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Suzuki Will Debut Two Retro Concept Cars At This Year’s Tokyo Motor Show

Suzuki will debut two retro-styled concept cars at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, which will take place from October 24 to November 4. The Japanese automaker is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020 and will mark the occasion by showcasing future vehicles in its lineup.

The first concept car is a two-door, plug-in hybrid coupe, called the Waku SPO. It has been inspired by the 1967 Suzuki Fronte 360, a two-door sedan that was introduced to replace the earlier Suzulight Fronte. The car had a rear-engine, ten-inch wheels and what was known as "coke bottle styling." The new model includes a stylized version of the Fronte’s radiator grille and rear-view cameras that have been mounted in the same position as the original Fronte’s wing-mirrors.

Suzuki says the Waku SPO concept has been developed to provide “fun and excitement across generations, for daily use as well as for pleasure.” It’s an A-segment vehicle, which means it will have similar dimensions to the compact Honda e.

The second concept is an “autonomous mobile room,” called the Hanare, which means detached cottage in Japanese. The vehicle was inspired by the fourth-generation Suzuki Carry kei truck that was manufactured between 1969 and 1972. The Carry was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, an Italian automobile designer, who was named Car Designer of the Century in 1999 and inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2002.

The original Carry was a pickup truck with the engine underneath the front seat and a short hood. The new interpretation is based on the van version, which had two opening side doors and a top-hinged rear gate. The model features a black radiator grille and is said to propose “the fun and excitement of a car besides driving.”

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Given the amount of testing needed before an autonomous vehicle can be registered as road legal, the Suzuki Hanare concept will probably not go into production in the near future. The Waku SPO, however, could take advantage of the recent trend in retro-styled cars, like the Honda e and the Suzuki Jimny.

The Tokyo Motor Show, held at the Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan, allows visitors to test drive the latest-model cars and bikes. It also features racing and custom-built car displays.

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