Tokyo Motor Show

Toyota’s FT-86 Revealed

Posted in Auto Show, Design, Featured, News, Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota, Videos by Kurt Ernst | November 28th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

Toyota's GT 86. Image: Toyota of Europe

The official unveiling of Toyota’s much anticipated FT-86 sports coupe happens later this week at the Tokyo Motor Show, but that hasn’t stopped the Japanese automaker from leaking footage of the GT 86 (the car’s actual name, in Europe at least) in advance. We’re not sure if it will land on these shores under a Toyota badge or a Scion badge (since Scion did show a version as the FR-S), but we are sure of this: Toyota pretty much violated the gentleman’s agreement with Subaru to reveal the respective cars at the same time. Read More…

Mazda’s Takeri Concept Hints At Next Mazda6

Posted in Concept Cars, Design, Mazda, Tokyo Motor Show by Kurt Ernst | October 26th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

The Mazda Takeri concept. Image: Mazda

It’s no secret that the current Mazda6 is overdue for a replacement, and sales of Mazda’s midsize offering have been unimpressive in recent years. That’s a shame, because the Mazda6 was class-leading when the previous generation debuted in 2002. Over the years, Mazda has seemingly lost focus with the Mazda6, to the point where it’s no longer competitive with offerings from Ford, Toyota or even Hyundai. Read More…

Eccentric Motors: The World’s Greatest Car Shows

Posted in Geneva Motor Show, Tokyo Motor Show by Frank | March 3rd, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Car shows are always popular choices for automotive designers and manufacturers to debut their latest and greatest creations. They’ve been known to debut cars that run off everything from grass clippings to jet fuel, as well as cars so small that they’re only meant for one person. Some of these machines are ingenious and light years ahead of what the market is ready for, however thanks to cars shows we have the opportunity to gain a glimpse into the future of the automobile. Below is a list of events from around the world that should fulfill the needs of just about every automotive enthusiasts.
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2010 Toyota Sai Officially Bows At Tokyo Motor Show

Posted in auto industry, Auto Show, Cars, Emissions, Environment, Fuel-efficient, Hybrid, Hybrid Technologies, New Cars, Newsworthy, Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota by Suzanne Denbow | October 20th, 2009 | Leave a Reply |


Last month, Toyota broke the news of their intention to translate the wild success of the Prius into an entire brand with the first model to be the Toyota Sai. Pictures and specifications were scarce at the time, but Toyota did stress that the Prius Sai (Sai Prius?) would be a sister to the dedicated hybrid from Toyota’s luxury arm, the Lexus HS 250h. Perhaps suffering from a poorly cooked dish of Indian cuisine, we immediately conjured up images of a Prius sedan that shed the odd and, to be quite frank, ugly aesthetic of the current Prius for a sleek new design. Obviously we were sorely mistaken.

As Toyota promised, the 2010 Sai is virtually indistinguishable from the HS 250h and despite its official classification as a sedan, it could easily be mistaken for the 5-door Prius. Fortunately, the Sai’s bland design language is not the only feature it shares with the HS 250h as power is sourced from the same 2.4L four-cylinder/Hybrid Synergy drive combination found in the Lexus. Thanks to this notable performance boost, the Sai achieves roughly the same fuel economy as the Prius hatch (35mpg) while still producing a respectable combined 187 horsepower. Read More…

2010 Lotus Exige Scura Makes Stealthy Tokyo Debut

Posted in Cars, Exotic Cars, Expensive Cars, Fast Cars, Lotus, New Cars, Newsworthy, Pictures, Tokyo Motor Show by Suzanne Denbow | October 19th, 2009 | 2 Responses |


Despite the bevy of manufacturers that will be MIA at the Tokyo Motor Show this year, those that have elected to participate promise to make it worth our while. Topping our list of the vehicles we’re anxious to see is the the newest murdered out creation from Lotus, the Exige Scura. Not surprisingly, the name “Scura” is a loose translation of the Italian word for “dark” and is intended to reflect the ominous exterior aesthetic.

Aside from the Phantom & matte black paint finish, the bulk of the Exige Scura’s consuming presence is courtesy of more carbon fiber than even we, fiber fanboys (erm, girls) that we are, even dared to imagine. Thanks to the staggering weight reduction achieved by the aforementioned material, the Scura’s specs are just as impressive as its eye candy and Lotus says the Exige Scura’s 260-horsepower turbocharged 1.8L 4-banger is capable of reaching 0-100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. Further proving it more than worthy of the track, both Lotus Launch Control and Lotus Traction Control are standard features, as are Ohlins 2 way adjustable dampers, Eibach Springs with variable height spring platforms, matte black lightweight forged wheels and Yokohama 048 LTS tires. Read More…

Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept Redux


…or “revisited,” for those of you who were not as alert in 5th period English as you probably should have been.

Initially unveiled a few weeks ago in preparation for its inaugural debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, the first photos and our initial review of the Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept were slightly less than favorable (as most of our reviews usually are). Today, Subaru has graced us with a new photo spread of the Hybrid Tourer Concept and has simultaneously softened our hearts towards the open air oddity. Read More…

Subaru/Toyota Hachi-Roku Sketches Leaked

Posted in Auto Show, Cars, Concept Cars, Design, Fast Cars, Foreign Cars, New Cars, Newsworthy, Pictures, Sports Cars, Subaru, Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota by Suzanne Denbow | October 8th, 2009 | Leave a Reply |


Earlier this week we brought you official coverage of the new Toyota FT-86 Concept‘s first pre-Tokyo unveiling, and today we’ve got a set of renderings to further sate your rabid Hachi-Roku lust. Although you were probably hoping for more info regarding exactly what kind of Subie Boxer monster is under the hood, the best the sketches can give you is a little bit of eye candy. Official details will likely be released with the Hachi Roku’s official unveiling, but we advise you to bask in the bliss of ignorance now since anything with a Toyota badge on it is guaranteed to suck the soul right out of the Subaru powerplant. Read More…

Daihatsu Deca Deca Concept Makes Surprisingly Dazzling Debut

Posted in auto industry, Auto Show, Concept Cars, Foreign Cars, New Cars, Newsworthy, Pictures, Tokyo Motor Show, Vans by Suzanne Denbow | October 8th, 2009 | Leave a Reply |


Alright now listen up because we’re only going to say this once: the Daihatsu Deca Deca Concept is pretty cool. Maybe it’s just the impressive way in which Daihatsu chose to display the Deca Deca’s flexible functionality in the press photos, or maybe we’re just feeling unusually charitable today, but either way we find ourselves tipping our hats to Diahatsu.

Unfortunately, the Deca Deca is merely a concept and will be sharing the spotlight at its Tokyo debut with five other Diahatsu vehicles (none of which are really worth reading about, trust us), so the press release detailing the Deca Deca’s many features was sparse to say the least. Really all we know is what can be immediately gleaned from the photos, which is probably for the best since it’s a safe bet that whatever is under the hood would make us weep for humanity…but that’s neither here nor there. Read More…

Nissan Land Glider Concept Gives One More Reason To Resist Green Movement


Appearing alongside Nissan’s highly publicized future production EV, the Leaf, at the Tokyo Motor Show in a few weeks will be another full-electric vehicle from the somewhat eccentric minds of Nissan known as the Land Glider Concept. Powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and constructed using extremely lightweight materials, the Land Glider Concept is Nissan’s answer to the heavy congestion of city traffic. Not only does the basic construction of the Land Glider make maneuverability and storage relatively effortless, but the 1+1 seating configuration makes it slim enough to cut through the dense concentration of cars, bikes, and pedestrians that litter metropolitan areas. Read More…

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Boasts Impressive Whitebread Efficieny

Posted in 4x4, Cars, Foreign Cars, Honda, New Cars, Newsworthy, Pictures, Tokyo Motor Show, XUV by Suzanne Denbow | October 7th, 2009 | 1 Response |


Well, the integral design principle itself definitely holds our attention, but the betrayal and disgust we leftover from the Honda Insight still weighs heavily upon our hearts and thus makes it difficult to generate enthusiasm for the Honda Accord Crosstour. Nevertheless, we here at RL are consummate professionals and as such will strive to overcome our personal feelings in pursuit of unbiased journalism. Or at the very least we’ll try to keep the snark to a minimum.

Anyway, in preparation for its upcoming debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda has released new interior photos of the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour showing off its versatile XUV capabilities. As the name implies, the Accord Crosstour is underpinned by a modified version of the Accord chassis and will provide a less utilitarian alternative to would-be CR-V and Pilot buyers. Thus, to pander to the more active yuppies the Crosstour’s standard FWD can be replaced by AWD as an optional upgrade, and both drivetrains will be powered by a 3.5L i-VTEC V6 engine suitable for hauling a designer pop-up camper. Thanks to the coupe-like styling, the Crosstour’s interior will not feature the same rugged functionality but Honda insists buyers will still find it more than capable of accommodating their needs. “Honda has a longstanding reputation for maximizing interior space and utility in its vehicles,” said Erik Berkman, vice president of corporate planning and logistics for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Like the award-winning Honda Fit, the Accord Crosstour uses a versatile design to create an interior that functions with the practicality of a larger vehicle.” Read More…