Tokyo Motor Show
The auto show season continues in full swing. And while it’s nice to grab a peek at new production vehicles, one-off concepts are always the main attraction. Especially at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
“Out there” styling usually dominates here…but it was this more “realistic” than “radical” Mazda RX-Vision Concept that stole the show. Looks aside, people were buzzing about a possible return of the rotary engine, which Mazda has dubbed the “SKYACTIV-R”.
Another, less stimulating sight of the future-- was this Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo, meant to rethink the automobile as a self-driving digital companion.
Nissan gave their vision of a potential GT-R redesign through the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo…though it’s hard to say what would make the final cut. They also showed this IDS Concept, an autonomous EV that shows a hint of the next-generation Leaf.
Much clearer was this Toyota S-FR Concept: a small, light-weight, sports car with a front engine, rear-drive layout.
Corporate cousins Lexus kept it simple, too, showing this LF-FC Concept and most likely, the next-gen styling of their flagship LS sedan—which might include a fuel cell.
One car that’s confirmed for fuel cell power---and production--- is this Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, with a 300+ mile range and room for five passengers.
Subaru unveiled this Impreza 5-Door Concept, likely a return of the hatchback Impreza. They also showed this Viziv Future Concept, which could signal a return to the 3-row SUV market.
Mitsubishi pulled the curtain on the eX Concept, which looks like a nearly-ready compact crossover.
Another oddball was this Sports Ride concept from Yamaha. It’s meant to have a “motorcycle-like ride and performance” for traditional car drivers.
There certainly was no shortage of headlines… with designs ranging from back to the basics to bizarre. And as always, the automotive stars in the capital city of Japan didn’t disappoint.
And that’s our auto show round-up for this week’s MotorNews!