Displayed at the recent Tokyo Motor Show, the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV incorporates, as concept vehicles are wont to do, a few interesting new ideas, including… odour-eating seats.

That’s right, seats that will cover up the remnants of that fragrant kebab you just finished, or will help your car interior recover from ‘the other ABS’ – Automobile Bowel Syndrome.

According to Mitsubishi, the seat upholstery “deactivates allergens, breaks down VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and offensive odor molecules as well as killing bacteria”.

This is a car innovation that comes with a large number of built-in jokes, so I’ll leave it there for you to start the punning.

Mitsubishi calls its philosophy for the interior of this concept car cocochi-interior, with the goal being a “Clean, Stress-free and Safe & Reassuring” feeling.

As well as the flatus-fighting seats, the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV uses glass in the windows that cuts UV-A radiation from the sun, and a negative-ion aroma humidifier. Outside the car’s paint job is heat reflective and insulated, and the front windshield uses heat-reflecting glass, both working to take some of the strain off the airconditioning.