lundi 23 août 2010

Japanese Companies Show Off Their Coolest Cars

Lexus LF-A

If there was ever a car to shake off Lexus's staid image, it's the LFA supercar. Revealed for the first time on Oct. 21 by Toyota chief Akio Toyoda, the $375,000 car is no ordinary Lexus. Powered by a 4.8 liter V10 engine, it has a top speed of over 200 miles per hour and does 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. Production will start late next year and Toyoda says only 500 will ever be built.
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Toyota FT-86

Toyota's FT-86 could be the sporty car to fill the gap left by the cancellation of MR2 and Celica sports models in 2007 and 2005, respectively. A lightweight, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe, the FT-86 is being developed with Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries and will feature a two-liter boxer engine and six-speed manual transmission. According to reports, Toyota is aiming for a price tag not too far over $20,000.
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Toyota FT-EV Concept II

Even smaller than Toyota's iQ microcar, the tiny FT-EV II is a compact electric vehicle designed for driving short distances. The FT-EV II has a top speed of about 62 mph (100 kmh) and a range of 56 miles (90 km). Despite its diminutive size—it measures just 2.73 by 1.68 meters—Toyota says there is ample room for four adults.
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Toyota Prius Plug-in EV

This version of the Prius Plug-in concept first showed at the Frankfurt show in September and is the first Toyota vehicle powered by lithium-ion batteries. Based on the third-generation Prius, it can be charged from an external power source, such as a household outlet, and in electric-power-only mode can go 12 miles, significantly further than a regular Prius. Toyota reckons that adds up to fuel economy of 55 km per liter (130 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 42 g/km.
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Nissan Leaf

Billed by Nissan (NSANY) as the world's first electric vehicle designed for large-scale volume production, the Leaf is the Japanese automaker's flagship "zero emission" model. First shown in Japan in August, the Leaf can go around 100 miles on a single charge and, excluding the batteries, will cost no more to buy and run than a traditional gasoline-powered car. Charging time is seven hours, although a 30 minute quick charge can get batteries back up to 80% of full power.
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Nissan Land Glider

Nissan reckons the eye-catching electric-powered compact Land Glider has a potential to become a new means of urban transportation by helping reduce traffic congestion and promote effective use of parking spaces. At just 43 inches (110 cm) wide, it should slice through traffic.
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Nissan Fuga

A new version of the top of-the-line Fuga sedan, known as the Infiniti M in the U.S., will go on sale this fall in Japan. Next year a hybrid version with lithium-ion batteries will follow, the first hybrid from Nissan using its own technology. (The Altima hybrid currently on sale uses knowhow bought from Toyota.)
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Nissan Roox

In Japan, where more than a third of cars sold are 660cc minicars, Nissan's boxy Roox could find many fans. It measures just 3.4 meters long by 1.5 meters wide. Nissan says it will be the most spacious four-seater in its class. What's more, to ease access the Roox comes with sliding doors.
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Nissan NV200 Vanette Taxi

The NV200 Vanette Taxi is designed to accommodate the elderly and the disabled with various design features, including rails to help make it easier for passengers to enter and exit. It is set to go on sale in Japan by the end of 2010 and meets government regulations promoting universal design for taxis.
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Honda CR-Z hybrid

For all Honda's success in recent years, enthusiasts complain that the company has lost interest in sportier models. The CR-Z, a sporty hybrid, should help assuage such concerns. The model at the Tokyo show is very close to the production version that will go on sale next year. Sportier than Honda's current hybrids, the CR-Z has a 1.5-liter engine and a six-speed manual transmission.
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Honda Skydeck

The Honda Skydeck is slightly larger than the company's current offerings, seating up to six passengers. Design features of the concept car include scissor-doors that open skywards and a space-saving, minimalist interior. Honda isn't saying if or when it will launch a production version of the Skydeck. However, the company has indicated it plans to launch hybrids in the future.
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Honda EV-N

If there were awards for cute cars at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, Honda's EV-N would stand a good chance of success. Looking a little bit like a 1960s Honda N360 microcar, the EV-N concept car is a thoroughly modern electric vehicle powered by lithium-ion batteries. Solar panels on the roof aid recharging. Honda hasn't said if it has plans to commercialize the EV-N.
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Honda EV Cub

For all the hype, there are many unanswered questions about the viability of electric cars, given the current limitations of battery technology. In the near term, motorbikes like the Honda EV Cub might be more practical. Taking design cues from the Honda Cub, the best-selling motorcycle in history, the electric version features a two-wheel drive system (a motor for each wheel) that improves handling on difficult surfaces. It could hit dealerships by the end of 2010.
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Mazda Kiyora

Mazda isn't showing new models at the Tokyo Motor Show. Instead, it's highlighting a host of technologies to help it improve average fuel economy by 30% by 2015. Mazda says gas-sipping technologies help make its Kiyora compact concept, first shown in Paris last fall, achieve similar fuel economy performance to hybrids.
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Subaru Hybrid Tourer

A premium touring car concept, the Hybrid Tourer combines Subaru's key technologies—boxer engines and all-wheel drive—with two electric motors to improve environmental performance. At low speeds, the rear motor is used until the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine takes over; when the car is accelerating uphill, the front motor (which usually acts as a generator) assists to drive the front axle.
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Subaru Plug-in Stella

The Plug-in Stella, alongside the Mitsubishi i, is one of two electric vehicles launched in Japan this year. Subaru's car uses a lithium battery and electric motor capable of running for up to 50 miles (80 km) on a full charge and a top speed of 62 mph (100 kmh). The version on show at the Tokyo Motor Show has what Subaru calls "a playful design" created in collaboration with Beams, a Japanese retailer.
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Daihatsu Deca Deca

Minicar specialist Daihatsu calls the Deca Deca its "super box." Huge swing-out doors on the passenger side combined with slim, folding seats make it easy to store and move large items in a tiny vehicle. Like all mini-vehicles in Japan, it is powered by a gas-sipping 660cc engine.
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Daihatsu Basket

The Basket is another fun minicar concept. Mixing practicalities with enjoyment, the Basket has a removable hardtop roof over the front two seats and removable canvas top over passengers in the rear. Based on Daihatsu's popular Mira, the Basket is powered by a 660cc engine.
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Suzuki Swift Plug-in Hybrid

Small car specialist Suzuki is yet to sell a hybrid, but when it does it will probably look like its Swift Plug-in Hybrid concept, which combines a motor, battery, and engine-powered generator and, Suzuki says, is designed to be primarily driven on electric power. For the short distances, it is powered by a battery that's charged from a household mains socket. When the battery runs low, a 660cc engine powers a generator that charges the battery.
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Suzuki SX4-FCV (Fuel-Cell Vehicle)

Even though General Motors sold what was left of its stake in Suzuki in 2008, the two carmakers continue to partner on fuel cell technology. The SX4-FCV combines a GM-produced fuel cell with a Suzuki-developed high-pressure hydrogen tank and a light, compact capacitor that recovers energy during braking. Suzuki says is testing the SX4-FCV on public roads with a view to commercialization.
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Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV

The Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV is a plug-in hybrid crossover SUV. In electric mode, the PX runs for up to 30 miles and operates in either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive modes. When battery power runs low, a 1.6-liter gasoline engine acts as a generator to power the electric motors. At higher speeds, the engine and electric motors jointly drive wheels. Mitsubishi reckons the PX-MiEV can achieve fuel economy of 50 km/l (117.6 mpg)
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Mitsubishi i-MiEV Cargo

Based on the production i-MiEV electric vehicle, the i-MiEV Cargo adds a bit more space: Its luggage compartment is a generous 1.45 meters wide, 1.18 meters deep, and 1.1 meters high. That, the company says, makes the i-MiEV more practical than its minicar-based forerunner. What's more, the rear-wheel-drive i-MiEV cargo will can run the same distance 100 miles (160 km) on single charge.

1 commentaire:

  1. Cool! My choice is the Toyota FT-86, seems nice and reliable car! I have toyota premio used cars, I hope I save budget to buy this coolest cars! ^_^ for now it is still a wish! =))

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