Honda Unveils Wacky Small Cars For Tokyo Auto Salon

Honda is preparing for the Toyko Auto Salon and, as usual, will show off a set of weird small cars. Along with regular production models, Honda will exhibit the FLASH BOX, FreeD Wa, FreeD Spike Transporter Version, and Beat Auto Salon Special concepts.

All the show debuts involve cars not sold in the U.S. market. The FLASH BOX is based on Honda’s N BOX microcar, but wears special matte gunmetal paint and purple LED lighting. Inside are purple ambient lights, as well as unique black vinyl-look seats with purple piping.

The next two concepts are based on the Honda FreeD, a small hybrid minivan that seats up to eight and is built on a similar platform to the Fit hatchback. The FreeD Wa is meant to commemorate Japanese cultural heritage, so the interior is adorned with pressed-flower motifs. (“Wa” was the original Chinese word for Japan.) The FreeD Spike Transporter Version is specially equipped to carry racing motorcycles.

Finally, Honda will show the Beat Auto Salon Special, which is rather unusual in that it involves a car that has been out of production for years. The old Honda Beat sports car, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in Japan last year, receives special Honda accessories, including new front and rear lips and spoilers.

Source: Honda

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