2015 Tokyo International Auto Show

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  • BLOG

    Lower turnout, more excitement at Tokyo auto show

    6:59 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015
    HANS GREIMEL: The Tokyo auto show finished this week short of the attendance set by the last confab in 2013 but scored big buzz with a barrage of concepts and autonomous-driving discourse.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Anime, sultry and supercars: What people are saying about the Mazda RX-Vision

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2015
    Mazda’s RX-Vision concept was a hit at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. While it hinted at the triumphant return of Mazda’s iconic rotary engine, the RX-Vision also drew plaudits for its sleek styling. A look at what some critics and others are saying about the concept.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Japan Inc.'s 2020 vision: Self-driving cars on the road

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015
    Japan's big automakers, long known for their fondness for automation, finally are ready to make a big push into self-driving cars. Honda, Nissan and Toyota used the stage at last week's Tokyo Motor Show to outline their next steps.... Read More »

  • PHOTOS

    Yamaha Sports Ride Concept

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    2017 Porsche Macan GTS

    The Macan is the latest model to join the company’s GTS lineup. Powered by a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, the SUV will reach 100kph (62mph) in 5.2 seconds. Go to the Gallery »

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    2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4

    The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4 get a new bi-turbo 3-liter, six-cylinder engine and tweaked styling. Go to the Gallery »

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    Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle

    The Clarity FCV is a pre-production prototype of the hydrogen-powered sedan expected to go on sale next year in Japan. Sheet metal is toned down from the concept Honda unveiled in 2014. Honda expects a range of more than 700 kilometers (435 miles) and a three-minute refueling time. That compares with the Toyota Mirai's 312-mile range. The FCV is also lower, wider and longer than the Mirai and seats five to the Mirai's four. Go to the Gallery »

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    Suzuki Mighty Deck

    The Mighty Deck minicar concept gets a canvas top and open rear deck. Go to the Gallery »

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    Honda Wander Stand

    The Wander Stand autonomous driving concept is a compact, joystick-equipped two seater using Honda's Omni Traction Drive System to move in any direction, even sideways. Go to the Gallery »

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    Daihatsu Tempo

    The Tempo's side flap opens skyward to form a canopy, making it ideal as a vending vehicle. A digital signboard is integrated into the side. Go to the Gallery »

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    Daihatsu Noriori

    The Noriori microvan is a multiuse commuter. It gets wide sliding side doors exposing the entire interior and a swing-open rear door. Ramps allow easy access by wheelchair, bicycle or a dolly full of cargo. Go to the Gallery »

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    Daihatsu D-base concept

    Daihatsu proposes the D-base as a next-generation compact hatchback. It seeks better fuel economy though improved engine compression ratios, lean-burn cycles, aerodynamics and onboard energy management. Go to the Gallery »

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    Toyota FCV Plus Concept

    The FCV Plus Concept envisions a possible successor to Toyota's Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that went on sale in the U.S. this year. A downsized fuel stack rests between the front wheels; the hydrogen tank and battery sit between the rear wheels. In-wheel motors propel the car. Go to the Gallery »

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    Suzuki Ignis

    The Ignis gets a high eye point and lots of road clearance for both convenience and sure footing on snow or dirt. Go to the Gallery »

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    Suzuki Air Triser

    The Air Triser is a three-row compact minivan configured to emulate a private lounge. The seats can turn to face each other or a large video display extending from the B-pillar. Go to the Gallery »

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    Nissan Teatro for Dayz

    The Teatro for Dayz concept anticipates ultraconnected, digital-era driving. Nearly every cabin surface, even the seats, is envisioned as being a touch screen display. Teatro is Italian for "theater"; Dayz is the name of an existing 660cc Nissan minicar developed jointly with Mitsubishi. The Dayz-based concept gets an all-electric drivetrain and external restyling. Designers dropped what Nissan called "the usual components that express aggressiveness: speed, size, elegance, and other traits you would expect to see on a car." Go to the Gallery »

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    Mini Convertible

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    Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo

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    BMW M4 GTS

    The M4 GTS coupe is a lighter, more powerful M4, with a carbon-fiber hood, roof and buckets. The 3.0-liter staight-six produces 493 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. Go to the Gallery »

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    Mitsubishi eX Concept

    The electric compact crossover is envisioned as driving some 400 kilometers (250 miles). Mitsubishi aims to achieve that range by 2020 by doubling the lithium ion batteries' energy density. The eX previews several driver-assist technologies, including driverless valet parking, which enables the car to seek out spots and park itself. Go to the Gallery »

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    Nissan IDS Concept

    The supersleek IDS Concept hatchback showcases a host of new technologies Nissan is developing in its push to roll out increasingly sophisticated autonomously driving cars by 2020. It includes a prototype next-generation lithium ion battery with double the energy density of the pack in today’s Leaf electric vehicle. Go to the Gallery »

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    Lexus LF-FC concept

    Lexus's LF-FC concept offers a close preview of what the fifth-generation flagship LS sedan will look like when it debuts sometime in 2016 or 2017. Go to the Gallery »

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    Subaru Impreza 5-door Concept

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    Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo concept

    The autonomous Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo concept is equipped with an electric hybrid system that pairs a battery with a fuel cell. The car has a range of about 609 miles, 118 of them coming from the battery and 491 coming from fuel-cell-powered driving. Go to the Gallery »

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    Mazda RX-Vision concept

    Mazda's latest concept -- a low-slung sports car called the RX-Vision -- debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show and features a next-generation rotary engine called the Skyactiv-R. Go to the Gallery »

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    Toyota Kikai concept

    The Toyota Kikai concept is a retro conversation-starter at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. It's a salute to the company’s roots in monozukuri, the Japanese term for the art and craft of manufacturing. Go to the Gallery »

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    Toyota FCV Plus concept

    Toyota turns futuristic with its FCV Plus Concept, a vision of a possible successor to the company’s Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle Go to the Gallery »

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    Subaru Forester SUV

    The mid-cycle upgrade, which will appear first in the Japan market, aim to zest up the marque’s No. 1 U.S. nameplate and enhance Subaru’s image as a brand known for safety. While the changes foreshadow features that could migrate to future U.S. upgrades, Subaru officials declined to comment on what specifications may carry over and when. Go to the Gallery »

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    Subaru Viziv Future Concept

    On the outside, the Viziv is a stout and sporty compact SUV. With clean, linear creasing and distinctive beveled shoulder paneling under the side window, the white concept cuts an active go-anywhere aura with its safety-orange accents and black wheel arch moldings. Inspiring accents include a massive panorama glass roof and suicide doors. Under the hood, Subaru envisions a direct-injection downsized turbocharged engine mated to an electric motor hybrid system. Go to the Gallery »

  • NEWS

    Tokyo auto show hits and misses

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015
    David Undercoffler has a keen eye for product and a tendency to speak his mind. That's why we hired him, and it's why we set him loose last week on the floor of the Tokyo Motor Show, where the wild concept cars continually push back the frontiers of good taste. Here's what he made of this year's assortment.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Honda's exotic powertrain tech

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015
    Honda is readying a number of exotic powertrain technologies: from a new generation of plug-in hybrids and ultra-lean burning engines, to 10-speed transmissions and hydrogen fuel cells.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    EV advocate Ghosn eyes fuel cell entry around 2020

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015
    Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn, after prioritizing electric vehicles for years, now says the automaker will enter the hydrogen fuel cell race with a vehicle around 2020.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Tokyo auto show home run concept vehicles

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015
    Five Japanese carmakers put a charge in their home-market show with head-turning concept vehicles.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Luxury brands place fuel cell bets

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2015
    Luxury automakers fortified their stance on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show, with Lexus unveiling a dramatic fuel cell concept and BMW AG disclosing that it will launch a vehicle in 2020 developed in conjunction with Toyota Motor Corp.... Read More »

  • BLOG

    Mexico in Tokyo

    6:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2015
    JAMES B. TREECE: If there's hardly anybody around the Mexico booth at the Tokyo Motor Show, it's only because the exhibitor already has accomplished its mission.... Read More »

  • BLOG

    Why Ghosn, Marchionne agree and disagree on consolidation

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2015
    DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC: Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne say automakers will face increasing pressure to consolidate, but Ghosn has a very different view on how this will happen.... Read More »

  • BLOG

    Tokyo Motor Show continues to surprise, sometimes delight

    1:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2015
    JAMES B. TREECE: Random thoughts from a stroll through the Tokyo Motor Show …... Read More »

  • NEWS

    BMW plans to market fuel cell sedan after 2020

    7:36 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2015
    BMW says its first fuel cell vehicle would likely be a larger-sized sedan that would go on sale after 2020, when a hydrogen development partnership ends between the German luxury automaker and Toyota.... Read More »

  • BLOG

    Checking out the competition

    1:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2015
    JAMES B. TREECE: It’s common to see senior auto executives strolling through an auto show, checking out the competition. The various ways they do it offer insight into their styles.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Lexus LF-FC concept previews next LS

    6:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015
    Lexus pulled back the curtain on its next-generation LS sedan with the introduction of the LF-FC concept, a full-size sedan design study which offers a close preview of what the fifth-generation LS will look like when it debuts sometime in 2016 or 2017.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Subaru shows design direction with 2 concepts

    12:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015
    Subaru is ushering in a new styling era with the Impreza 5-door Concept unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show Wednesday. Subaru also rolled out another concept, the Viziv crossover, which is equipped with semi-autonomous features due in 2020.... Read More »

  • BLOG

    Mini rewards Japan sales with Tokyo debut

    11:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015
    DIANA T. KURYLKO: Mini unveiled a redesigned and more upscale convertible at the Tokyo Motor Show because Japanese sales are growing at a faster rate than sales in other major markets.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Porsche adds GTS variant to 2017 Macan lineup

    5:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015
    Porsche's popular Macan crossover is joining the company's GTS line.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Toyota's take on VW scandal: Avoid fixation on being the biggest

    7:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015
    Toyota President Akio Toyoda weighed in for the first time about the scandal engulfing Volkswagen, stressing his resistance to getting consumed with sales targets.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Mitsubishi's electric eX concept hints at a third CUV

    6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015
    Mitsubishi plans to slot a new compact crossover into its lineup between the Outlander and Outlander Sport, the Japanese automaker said.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Rotary engine returns in Mazda concept coupe

    7:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015
    Three years after pulling the plug on the rotary-powered RX-8 sports car, Mazda hints it hasn't given up on the peculiar engine design that gave the brand some of its grandest successes. The company's latest concept is a low-slung sports car called the RX-Vision powered by a next-generation rotary engine called the Skyactiv-R.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Nissan IDS Concept an autonomous-driving Transformer

    8:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015
    Nissan, aiming to take leadership in electric and autonomous cars, debuted its vision for both in a new concept whose interior reconfigures like a Transformer robot. The super-sleek IDS Concept showcases a host of new technologies Nissan is developing in its push to roll out increasingly sophisticated autonomously driving cars by 2020.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Mercedes-Benz's Vision Tokyo imagines car as a 'chill-out zone'

    11:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015
    The Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo concept car lays out a vision of luxury driving in the future, one in which self-driving technology has advanced to the point that the vehicle's interior is allowed to resemble a lounge more than a car.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Designer Okuyama on the threat from Google, Apple

    11:15 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015
    The days of cheap and cheerful cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla may be numbered as technology firms Google and Apple muscle into the auto industry, and change the way people own and drive cars. That's the warning from Ken Okuyama, the high-end Japanese designer of the Ferrari F60 Enzo and Porsche Boxster.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    New Toyota taxi promises to change Tokyo streetscape

    10:43 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015
    Toyota says it will launch a next-generation taxi for the Japan market in 2018 -- a bulbous, hatchback hybrid. The car promises to supplant the ubiquitous Toyota Crown Comfort three-box sedans that are as archetypal of Japanese taxis as their drivers' officious hats and dainty white gloves.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Honda readies volley of new drivetrain tech

    11:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015
    Honda is readying a new wave of powertrain technologies that aim to boost fuel economy and performance while burnishing the company's reputation for innovation.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Honda plans to market partial self-driving car in 2020

    7:06 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2015
    Honda said it plans to sell a car with automated highway driving functions around 2020, joining the race to market self-driving vehicles that pits traditional automakers against tech firms like Google.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Japanese automakers fuel a return to tradition: The future

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015
    Connectivity, autonomous driving and alternative powertrains will be on display as Japanese automakers seek to rekindle the Tokyo Motor Show's reputation for futuristic themes. Expect sporty, green and avant-garde concepts. Here's a rundown of what will be shown.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Lexus to debut new concept in Tokyo

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015
    Lexus promises to show a new concept car this month at the Tokyo Motor Show but is withholding details until its unveiling. One possibility: a preview of a luxury fuel cell car, likely based on the brand's flagship LS.... Read More »

  • BLOG

    Lexus plans global debut of new concept in Tokyo

    12:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015
    HANS GREIMEL: Lexus is promising a new concept car at this month's Tokyo Motor Show but is holding back details until the unveiling. The vehicle may preview a luxury hydrogen fuel cell car.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Mitsubishi's EV crossover concept shows off new design language

    6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015
    Mitsubishi will roll out an all-electric compact crossover concept at the Tokyo Motor Show that showcases its new design language and automated driving ambitions.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Toyota at Tokyo show -- sporty, green, retro and sci-fi concepts

    12:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015
    Toyota is going big at the Tokyo Motor Show this month, with an eclectic display parading everything from a snappy compact sports car and futuristic hydrogen vehicle to a whacked-out retro concept and pocket-sized humanoid robot.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Subaru hints at future vehicles with 2 Tokyo show concepts

    10:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015
    Subaru is about to shift to a new global platform that will underpin its entire lineup and propel what it hopes will be a new phase of growth.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Subaru preps midcycle update for Forester at Tokyo show

    10:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015
    Subaru will unveil an update of the Forester at this month's Tokyo Motor Show, freshening the crossover's styling and installing the company's latest safety technology.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Nissan's concept aims to engage 'share native' generation

    1:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015
    Nissan shares its vision for ultraconnected digital-era driving at this month's Tokyo Motor Show with a concept minicar in which nearly every conceivable cabin surface is laminated with touch screen displays.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Does Mazda concept for Tokyo point to RX sports car's return?

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015
    Mazda plans to unveil a sports car concept at the Tokyo Motor Show that is sure to stoke speculation about a possible successor to the RX-8. A teaser photo shows a black vehicle with a long hood, rear-slung cockpit, rounded fastback and muscular rear fenders -- all taking cues from the brand's Kodo design language.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Honda will show fuel cell car in Tokyo

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015
    Honda will unveil a near-production version of its hydrogen fuel cell fastback sedan at the Tokyo Motor Show late this month, throwing down a challenge to the Toyota's Mirai fuel cell vehicle released this year.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Mazda concept for Tokyo stokes talk of RX sports car's return

    11:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015
    Mazda, which retired the RX-8 sports car in 2012, will stoke speculation about a possible successor with a new sports concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. A teaser photo shows a black vehicle with a long hood, rear-slung cockpit, rounded fastback and muscular rear fenders.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Honda will show fuel cell, autonomous driving vehicles in Tokyo

    10:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015
    Honda will unveil two visions of the future at October’s Tokyo Motor Show: A near-production version of its hydrogen fuel cell fastback sedan and a bell-shaped, omnidirectional, autonomous driving concept vehicle.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Detroit returns to Tokyo auto show with Jeep

    12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015
    For the first time in nearly a decade, a Detroit automaker will exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show. Jeep - the best-selling U.S. brand in Japan - will return when doors open in October. The return of Jeep signals rekindled interest in the Japanese market and is a win for the beleaguered domestic show.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Jeep leads Detroit's return to Tokyo Motor Show

    6:25 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2015
    For the first time in nearly a decade, a Detroit automaker will exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show. Jeep -- the best-selling U.S. brand in Japan -- will return when doors open in October. The return of Jeep signals rekindled interest in the Japanese market and is a win for the beleaguered domestic show.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Tokyo Motor Show picks fantasy theme for 2015 event

    9:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
    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 once Asia’s premier auto exhibition.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    2015 Tokyo Motor Show to return to October after schedule mishap

    11:03 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
    The Tokyo Motor Show, accidentally booked last year to overlap with shows in Los Angeles and Guangzhou, will return to its traditional late October slot in 2015 in a bid to boost overseas attendance.... Read More »

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HANS GREIMEL
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Lower turnout, more excitement at Tokyo auto show

The Tokyo auto show finished this week short of the attendance set by the last confab in 2013 but scored big buzz with a
Nov. 11, 6:59 am U.S. ET
JAMES B. TREECE
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Mexico in Tokyo

If there's hardly anybody around the Mexico booth at the Tokyo Motor Show, it's only because the exhibitor already has a
Oct. 30, 6:45 am U.S. ET
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC
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Why Ghosn, Marchionne agree and disagree on consolidation

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne say automakers will face increasing pressure to
Oct. 30, 12:01 am U.S. ET