Tokyo Motor Show: Tall and Cuddly… and Relevant? — NYTimes.com

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Tokyo Motor Show: and Cuddly… and Relevant?

Nissan left, and the Toyota Hi-CT, (Photo, left, by Franck Pressphoto Association; right, by Kennedy Brown/European Pressphoto More photos from

We see them at every Tokyo Show. Bubbly, cuddly, and Japanese concept cars always been the Hello of the car world — good for a few laughs crazy Japanese!”) and not much At first, this year’s seems to follow in those

The Nissan Pivo2 looks a Willy Wonka marshmallow The Honda Puyo is a soft box with scissor doors. The RiN is a cross between a greenhouse and a cart. And you’d half-expect to emerge from the Toyota with droids.

Honda says the name comes from “a Japanese that expresses the sensation of the vehicle’s soft body.” claims the RiN “uses the motif of the and tall-growing Yakusugi tree (a of Japanese cypress) for its exterior and design to express both with nature’ and ‘healthy and body.’” There’s no word on times.

But could these be more than pure

Look at the Hi-CT plug-in vehicle. According to Toyota: aims to offer a new ‘coolness’ and new to have fun as a departure from vehicles — an edgy, urban inspired by the thinking and lifestyles of

Sound familiar? Perhaps the catchphrase of a new Toyota brand? to Times correspondent Jerry buzz on the show floor was the Hi-CT could predict a Scion hybrid model. it wasn’t that long ago we were all laughing at a box on wheels a high beltline, and short and rear overhangs.

Nissan’s might appear less to see production. But in fact, it could be a important vehicle. Nissan an earlier version at the 2005 show, so the Pivo2 is an evolution. And it that Nissan is serious this bubble of a car.

The Pivo2 features a pivoting enabling the driver to face or back. There’s no reverse – to back up, the driver simply around and pulls out. The linkages between the cabin and have been replaced by controls. Nissan calls it Naturally, Pivo2 is electric-powered, bite-size motors inside of the wheels.

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“Leadership in the all-electric era is not a matter of perfecting one technology,” Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s executive. “We must perfect and many key technologies.”

The idea of in-wheel motors (or hub has been around since the 1900s, but it has been gaining these days. The benefit is it removes the need for (and of) axles and a steering rack. But are still some kinks need to be worked out, cost (very high) and the of weight added to each (just high), which driveability and handling. Optimizing technology has a long way to go (we’re talking a decade or more). And the Mr. Ghosn could say about the concept is, “We are progressing rapidly.”

isn’t the only company hub motors. Nearly every has a version in the works. General introduced it in the Autonomy fuel-cell Volvo has the slick C30 ReCharge But Nissan is the only company it inside of a giant gumball

Volvo C30 ReCharge (Photo by Coll Blanco/European Pressphoto More photos from

And that could be kind of – hiding such serious inside a warm and fuzzy toy of a Mr. Ghosn definitely sounded when he said, “The vehicle is going electric” — that Nissan/Renault wants a role in electric vehicles.”

standing steps away the Pivo2 was his way of lulling the competition to

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