Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: AutoIndustriya.com Team, Press | posted November 12, 2015 12:38
The future of mobility
For 12 days, the 44th Tokyo Motor Show once again impressed the crowds in attendance with the very latest automobiles and concept cars from Japan's biggest automotive brands and beyond.
Organized by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. (JAMA), the 44th edition of the now biennial Tokyo Motor Show was held at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba from October 28 until November 8, 2015.
While the theme for this year's show was Your Heart Will Race, the Tokyo Motor Show also showcased the Smart Mobility City to highlight current and future personal transporters, as well as the presentation by JAMA of their “Automated Driving Vision.”
Here's a run down of the highlights from the 44th Tokyo Motor Show.
Honda may not have had much in the way of future concept cars, but instead the automobile and motorcycle manufacturer presented production or near-production models for the Tokyo Motor Show. Headlining their display was the production version of the new-generation Honda NSX hybrid super sports car. Alongside it was the new generation Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle to propel Honda's zero emissions future, as well as the British-built Civic Type R for the Japanese market.
Toyota took the opportunity to reveal three new concept cars with the S-FR lightweight sportscar, the FCV Plus with hydrogen propulsion, as well as the Kikai with its extreme design concept and use of bare steel. Toyota's luxury arm, Lexus, brought out the LF-FC flagship concept, previewing what could be the future successor to the LS.
Mitsubishi went to the show with an extensive display of their current models, but headlining their showcase was the eX crossover concept. Mitsubishi envisions the eX as a smart, small crossover with the ability to communicate with other cars, the road, and even pedestrians for better safety. In terms of production models, the highlight of the Mitsubishi booth was the new look for the Outlander PHEV crossover.
Suzuki brought out their funky side to the show with a pair of concepts in the minivan-style Air Triser and the Mighty Deck micro pick up. Also of interest in the Suzuki booth was the production version of the Ignis.
Nissan unveiled a rather unique concept with the IDS, a self-driving car in line with JAMA's vision. Joining the IDS was another concept called the Teatro for Dayz, as well as the Vision 2020 that is playable in the popular Gran Turismo simulator for the Sony PlayStation. Special NISMO versions of the GT-R and the 370Z also made an appearance.
Subaru unveiled their Viziv concept at the show, a crossover that features autonomous driving systems and previews what could be the design of the next generation Subaru Forester. Another interesting car at the Subaru booth was the Impreza 5-door concept, and clearly foreshadows their upcoming compact car. Joining the two concept cars were a variety of special edition models, though the highlight was the S207 version of the STI.
Motorcycle manufacturer, Yamaha, came out to play on four wheels with their Sports Ride Concept. The surprisingly sleek, mid-engined sports car concept was done by none other than McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray.
The automaker that stole the show, however, was Mazda with the RX-Vision concept. The model previews a next generation Mazda sportscar in the tradition of the RX-7 and RX-8, and will be powered by a new generation Wankel rotary known as SkyActiv-R.
The Tokyo Motor Show drew a total of 812,500 visitors with 417 vehicles displayed, 75 of which were world premieres while 68 were Japan premieres.