Oh. My. Goodness. We all knew that Suzuki does small cars well, but this hot Kei hatchback takes it to the next level. With the cute face of a small, angry Pokémon, a 63bhp, 0.7-litre three-cylinder engine and a kerb weight of just 670kg, the Alto Turbo RS is sure to have all the charm you could ask for, and none of the expense of a full-sized hot hatch; it achieves 71mpg, according to Suzuki. I wanted one instantly after seeing one on the streets of Japan.
Honda Sports EV concept
It would have been very very difficult to make an EV concept cooler than the Urban EV, so while the Sports EV may lose some of the togetherness that its little brother has, it’s got 99% of its essence, with a classic coupé shape and a 70s sports-feel about it that’s hard to replicate. No word on production yet, though…
These are absolutely everywhere in Tokyo, and it’s not hard to see why; it’s the last word in utilitarian function over form, and immaculate simplicity at its finest. But in a weird way, that’s what makes it so visually appealing, with a simple-as-can-be front end, clean, straight lines and no-frills approach to design. It’s the perfect blank canvas for a shakotan-style modified monster, which can also ferry the kids and dog around too.
Daihatsu DN Trec concept