visit Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid 2012 inside autoconcept-reviews.

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid 2012
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid 2012

8- Mazda Takeri Concept 2011

Mazda illustrates the main design lines of the next Mazda 6 with this sophisticated Mazda Takeri project. For further information and illustration visit Mazda Takeri Concept 2011 inside autoconcept-reviews.

Mazda Takeri Concept 2011 Mazda Takeri Concept 2011
Mazda Takeri Concept 2011 Mazda Takeri Concept 2011

9- Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV hybrid vehicle 2011

The MITSUBISHI Concept PX-MiEV II is Mitsubishi Motors' idea for a mid-size plug-in hybrid PHEV model that offers a long cruising range demanded by mid-size (and larger) vehicles. The MITSUBISHI Concept PX-MiEV II contains a state-of-the-art drivetrain derived from Mitsubishi Motor Company's already existing EV technology that delivers the environmental performance and quietness inherent to an EV in an SUV package that provides more comfortable motoring and allows for higher utility outside of a city commuter. The MITSUBISHI Concept PX-MiEV II, with its high environmental performance and fuel efficiency, effectively extinguishes many negative perceptions of SUVs.
Mitsubishi Motor Company's unique plug-in hybrid system fuses EV technology derived from the i-MiEV with a small conventional engine that features Mitsubishi Motor Company's latest fuel and environmental efficiency technologies. This combination provides not only a combined fuel efficiency3 of more than 60km per liter, far superior than that of a conventional engine-driven car, but also very high levels of environmental performance while maintaining a cruising range on a par with conventional engine-driven vehicles (over 800 km).

Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV hybrid vehicle 2011 Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV hybrid vehicle 2011
Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV hybrid vehicle 2011 Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV hybrid vehicle 2011

10- Nissan Leaf Nismo Racing Car 2011

Nissan presented its LEAF NISMO Racing version first introduced at Detroit earlier this year. The car is intended at illustrating a performance image for its Electric LEAF sedan. The LEAF NISMO Racing has been performing demonstration on several tracks like Le Mans or Goodwood. For further information and illustration visit Nissan Leaf Nismo Racing 2011 inside autoconcept-reviews.

Nissan Leaf Nismo Racing Car 2011 Nissan Leaf Nismo Racing Car 2011

11- Toyota Aqua Hybrid Sedan 2011

Toyota introduced a medium size sedan with its gasoline electric hybrid propulsion system. The AQUA has a specific body style and will be launched on Japanese and US market while Europe will continue with the Auris hybrid currently on sale.
The AQUA combines the features of a 5-seater compact car with hybrid drive to offer groundbreaking fuel efficiency of approximately 2,8 l/100 km (84 mpg) (under the Japanese JC08 test cycle)
With a 3,995 mm length, the AQUA’s stylish proportions and minimised height enhance its aerodynamic performance while still offering interior comfort and ample luggage capacity. The state-of-the-art, compact and lightweight hybrid system combines a 1.5-liter engine with a high-output motor to create the most efficient hybrid powertrain yet. Moreover the system has been packaged to give a low centre of gravity for outstanding handling, agile manoeuvrability, and enjoyable operation.

Toyota Aqua Hybrid Sedan 2011 Toyota Aqua Hybrid Sedan 2011
Toyota Aqua Hybrid Sedan 2011 Toyota Aqua Hybrid Sedan 2011

12- Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept 2011

Subaru introduced this design study for a family break. The downsized 1.6 liter horizontally-opposed direct fuel injection turbo engine is one of the principal technologies that will guide Subaru's engine strategy in the future.

Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept 2011 Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept 2011
Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept 2011 Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept 2011

13- Suzuki Regina design study 2011

The REGINA design study illustrates Suzuki’s vision of a next-generation small global car. The Suzuki Regina concept tips the scales at just 730kg. Great focus has been placed on the car’s aerodynamics for fuel efficiency purpose. Aerodynamic styling features of the Regina include partially-covered rear wheels, flat-sided aero alloy wheels and front and rear-integrated bumpers. No information is provided for the power train specification but a fuel consumption of 3,12 litre/100 km (under Japanese JC08 test mode) is announced together with CO2 emission of 70 gr/km (under European test cycle).

Suzuki Regina design study 2011 Suzuki Regina design study 2011
Suzuki Regina design study 2011 Suzuki Regina design study 2011
14- Suzuki Q-concept 2011

Suzuki Q-concept is an electric commuting vehicle somewhere between motorcycle and city car. It is intended to introduce new urban mobility solution, similar to the Renault TWIZZY, with overall length of 2,5 metre and seating of two passengers in tandem.

Suzuki Q-concept 2011 Suzuki Q-concept 2011
Suzuki Q-concept 2011 Suzuki Q-concept 2011

15 – Toyota Fun-Vii Design Study 2011

The Toyota Fun-Vii ( Fun-Vehicle interactive internet) concept heralds Toyota’s vision of a future where people, cars and society are linked. It is defined as “A Smartphone on Wheels”. The ultimate in personalisation, the Fun-Vii offers the ability to alter the content displayed on the interior and exterior with the same ease as downloading an application or posting to Instagram (photo sharing for iphone). The whole vehicle body can be used as a display space, with the body colour and display content changeable at will.  This allows the entire vehicle to function as a display for messages or images as you choose.
 Inside there is more of the same with the interior adjustable to match the mood of the moment.  Navigation information is blended into the interior design through the use of augmented reality and the car’s "navigation concierge" can provide the passengers with driving information and guidance through a vocal interface. The interior is arranged with two seats at the front and one seat in the back.

Toyota Fun-Vii Design Study 2011 Toyota Fun-Vii Design Study 2011
Toyota Fun-Vii Design Study 2011 Toyota Fun-Vii Design Study 2011

16- Honda Electric Micro Commuter project 2011

Honda presented its urban mobility project as an electric vehicle with one central driver seat and two passengers seat in the back. Overall length is 2,5 meter. The steering wheel is replaced by futuristic bar-handles system. The Electric Micro Commuter allows to bring along with you  inside the Honda Motor Compo Foldable Electric Scooter.

Honda Electric Micro Commuter project 2011 Honda Electric Micro Commuter project 2011
Honda Electric Micro Commuter project 2011 Honda Electric Micro Commuter project 2011

17 - Nissan ESFLOW Electric Sports car concept 2011

The small ESFLOW electric concept was introduced at Geneva Motor Show in silver chrome color. Now this interesting design study comes in pearl white. 0-100km/h (0-62 mph) announced in under five seconds and over 240 kilometer (150 mile) cruising range on one charge (US LA4 mode). For further information and illustration visit Nissan ESFLOW Electric Sports car concept 2011 inside autoconcept-reviews.

Nissan ESFLOW Electric Sports car concept 2011 Nissan ESFLOW Electric Sports car concept 2011
Nissan ESFLOW Electric Sports car concept 2011 Nissan ESFLOW Electric Sports car concept 2011

18- Daihatsu PICO urban mobility vehicle 2011

Daihatsu also introduced a proposal for an electric urban commuter with two seats in tandem.

Daihatsu PICO urban mobility vehicle Daihatsu PICO urban mobility vehicle

19- Toyota GR MN Hybrid Concept II 2011

Toyota showed a sports car concept prepared with an hybrid powertrain installed in midship position and with an additional front motor. Engine maximum output is 183 kW (249 hp) and maximum system output 220 kW (299hp)
Length 4350 mm; width 1890 mm; 1200 mm; wheelbase 2575 mm; curb weight target under 1500 kg

Toyota GR MN Hybrid Concept II 2011 Toyota GR MN Hybrid Concept II 2011
Toyota GR MN Hybrid Concept II 2011 Toyota GR MN Hybrid Concept II 2011