Down on the Street... in Tokyo: Kei Cars

We delayed this as long as possible, putting all of you into crushing fits of suspense, finally we give the people what they want - kei cars. These loveable, huggable, sub-sub-compact cars are popular for many reasons. The biggest reason for the niche is that they avoid pesky tax and insurance rates by virtue of their… » 10/25/07 2:15pm 10/25/07 2:15pm

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: 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

Down on the Street...in Tokyo: Ford Bronco

There I was in Shoto, killing time while you grease monkeys were asleep, and hunting for weirdness when I spotted this establishment. Anything look out of place? Yeah, I know, my first stab was also a "Standard Deli" in the middle of this city, but that's not it. That fully tricked out 1971 Bronco being used as a prop… » 10/24/07 3:00pm 10/24/07 3:00pm

Tokyo Motor Show: Yamaha Sakura Concept Reveal

We're going to be honest here, the press package shots for the Yamaha Sakura didn't really get us in a huff. Something in them felt inauthentic, contrived even. I imagined a rocket designer complaining about doing a design only his grandpa would drive. In person, that's just not the case. This is a very handsome bike.… » 10/24/07 2:15pm 10/24/07 2:15pm

Tokyo Motor Show: Honda CB1100F Revealed

There are few two-wheeled death machines in the world able to exploit all of my personal weaknesses simultaneously — the Honda CB1100F revealed here at the Tokyo Auto Show, would have to be one such motorcycle. The live reveal shots in the gallery are pure sex on wheels. Those earlier press photos? They do this bike… » 10/24/07 1:45pm 10/24/07 1:45pm

Tokyo Motor Show: Fuel Cell Powered Suzuki Crosscage Revealed

There you have it folks, proof that if you lock engineers in a room with a bag of LSD, it's possible for amazing things to happen. Somehow the magicians at Suzuki managed to cram an entire fuel cell system into the skeletal frame of the Suzuki Crosscage. It is a bit on the awkward-looking side. But it's the tech… » 10/24/07 1:00pm 10/24/07 1:00pm

Tokyo Motor Show: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, Finally

After all of the teases, web reveals and even some tiny show in Sydney — we've finally had the chance to see the new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X in person here at the Tokyo Auto Show and what can we say that hasn't already been said? Well, we'll add that we thought it was weird for Mitsu to choose the notoriously… » 10/24/07 12:15pm 10/24/07 12:15pm

Tokyo Motor Show: Honda Unveils CB1100R

We already dropped a couple bikes on you, but we missed the first of the lot revealed here at the Tokyo Motor Show (so that's why they call it "Motor" rather than "Auto," eh?). Here are the first real life shots of the Honda CB1100R we first showed you on Monday and which was the first bike seeing the sheet ripped off… » 10/24/07 11:15am 10/24/07 11:15am

Tokyo Motor Show: Honda CR-Z Concept Car

We're totally digging the fact that the hybrid concept sports car cold war between Honda and Toyota just became a little bit more warm with the introduction and reveal of Honda's latest concept — the Honda CR-Z. It's a look at both the next-generation of hybrid technology and exterior design for the Japanese automaker… » 10/24/07 10:30am 10/24/07 10:30am

Tokyo Motor Show: Sleek Suzuki Biplane Revealed

Wow. Just wow. Even if the execution of biplane inspiration is questionable, this thing is flipping gorgeous. I'm quite certain a twenty minute ride would have you begging for the sweet release of death, but you would look really cool during those twenty minutes. Just think of all the broken necks you'd cause in… » 10/24/07 10:00am 10/24/07 10:00am

Tokyo Motor Show: Volkswagen Space Up! Concept Car

Here in Tokyo, V-Dub's just revealed a new version of it's Up! concept car revealed last month during the Frankfurt Auto Show. Unlike the last one, a micro-car measuring a minuscule 3.45 meters, this one's giant. And by giant, we mean it's 3.68 meters long. Yes, yes, it's ginormous — exactly 23 centimeters longer than… » 10/23/07 11:30pm 10/23/07 11:30pm

Tokyo Motor Show: Audi A1 Metroproject Quattro Concept Car Revealed


Ben just snagged us some pictures of the live reveal of Audi's hybrid A1 Metroproject Quattro concept, just revealed here at the Tokyo Auto Show. If you'll remember from the press shots, the A1 concept was all about the dual-drive system — under the hood there's a 150 bhp 1.4-liter TFSI engine with power directed to… » 10/23/07 10:41pm 10/23/07 10:41pm

Tokyo Motor Show: Portable Toilet Unveiled

Of all the unveilings we've been waiting for out of this year's Tokyo Auto Show, none gets our bowels moving more than the news we just heard out of Kaneko Sangyo Co yesterday. The Japanese company claims it's developed "a portable toilet for use inside a car that totally conceals the user with a curtain." It's called… » 10/23/07 6:00pm 10/23/07 6:00pm