• Sep 30th 2009 at 12:18AM
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Honda EV-N Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

When the curtain rises on the Tokyo Motor Show next month, Honda's green-themed display will include what it calls the HELLO! Zone, a showcase for electric vehicles. Why "HELLO! Zone"? Well, we have no idea, other than it reminds us of a certain feline and that the Japanese clearly have a thing for all-caps names and exclamation points. In the HELLO! Zone, showgoers can say, uh, "hello" to the excruciatingly neat, relentlessly cute EV-N concept. It's a retro-styled battery-powered car with a face of a pug puppy crossed with a Trabant and nifty concept-y features like swappable seat fabrics, a solar roof, and a "communications system" embedded in the black front fascia. Most importantly, however, the EV-N's passenger door contains one of those bizarrely kickass UX-3 super gyroscopic robot unicycles, which pretty much makes the EV-N the coolest electric car of all time. We think. Anyhow, when Honda unveils an ASIMO that can both drive the EV-N and then self-deploy on the UX-3, it's time to go hide under your beds, because that'll be the signal that their robot army is ready for world domination. But we digress. Check out the high-res pics of the EV-N in the gallery below.

  • As you can see, the Honda EV-N can expertly carry three Easter eggs in its cargo area.

[Source: Honda]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Does anyone else see the Fiat 500 in this design a little, except obviously a bit boxier?
        • 5 Years Ago
        No I don't. But I do see a modern interpretation of the old 1960's N600.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If nothing else I hope honda goes forward with the simplified design language in the dash layout which is present here.
      They could finally fire the current team - which seems to have apprenticed designing 1980s boom boxes before moving on to honda dashboards.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe Honda has learned from there Crosstour-internet-feedback experience and look to the blogosphere for product feedback.

      I don't know if the retro styling (although executed wonderfully) will be perceived as such, by Americans at least, due to the relative obscurity of the Ns here. But that doesn't matter IMO.

      (hmmm... Subaru 360 resurgence?)

      The market for low-cost high-efficiency transportation seems to be ignored by the OEMs - or maybe it doesn't exist? No car exploited that market better than the original VW. I was disappointed the New Beetle didn't 1) exploit that market and 2) offer revolutionary engineering like the original. Too bad the new retros (Mini, Fiat) are in an entirely different (trinket) market.

      A little 3-cylinder Yanmar diesel in this would be cool!

        • 5 Years Ago
        dang "their" not "there" nothing like a typo to distract from the content...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Neo Mr. Bean Car!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, what a coincidence. During my morning walk this morning I saw a '60s style Honda N. This is just your plain, basic transportation for going from point A to point B.
      • 5 Years Ago
      eyes wide open on this car......
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best looking Honda of the decade lol (jk.accord coupe is). I liked the retro hondas of the 60's. good to see them with this.

      Can we get it for production now? lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rice burners...

      they always copy!

      it seems a new Autobianchi A112, look here:


      greetings from Italy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, without clicking your link, I can see it appears to be a Lancia from 1984? This EV-N concept is actually a direct derivative of Honda's own N360, which was first built in 1967. Sorry to disappoint your hating.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see Honda N600. I knew what it was supposed to be reminiscent of right away.

      • 5 Years Ago
      That "fuel door" is genius! I'll bet Toyota's pissed they didn't think of it first.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would hope that the people writing these blogs would know enough auto history to pick up the exact car that is being copied. In this case the late sixties N360/600. When the author doesn't know something like this, I wonder about the whole piece of work.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, I, for one, welcome our automobile-driving, unicycle-riding robot overlords.
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