Honda EV.N Concept



Everybody’s showing off electric cars these days…
Most of them will never see production, of course.
The latest from Honda is this cute and retro tiny model. It looks like the old Honda 600 from the early 70’s.
Not a bad thing. Back in the days, Hondas used to look original and modern. Not mainstream at all.
This is one company that needs to take a serious look back.

Here is the old 600, this one from 1970.

Conversation 22 comments

  1. Looks like the sheetmetal cab I built for my Honda riding mower. This design is actually not the 600, but rather, it's the "Sheetmetal 100" A sucessor to the old Honda "Plywood 50"– the first cab-over push mower. Safe enough in the yard, but only an idiot would take such a contraption out on the freeway.

  2. I love it when Honda does retro.

    We are finally getting the CR-Z but this concept would end up being a kei car in Japan, they get all the cool stuff!

  3. The N600 cost around $1,200- $1,400 when it first came here and came in only four colors. I wonder what the new electric car will set you back? Amazing how far Honda has evolved since then.

  4. The 600 worked for its time (though it clearly didn't sell enough to still be on the road in this country). This is a cartoon. Good inspiration nonetheless.

  5. When you start to run out of ideas or have lost your sense of good design…(i.e. current Accord, CRV), you exhume ideas from the past. Kinda sad to see a company like Honda do it.

  6. I like it, can't wait till US street are filled with small clever cars instead of pick up, suv, giant things…….

  7. " Anonymous said…

    When you start to run out of ideas or have lost your sense of good design…(i.e. current Accord, CRV), you exhume ideas from the past. Kinda sad to see a company like Honda do it.

    October 2, 2009 3:05 PM"

    Sense of good design?

    Please tell me what the #1 selling SUV has been for the PAST THREE YEARS (CR-V).

    The Accord is the second best selling midsize in America and has almost always been 1st or 2nd for the past 10 years.

  8. "Sense of good design?

    Please tell me what the #1 selling SUV has been for the PAST THREE YEARS (CR-V).

    The Accord is the second best selling midsize in America and has almost always been 1st or 2nd for the past 10 years."

    Honda enjoys the luxury of being able to sell anything with the Accord and CRV badge. I know the vehicles are reliable but the Accord is a mess from a design standpoint and you're telling me that you like the CRV front overbite and the fussy form on the tailgate??? Please! Since when do we equate good design or good taste with massive sales. Did you order the Sarah Palin book yet, I hear it's a best seller. Get real!

  9. The CR-V has sold well IN SPITE OF unusually POOR design — not BECAUSE of it. Honda loyalists are obviously not artists, so mabey this oddity will do O:K too!

  10. Well since Honda are so called selling well, Stop complaining about their ugly designs. Sure Hondas are good cars but i don't want one neither. I like rare cars that I don't see on the road ever 5 secs. And not just anything rare but good qualtiy too and comfort. There are cars that offer that and more plus can turn heads. Civics and CRV's can't but rare cars can regardless if people look at it because they think it's ugly or not.

  11. "Anonymous said…
    "Sense of good design?

    Please tell me what the #1 selling SUV has been for the PAST THREE YEARS (CR-V).

    The Accord is the second best selling midsize in America and has almost always been 1st or 2nd for the past 10 years."

    Honda enjoys the luxury of being able to sell anything with the Accord and CRV badge. I know the vehicles are reliable but the Accord is a mess from a design standpoint and you're telling me that you like the CRV front overbite and the fussy form on the tailgate??? Please! Since when do we equate good design or good taste with massive sales. Did you order the Sarah Palin book yet, I hear it's a best seller. Get real!

    October 3, 2009 1:40 PM"

    I hate to break it to you but the hatch of the CR-V is a one piece design. The same design used on just about every single hatchback and minivan in the world.

    How exactly is that finicky???

    Also, that underbite was designed to pass European pedestrian crash test standards. The CR-V passes with flying colors while the competition drives over and kills the pedestrian.

    I think you should actually DO SOME RESEARCH before you start to type.

  12. Seeing Honda's vehicles like this really makes me miss living in Japan.

    I had a Honda Vamos Hobio when I lived in Toyko for three years and I loved it!!!

    I wish that people didn't feel the need to have such large vehicles here. I had that tiny little Honda and a family of three and never really had any issues.

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