Green cars in spotlight at Tokyo auto show

TOKYO (AP) — Green cars are centerstage at the Tokyo auto show as Japan's automakers look to fuel efficient technology to reinvigorate growth after tough times.

The Tokyo Motor Show, a biannual showcase for Japan's mainstay auto industry, was holding its preview for media on Wednesday ahead of opening to the public on Saturday.

The focus is all about green technology, such as plug-in hybrids and electric cars.

Honda Motor Co., one of the participating automakers, said it will start selling an electric version of its Fit subcompact in the U.S. and Japan by the middle of next year.

It also showed concept cars such as the AC-X plug-in hybrid, EV-STER electric roadster convertible and a tiny electric car, or Micro Commuter.