Honda plans to take to the Tokyo Motor Show this December with the largest display of any automaker in attendance. The company will show off a range of production and concept vehicles, including a slew of motorcycles.

Honda RC-E electric motorcycle concept
The car side of the line will offer visitors the chance to get cozy with a new plug-in hybrid concept as well as an EV. The ACX offers plug-in enthusiasts a vehicle that can function equally as well in urban environs or on the open highway thanks to a two-mode drive system with an engine drive mode for a sportier experience and an automatic drive mode for everything else.

Meanwhile, Honda says that the Small Sport EV Concept "maximizes the fun of driving while achieving excellent environmental performance." Details are markedly absent other than that brief description, so we're hoping Honda will shed more light on the model once it debuts in Tokyo.

The company is also planning to pull the sheets off of a new electric motorcycle based on a 250cc chassis. The RC-E is meant to show off the kind of riding enjoyment that can come from an all-electric drivetrain on two wheels. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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Honda Announces Overview of Display for the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011
--Seven Next-Generation Electromotive Concept Models on Display--


November 10, 2011 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced its lineup of production and concept-model automobiles, motorcycles, power products, and other highlights for its display at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011, which will take place at Tokyo Big Sight from Saturday, December 3 through Sunday, December 11, 2011.

At this motor show, with the booth concept of "What makes people feel good?" Honda will propose an exciting and thrilling mobility life of the future that it envisions as a company providing personal mobility to people all around the world. The display will include a lineup of the next-generation electromotive concept models including two-, three- and four-wheeled commuter vehicles designed for easy and fun mobility in future cities, mid-to-long distance commuters designed to enrich life and enhance the freedom and fun of mobility, and sporty models that pursue the joy of driving/riding.

Furthermore, at the automobile section, N Concept, a new mini-vehicle series that emphasizes the creation of ample space, will be showcased, including introduction of the first production model in the series, N BOX. At the motorcycle section, a variety of models will be on display, including planned production models such as NC700S, INTEGRA and NC700X, which will be equipped with Honda's newly-developed global 700cc motorcycle engine. Also on display will be the planned production model of the CRF250L which offers both an ease of use in everyday life and the fun of off-road riding. Covering the largest floor area of any single brand at the show, the Honda booth will showcase a diverse lineup of products unique to Honda.

As a part of "SMART MOBILITY CITY 2011", a themed project the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. (JAMA) will hold at the motor show venue, Honda will showcase the FCX Clarity advanced fuel cell electric vehicle, EV-neo electric scooter, EV-MONPAL electric cart, as well as the Honda Smart Home System which features several Honda-developed energy production technologies, including a gas engine cogeneration unit and a solar powered system to reduce household and mobility CO2 emissions. The progress Honda has been making in testing program of these technologies also will be showcased.

Since the establishment of the company, Honda's goal has been to make people happy through its technologies and through the creation of products that are useful in people's daily lives. Driven by these dreams and passion, Honda has been committed to the research and development of mobility which focuses on people. With a passion to create and deliver mobility filled with fun and good feelings for people, Honda's challenge as a manufacturer of mobility products will continue into the future.

<Electromotive concept models>
【Automobiles】
・AC-X
A next-generation plug-in hybrid vehicle which offers a more comfortable and enjoyable time in the vehicle during all driving situations, from urban to long-distance driving. With the choices of an "engine drive mode" for more aggressive driving or an "automatic drive mode" for more relaxed driving, the vehicle broadens the joy of mobility.
・MICRO COMMUTER CONCEPT
A micro-sized, futuristic, electric city commuter which will become a highly accessible form of mobility for more people. This vehicle will offer the joy of a new type of communications between people and mobility and an exterior that the owner can enjoy customizing more casually. The collaboration of Honda's motorcycle and automobile R&D centers made it possible to load the MOTOR COMPO two-wheel EV commuter in this vehicle.
・SMALL SPORTS EV CONCEPT (tentative name)
A next-generation EV sports model which maximizes the fun of driving while achieving excellent environmental performance.

【Motorcycles】
・MOTOR COMPO
A compact EV commuter which offers the casual and convenient mobility of a two-wheeler, but also strives to be useful even when it is not being ridden. This model can be loaded in the MICRO COMMUTER CONCEPT, with the battery that drives this commuter detachable and designed to be used as a power source in everyday life.
・E-CANOPY
A quiet and comfortable next-generation commuter developed by installing an EV system on Honda's unique three-wheeled scooter. In addition to personal use, this vehicle can be utilized for business use such as a delivery service by adopting a rear trunk which can be built-in.
・RC-E
An EV version of a super sports bike that pursues the joy of riding. A powerful and smooth ride unique to an EV model is achieved with the 250cc-class compact body.

【Power products】
・TOWNWALKER
Urban mobility which pursues simplicity and nimbleness that enables anyone to enjoy mobility in urban areas more casually. It can easily be loaded on a car by folding away the steering and seat.


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      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      An aerodynamic car. Amazing. That wasn't that hard was it? Good job Honda. That looks nice, and something people would want, just like the Tesla.
      centeredtype
      • 3 Years Ago
      CONCEPTS... i hate them. THEY NEVER come out to market. by the time they hit the dealers they are ripped of their sexyness. they get boring. This thing would never come out like that. id prefer a concept that would more likely make i to market.
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      • 3 Years Ago
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      markkiernan
      • 3 Years Ago
      So Honda actually discovered after 5 years that electric motorbikes are possible.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      More concepts from Honda. ... and continued staleness in all powertrains... no EVs.. hybrids that suck.. and cars that get porkier. Honda has their priorities wrong IMHO. Only thing that would save them is reanimating Soichiro. I swear it's like they put more money into making concepts than actually improving their products.
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this the Return of the EV1? Yes!
      Sasparilla Fizz
      • 3 Years Ago
      After looking at the sports EV - all I could think of was the EV1 lives! (i.e. sharp sporty two seat EV) Of course it would be alot better if Honda was somewhere other than drawings of a concept for that, but at least its an improvement for them. The ACX looks just like a plug in version of the Clarity, which would be a good thing if they actually sell it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      There's one more Honda electric concept that ABG missed: http://www.plugincars.com/honda-concept-tokyo-acx-micro-commuter-small-sports-ev-110109.html
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda better do something or they risk falling behind. Their hybrids have been lack-luster. They have no EV. They've wasted a pile of money on hydrogen. Introduce a real EV, make a better hybrid, and introduce a PHEV.
        skierpage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        The Honda Fit EV is due for production as a 2013 model, the 44/44 mpg 2012 Honda Civic is the most fuel-efficient non-electric small car in the USA (because the Prius is a mid-size!), and Honda's two-motor + CVT + 6 kWh plug-in hybrid system for Accord-sized sedan should eventually appear I agree, until this all ships and proves its worth Honda is behind.
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda's plugin vehicle looks like the fcx clarity with neon running lights. How surprising.
      MarcCBR
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldn't hold my breath for any of these. Honda seems to have there heart set on only releasing ugly designs. This coming from a die hard Honda fan just a few years ago.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      the details are a little sketchy : )
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