Tiny Triplets: Daihatsu Brings Weird Roadster, Electric Car, and Fuel-Cell Van Concepts to Tokyo

Japanese automaker Daihatsu is bringing three quirky show cars to the Tokyo Motor Show. The concepts comprise the D-X sports car, PICO electric car, and FC ShoCase fuel-cell van.

Our favorite is the D-X -- pronounced d-cross -- which is powered by a turbocharged, direct-injected two-cylinder engine. The roadster body pictured here is made of a resin material and can easily be swapped out for other body styles. Daihatsu says the car is fuel efficient, yet offers a rewarding driving experience. The chunky, stripped-out styling of the concept car reminds us of track-only toys like the KTM X-Bow and Ariel Atom. Other planned body shells reportedly include panel vans and hatchbacks.

The Pico is a tiny two-seat electric car meant for people making short commutes in the city. The company pitches it as a mid-point between a real car and a bicycle, hinting at the Pico’s lack of real practicality. Still, its unique tandem seating arrangement and low floor make the electric car easy to use and practical. It even has “advanced radar” driving systems.

It looks like a box, but it contains an advanced fuel-cell drivetrain. The FC ShoCase layers its powertrain underneath the passenger compartment, creating a flat floor with plenty of interior space. The side of the van lifts up to allow entry and exit. According to Daihatsu, the unique liquid-fueled system allows “long” driving ranges, but is still affordable. The teensy FC ShoCase measures 133.7 inches long and 58.1 inches wide -- which is six inches shorter and six inches narrower than a Fiat 500.

Source: Daihatsu

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