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Suzuki Teases Wild Waku Spo Concept For Tokyo Motor Show Debut

motor1 logo motor1 10/1/2019 Chris Bruce
a car parked in a parking lot: Suzuki Waku Spo Concept Lead

The autonomous Hanare concept is a living room on wheels.


Suzuki teases a slate of concepts premiering at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, including the retro-modern Waku Spo and ultra-boxy Hanare. Details are still scant about all of them, but the images suggest cool vehicles in tiny packages from the Japanese automaker. The event opens on October 23, so look for more details about these machines at that time.

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The Suzuki Waku Spo concept wears a retro-inspired body that most closely evokes the general shape of the late-1960s Suzuki Fronte (below). Rather than using fender-mounted mirrors, this vehicle takes a more modern approach and puts rear-facing cameras there. The company's teaser indicates the vehicle uses a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The announcement also mentions a switch that alters "body shape, front mask, and content shown on the dashboard" but doesn't explain the extent of the changes.

a close up of a car: Suzuki Fronte© Suzuki Fronte

The Suzuki Hanare Concept (below) is a boxy van with tiny windows, which makes the body appear especially large. The company imagines it as an autonomous vehicle that's essentially a room on wheels. A hanare is a type of Japanese detached cottage, according to Suzuki, and this is where the concept gets its name and inspiration.

a van parked in front of a car: Suzuki Hanare Concept© Suzuki Hanare Concept

Suzuki brings a pair of Hustler concepts (below) to the Tokyo Motor Show. One of them is a standard take on the compact, four-door off-roader, and the other is a customized take on the vehicle with a roof rack, painted wheels, and decal on the side. The company's announcement says that the models' motto is, "with this car, every day will be more exciting."

a car parked in a parking lot: Suzuki Hustler Concept© Suzuki Hustler Concept a close up of a car: Suzuki Hustler Customized Concept© Suzuki Hustler Customized Concept

Finally, there's the Every Combi that Suzuki imagines filling a very specific niche. The commercial vehicle provides a place for changing diapers and breast-feeding during outdoor events or in the aftermath of a natural disaster. It's a collaboration with baby product company Combi Corporation.

a truck is parked in front of a car: Suzuki Every Combi© Suzuki Every Combi

Suzuki will also have a variety of motorcycles on display at the Tokyo Show. They include the fully-faired Gixxer SF 250, naked Gixxer 250, and GSX-RR racer from MotoGP competition.


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