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Tokyo Auto Show · 12 October 05

Suzuki Ionis

There’s a collection of alternative fueled vehicle and, perhaps, alternative universe (i.e. goofy) cars being shown at the Tokyo auto show.

Suzuki is showing the Ionis, a high-tech front-wheel drive minivan powered by fuel cell and electric motor. It uses steer-by-wire and brake-by-wire, which permits a flexible seating arrangement: the driver seat can be moved along with the other seats. “Everyone move, Daddy wants to drive from the back today.” The Ionis can also download music directly from the Internet via a public LAN service and pick up satellite TV stations.

Subaru is showing something called a boxer-hybrid: a turbo parallel hybrid powertrain, a new all-wheel-drive hybrid system bolted to a 2.0-liter Miller cycle turbo engine, the B5 is expected to produce more than 300 hp. Mitsubishi is showing an electric car and of course by now you’ve see the Pivo electric from Nissan…a lazy susan on wheels.

[via Edmunds]