We’ve got a big deal in town at the moment, a little gathering called the New York International Auto Show. And while recent car shows have turned into the autonomous pod showcase, there was a time when auto shows were places to experiment. Take the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show, which featured the first Plymouth Prowler, in…
What do we have to look forward to in our far-flung future year of 2018, besides the sweet release of death? Nothing. To find happiness again I will take you back—back to a time of unbridled optimism, of cheerfully bizarre niche vehicles, of turbocharged world-conquering performance, of gull-winged kei cars. Let us…
You know what are nice? Tailgates. You know what’s not nice? That tailgates are all-but entirely restricted to trucks and SUVs. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Apropos of pretty much nothing, I gift you a long series of glamorous photos from an auto show, the 1987 Tokyo Motor Show, that pretty much had it all: power, utility, style, concept, cool car names, and other good shit. And that was just Nissan.
It has been said on this very website that big, dominating infotainment screens are terrible, ugly and a pain in the ass. They effectively block your view and the design is usually lazy: stuck on top of everything like an afterthought. Mazda is sick of this shit.
It’s been a week since the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show kicked off, and the public days run through this weekend. Japan’s biggest car show is expected to have more than 800,000 visitors this year. You should go some time! If you happen to be in town this weekend, here’s the coolest stuff you should see.
Look at me, this is my surprised face. I’m so surprised that there probably won’t be a rotary-powered Mazda anytime soon. I am floored by this news.
Honda was one of the highlights of the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, even if I still came away a little disappointed. Their duo of EV concepts, for example, the Urban EV Concept—first seen at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show—and the new Sports EV Concept were two of the coolest cars at the show.
I get it. When you’re the biggest car manufacturer in the world and there’s a motor show on your home turf, you have to show everyone that you can innovate and are leading the pack with future technologies. And that’s what Toyota did at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, but it leaves us with one glaring omission we’re all…
Only Mitsubishi would have the gall to call its new electric SUV concept an e-Evolution. Sure, it’s not a Lancer Evolution, but having the word ‘Evolution’ in a car with a Mitsubishi badge raises certain expectations. And now it’s on this storied but troubled company to meet them.
It’s nearly 11 months into 2017 and I’ve only just found out it’s the 10th anniversary for Lexus’ F division. That’s quite a milestone. So instead of announcing the LC F at the Tokyo Motor Show, the brand instead showed a special edition version of the RC F and GS F—and an unusual concept.
Two years ago, Mazda unveiled the RX-Vision Concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. It was the first big unveil that year and got everyone excited at the prospect of a new Mazda rotary sports car. This year, no such luck; but we do have cars that carried over the RX-Vision’s design language.
Among the issues dragging down the proliferation of hydrogen fuel cell cars in the market, cost is a huge one. A hydrogen fuel cell car is still many thousands of dollars more expensive than a hybrid or conventional electric car, but Toyota said that it wants to fix that in the coming years.
There are people in New York City who put rubber shields on their bumpers to stop them from being scratched from other drivers tapping their cars while parallel parking. That’s amateur hour compared to this concept car from Toyoda Gosei, which surrounds nearly the entire body with ... airbags.
Nissan started their press conference off with an apology from Daniele Schillaci, Executive Vice President for Global Marketing and Sales. Recent scandals involving Kobe Steel, as well as the signing off of cars for the Japanese market by unqualified staff, has put Nissan under intense scrutiny. By owning up to it and…
I’m not sure if it was intentional or due to budget restrictions but unlike bigger companies such as Nissan and Toyota, Subaru didn’t have any self-driving EVs on their stand this week at the Tokyo Motor Show. That could be a good thing, though, depending on how you look at it.
When it comes to companies that make pianos, flutes, drums, computer networking hardware, car interior components, violins, ATVs, motorcycles, and the occasional car engine, Yamaha might just be my favorite. Now the company that is in dire need of diversification is teasing us with a very novel little truck concept:…
I’m not entirely sure this has happened before, but a car designed for a video game is going to be produced for sale in reality. The game is Sony’s Gran Turismo Sport, the car is the IsoRivolta Vision, and the reality is the one you’re using now, the same one where you do laundry and eat corn dogs in.
I’m here at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show, and while you Americans were sleeping I went to the various press conferences at Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Lexus, and Toyota. The verdict? There’s some cool stuff here, but not the big announcements we enthusiasts were kind of hoping for.
Yamaha brought something interesting for the Tokyo Motor Show, and it’s a bizarro three-wheeler sportbike. Surely it’s too early for it to be some sort of elaborate April Fool’s joke, right?