Tokyo Motor Show: Day 2 Recap

Honda gave fans a glimpse into the future Thursday at the Tokyo Auto Show, rolling out some true head turners.

One of the coolest cars on display was the Honda N Box, a van that almost looks like a freezer chest. This square, almost box of van can still easily fit six passengers, but the highlight was the blind spot array. Mirrors are mounted inside the car’s pillar and reflect on mirrors strategically placed all around the car, making parallel parking a breeze.

Honda kept turning heads Thursday thanks to the N Concept 4. It’s a throwback tribute to the Hondas of the 1960s with huge headlights and a boxy shape. The front grille, combined with those big lights, almost make the car look like it’s smiling at you.

The future of the scooter may be in Honda’s hands, as they rolled out the E-Canopy three-wheeled scooter Thursday. This electric cart of the future is designed for personal use, but the concern Thursday was the lack of passenger seating.

Mitsubishi ensured Honda wouldn’t be the only manufacturer who caught the audience’s attention Thursday.

They introduced the Concept PX-MiEV, a plug-in 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander. A 2.0 liter four cylinder engine is mounted up front, but lithium ion battery-packs span the vehicle’s floor. Mitsubishi expects this car to get 500 miles on one tank of gas.

Mitsubishi also introduced the 2012 Mirage Thursday, and although it isn’t expected to be released in the U.S, it made some U.S journalists at the event droll. It’s the same size as a Mini Cooper, and is expected to receive 70 miles per gallon. Hardcore fans may want to travel to Thailand, because it goes on sale there in March 2012.

Check out the Waikem Blog all week as we review the latest from the Tokyo Auto Show!

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