With a four-vehicle display at the Tokyo Auto Salon (TAS), Japanese automaker Honda has proven just how dynamic their design team is - and how wrong critics are who think "sensible" is all Honda can do. Let's begin with the Honda Beat, shall we?
Long-time Honda enthusiasts will recognize the name of the car as the mid-engine, two-seater that was in production from 1991 to 1996. Piedmont Honda is willing to bet while TAS attendees weren't expecting to see the resurrected roadster wearing a skirt so modest it would gain approval from even the strictest of nuns, they were happy they did. For, finishing off the Beat's fresh low-rider stance, was a stand-out, custom paint job that flash forwarded the blast from the past into the future.
Next on the agenda: the Honda Freed Spike Transporter. Where rugged meets modern, there's nothing old-school about this vehicle based on the Freed Hybrid minivan. And, don't let the platform fool you. The Honda Freed Spike Transporter is no family hauler. Rather, it caters to off-road bikers, looking to pack their two-wheels into four and go.
Also based on the Honda Freed Hybrid minivan, the Honda Freed Wa is next. Unlike the Freed Spike Transporter, the Wa does live up to its platform, serving as a perfect option for growing families. Named "Wa", after Japanese culture, the interior pays homage to each of the four seasons, as they appear in Japan's countryside. While, it might sound quite Zen-like, and to some degree it is, it's contemporary interpretation of the timeless theme comes as both welcome and unexpected.
Last and most outrageous is the new Honda Flash Box. Closing the circle on all demographics Honda caters to (sporty drivers, adrenaline junkies, families and young urbanites), the Flash Box takes hip to a whole new level. With an industrial-chic, matte-gray exterior accented by reflective decals and a psychedelic LED light display brightening both the exterior and interior, it's clearly a car for younger drivers not afraid to wear their personality on their sleeves.
...What do you think? Which of these fresh takes from Honda can you see yourself in the most? Leave us a comment and let us know. And, be sure to stay tuned to Piedmont Honda. Located at 4011 Clemson Blvd. in Anderson, SC, we're your local source for Honda news - stateside to Japanside.