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Tokyo Motor Show picks fantasy theme for 2015 event

TOKYO -- Next year’s Tokyo Motor Show goes futuristic with a “Technology & Fantasy” concept organizers hope generates buzz. The tagline “Your heart will race” underscores the aim to get pulses pumping at what was ... 9:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3

2015 Tokyo Motor Show to return to October after schedule mishap

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Motor Show, accidentally booked last year to overlap with rival shows in Los Angeles and Guangzhou, China, will return to its traditional late October slot in 2015 in a bid to boost overseas attendance at what was once ... 11:03 am U.S. ET | July 15

Whose BladeGlider: A legal sword fight

Nissan says the idea for the BladeGlider, the wedge-shaped concept that drew crowds at the Tokyo Motor Show last week, came out of the clear blue sky. The car's inspirations, Nissan says, are "the soaring, silent, panoramic freedom of a glider and ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2

One last look at some key models introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show

The Cross Sport Design Concept rides on the rear-wheel-drive platform used for the BRZ coupe. Think of it as a BRZ wagon, offering the nimbleness of the sporty BRZ with the roominess and practicality of a wagon. It's a few inches bigger in every ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2

They're back: Japan automakers target U.S. sales records

TOKYO -- After five trying years, the Japanese are looking like a juggernaut again in the United States. All but Mitsubishi are predicting record U.S. sales -- if not this year or next, then within two years. And the optimism appears well-founded, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25

Design of Nissan's BladeGlider draws from Le Mans cars

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor Co. channeled its Le Mans racing know-how into a three-seat concept car fit for city streets. Like its racing brethren, the BladeGlider gets widely spaced rear wheels, a rear-slung cockpit, a long pointy nose and a set of front ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25

Honda seeks stronger Acura

TOKYO -- Tetsuo Iwamura, CEO of American Honda Motor Co., says that for him, "The big challenge is Acura." He said Acura has a "very strong lineup" of SUVs and crossovers. But of the brand's sedans, he said, "We need to improve a lot." He said of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25

Mitsubishi plans plug-in hybrid version of crossover

TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s XR-PHEV plug-in hybrid concept is a preview of the next-generation Outlander Sport compact crossover, President Osamu Masuko said last week at the Tokyo Motor Show. The U.S.-made Outlander Sport is Mitsubishi's top ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25

'15 GT-R Nismo boosts power, comfort

The redesigned Nissan 2015 GT-R Nismo will be more powerful -- and comfortable -- than the current model. The car uses large-capacity turbochargers to get an additional 55 hp from its 3.8-liter V-6 engine, the company said last week in Japan. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25

Unveiled at Tokyo, Lexus RC's 2 choices: Green or souped-up mean

TOKYO -- The Lexus RC coupe unveiled last week at the Tokyo Motor Show offers two drivetrain choices: souped-up at 314 hp or lean and green at 217 hp. The car goes on sale next year, but Lexus did not say when. The nameplate is new. The powerful ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25

Mitsubishi sees Europe as big market for plug-in hybrid compact SUV

TOKYO -- Mitsubishi expects a plug-in hybrid version of the successor to the ASX compact SUV to sell more than gasoline and diesel variants in Europe.The automaker will launch the ASX successor with a plug-in hybrid variant within three years, ... Nov. 22, 2013 06:01 European CT

Toyota, Subaru board turbo train for downsized power

TOKYO -- Honda Motor Co. is hardly alone in going turbo.Honda, which unveiled three turbocharged engines ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show this week, is one of many automakers turning to turbos to boost fuel efficiency without sacrificing power -- or to ... 1:52 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21

Nissan IDx evokes an old Datsun to reach teenagers

TOKYO -- One hundred teenagers from around the world have consulted with Nissan designers to create a potential rear-wheel-drive sports coupe to woo young customers.Two possibilities, unveiled today at the Tokyo Motor Show, are the IDx Freeflow and ... 11:19 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20

Lexus RC offers 2 choices: Powerful or green

TOKYO -- The Lexus RC coupe unveiled today at the Tokyo Motor Show offers drivers two drivetrain choices: souped-up at 314 hp or lean and green at 217 horses.The car goes on sale next year, but Lexus did not say when.The power version, the RC 350, ... 9:57 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20

BMW 4-series goes topless in Tokyo, L.A.

TOKYO -- The BMW 4-series Convertible made its global debut at the Tokyo Motor Show today.BMW said the car's three-piece retractable hardtop opens in less than 20 seconds with the push of a button.The engines offered on the car at launch will vary ... 1:33 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20 | UPDATED: 11/20/13 5:18 pm ET

Subaru boss spurns convertible BRZ, FR-S

TOKYO -- Subaru brand chief Yasuyuki Yoshinaga dismissed the idea of a convertible Subaru BRZ sporty coupe, saying the vehicle would require a complete remake to meet safety standards.His slap-down came as Toyota Motor Corp., which sells a rebadged ... 11:48 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20

Sleek Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Concept previews next Outlander Sport

TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motor Corp.'s edgy, heavily creased XR-PHEV plug-in hybrid concept is a preview of the next-generation Outlander Sport compact crossover, President Osamu Masuko said today.The vehicle, shown in candy-apple red at the Tokyo Motor ... 10:10 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20

Nissan promises a faster, quieter GT-R

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Nissan Motor Co. today touted its redesigned, 2015 GT-R Nismo as a symbol of its effort to assert a sportier and more racing-related image.The automaker said the sports car will pack 600 hp and 481 pounds-feet of torque. It is one ... 11:41 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19 | UPDATED: 11/19/13 3:19 pm ET - adds links, photo gallery

Honda readies new turbocharged engines, 8-speed dual-clutch transmission

Honda Motor Co. unveiled a series of downsized, turbocharged engines and an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, rounding out its line of Earth Dreams powertrains with ones that offer more performance without sacrificing fuel economy.Tetsuo Iwamura, ... 10:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18

American Honda boss says Acura is his greatest challenge

TOKYO -- Tetsuo Iwamura, CEO of American Honda Motor Co., says that for him, "The big challenge is Acura."He said Acura has a "very strong lineup" of SUVs and crossovers. But in reviewing the brand's sedans, he said, "We need to improve a lot."He ... 10:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18

Lexus expects global sales record of more than 520,000 units this year

TOKYO -- Lexus will reach a global sales record this year, a top executive said while unveiling the close-to-production prototype of the luxury brand's RC sporty coupe.Mark Templin, executive vice president of Lexus International, today said ... 10:18 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 | UPDATED: 11/18/13 11:05 am ET

Honda's next NSX to feature three-motor hybrid system with twin-turbo V-6

UTSUNOMIYA, Japan -- Honda Motor Co., as if to underscore its commitment to downsized, turbocharged engines, unveiled a mock-up of the powertrain for its next NSX that relies on twin turbos to provide a power boost.The mock-up was on display at a ... 10:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18

Infiniti comes home to Japan -- sort of

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Nissan Motor Co. is finally bringing the Infiniti marque to Japan, a quarter century after its global debut in the United States. Well, sort of.Building Infiniti into a truly global brand -- with name recognition in its home ... 5:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11

Toyoda touts Tokyo show as high-tech hub

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Motor Show has fallen on hard times as global automakers channel their marketing efforts into bigger shows in China. But Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda, the current head of the show's organizer, the Japan Automobile ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11

Japanese brands to embrace the small, the sporty and the futuristic

TOKYO -- Japan's automakers will go futuristic and local at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, combining the far-out concept cars the show has been famous for alongside the Japan-only 660cc minicars -- some of which are delightfully sporty -- that ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10

Jaguar gives look at F-Type coupe

Jaguar has released a teaser photo of its F-Type coupe before unveiling the car this month at the Los Angeles and Tokyo auto shows.The coupe will debut on Nov. 19 at a special event before the L.A. show and will be displayed the next day at both ... Nov. 9, 2013 06:01 European CT

Jaguar gives look at F-Type coupe before shows

Jaguar has released a teaser photo of its F-Type coupe before unveiling the car this month at the Los Angeles and Tokyo auto shows. The coupe will debut on Nov. 19 at a special event before the L.A. show and will be displayed the next day at both ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9

Nissan shows delta-wing concept for city streets

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor Co. will channel its Le Mans racing know-how at this month's Tokyo Motor Show with a new three-seat delta-winged concept car fit for city streets.The so-called BladeGlider draws its inspiration from the unorthodox, triangular ... 9:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7

VW will debut diesel-electric Up minicar

MUNICH -- Volkswagen will debut a highly fuel-efficient diesel-electric hybrid version of its Up minicar at the Tokyo auto show on Nov. 20.VW says the concept, called the Twin-Up, uses 1.1 liters of fuel per 100 km (214 U.S. mpg/257 UK mpg)The four- ... Nov. 7, 2013 12:35 European CT

Toyota goes futuristic at Tokyo show

TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. is going futuristic at this month's Tokyo Motor Show.It will debut a wave-inspired fuel cell sedan, a next-generation Japan taxi and a podlike one-seater that steers with a tilt of the driver's body as the brand tries to ... 11:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4

Subaru to show sports tourer concept in Tokyo

TOKYO -- Subaru will unveil a wagon-shaped sports tourer concept this month at the Tokyo Motor Show that previews a production model coming to market next year. The concept, dubbed the Levorg, foreshadows a new nameplate Subaru intends to offer in ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4

Toyota goes futuristic at Tokyo show

TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. is going futuristic at this month's Tokyo auto show.It will debut a wave-inspired fuel cell sedan, a next-generation Japan taxi and a podlike one-seater that steers with a tilt of the driver's body as the brand tries to ... Nov. 5, 2013 05:30 European CT

Mitsubishi focuses on utilities, hybrids at Tokyo show

TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will unveil concepts that play to its strengths at the Tokyo Motor Show this month: utility vehicles and electrified drivetrains.The company will show three concept vehicles: a plug-in hybrid full-sized SUV, a plug- ... 11:32 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1

Subaru to debut sports tourer concept in Tokyo

TOKYO -- Subaru today said it plans to unveil at November's Tokyo Motor Show a new sports tourer concept, a wagon-shaped preview of a production model coming to market next year.Dubbed the Levorg, the prototype concept is expected to foreshadow the ... 10:32 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30

Glimpse of Honda's future in Tokyo

TOKYO -- Honda will introduce concepts of a mini-roadster that previews a new design language and its NSX sports car, alongside production versions of the upcoming Fit-based small crossover at the Tokyo auto show next month. The crossover will be ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28

Honda goes small, sporty at Tokyo show

TOKYO -- Honda Motor Co. is going sporty and small at the Tokyo Motor Show next month, introducing close-to-production concepts of a miniroadster and its NSX sports car, alongside production versions of the upcoming Fit-based small crossover and a ... 10:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22

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