TCC's Auto Show Index by TCC Team
Our coverage of the world's major auto shows, year to year.
2005 Tokyo Motor Show Index by TCC
By all official accounts, the Lexus
sedan shown on the stands at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show is a concept. But
with its softer, prettier shape sharing so much in common with the new IS and
GS sedans, it’s hard to imagine the LF-Sh concept being anything but a production-ready
version of the next LS sedan. Beneath its comely skin, the LF-Sh
bears a V-8 engine mated to a hybrid motor system to produce “an acceleration
feeling of a different dimension,” as executives describe it. The hybrid
powertrain is capable of providing all-wheel drive. The concept LF-Sh is 199.2
inches long, with a 116.9-inch wheelbase — roughly two inches and one
inch longer than the current LS430.
may be working on a new transmission with seven speeds for the production
version of the LF-Sh, along with a lane-departure warning system and an updated
version of its night-vision system.
Is it a Segway with
a seat? Or the next step in the whole man-machine integration?
’s i-swing concept
takes the meaning of personal transportation a step smaller and even stranger.
The concept is a two- or three-wheel vehicle paraded out for
audiences and offered up as an alternative to a four-wheel car for urban
transportation. Steering the i-swing is accomplished by either a joystick or by
a pair of pedals that respond to driver motion, almost like a pair of skis. The
i-swing’s body is made of plastics and fabric, the latter of which can be
changed out by owners as fashion dictates. An LED panel on the vehicle can also
be programmed with the owners’ favorite video clips or still images to entertain
other i-swingers, it’s supposed. Spooky bit: the i-swing is designed to use
artificial intelligence to determine the driver’s habits and preferences.
If you’re looking
for the follow-up vehicle to the Scion xB and a spiritual sister to Honda’s
Element, you’ve found it in the bB concept, one of a slew of boxy, foxy vehicles
set out by
show. The bB is a
compact with an exterior — especially in the junction of the windshield
and hood — that resembles Honda’s larger crossover vehicle. More
rounded and less blocky than the current Scion xB, the bB’s electric-green paint
is complemented by nightclub lighting inside and a nine-speaker sound
system. Turn on your favorite tunes, and the lights bounce along to
the beat — even if it’s the Carpenters. This “place to chill out” was
hardly mentioned in the course of
’s press conference, but it’s empirically
evident that the Scion xB, due for a replacement in a year or so, could end up
looking very much like the bB.