One thing you can rely on at any Tokyo Motor Show: some pretty weird and wonderful concepts. Here are our favourite four from this year’s show…
Daihatsu DN Compagno
This one’s definitely in the wonderful category. Isn’t it a cutie? It’s a retro homage to the Daihatsu Compagno of the 1960s. That in itself was pretty neat (it was designed in Italy by Vignale) but in sedan form was, auspiciously, the first Japanese car ever to be sold in the UK.
Alas, this alluring four-door coupe won’t be following in its footsteps; the turbocharged 1.0-litre machine and other equally cute models in the DN Compagno range is definitely home market only. Perhaps that’s just as well since the advertising slogan might not go down quite so well over here…
Daihatsu says the car “comfortably seats two adults and provides colourful support to… post-retirement lives.”
Yamaha Cross Hub
This is a weird one – just one look tells you that. But while it might appear like the result of a crash between two vehicles, there is some method in Yamaha’s madness: there’s room in the back for two motorcycles.
A staggered seating position is said to make this possible while keeping the half pickup/half SUV Cross Hub within a compact overall length.
The idea is that it connects the Yamaha owner’s urban life with their active lifestyle – a do-it-all machine that reflects the range of Yamaha’s impressive power toys.
Only one problem: where does the Yamaha outboard fit in?
Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride
Different power solutions allow different vehicle proportions and Toyota has certainly made the most of that with its hydrogen fuel cell-powered limo concept. Not many cars have a wheelbase this long!
This is a luxury limo with room to spare in a very futuristic cabin with all kinds of hi-tech features and lots of very blue lighting. The aim, as the name suggests, is to offer a ride of, er, fine comfort.
Toyota says hydrogen refuelling takes three minutes and gives a range of 620 miles, with water the only emission as it converts the fuel to electricity to power the in-wheel motors. The face of luxury in a non-carbon world?
It might look like a mobility scooter but the Fure-Mobi is… no, you’re right, it is a mobility scooter. But for two people so that, as Honda says, it will make people want to enjoy an outing together. It’s a Honda so it looks cool and is doubtless beautifully made, but we’d rather take Honda’s Sports EV coupe thanks all the same.
And why is it called Fure-Mobi? No idea, but Honda does tell us how to pronounce it: foo-ray mo-bee. As if we will be saying it more than once…