Tokyo Motor Show

2007 Toyota 1/X Concept
2007 Toyota 1/X Concept

by Ken Zino Toyota says the 1/X (say “one-Xth”) provides the same interior space of the Prius at only 926 pounds, or roughly one-third the weight of the world’s first mass production and best-selling hybrid vehicle. With the reduction in mass, only a 0.5-liter flex-fuel gasoline/ethanol...Read More»

2007 Nissan Intima Concept
2007 Nissan Intima Concept

With its “modern living” theme, Nissan’s Intima appears to be the most production ready concept car in the automaker’s ’07 Tokyo Motor Show lineup. The concept’s “sharp-edged lines and organic panel surfaces” offer a fresh but not entirely unfamiliar take on Nissan’s existing...Read More»

2007 Nissan RD/BX Concept
2007 Nissan RD/BX Concept

It would appear, by definition, to be a rolling oxymoron. But Nissan’s RD/BX, or “round box,” is an intriguing take on the compact convertible design concept. The overall look is somewhere between a Dustbuster and a smart fortwo, with an angular nose that appears to be sucking itself forward...Read More»

2007 Volkswagen Space Up! Concept
2007 VW Space Up! Concept

Just a few weeks ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Volkswagen Up! was described as a concept car. Now, with the debut of the Space Up!, the pair are being talked of by VW as a small-car family. There seems little doubt these cars – or something very like them – will become production...Read More»

2007 Daihatsu Mudmaster
Daihatsu in Tokyo: Tanto, Mud Master

Happy birthday to Daihatsu! The Japanese brand best known for its city cars is celebrating 100 years in business and marked the occasion with new concept and production cars at the Tokyo Motor Show. The most striking was the Mud Master, a small transporter prototype. Gull-wing doors open on three...Read More»

2007 Mazda Taiki Concept
2007 Mazda Taiki Concept

Adding to its string of exotically flavored concept cars rotating on the world’s auto-show stages in 2007, Mazda promises their new Taiki concept, shown at the Tokyo show, will be the logical successor to the likes of the Nagare. In Japanese, its name means “a large, shining radiance.” In...Read More»

2007 Ford Escape Adventure
Ford Musters ‘Stang, Escape for Tokyo

Like most Western automakers, Ford Motor Co. has largely written off the Japanese market, where domestic-oriented consumers – and strict import laws – have largely limited the market potential for automotive imports. That said, Ford hasn’t given up entirely, as it demonstrated at this...Read More»

2007 Suzuki Kizashi 2 Concept
2007 Suzuki Kizashi 2 Concept

with Ken Zino Hollywood and Tom Clancy aren’t the exclusive owners of sequels — Suzuki, for one, brought the second of two Kizashi concepts to the Tokyo Motor Show. The first Kizashi, shown earlier in the year at Frankfurt, was an exotic concept said to be an influence on the new Suzuki large...Read More»

2009 Nissan GT-R
2007 Tokyo Motor Show Coverage

The 40th edition of the Tokyo Motor Show opens Saturday, October 27 for the public and runs through Sunday, November 11. But as is custom, the world’s automotive press will get their own preview starting next week – and TheCarConnection.com will be reporting live from the show floor. The Car...Read More»

2007 Subaru Exiga Concept
2007 Subaru Exiga Concept

The Tokyo Motor Show is known for its outlandish and often excessive designs, but look closely and you may catch a glimmer of what’s really in store from manufacturers like Subaru. The maker’s Exiga is being billed as a concept, but it has the look of a production-ready model, perhaps a...Read More»

2007 Honda CR-Z Concept
2007 Honda CR-Z Concept

Like many Tokyo Motor Show concept vehicles, the Honda CR-Z is meant to give viewers a sense of what’s to come. In this case, the sleek little coupe – reminiscent of Honda’s classic CRX – provides a hint of “the new direction for our next-generation sports car,” suggested CEO Takeo...Read More»

2007 Subaru G4e Concept
2007 Subaru G4e Concept

by Ken Zino The Kermit-the-frog green color is a good hint of what’s to come when Subaru unveils its G4e concept at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. That’s e, as in EV, and this concept, a bit smaller but visually similar to the popular Impreza, is a sign that Subaru is taking seriously the...Read More»

2007 BMW 1-Series tii Concept
2007 BMW 1-Series tii Concept

by Ken Zino This is the fifth concept car from BMW to appear during 2007. However, calling the 1-Series tii a concept is a stretch. The car looks production ready. Now. It incorporates the key features of previous racing models on a lightened production 1-Series with its carbon-fiber reinforced...Read More»

2007 Lexus LF-Xh Concept
2007 Lexus LF-Xh Hybrid Concept

by Ken Zino There are concepts ahead of their time, and there are concepts appearing after production designs are done. This hybrid SUV looks like a teaser to prepare buyers for a more angular and expressive RX. If Lexus holds to its usual cycle, a replacement RX will appear in a little more than...Read More»

Toyota Dealing on Tundra, Already?

In a nationwide offering, Toyota dealers are putting $1,500 on the hood of the new Tundra to woo buyers out of their F-150s, Rams and Silverados. The Wall Street Journal says that the Texas-built truck is benefitting from the one-month program, which applies only to the work-truck versions of the...Read More»

2007 Toyota FT-HS concept
2007 Toyota FT-HS Concept

One normally doesn’t speak of sports cars and environmentally-friendly automobiles in the same breath. ButToyota is betting there’s a green side to performance, as it plans to demonstrate at the upcoming Detroit auto show with the debut of the FT-HS Hybrid Sports Concept. Aggressively angular...Read More»

2005 Nissan GT-R concept
2005 Tokyo Show: Last Words

TCC's Auto Show Index by TCC Team (10/3/2005) Our coverage of the world's major auto shows, year to year. 2005 Tokyo Motor Show Index by TCC Team (10/18/2005) Best New Concept: I have a handful of concepts that really impressed me, amidst all of Tokyo ’s traditional goofy-mobiles. There was the...Read More»

2005 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (Natl) Door Controls
2005 Tokyo Motor Show, Part IV

TCC's Auto Show Index by TCC Team (10/3/2005)Our coverage of the world's major auto shows, year to year. 2005 Tokyo Motor Show Index by TCC Team (10/18/2005) Lexus LF-Sh By all official accounts, the Lexus sedan shown on the stands at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show is a concept. But with its...Read More»

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2005 Tokyo Motor Show, Part V

TCC's Auto Show Index by TCC Team (10/3/2005)Our coverage of the world's major auto shows, year to year. 2005 Tokyo Motor Show Index by TCC Team (10/18/2005) Audi S8 It’s the Audi with the Lamborghini engine — and if that sounds tantalizing, it is. The big S8 supersedan made its appearance in...Read More»

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