Automakers are much like people in that they make subtle shifts to their personality depending on the crowd. Case in point: Honda. If one were to judge the award-winning automaker by the new production and concept vehicles they showcased at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it would be conceivable to categorize them as understated with a green, modern-sophisticated edge. There's nothing wrong with this. Nothing at all; in fact, the look went over quite well with the MI crowd. It's just interesting to see, in comparison, what Honda presented shortly thereafter in Tokyo.
At the Tokyo Auto Salon, a show which essentially serves as a platform for automaker's to show off their latest vehicle customizations, Honda boldly went where not other automaker went, without an ounce of inhibition... We're talking flashy as the most futuristic night clubs in Tokyo.
First, there's the new Honda Flash Box. Based on the new N Box Kei, it's boxy bod sports a contemporary matte-gray paint job; reflective decals; steelie-inspired wheel rims; and myriad of LED lights, illuminating both the interior and exterior.
Second: the Honda Freed Wa, a clear tribute to the automaker's roots. Wa signifies Japanese culture; and the vehicle was clearly designed with families in mind. Developed primarily from the Freed Hybrid compact minivan and inspired by the four seasons, the interior of the Wa has an earthier theme than the Flash Box. It's hard to tell from the pics, but we think we even saw some graphics of cherry blossoms in there.
Third: Honda presented another spin-off of the Freed Hybrid compact minivan, the Freed Spike Transporter. As you can probably, tell by the name, it's a lot more rugged than the Zen-like Wa. It also serves a very different purpose. Rather than haul families, the Honda Freed Spike Transporter is made to carry off-road bikes.
Last, but not least, the Big H resurrected the discontinued Honda Beat, mid-engine, two-seat kei. Honda distinguished the special-edition flash-from-the-past with a lower, more dramatic skirt and exclusive paint job.
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