Top five cars of the Tokyo Motor Show
This year's Tokyo Motor Show was dominated by green technologies and wacky concepts – but among the madness there were some important model launches.
The show isn't one of the biggest. Spread over four halls you can get around it easily in a day – unlike the blister-inducing mass of motors that is Europe's biggest show, Frankfurt.
However, as the Japanese makers' home event it is absolutely packed with innovation. Autoblog spent two days scouring the halls and soaking up the culture, but eventually these five emerged as our picks of the show.
Toyota GT 86
It's about time Toyota got interesting again and the GT 86 certainly floats our boat. Rumoured to cost around £28,000 when it goes on sale in the UK, the rear-wheel drive car features a 2.0-litre 197bhp unit and will hit 60mph in seven seconds. It certainly looked good on the stand and was a welcome break from the green concepts doing the rounds everywhere else.
Subaru has been having a hard time of it in the UK of late, so the BRZ comes as a much-needed breath of fresh air. Jointly developed with Toyota, it's the sister car to the GT 86, and in the company's famous corporate blue it looked fantastic. The BRZ has slightly different body panels and interior to the Toyota. Just don't mention the new, and very bland, Impreza also on display on the stand...
Nissan Juke Nismo
The Juke has been crying out for a real sporty model and it looks like Nissan may finally answer our prayers thanks to its tuning arm Nismo. This is the first car that's been given the Nismo treatment and although currently billed as a "concept" it's highly likely we'll see it on our roads soon. Exterior and interior tweaks will be matched with a breathed-on powerplant.
Mercedes F 125!
We're not big fans of concepts that don't mean anything, but Mercedes was quick to point out the F 125! showcases the future design direction of the next S-Class. The concept featured fuel cell technology which would give it a range of 1,000km, a lightweight body construction, gullwing doors and a cloud-based infotainment system. But ignore all that, it's the looks that are most likely to shape future luxury barges from the firm.
Hino eZ Cargo
Tucked away in the corner of the truck section of the show was this fantastic delivery van. Not only does it look superb, but it showcases EV technology and a clean uncluttered design that would make Apple proud. A spokesman for Hino told us it has a range of 50kms, can charge in six hours and hit 70kph. Trials will take place next year before a decision is made whether to put it into production. We just hope the looks are carried over – it certainly beats a boring Transit.