With all the buzz surrounding the 2013 Detroit motor show, this one’s easy to miss, but no less interesting. Honda has taken the wraps off its Gear concept at the Montreal motor show, which it says takes its inspiration from a fixed-gear bicycle.

The Gear is meant to be a simple and affordable city car targeted towards “young, urban, Gen-Y lifestyles,” and as such is “customisable” and “connected.” The design is pretty spartan, to say the least, but it still reminds us of the Honda Z sports kei car of the 1970s, which had a very similar upward C-pillar kink.

Nothing came to light on the powertrain front, but standout details include its faired-in head and tail lamps, semi-wedge shape and a rear diffuser housing a central quad tailpipe arrangement.