TOKYO MOTOR SHOW
Getting clever with crazy concept cars
The Tokyo Motor Show is under way and a number of domestic manufacturers are there in their numbers, writes Lerato Matebese
There are always a number of concept models displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show — which is now in its 45th year — and this year’s event is no different. Honda is on a roll when it comes to funky, cool concepts, having launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show the EV Concept hatchback, which harked back to the first generation Civic of the 1970s. Its main purpose, however, was to showcase its new electric vehicle platform. Now the company has added yet another concept in the form of the Sports EV Concept, which is essentially a sports coupe that will be built on the same, variable platform as the hatchback. It looks fantastic. That front end is a nod to the American muscle car of the 1970s the Dodge Challenger. Although the design is probably more closely related to Honda’s S600 from the 1960s with its simple design and fastback rear-end. The model is touted to go into production in 2019, but Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo says the model is at this stage only destined for Japanese and European ...