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Honda wins for wackiest concept

Honda displays the Personal Neo Urban Transport at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Honda P-NUT
The Honda P-NUT was the strangest thing on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Josh Miller/CNET

In a time when most automakers limit their new production, Honda showed the most creative flair at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show with its Personal-Neo Urban Transport (P-NUT) concept. The P-NUT explores new ideas for small city cars, using a 1+2 layout, with rear seats that can fold up, turning the car into a delivery cart. Honda has some interesting ideas for how the driver would interact with the car, and specifies a head-up display for the broad windshield.

Don't expect the P-NUT to ever hit production; it is pure concept. Honda merely suggests some ideas that would work for its powerplant, from a traditional internal combustion engine to an electric drive unit.