The Tokyo Motor Show is renown for its mad concept cars – and this year's crop haven't failed to disappoint.
AOL Cars has been pounding the halls of the wackiest event in the motoring calendar to bring you a round up of the craziest cars to leap from the dark recesses of designers' minds to the motor show halls. Here we take a look at the cars making headlines in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Top 10 cars of the Tokyo Motor Show
Top 10 cars of the Tokyo Motor Show
Meet the son of the Batmobile-inspired Deltawing, Nissan’s BladeGlider. Taking the radical Ben Bowlby race car design that shook up Le Mans in 2012 a step further, Nissan says the carbon fibre model hints at an establishment-rocking sports car that could make production in the future. We hope it happens.
Suzuki’s presence in the UK may be small, but out here their stand is easily as big as rivals’. Taking centre stage is its Nissan Juke rivalling Crosshiker concept. Weighing just 810kg, it is said to appeal to adults who can’t forget their “playful side”. It’s slated for production but there’s currently no word as to when.
The lovechild of a BMW 1 Series and a Mazda 3 hatch, this is Subaru’s vision of an urban SUV with sporting prowess. With hints of the BRZ, the concept is designed to be easy to get in and out of and have acres of luggage space. We’re just pleased to see something new from a firm that’s been too quiet for too long.
Here’s one of the cars on show in Tokyo we desperately want to see put into production exactly as it is. Showcasing Lexus’ first turbo petrol engine, the compact crossover is around the same size as a Qashqai. We first saw a version of this concept at Frankfurt, but a few exterior tweaks have been made for Tokyo. We love it.
They’re rear-wheel-drive and shaped by a digital-obsessed generation – and every car nut already wants one. Harking back to classic Nissans like the Datsun 510, the concepts show how a Nissan sports car could look in the future. The Nismo version has sports exhausts and a 1.6-litre lump, while the Freeflow has either a 1.2 or 1.5-litre. Nissan is closely monitoring public reaction with a view to making them.
The brand may be dead in the UK, killed off by a high exchange rate and an industry downturn, but Daihatsu is alive and kicking here and rolling out a new Kopen. The tiny sports car comes with fully inter-changeable panels so buyers can swap colours. A concept at present, the Kopen is likely to make the streets of Japan but not the UK.
The Mitsubishi Shogun has been around a while now – but a new one is on the way, and this concept points at its future design direction. Featuring the brand’s plug-in hybrid powertrain, that debuts next year in the Outlander, the concept SUV has all-wheel drive and dramatic styling.
It may have lost its way, but Honda is rapidly getting its mojo back – and we’re very glad about it. A new Civic Type-R is coming, and an NSX – and now we have this little sports car to lust after too. Scheduled for production in 2015, it’s for the Japanese kei-car market only at present and features one of the firm’s bike engines. There are no plans for UK import… at the moment.
Mazda hasn’t gone down the outrageous concept route at this year’s show, focussing instead on future tech. The maker showcased a hybrid version of its Mazda 3, but unfortunately there are no plans to bring it to the UK. The market for such a car is so small the maker says it will focus on making current engines more efficient instead.
The ASX has been one of the Japanese firm’s best sellers in the UK and this concept car hints at what the next version will look like. Again utilising the maker’s plug-in hybrid powertrain, it will offer excellent efficiency and a nimble chassis thanks to its “sport coupe” body style.