Down on the Street...in Tokyo: The Chevy MW Is The Opel Agila

As we continue to clean out our CompactFlash cards, we've found another piece of metal from the Tokyo streets. Here's the perfect example of a city car produced by the General that they just don't build or sell over in this here part of the globe. This five-door 'merican Revolution is the Chevy MW, and it's a… » 11/05/07 9:45am 11/05/07 9:45am

Tokyo Motor Show: The Mitsuoka Orochi Is Still The Ugliest "Super Car" Ever

As we get ready for next week's LA Auto Show, we're working on cleaning our SEMA and Tokyo Motor Show pictures off our camera. The first ones from Tokyo we need to get rid of — for fear we'll break our shiny black DSLR due to accidentally dropping it while retching — are our newest shots of the Orochi, a mid-engined… » 11/05/07 9:15am 11/05/07 9:15am

Tokyo Motor Show: Custom Toyota Corolla Rumion/Scion xB by Kanji

It's a color some call orange flake — a deep tangerine overlaid with metallic sparkles. Others call it Hysterical Blindness Chrome, though when applied to the JDM version of the new Scion xB, it looks rather fetching indeed. Japan's Kanto Auto Works decked out this model with all manner of SEMA-grade orangeness, and a… » 10/26/07 9:01am 10/26/07 9:01am

Tokyo Motor Show: Alonso and Hamilton Helmets — BFF!

The smart money's not on Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton spending another season together in the McLaren stable. But though neither won the F1 championship, and Alonso's probably flying the coop, their crazy, controversial and thoroughly enjoyable season was immortalized at the Arai helmet display at the Tokyo… » 10/25/07 4:30pm 10/25/07 4:30pm

Swoopy Human Powered Taxi Catches Attention, Advertises

Here's a fine idea, take the tried and true bicycle taxi and update it with such luxurious amenities as a roof, brake lights, and... what's this? GPS?! Once you've made those upgrades, give it snazzy bodywork with some nice flat adspace and pump up your profit margin! It almost made us want to be slowly chauffeured… » 10/25/07 3:15pm 10/25/07 3:15pm

Tokyo Motor Show: Daihatsu Open Future Concept 1 Roadster

Although it debuted in Frankfurt, Daihatsu featured its Open Future Concept, or OFC-1, in Tokyo. The mini roadster concept's powered by a turbocharged, 658cc three-cylinder engine the incorporates stop-start technology to increase fuel efficiency, the company says, to 69 mpg. Putting power to the ground is a… » 10/25/07 2:30pm 10/25/07 2:30pm

Tokyo Motor Show: Awesome JDM Coffee Cans

Imagine our surprise and delight when we realized the official press-room coffee-drink cans here in Tokyo — the same ones that kept us firing on most cylinders — are collectibles. Each one in the series features a JDM classic. We collected 'em all: The 1969 Nissan Fairlady Z432 (Datsun 240Z), 1967 Toyota 2000GT, 1970… » 10/25/07 1:30pm 10/25/07 1:30pm

Tokyo Motor Show: Mitsubishi Fuso Canter Eco-D Concept Dump Truck

Well, that's not a headline you get to write every day. Our youths of digging holes to China and racing Tonka Trucks with a little brother in the dump bed have instilled a quiet respect for the rugged and purpose built nature of dump trucks. We could never have imagined one looking so hot. Unfortunately, the presser… » 10/25/07 1:15pm 10/25/07 1:15pm

Down on the Street... in Tokyo: Citroen DS21

Following hot on the heels of yesterdays all French PCH and ranking high on the list of things we would never expect to see here in Tokyo, this Citroen DS21 rocked our world while strolling through Ginza today. Extemely mint seems to be the only way old cars are maintained in the land of the rising sun, because this… » 10/25/07 12:15pm 10/25/07 12:15pm

Tokyo Motor Show: Mazda Taiki Concept

Mazda's latest in a string of radical concepts that express organic themes, the Taiki is more than just a highly stylized sheetmetal sculpture that'll never see production. It's also the forum for Mazda's next-generation Renesis rotary engine, introduced here in Tokyo. Facing down heightened emissions requirements and… » 10/25/07 11:30am 10/25/07 11:30am

Tokyo Motor Show: Toyota i-Real Concept Demo

One of Toyota's cadre of well-dressed reps present in Tokyo show us how the i-Real concept chair works. A promo video had just shown a freaky, albeit fictional, courtship ritual between two, blond Europeans who apparently met on their i-Reals, then gave birth to a several offspring, each of whom they named Herman… » 10/25/07 10:00am 10/25/07 10:00am

Tokyo Motor Show: BMW 1-Series tii Revealed

You remember that BMW 1-Series "tii" concept we showed you yesterday? That's the concept version of the 1-Series that's supposed to be a like a mash-up E30 M3-like 2002 tii? The one the BMW fan-boys are all atwitter about because it may have a 2.0-liter turbo? Yeah, that's the one. Well, now we've got live shots of… » 10/25/07 8:30am 10/25/07 8:30am

Tokyo Motor Show: Hyundai QarmaQ Crossover Concept, Again

If you'll remember from its original unveil at Geneva, this sporty little crossover coupe is the QarmaQ, Hyundai's concept designed to showcase environmentally progressive technologies, such as the Korean company's "Elastic Front." That's a pedestrian collision solution Hyundai hopes if implemented, can reduce the… » 10/25/07 7:30am 10/25/07 7:30am

Tokyo Motor Show: Subaru G4e EV Concept

We hear electricity is going to be huge someday, though we're not sure Subaru got the same memo. The company rolled out its all-electric G4e concept concept car in Tokyo, thought it was outshined handily by the new Impreza STI. The small hatch combines underfloor Li-on batteries with seating for five and a relatively… » 10/25/07 4:00am 10/25/07 4:00am