Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted November 01, 2007 18:58
Touching the future at 40
The 40th Tokyo Motor Show hosted the World Premieres of 36 vehicles and over 70 Japanese premieres of vehicles from different Japanese and International auto manufacturers highlighted by the much-awaited Japanese supercar Nissan GT-R, which will now be available in both right and left-hand drive versions. A cut-body version of the GT-R was also displayed at the Nissan Pavilion along with three concept cars, the Round Box (Rd-Bx) compact convertible, Intima next-generation saloon car featuring a front passenger's seat that swivels 80-degrees out to welcome the passenger, and the NV200 retractable rear pod LCV concept, a small business tool for the new generation targeted to active professionals.
Highlights from the Japanese manufacturers, Honda came out with their Puyo, CR-Z, Civic Racer Concept, FCX Concept, new Fit (Jazz), and new Inspire (Accord). Mazda debuted the new Atenza (Mazda6), Mazda Taiki Concept, which is the fourth vehicle in the Nagare design theme series. Mitsubishi highlighted its display with the new Lancer Evolution X, Delica D-5 van, I MIEV Sport, and Concept ZT, which is powered by a 2.2-liter clean diesel engine future Galant. Subaru debuted its Impreza WRX STi, and displayed their Exiga, G4e and WRC Concept car. Suzuki's lineup was comprised of the SX4 WRC car, Kizashi 2 Concept, and the X-Head versatile compact truck concept. Toyota's lineup was comprised of the 1.X, RiN, iReal, Hi-CT, FT-MV luxury minivan, Lexus LF-A supercar concept, LF-Xh hybrid SUV, and the IS-F performance saloon car.
For the European manufacturers, Audi set the stage for the Metro Project Quattro compact car concept, new A4 and the RS6 Avant. BMW Group premiered its Concept 1 Series tii, M3 Sedan, X6 ActiveHybrid, Concept CS, Mini Clubman S and other models. Bentley displayed their new Brooklands luxury coupe. The Ferrari F430 Scudiera was an awesome sight in metallic blue. But the most amazing sight would be at the Lamborghini stand with the 20-unit limited-edition extreme specification Reventón, priced at $1,000,000. Mercedes Benz displayed their F700 concept, C300 estate Bluetec Hybrid, and the C63 AMG. Porsche debuted their recently released models, 911 GT2, 911 Turbo Cabriolet, Cayenne GTS, Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1, and 911 GT3 Cup. Volvo displayed their C30 Recharge plug-in car concept, and debuted their all new V70 wagon and XC70 crossover.
Other notable previews and premieres at the show were the new Ford Escape concept, Ford Mustang GT California Special limited edition, Lotus Elise SC, Hyundai i30 Concept, Maserati GranTurismo, Daihatsu Mud Master-C, and the Citroen C-Cactus concept.
The Tokyo Motor Show is indeed one of the best motor shows in the world. This year's show certainly is a winner in this author's book with the lineup of vehicles and technologies that were displayed. Other activities at the show were an Off-Road test drive, Safety Experience Test Drive, Clean Energy Vehicles Test Ride, Commercial Vehicles Test Ride, Clean Energy Vehicle Classes for Children and Car Modeling Classes for Children among others. Many thanks goes to Universal Motors Corporation, Philippine assembler and distributor of Nissan Light Commercial Vehicles for making AutoIndustriya.com part of their delegation to the 40th Tokyo Motor Show.