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Mixed in with the expected thrifty hybrids, safe crossovers, and other cars at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show are plenty of reminders that car designers still like to have fun. From quirky ways of protecting pedestrians to futuristic approaches to infotainment displays, we found all manner of cool designs at the Japanese show. Some are, sadly, concepts that will never find a place in your nearest showroom. Others are hints at future production cars and could inspire other automakers to follow suit. Either way, the funky designs of this year’s Tokyo show prove that we are not headed for a future where all cars are identical beige boxes. Far from it: these designs are more creative than ever before. Here are some of the coolest design elements you’ll find at the show.

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