Daihatsu to bring its 70-mpg 'e:S' concept to Tokyo

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In Brief: Japan's Daihatsu, well known for their compact cars and 'kei jidosha', or Kei cars, intends to bring six concept vehicles to the Tokyo Motor Show this month, including the e:S concept.

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Make/Model: e:S concept
Manufacturer: Daihatsu

The Word

Of the handful of vehicles they're bringing to Tokyo, Daihatsu Motor Company's little tiny e:S (eco & Smart) concept is the most eco-friendly. The 4-person e:S "reveals the future role of mini vehicles" at Daihatsu.

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Based on a pre-existing, if shortened, vehicle platform, the e:S is compact and uses "slim, lightweight seats and the replacement of many materials with lighter versions", rendering the total weight of the vehicle to 700kg, or about 1500 lbs.

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The vehicle's ICE has been fitted with a proprietary combustion control system, an EGR, and an Idling Stop System. It all amounts to a claimed fuel economy of 30 km/liter, or about 70 mpg.

And so …

There you go. The Daihatsu e:S will ride into Tokyo on the company's slogan, which they're also using as their theme for the show, "Innovation for Tomorrow".

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