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The Tokyo Motor Show, more so than any other, is a place to see some truly out-of-this-world concepts that will never reach the shores of North America. It is a chance to peek into the Japanese auto culture at a number of vehicles that will likely never again see daylight again, yet reveal futuristic innovation. This year, the trends were geared toward autonomous driving and non-gas powertrains.

Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo: Designed for the next generation of mega-city dwellers, the grill and side skirts light up, it’s autonomous and is powered by an electric fuel cell hybrid system.

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Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo: This is Mercedes’ idea of a minivan for Millennials. It has a giant gullwing door, a wraparound bench for seating and a holographic entertainment system in the middle of the cabin.

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Toyota Gosei Flesby: The Gosei is padded all around with external airbags that would inflate in the event of a crash – meaning it would protect pedestrians and cyclists as well.


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Toyota Gosei Flesby: Additionally, the airbags can inflate or deflate to increase aerodynamics and improve fuel economy.

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Honda Wander: Honda unveiled two versions of the Wander – the stand and the walker. The walker appears to be mostly a futuristic scooter, while the stand can carry two passengers. Both are designed for crowded cities where space is tight.

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Daihatsu Noriori: The Noriori is a tiny box with doors that open like a subway car.

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Daihatsu Noriori: A deployable ramp allows for wheelchair access.


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Toyota Kikai: Toyota is showing the fantasmic toy-like Kikai, which means “machine” in Japanese.

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Toyota Kikai: Kikai looks like a cartoonish hodgepodge of parts, defying typical ideas of what a car should look like. “By removing the concealment of sheet metal, the concept expresses the intricate beauty of functional machines and reminds us of the pleasure of tactile contact with the material world,” Toyota said. - AP

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Suzuki Air Triser: Designed to be a private lounge, the three rows of seats can be configured into a couch and media from smartphones can be projected onto a display inside the car.


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Suzuki Air Triser: It also resembles a futuristic VW Microbus.

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Yamaha Motobot: Yamaha introduced a robot that drives a superbike. The initial version needs training wheels, but Yamaha hopes to have it hitting speeds of 200 km/h and hopes to use it to test rider safety.

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Yamaha Motobot: “I am Motobot, I was created to surpass you,” a voice says at the end of a video.

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Daihatsu Tempo: A different take on meals on wheels, the Tempo is a small food truck concept with a highly configurable interior.


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Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle Plus: “Toyota’s aim is to add an all-new sense of purpose to the automobile by turning fuel cell vehicles from eco-cars into energy-cars,” reads a statement.

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Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle Plus: The FCV concept may be a hint at what will succeed the Mirai fuel cell vehicle that went on sale in the United States this year.

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Mitsubishi Fuso: The Fuso Super Great V Spider is based on a version of the current Fuso and comes with four arms, an auger, a back-hoe and a crane. It also resembles Transformer Optimus Prime.


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eX Machina: This car transforms and is designed to make parking easier.


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Honda MBEV: This two-seater buggy has an electric motor and...


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Honda MBEV: ... a detachable battery pack.


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Style-D Piana: About the same size as a Fiat 500, the Piana has a front-door opening and weighs about 400 kilograms.


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Style-D Piana: It has a 120-kilometre range and can charge in five minutes.


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Coms Connect concept: Toyota introduced this electric personal mobility vehicle.


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