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Old 12-11-2005, 01:13 PM   #1
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New Concept Vehicles (gallery)



Nissan Pivo

At first sight, the Pivo looks like another one of those famously wacky, futuristic Tokyo show specials. But it's actually quite clever when you take a closer look.

The Pivo's bubble-shaped cabin can turn a full 360 degrees on its axis, saving its driver the hassle of ever having to engage reverse gear. You pull into a parking space facing forward, and when it's time to leave, you spin the cabin around (the bottom half of the body stays static, of course) and drive out the way you came. Drive-by-wire technology, which does away with any mechanical connections for steering, brakes, and transmission in this case, makes it possible.

The 106-inch-long Pivo (the name comes from the fact that it pivots) also has a cleverly packaged, electric all-wheel-drive chassis and tiny outboard cameras to give state-of-the-art, 360-degree visibility. Its oh-so-cute styling is Nissan's deliberate attempt to attract young, Japanese girls, whom they hope will gush and say the design is kawaii, or cute.







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Mitsubishi Concept X

Mitsubishi is previewing its upcoming new Evo X with two show cars: the Concept-Sportback displayed at Frankfurt and this Concept-X, set to be unveiled at Tokyo. While the Sportback is a hatchback, the Concept-X is a sedan and therefore even closer to the new Evolution X we'll see in 2007. Built on a new platform codeveloped with DaimlerChrysler, the Concept-X has a 2.0-liter turbo four producing well north of 300 hp, a twin-clutch transmission, a further-developed all-wheel-drive system, and lightweight, all-aluminum bodywork. Best of all, the design leaves the current car's econobox roots far behind.





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Old 12-11-2005, 01:14 PM   #3
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Daihatsu Copen ZZ

This maxed-out Copen ZZ is a refugee from last month's Frankfurt Motor Show. Daihatsu has jazzed up the Copen body, making it longer and wider, while also reworking the nose and tail treatment to give it more visual muscle. This Copen should be much quicker than the standard model, too, thanks to a new, 107-hp, 1.5-liter engine instead of the usual 660-cc unit. The Copen ZZ also boasts a wide-track suspension and sporty 205/40R-16 tires.

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Old 12-11-2005, 01:15 PM   #4
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Subaru B5-TPH Concept

he Subaru B5-TPH is a stylish coupe/wagon/crossover concept that Subaru stresses is not the next Impreza. Its main focus is not the exterior styling so much as Subaru's Turbo Parallel Hybrid (TPH) powertrain, which is linked to the company's trademark Symmetrical four-wheel-drive system. That's a shame, since the B5-TPH is the best-looking vehicle to come out of Subaru's studios in some time.

TPH places a thin electric motor generator between the car's 2.0-liter Miller-cycle flat-four turbo engine and the automatic transmission. The Miller-cycle technology, which we last saw in the mid-1990s Mazda Millenia near-luxury sedan, improves engine efficiency by reducing pumping losses due to a power stroke that is longer than the compression stroke. Often, this system makes an engine unresponsive at low speeds. But with the electric motor, Subaru claims, standing-start torque is better than even the turbocharged Impreza WRX's.

The generator acts as an engine-assist to boost fuel economy. The combined output is 256 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque.

Subaru says while there are no plans to build a car that looks like the B5-TPH (which sits on a modified Legacy platform), some variation of TPH is likely for production, maybe in the Legacy or Forester, by 2007.





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Lexus LF-A Concept

The Lexus LF-A supercar concept makes another show appearance at Tokyo, and this time Lexus has announced that it is powered by a V-10 with more than 500 horsepower. Details are still scant, but count on a production version that looks a lot like this within two years.

The V-10 engine will displace less than 5.0 liters and may use a hybrid system to achieve the lofty power goal and increased efficiency. It's located in front because no Japanese automaker has built a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive supercar until this point, and Toyota wants to be the first to enter this segment.

The LF-A theoretically will compete with the Ferrari Scaglietti and the Aston Martin V-12 Vanquish S (or whatever supercars have replaced them by then), but it will have some homegrown competition as well; Honda is developing an NSX successor for 2008 or 2009 with a new mid-mounted V-10.





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Volkswagen EcoRacer

Imagine a Lamborghini Gallardo compressed to a 97-inch wheelbase. The result is VW's EcoRacer concept that reaches far into the performance future with a creative mix of ecology (low emissions), economy (high mileage), and fun-to-drive spirit. The mid-mounted engine is compressed from ten to four cylinders and is converted to a turbo-diesel in the interest of efficiency. The carbon-fiber body carries two and their luggage while offering a remarkable degree of convertibility. The hinged roof panels, rear "hatch" extension, and even the windshield are removable to morph from coupe to roadster to speedster in steps. The 1.5-liter, turbocharged, sixteen-valve compression-ignition engine generates 134 hp at 4000 rpm, enough impetus to move the 1870-lb prototype to 62 mph in 6.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of 143 mph. Embodying VW's controlled combustion system, this new experimental engine balances the virtues of gasoline and diesel powerplants, a goal every major maker is pursuing. To up the fun on the drive to tomorrow, there's a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission with paddle- and floor-shift options. Dream on, VW fans, there are no production plans.







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Old 12-11-2005, 01:20 PM   #7
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Mazda Senku Concept

The sensational looking Mazda Senku is a four-seat sports car with the first-ever rotary-engined hybrid powertrain, not to mention some of the longest sliding doors in the business.

At 183 inches (15.3 feet) long, 73 inches across, and 55 inches in height, the Senku is a full nine inches longer, three inches wider, and two inches taller than an RX-8. It also sits on an extravagantly long, 122-inch wheelbase (sixteen inches longer than the RX-8's). Access to the sumptuous cabin is via massive, electrically operated "flying wing" sliding doors.

The sleek exterior represents a possible direction for Mazda's next-generation styling. A two-stage, power-operated hatch lid moves up and out, and the rearmost part of the glass roof incorporates solar panels that help charge the hybrid battery.

Inside, the dashboard, the slim designer seats, and the door trim are finished in high-quality leather. Normally, the Senku is a two-seater, but the space behind the seats can be used either for storage or to adapt the car to a two-plus-two. The high-tech, two-level dash features a three-panel display on the top half displaying images from outside the car via on-board cameras. The lower half displays the audio and climate-control systems.

The Senku's instruments--such as the speedo, the tach, and other gauges--plus the car's sat-nav system sit within a stylish, thick-rimmed steering wheel, also finished off in red leather.

The totally new, Mazda-designed, rotary hybrid system uses a new direct-injection, two-rotor engine, combined with a motor, a generator, and a battery. The battery's location between the engine and the firewall, combined with the compact rotary engine's front-midship layout, helps create 50/50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity. This hybrid system also features an idling-stop system to boost economy and emissions.

There's more. Beneath the skin, Senku features a new type of "multi-frame" body construction supporting the engine and front suspension, designed to save weight and improve impact safety over a conventional chassis rail system. Virtual B-pillars are fitted inside the backs of the sliding doors to help maintain sufficient body rigidity despite the huge side door openings.

The Senku has a seven-speed transmission and dry twin-plate clutch. The suspension consists of double wishbones at the front and a multilink rear setup. The concepts rides on monster 235/40R-22 Yokohama Advan Prototype 005 tires.

Is the Senku the next RX-8? Maybe not, but it's one of the most interesting cars at this year's show.







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Mercedes-Benz Hygenius

The Hygenius concept, which is based on the ultra-compact European Mercedes-Benz B-Class, is designed to show just how compactly the latest fuel-cell technology can be packaged and how practical fuel-cell cars are becoming. And just how economical, too. Mercedes is talking about the equivalent of 97 mpg from the Hygenius whose hydrogen-powered fuel cell is some 40 percent smaller than the company's previous generation. Driving range is put at more than 250 miles.

Mercedes says the Hygenius is the next step along the way towards fuel-cell cars reaching full production maturity sometime between 2012 and 2015.



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Toyota FSC

Toyota describes the FSC as a new category crossover between a sedan and a minivan. About the size of a VW Passat wagon, the FSC is ordinarily a four-seater, with a roomy 'lounge-feel cabin.' But it also has a clever, power-adjustable, three-stage foldaway third seat, which springs into action if you need to take up to six people.



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Honda FCX Concept

The FCX concept is Honda's latest take on fuel cells. Although its ultra-cab-forward body looks dramatically long, low, and wide, at 186 inches (15.5 feet) in overall length, the FCX is actually shorter than the Acura RL. It features a compact, Honda-developed fuel-cell stack in the middle of the car with two hydrogen tanks in the rear. The stack is actually much smaller than is now technologically feasible, but Honda says that it shows "our dream."





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Old 12-11-2005, 01:34 PM   #11
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Mitsuoka Orochi Concept

"We could show our longing for super car from a childhood in a tangible way. By this, also we could evoke the memories of heartthrob then. Making up a prototype of "Orochi" and showing it at the Tokyo Motor Show could change our dream into self-confidence.We are on the way to bigger dream or new challenge."





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Old 12-11-2005, 02:15 PM   #12
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apparently if the lexus IS coupe is supposed to be based on the LF-A Concept.....from manipulating the image in my head....i can picture something like an XLR....i can't wait
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those are hawt w3w7
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these look the best
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Old 12-11-2005, 07:38 PM   #15
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damn, there are some good looking cars there, and i like how major car companies are finally putting research into the fuel cell categories, i think its about time they started this to get the next big move in the auto department
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