- Japanese automaker Suzuki has revealed some forward-looking concepts for this fall's Tokyo auto show ahead of its centenary in 2020.
- The Suzuki Waku Spo is a subcompact coupe with plug-in-hybrid technology.
- The Hanare concept could be Suzuki's first step toward full autonomy.
Suzuki's 100th birthday is coming up in 2020, and the company will be making a point of celebrating it at the Tokyo auto show later this month with a theme called "Waku Waku," which roughly translates to "excitement," and with two small but interesting concepts.
The two-door concept shown at top is a plug-in hybrid called the Waku Spo, a funky subcompact. This car wears mirrors on its fenders like vintage Japanese cars, closed-face wheels that hint at aerodynamic efficiency, and a grille in front that reminds us of the cute face of the Nissan Pao.
Suzuki claims the Waku Spo is intended for car sharing, despite its diminutive size, and notes that the car can transform from coupe to wagon with the press of a switch.
The Hanare is a little van with a design that leaves you wondering, which end is which? Is that a taillight or a headlight? In Japanese, Hanare means detached cottage or room, which sort of makes sense because Suzuki promises the Hanare will be an autonomous home away from home, with a spacious, "comfort inspired" interior.
But unless you live in a box, this will in no way resemble a home. The large screen in the center is for entertainment only, as this unconventional van lacks an actual driver's seat.
Suzuki stopped selling cars and trucks in the U.S. market in 2012, and these concepts aren’t going to change that, but you can still buy a motorcycle, ATV, or marine engine with the big Suzuki S on it.
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