Tokyo Auto Show '09: 7 Cool Concept Cars

Year-after-year, the Tokyo Auto show is renowned for introducing new and wild concept vehicles from the top car manufacturers – 2009 was no different. Honda, Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu, Nissan, and Subaru all got in on the act; some providing crazy designs we’ll likely never see on the road, and some offering options that could very well be the future in hybrids and electric vehicles. Whether it’s an office on wheels, a super-fun sports car, or a tiny electric car, there is usually something for every taste. In this video, outlines the seven coolest concepts introduced at 2009’s Tokyo Auto Show such as the Lexus LFA.

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1. Subaru hybrid Tourer concept

Subaru’s Hybrid Tourer Concept is evidence of the company’s relationship with environmentally-minded Toyota. Its electric-motor hybrid system and 2.0 liter boxer engine could easily be found in showrooms by 2011. The Tourer Hybrid also has tons of little concept unique touches, such as a special alteration to the windshield that reduces eye strain at night. Don’t forget its impressive gullwing doors which allow easy access to the front and rear of the car, a nod to the fact that Subaru’s parent company started out building aircraft.

2. Honda EV-N

For a concept, the Honda EV-N isn’t as far out as some of its counterparts. The lithium ion battery-powered four seater has a simple, retro exterior. It also features a solar roof that enhances the plug-in battery charging. This is the latest in the trend away from hydrogen fueled cars to electric.

3. Lexus LFA

The Lexus LFA is basically a fun-to-drive sportscar. Ignore the environmental concerns and prohibitive pricetags. This two-seater concept tops out at 202 miles-per-hour and competes with the likes of the Lamborghini Gallardo, Chevrolet Corvette and the Porsche 911. The car will actually go into limited production in 2010, with only 500 being made over a two-year period. However, its three-hundred and seventy five thousand dollar price tag makes this supercar a pipe dream for most.

4. Nissan Land Glider

Super light and ultra thin, this zero-emissions concept’s claim to fame is that it contains special technology that allows it to lean into turns, like a motorcycle/car hybrid. The car’s interior is enough to make the driver think he or she is flying a plane – the unique steering wheel is reminiscent of the joysticks found in aircraft. However don’t get too excited if you’ve got a family: One driver plus one passenger is all you’ll fit in this tiny electric car.

5. Daihatsu Deca Deca

Let’s get one thing straight: this car wasn’t necessarily designed for its aesthetics. The Daihatsu Deca Deca is even referred to by the company that makes it as a “super box.” Its exterior is decidedly boxy. However, the reason for the “super” moniker is the interior: foldable slim seats, a desk and an LCD television screen are all available in case you use your car as a work space. The cars doors are pillarless fold-outs, which allow you to fit larger items, to use the car as a storage space on wheels.

6. Honda Skydeck

From the outside, this six-seater hybrid multi-purpose vehicle looks like any car on the road. Unique, however, is the fact that its windshield blends into the top of the car, giving it an all-glass roof. Also, the front doors swing up while opening, while the back doors pop out. But the interior is the selling point: it is futuristic and minimalist, with three rows of seats, some of which are made of wood.

7. Toyota FT-EV II

The Future Toyota Electric Vehicle, or FT-EV II, is smaller than any Toyota currently on the market. But it maintains an airy feel inside with a large windshield. Its joystick controls are the real treat here: brushed metal and faux-ivory give it a traditional touch, while the idea remains decidedly modern. This contraption leaves extra legroom, as it eliminates foot pedals. The sliding doors allow easy access in tight parking situations. However, its top speed is 62 miles-per-hour, and it only has a 56 mile range, so its use will be limited.

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