Tokyo motor show 2011: Suzuki Regina

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This was my car of the show. A charming 11ft 7in long five-door hatchback, it encapsulated some of the interesting connectivity issues that the industry is grappling with, but at its heart was fundamental weight saving engineering that car makers will have to adopt before too long.

Underpinned by Suzuki's new "weight reduction" platform, it weighs just 1,609lb (730kg) using a steel structure, which according to chief engineer, Minoru Sasah, is capable of passing world-wide crash tests.

In appearance it borrows from the 2005 Mercedes-Benz Boxfish concept and a little bit from the old CitroŽn DS, but it has a style all of its own, including the strangest carpet ever seen on a concept car.

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