The 2009 Tokyo Motor Show hosted the official unveiling
of the Honda Skydeck Concept, a spacious six-seater with
a hybrid drivetrain.
The Skydeck is currently just a design study which is
being used to show off another potential production vehicle
equipped with Honda's IMA technology. IMA stands for 'Integrated
Motor Assist', and is basically Honda's name for their
hybrid drive systems.
The drivetrain in the Skydeck is a parallel hybrid system
in which the internal combustion engine is the main power
source, and an electric motor provides additional assistance
to improve performance and reduce fuel consumption.
To increase the practicality of the Skydeck, Honda's engineers
have placed many of the hybrid system components
including the high power battery in the cars
centre tunnel, instead of behind the rear seats or under
the floor like previous production Honda hybrids.
The styling of the Skydeck isn't going to win any beauty
or ingenuity awards, and from the front the semitransparent
grille surround gives the car an unusual 'beaked' appearance.
However the lines and proportions look very production
feasible, and aside from the front scissor-doors the design
could be carried through to production with minimal changes
- if Honda choose to make it.
The spacious interior is extremely light and airy thanks
to a combination of light colored fabrics and materials,
and large windows all around - including the roof.