2011 Tokyo Motor Show: Day 1 recap

Drivers got a glimpse into the future Wednesday, as the top manufacturers rolled out concept cars on day one of the Tokyo Auto Show. Honda showed that plug-cars can also be stylish thanks to this AC-X Concept PHEV. This all white beauty is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors. Honda really showed off the bells and whistles with this one, introducing an “Automatic Drive Mode Support,” in which the steering wheel folded into the dash and a footstool rolled out for the driver to recline and watch his car do all the work!

Honda also turned heads with the EV-STER electric sports car. It looks the racing car of the future (link), with rear-wheel drive and an electric drivetrain. This concept boasts a top speed of 99 mph, and convertible makes it seem like the perfect car for a future summer day!

Not to be outdone, Nissan showed off its Leaf Nismo Concept. Judging by the model on display in Tokyo, Nissan plans to make its future Leaf a more sporty model. Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn tells www.autoblog.com that Nissan is committed to making at least 10 percent of its global market electric vehicles.

Subaru was also in on the fun Wednesday, introducing new sporty concept models. The Advanced Tourer Concept is a four-door wagon that carries a 1.6 liter boxer hybrid powertrain. Other signs of the future include a monitor on the steering wheel and steel-rimmed wood pedals.

Subaru also introduced the 2013 BRZ Wednesday, a beauty that turned a lot of heads. The BRZ features 2,689 pounds, 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet from the direct-injected 2.0-liter boxer engine, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

It’s also the only car available in that great blue color.

Continue to check the Waikem Blog all week as we bring you updated coverage of the Tokyo Auto Show!

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