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Eliica: The Really Clean, Mean Machine

Cleaner cars were the focus of the 2005 Tokyo Auto show, but for this reporter, the Eliica -- pictured below -- was the highlight.

Published: 01-Nov-2005

 IF CARS are to survive the formidable opposition from environmentalists they will have to clean up their act, something they are now desperately trying to do.

While motor shows are still showcases for the very latest in weird and wacky designs, this month's Tokyo event is also an opportunity to show the world that motor manufacturers are doing their bit for the planet.

Every conceivable kind of 21st century technology is there, including electrical vehicles, those powered by hydrogen and various other alternative fuels, hybrids, solar-powered vehicles and several using the latest fuel cell technologies.

Toyota announced at the show that it plans to sell more than a million hybrid vehicles, such as the Prius, within five years.

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