Isuzu Zen concept Tokyo 2001Enlarge Photo
General Motors’ corporate arms reached out to its Japanese affiliates and the second-largest Tokyo display (Toyota/Daihatsu is largest) incorporated Isuzu and Suzuki vehicles. Although Isuzu’s long-term position might be unclear, beyond the fact it’s supplying diesel engines to GM in the U.S., the company showed off a couple of new concept vehicles. One, the Zen, featured traditional Japanese design icons inside such as bamboo wood trim and screens. The interior seats can be moved around so that it can have a completely open floor.
Mitsubishi SUP concept 2001 TokyoEnlarge Photo
Toyota FSX concept 2001 TokyoEnlarge Photo
As the largest Japanese manufacturer Toyota did not seem to appear as the most progressive company as it has so often. Nonetheless it showed off 16 concept vehicles, such as the Japanese version of the Matrix SUV/hatchback/wagon that was first seen back at the Detroit show in January. The aggressive FXS sports car takes the opposite extreme of so many small cars with its V-8 engine.
Toyota ist 2001 tokyo conceptEnlarge Photo
The Voltz concept car is the Japanese version of the Matrix concept shown at Detroit. The production version goes on sale early next year as a production SUV/station wagon. A smaller variation on the same theme made its debut at Tokyo, called the Toyota ist. It’s powered by a 1.3-liter engine compared to a 1.8-liter engine in the Voltz/Matrix.
Toyota DMT concept 2001 TokyoEnlarge Photo
A Japanese manufacturer’s lineup of concept vehicles does not seem to be complete without at least one concept van. Toyota’s DMT (Dual Mode Traveler) has a high-mounted driving position and is set up to be as useful when stationary as when moving. It comes complete with enough space in the rear for use as a studio or office when the vehicle is parked.