Beginning next April, car taxes in Japan will be based on fuel economy and maybe emissions, not just weight. Moreover, carmakers are ready to bring to market some of the environmentally friendly concepts they showed in Tokyo two years ago, so they are showing hybrids, fuel cells and other alternative powerplants.
Examples: Honda FCX, Nissan Tino Hybrid and Hypermini, Subaru Elten Custom, Mazda Demio FCEV, Toyota HV-M4, Suzuki EV-sport.
Consumers will buy navigation systems but have been unwilling to subscribe to pricey intelligent transportation system add-ons for them. Some makers will try to sell those add-ons. Examples: Honda FCX, Nissan AXY, Toyota HV-M4 and NCSV, Mazda Nextourer.
Having made interiors more spacious through the use of fold-flat seats, column-mounted stick shifts and taller roofs, Japanese designers are trying to improve entrance and egress for aging buyers. Hence a sudden interest in eliminating the B-pillar.
Examples: Honda Neukom, Mazda RX-Evolv, Nissan AXY, Mitsubishi SUW Advance, Isuzu Kai, Toyota Open Deck.
They save space and weight, so the industry is mapping out rules for eliminating the spare tire from cars. Examples: Mitsubishi SUW Active, Mazda RX-Evolv, Toyota Lexus Sport Coupe.