As Acura’s parent company, new technology utilized in Honda vehicles will often find its way into Acura models. Honda plans to introduce a few new interesting concepts at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show that may have some influence on future Acuras. While details are limited, Honda has released some real-life photos of a plug-in hybrid sedan named the AC-X, as well sketches of their SMALL SPORTS EV CONCEPT.
Additional information is available in the press release below:
Honda Announces Overview of Display for the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011
Seven Next-Generation Electromotive Concept Models on Display
November 10, 2011 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced its lineup of production and concept-model automobiles, motorcycles, power products, and other highlights for its display at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011, which will take place at Tokyo Big Sight from Saturday, December 3 through Sunday, December 11, 2011.
At this motor show, with the booth concept of “What makes people feel good?” Honda will propose an exciting and thrilling mobility life of the future that it envisions as a company providing personal mobility to people all around the world. The display will include a lineup of the next-generation electromotive concept models including two-, three- and four-wheeled commuter vehicles designed for easy and fun mobility in future cities, mid-to-long distance commuters designed to enrich life and enhance the freedom and fun of mobility, and sporty models that pursue the joy of driving/riding.
Furthermore, at the automobile section, N Concept, a new mini-vehicle series that emphasizes the creation of ample space, will be showcased, including introduction of the first production model in the series, N BOX. At the motorcycle section, a variety of models will be on display, including planned production models such as NC700S, INTEGRA and NC700X, which will be equipped with Honda’s newly-developed global 700cc motorcycle engine. Also on display will be the planned production model of the CRF250L which offers both an ease of use in everyday life and the fun of off-road riding. Covering the largest floor area of any single brand at the show, the Honda booth will showcase a diverse lineup of products unique to Honda.
As a part of “SMART MOBILITY CITY 2011”, a themed project the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. (JAMA) will hold at the motor show venue, Honda will showcase the FCX Clarity advanced fuel cell electric vehicle, EV-neo electric scooter, EV-MONPAL electric cart, as well as the Honda Smart Home System which features several Honda-developed energy production technologies, including a gas engine cogeneration unit and a solar powered system to reduce household and mobility CO2 emissions. The progress Honda has been making in testing program of these technologies also will be showcased.
Since the establishment of the company, Honda’s goal has been to make people happy through its technologies and through the creation of products that are useful in people’s daily lives. Driven by these dreams and passion, Honda has been committed to the research and development of mobility which focuses on people. With a passion to create and deliver mobility filled with fun and good feelings for people, Honda’s challenge as a manufacturer of mobility products will continue into the future.
Electromotive concept models:
A next-generation plug-in hybrid vehicle which offers a more comfortable and enjoyable time in the vehicle during all driving situations, from urban to long-distance driving. With the choices of an “engine drive mode” for more aggressive driving or an “automatic drive mode” for more relaxed driving, the vehicle broadens the joy of mobility.
• MICRO COMMUTER CONCEPT
A micro-sized, futuristic, electric city commuter which will become a highly accessible form of mobility for more people. This vehicle will offer the joy of a new type of communications between people and mobility and an exterior that the owner can enjoy customizing more casually. The collaboration of Honda’s motorcycle and automobile R&D centers made it possible to load the MOTOR COMPO two-wheel EV commuter in this vehicle.
• SMALL SPORTS EV CONCEPT (tentative name)
A next-generation EV sports model which maximizes the fun of driving while achieving excellent environmental performance.
Visit Honda’s Worldwide site at world.honda.com for more.
[Source: Honda Motor Co. ]