Toyota took the opportunity Thursday to announce its vision of human transport in the form of three new concept cars set to be unveiled at this year's Tokyo Motor Show.
"While some of the vehicles slated to go on display represent the development and commercialization of groundbreaking new technologies, others seek to explore and strengthen the emotional bond between car and driver," Toyota said in a press statement.
There is the Kikai concept, a stunning beauty that is ironically designed as an ordinary automotive mechanical. The idea is to reveal all the bolts and pieces normally hidden under the hood. Surprisingly, it evokes steampunk panache, highlighted by the surprisingly stylish mechanical details.
Next to the Kikai is the truly futuristic concept of the lot, the FCV Plus. Naturally, it has a futuristic design, marrying angles with sleek and graceful lines. What should excite most, however, with this concept is the technology under the hood. It is powered by a hydrogen fuel stack capable of transforming hydrogen into electricity, according to Mashable. It is interesting to note that the car transforms into a community or home power generator because it has the capability to feed power into the owner's home or send it back to the power grid.
The S-FR is the third, but certainly not the least, of the three car concepts. It is a compact sports car that many would find related to the Scion or the FR-S coupe being sold by Toyota in the U.S. Toyota has not released the complete spec details for this car, but it is said to pack an independent suspension, six-speed manual transmission, and offers "optimal weight distribution," Autoblog reported.