From hybrid heavyweights Toyota (s TM) and Honda (s HMC), to Nissan (s NSANY), with its visions of electric world domination, to smaller brands like Suzuki, Subaru and Mitsubishi, Japan’s automakers are gearing up for a global hybrid and electric blitz. Some of the front runners in that move are on display at the Tokyo Motor Show, which kicked off Wednesday with a press preview, and will open up for the general public later this week.
The show is usually one of the auto industry’s largest annual events, but it has a relatively low turnout this year, with most foreign firms staying out of the fray amid tighter budgets and increased focus on faster-growing markets. The green cars, however, are out in force. Here are 10 of the coolest, craziest and even a few realistic hybrid and electric models taking the stage in Tokyo.