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Renault's Dezir concept car runs on a 24kWh lithium-ion battery located behind the benchseat. The battery gives the car a range of about 100 miles on a full charge.
Renault's Dezir concept car runs on a 24kWh lithium-ion battery located behind the benchseat. The battery gives the car a range of about 100 miles on a full charge. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
Renault's Dezir concept car runs on a 24kWh lithium-ion battery located behind the benchseat. The battery gives the car a range of about 100 miles on a full charge.
Renault's Dezir concept car runs on a 24kWh lithium-ion battery located behind the benchseat. The battery gives the car a range of about 100 miles on a full charge. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
The Lexus LF-NX concept is a luxury compact SUV with a turbocharged 2.0 liter engine.
The Lexus LF-NX concept is a luxury compact SUV with a turbocharged 2.0 liter engine. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
The X-Bow GT by Austrian automaker KTM goes from 0-60 mph in just over four seconds.
The X-Bow GT by Austrian automaker KTM goes from 0-60 mph in just over four seconds. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
Electric cars and hybrids -- like the Lexus RC 300h, shown here -- are receiving prominent showroom space at several top manufacturers' pavilions during the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
Electric cars and hybrids -- like the Lexus RC 300h, shown here -- are receiving prominent showroom space at several top manufacturers' pavilions during the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
Most of Japan's top automakers showed off one-seater vehicles, including this Toyota model built with custom Bridgestone wheels.
Most of Japan's top automakers showed off one-seater vehicles, including this Toyota model built with custom Bridgestone wheels. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
Mistubishi's latest SUV concept includes a center console computer that extends into the back passenger seats.
Mistubishi's latest SUV concept includes a center console computer that extends into the back passenger seats. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
Honda's classic 1959 RC-142 motorcycle is on display at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
Honda's classic 1959 RC-142 motorcycle is on display at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
80p na     Nissan's Blade Glider concept car, unveiled to the public at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, is only about three feet-wide at its front end.
80p na Nissan's Blade Glider concept car, unveiled to the public at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, is only about three feet-wide at its front end. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
66p na     Visitors to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show can get a look at Honda's 1964 RA-271, Japan's first Formula One racing car.
66p na Visitors to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show can get a look at Honda's 1964 RA-271, Japan's first Formula One racing car. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
66p na     Tesla's Model S allows drivers to charge their cars overnight, but like they would their cell phones.
66p na Tesla's Model S allows drivers to charge their cars overnight, but like they would their cell phones. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
The Nissan New Mobility electric concept car as a range of about 60 miles per charge, and a top speed of roughly 50 mph.
The Nissan New Mobility electric concept car as a range of about 60 miles per charge, and a top speed of roughly 50 mph. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
Nissan officials discuss their driverless concept car at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
Nissan officials discuss their driverless concept car at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
Mistubishi presents one of its latest SUV concepts at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
Mistubishi presents one of its latest SUV concepts at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
Hiroshi Masuoka's Mitsubishi racer is on display at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
Hiroshi Masuoka's Mitsubishi racer is on display at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
BMW's display at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show includes this M4 coupe concept car.
BMW's display at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show includes this M4 coupe concept car. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
Toyota shows off its FV2 driving simulator at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
Toyota shows off its FV2 driving simulator at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
A driver takes a spin in a Toyota 3-wheel electric concept car.
A driver takes a spin in a Toyota 3-wheel electric concept car. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)

TOKYO — The 2013 Tokyo Motor Show is notable for what you’re less likely to find under several automakers’ brightest lights — a car running just on unleaded gasoline.

Hybrids, plug-in electrics and even a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle are conspicuous at the show, which opens at Tokyo Big Sight to the general public Nov. 23-Dec. 1.

Few of these energy-efficient vehicles resemble econoboxes. Nissan’s zero-emission Blade Glider concept car looks like something Batman might drive on his off-days. Unveiled at the motor show for the first time, the vehicle’s front end is only about three feet wide, but the back is a more standard width to minimize drag. The carbon-fiber body is still far from anything resembling a production model, but it’s a fun glimpse into future design.

On the slower end of the electric spectrum are a slew of “micro-mobility” one- and two-seater options featured by Toyota, Honda and Nissan. Zied also included a golf cart-style micro car driven while standing up, with room for one passenger up front.

I test drove the Toyota Coms at a press preview Thursday, and it felt a lot like tooling around in a quiet version of a go-kart, but with less power. It’s questionable whether such vehicles will ever see much success in the United States. But in countries like Japan, where space is at a premium, a plug-in car only slightly larger than a person might someday fill a niche.

Despite the concentration on electric, the cavemen among us who still enjoy the sound of a full-throttle engine won’t be disappointed by this year’s show. Mercedes, BMW, Lexus and other luxury marques bought some of their top-end production vehicles for visitors to hop inside for photos behind the wheel.

Others brought some of their vintage racers, scooters and memorabilia for car fans to ogle.

Visitors can also take the wheel in a Gran Turismo 6 simulator, test out Nissan’s Segway competitor and find other interactive displays.

Adult tickets to the show cost 1,500 yen. Discounts are also available for late entry and students. For information, see the show’s English website at www.tokyo-motorshow.com/en/.

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