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Tokyo Motor Show: Automakers show off new concepts

image captionNissan's BladeGlider is one of the many vehicles on display at the latest Tokyo Motor Show. The concept car seats one person in the front and two in the rear. The firm says it will try to put a version of the electric vehicle into production within the next three years.
image captionToyota's FV2 concept car is designed to be steered by the rider shifting their body weight around - it has no steering wheel.
image captionMercedes-Benz has indicated that a production version of the S-Class Coupe concept car will be slightly narrower and higher off the ground than the model on show.
image captionKawasaki's J Three Wheeler EV Concept tricycle is steered by using levers that extend out of its front two wheels.
image captionSuzuki's four-wheel drive X-Lander concept car is distinguished by its low-height speedster-style windscreen and see-through door cut-outs.
image captionDaihatsu's FC Deco Deck is designed to show off a metal-free liquid fuel-cell system being developed by the Japanese company.
image captionToyota is also working on a fuel cell vehicle. It says its FVC concept will be able to drive 310 miles (499km) on a single load of hydrogen. It aims to put a version on sale by 2015.
image captionVolkswagen describes the XL1 as the "world's most fuel-efficient car". Its skinny wheels are as thin as a bicycle's - the back pair are covered by the car's body to reduce wind resistance.
image captionNissan says the reverse-slanted nose of its IDx Nismo concept is intended to convey a sense of speediness.
image captionHonda's NSX concept sports car features a tri-motor powertrain. The front two wheels are each driven by a separate motor, while the third motor is integrated into the engine.
image captionThe Kode9 was designed by Ken Okuyama who previously worked on vehicles for Maserati and Ferrari.
image captionMitsubishi's Concept AR minivan allows its seats to be arranged into different patterns. Its front two chairs can be spun around to face the back two to allow passengers to face each other when the vehicle is parked.
image captionYamaha's two-seat Motiv is assembled using a new manufacturing process called iStream that was developed by the British firm Gordon Murray Design. It aims to allow cars to be built in more compact factories to help cut costs.
image captionDaihatsu's open-top Kopen concept has outer body panels made from resin that can be swapped to give the car a new look. The Tokyo Motor Show opens to the public on 23 November and runs until 1 December.

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