Stylists at U'eyes may not have been aware of the potential negative connotations of the English word "deface" when they named their unusual concept. Nevertheless, it is an adventurous little transportation module, with its single front-opening door in the manner of the classic BMW Isetta.
Unlike that little post-war "bubble car", the D-Face uses clean electric power for motivation in place of the Isetta's noisy, smoky power plant.
Size-wise, the D-Face is only marginally larger than its progenitor, so it remains easy to park. An enormous glass roof gives special emphasis to the car's "greenhouse", automotive shorthand for a car's glasswork. (Photo: Dan Carney)
An earlier version of this story suggested the BMW Isetta had only three wheels. Other than the first-year prototypes, Isettas were four-wheeled vehicles. Additionally, Isettas were not powered by two-stroke motorcycle engines as originally written, but by four-stroke power plants.