honda N one unveiled during tokyo design week 2012 honda N one unveiled during tokyo design week 2012
nov 07, 2012

honda N one unveiled during tokyo design week 2012

honda ‘N-ONE’

while in japan for tokyo design week 2012, designboom received the opportunity to check out the unveiling of honda’s ‘N-ONE’ mini passenger vehicle. inheriting the company’s M/M (man maximum, machine minimum) concept, the development reflects on the N360, their first mass-produced car introduced to the market in 1967. 

featuring a naturally aspirated  1.3L DOHC engine, the hatchback delivers a fuel economy of 64 mpg alongside a continuously variable transmission system. for the first time among all mini-vehicles, a emergency stop signal (ESS) system is equipped, which responds to sudden braking and quickly blinks hazard lamps automatically to alert the drivers of trailing vehicles.

conceived to be fully customizable, a variety of exterior colors are offered with total 11 body and a 2-tone roof options, highlighting the individual taste of each customer. its interior cabin comfortably accommodates four adults, with additional storage room becoming available when the rear seats are folded flat.

3/4 driver side view

driver side view

rear view


front headlight detail


front view in tokyo showroom with customized front grille image © designboom

3/4 passenger view in the tokyo showroom image © designboom

customized front grille variation image © designboom

two of the eleven color tone selections image © designboom

interior cabin view

front dashboard and steering wheel detail


keyless start/stop engine button

view of the rear trunk with seats folded down


breakaway section view of the car frame and features


rear suspension and framework 


exploded view of the headlight assembly


view of the scale models in the showroom image © designboom


  • It is either a naturally aspirated engine or a turbo charged one, it cannot be both.

    meija says:
  • This Mini ripoff in exterior design is too basic in every respect for the US market but might work in Italy and Spain, the old Eastern bloc (think the Fiat market), and emerging economies with decent roads (note low clearance, tiny wheels). The politely cheery visage, however, is pure Japanese: what other culture does the painted geisha smile?

    Mort D'Urban says:
  • Ugly little blighter isn’t it?!

    dextersdragon says:
  • if auto manufacturers sued the way apple does.. somebody could make a load of cash from this

    chaitanya k (@chaitanyak) says:
  • front looks like Autobianchi 112A

    quazar says:
  • It is homely, but I’d drive one in a heartbeat.

    Doc Reality says:
  • Why make the indicators flash under heavy braking? It makes no sense to render the indicators inoperative just as you enter a hazard situation. What’s wrong with brake lights?

    Will Grime says:
  • It’s not really a rip-off.

    velobeno says:
  • I think it’s gorgeous. Please please please release this in the US… and leave it “Japanese”; small and cute… not bloated and Americanized!

    Seth says:
  • It is almost the same like one of the car manufactured in Malaysia.
    Just google “Kelisa”~ 😉

    JY says:

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