Like many motor shows around the world, the 41st annual Tokyo Motor Show certainly had its share of futuristic concept vehicles, high-strung performance ponies, and, in Tokyo’s case, ultra-efficient hybrid and electric cars. It’s also apparent that Japanese car design has embraced a unique point of view. Enter the ‘box-car’.

When space is at a premium, and in Japan it most definitely is, a compact, boxy car shape means a very efficient use of space – in terms of storage capacity and squeezing more cars together in a car park. Apart from easy access doors, good fuel economy and a lightweight construction, the box-car also has another trait – it doesn’t look very good. While some may warm to the box-car’s quirky proportions, let’s be honest, they’re rather ugly.

For your viewing pleasure, we’ve put together a collection of the Tokyo Motor Show’s, not-so-pretty models. Let’s hope we don’t see them in Australia anytime soon.

JAW – not exactly what the story is with this one, but it sure won’t win any beauty contests!

Daihatsu Basket – a little ute that might just work down under but we’re not so sure about the plaid gumboots

Daihatsu Deca Deca – a box with a view, nearly all of its sides open up thanks to massive doors

Daihatsu Tanto – it’s not pretty, and has a questionable paint scheme, but we like the seat that comes out to meet you

Suzuki Alto then and now – while the design has come a long way, what about the paint choice?

Suzuki Palette SW – a little more sporty than your standard box-car

Suzuki Wagon R – trying to break out of the box with a sloped front