Thursday, 10 November 2011

Concepts to be showcased at Tokyo Auto Show

The concept cars by various automakers to be showcased at Tokyo Auto Show are shown below

Suzuki Regina is the company’s vision for a future global compact vehicle. The focus of the Regina is to be as efficient as possible, presenting a very aerodynamic body – up to 10 per cent more efficient through the air compared with the current crop of compact city cars – as well as a very lightweight construction tipping the scales at just 760kg. Emissions have been rated at just 70g/km CO2 while an official fuel consumption rating of 32km/L (3.1L/100km) has been achieved on the JC08 test cycle.

Suzuki Q-concept at the Tokyo show. Showcasing a compact circular frame, the Q-concept is designed to be a cross between a motorcycle and a car, in terms of manoeuvrability. It features two tandem seats and an overall length of just 2.5 metres. Suzuki hasn’t revealed the powertrain details, although it says the Q is suitable for those travelling around 10km per day.

Suzuki Swift EV Hybrid concept hints at a potential future production car – an electric Suzuki Swift. The powertrain consists of an electric motor which provides a range of up to 30km in full EV model, backed by a petrol engine for range-extending purposes. Suzuki says the range-extending technology was chosen over a full EV arrangement due to the former’s potential to be lighter in weight, less expensive and use fewer resources than an EV.

Built on the same platform as the Kia Forte sedan, the Ray features a 1.4-liter inline-4 engine that sends power to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). A 78-kilowatt (105 horsepower) motor is also used to power the car either on its own or in conjunction with the gas engine.Kia says the electric motor is designed to propel the Ray up to 50 miles on a charge before the gas engine needs to kick in. It also says the Ray gets 202 mpg, which gives it a total range of 746 miles. That's all theoretical of course, so it could be 746 miles or it could be 74.6 miles — nobody really knows.

The Concept PX-MiEV II is a plug-in hybrid PHEV that combines Mitsubishi’s existing EV technology in an SUV body. The hybrid setup increases range over traditional small EV-only city cars. The automaker uses technology lifted from its i-MiEV (or i in the U.S.) electric city car and a conventional gasoline engine. Mitsubishi claims the Concept PX-MiEV II has a range of 800 km (496 miles) and can travel as far as 60 km per liter or fuel consumed.

The Nissan Pivo is a concept car created by Nissan. The Pivo was first introduced at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. The car is essentially a 360 degree rotating three-seater cabin on a chassis of 4 wheels, and hence eliminates the need for reversing and makes parking easier.The Pivo is powered by a lithium-ion battery. The car's futuristic design incorporates large doors for easy access to the cabin and large windscreens and windows for high visibility. As well as the fully rotational cabin, the Pivo features Nissan's Around View Monitor system. This reduces blind spots (areas of the road which cannot be seen from the driver's position) by displaying the outside surroundings on screens mounted on the inside of the car's A-pillars, located on either side of the windshield.


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