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Suzuki Regina Concept - 2011 Tokyo Motor Show

By KBB.com Editors on December 5, 2011 4:13 PM

Offering its vision for a next-generation global compact car that uses light weight and superior aerodynamics to achieve high mileage and low emissions, the Suzuki Regina Concept does have some impressively real-world design elements complement its neo-retro exterior styling that's strikingly reminiscent of the classic Citroen DS series.

While its appearance may not please everyone, Suzuki says the Regina Concept's flowing bodywork has a drag coefficient that's at least 10-pecent lower than any comparable current vehicles. It also relies on non-traditional construction methodology that helps reduce the number of parts in its component mix and contributes to its stunning 1,606 pound trim curb weight.

Power for the Regina Concept comes from an 800cc turbocharged gasoline engine that drives the front wheels via a new and more efficient continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Working in concert with regenerative braking and a start/stop system, this super-efficient combination helps the Regina Concept return the U.S. equivalent of over 72 mpg and keeps its CO2 emissions to a mere 70g/km as measured by the New European Driving Cycle test.

Inside its minimalist cabin -- also done in an eco-indicative green-and-white motif -- the Suzuki Regina Concept has seats for four and is fitted with an innovative V-shaped dash to help eke out every usable millimeter of available space. All key vehicle functions are presented on and controlled by a selection of touch screens and switchgear located on the car's prominent center stack or by buttons on its multifunction steering wheel.