Cars of the Future

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The Tokyo car show brought us a sneak peak at the newest and most advanced cars that could be in production within the next few years.

There has never been a more exciting period in the development and advancement of automotive technology.  The need for new and innovative environmentally friendly solutions is fuelling this change, and the results are incredibly interesting.  If you need to scrap your existing car and are looking for inspiration for your next purchase, the Tokyo car show is the perfect place to see the newest and most advanced cars that are available now, and ones that could be in production within the next few years.

 

With the race to develop more and more efficient cars hotting up, here is a summary of what is new and exciting as showcased in Tokyo.

 

Toyota’s FVC concept and the XL1 by Volkswagen both hope to use technology to become greener.  The FVC will feature a hydrogen fuel cell that should allow the car to drive 310 miles before a recharge is needed.  Hydrogen is advantageous as a fuel as it is cheap to make and the by-products are harmless to the environment.  The XL1 features a dual electric motor and diesel engine that combines with innovative fuel saving ideas such as cameras instead of wing mirrors to reduce drag, and bicycle like tyres to reduce rolling resistance.

 

The Nissan IDX and the Honda NSX both feature bold new designs and both look stunning despite being distinctly different.  The Nissan combines a reverse slanted nose with chunky features and bold squared panels to conjure images and echoes of classic muscle cars, but with a new and modern spin.  The Honda has, however taken the futuristic, front end styling from the highly popular civic, and added clean sweeping lines of a classic coupe to create a car that could be mistaken for a super car.

Some manufacturers have decided to tinker with some of the more fundamental aspects of driving.  Kawasaki’s J Three Wheeler EV Concept tricycle does not steer in a conventional way, but instead uses levers that are connected to the front wheels in order to manoeuvre.  Toyota have taken this one step further with their FV2 concept.  The driver is positioned in a reclined position and uses their body weight to change direction.  The low centre of gravity and the relaxed position means that a real sense of speed will be achieved, as well as a feeling of being connected with the road and the vehicle as the whole body is used to navigate.  These two exciting concepts promise to be great fun to drive.

 

The next few years should reveal the next major step in the evolution of the car.  Will the full electric car be the future, or will hydrogen fuel cells become cheap enough to manufacture to allow them to be produced en-masse?  We may have to wait to find out the answers to these questions, but one thing is certain, the best way to stay ahead of the game is to come back to Tokyo next year.