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Honda Sports EV Concept has the charm electrification needs

Honda Sports EV Concept has the charm electrification needs

Ask electric car skeptics what turns them off about EVs, and one of the most common criticisms is that electrified powertrains simply lack the emotional appeal of a gas engine. Certainly, there's nothing quite like the roar of a V8, or the increasingly rare burble of a V12 to strum the subconscious, but what if an electric car had charm in some other way? That's Honda's approach with its latest concept, the fairly-adorable Honda Sports EV.

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Honda made an autonomous cooler and it’s amazing

Honda made an autonomous cooler and it’s amazing

There are plenty of very sensible reasons to go to the Tokyo Motor Show, but far more interesting are the oddball products from the weirder corners of Japanese engineers' imaginations. One such example is this, the Honda RoboCas Concept. Effectively an oversized cooler on wheels, complete with anime-esque eyes and autonomous driving, it's what Honda says could be the robot assistant of tomorrow.

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Toyota Concept-i RIDE brings AI mobility to forgotten users

Toyota Concept-i RIDE brings AI mobility to forgotten users

Back when Toyota's Concept-i autonomous car was revealed at CES 2017 in January, the automaker described it as a vision of how humans and AI would travel in partnership. Now, at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017 this week, Toyota is adding two new "friends" to the line-up of concept vehicles. Interestingly, while rivals at the show are pushing sleek coupes or aggressively-designed sedans, Toyota's focus is a group that often doesn't get much attention from concept vehicles.

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Nissan IMx autonomous EV concept is a “virtual” power station

Nissan IMx autonomous EV concept is a “virtual” power station

Nissan has brought an autonomous vision of the future to the Tokyo Motor Show 2017, with the Nissan IMx concept offering a distinctly Japanese spin on driverless vehicles. An all-electric crossover, the IMx features what Nissan describes as "a future version of ProPILOT", its driver-assistance system currently offered - albeit without full autonomous capabilities - in its existing cars. When activated, Nissan envisages, the crossover would draw in its steering wheel and take control.

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Toyota “Fine-Comfort Ride” concept vehicle is a hydrogen-powered EV

Toyota “Fine-Comfort Ride” concept vehicle is a hydrogen-powered EV

Toyota has unveiled a new concept car that it sees as the future of the premium saloon. The car is called the Fine-Comfort Ride concept and it is a fuel cell vehicle that runs on electricity created using hydrogen. Like all fuel-cell powered vehicles, the Fine-Comfort Ride produces no CO2 emissions in operation and has a long cruising range and needs only three minutes to refuel with hydrogen.

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Porsche made a stunning electric Cayman, but there’s a catch

Porsche made a stunning electric Cayman, but there’s a catch

Porsche's all-electric Mission E may be in the pipeline, but the German sportscar maker couldn't resist dropping an EV drivetrain into another vehicle from its range. The company has taken the wraps off the Cayman e-volution, a proof-of-concept that demonstrates electrification needn't mean more-pious-than-you tepid motoring. Unfortunately, there's bad news from Porsche along with the good.

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Toyota GR HV Sports concept gives 86 a hybrid, targa makeover

Toyota GR HV Sports concept gives 86 a hybrid, targa makeover

Toyota may be a huge automaker, but it's seldom accused of being an especially exciting one, something it hopes to change at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017 this month. Though the company does have a crossover concept to show off, the Toyota Tj Cruiser, it's hoping a more enthusiast-centric car will get it more attention. That's the Toyota GR HV Sports concept, and it's shaping up to be quite special.

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Toyota Tj Cruiser concept previews crossover for the apocalypse

Toyota Tj Cruiser concept previews crossover for the apocalypse

Maybe it's a sign of the uncertain world we currently live in (hello, incipient nuclear apocalypse) but automakers can't stop imagining beefy trucks perfect for escaping burning cities or ramming through zombie hordes. Toyota is joining the club with the Tj Cruiser concept, "a new van and fusion genre" that targets crossover buyers. The goal is flexibility, which is pretty important when all the potable water is tainted and you need to raid the abandoned Walmart down the block.

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BAE drone concept can switch between fixed-wing and rotary mode for vertical landings

BAE drone concept can switch between fixed-wing and rotary mode for vertical landings

The military has seen the need for aircraft that can take off and land vertically while having higher top speeds associated with fixed wing aircraft. This is the thought process behind the Osprey and some aircraft like the Harrier jet. There are also drones that are able to do this.

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Nissan Leaf NISMO and Serena NISMO concepts to debut in Tokyo

Nissan Leaf NISMO and Serena NISMO concepts to debut in Tokyo

Nissan is set to unveil some new concept cars at the Tokyo Motor Show that could someday make it into production. The new cars are NISMO versions of the Leaf EV and the Serena minivan. The Leaf NISMO concept will feature the latest version of ProPILOT single-lane autonomous driving tech.

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Aston Martin’s next luxury vehicle is a submarine

Aston Martin’s next luxury vehicle is a submarine

Aston Martin has announced a new team up with Triton that will see it playing the role of consultant on a new, limited edition submarine. While we normally expect to see luxury cars coming out of Aston Martin, it would appear that the company wants to branch out a bit. If you've ever wanted to own a submersible that shouts "opulence," then, it seems like this might be the submarine for you.

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Continental concept tires uses conductive rubber to warn drivers of damage

Continental concept tires uses conductive rubber to warn drivers of damage

Each year when IAA 2017 kicks off over in Germany we all expect to see lots of new concept cars that hint at what cars of the future will be like. What you might not expect to see are concept tires like Continental has unveiled at the show. The two concept technologies include the ContiSense and the ContiAdapt and both are very different technologies though both aim to make tires safer and more comfortable in the future.

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