The Tokyo Motor Show is the major automotive event of the year in Japan. This year’s show focused on the future of mobility, with a variety of self-driving and Hybrid/EV concepts on display. Japanese automakers like Toyota, Honda, and Subaru turned in an especially strong showing with several concepts ranging from performance electric vehicles to incredibly designed luxury vehicles. Check out our top 5 favorite concepts below!
Toyota GR HV SPORTS Concept
“The GR HV SPORTS concept represents a new way to enjoy cars by integrating the thrill of a sports car with the environmental friendliness of an eco-car. Switching to manual mode is possible with the single press of a button, and 6-speed manual-style driving with H-pattern shifting can be enjoyed. Also, features a targa top that was also used for Toyota’s legendary convertible sports cars. You can enjoy both the thrill of a sports car and the open air feeling by the targa top.”
Mazda VISION COUPE
“Since 2010, Mazda has attracted global acclaim for its vital and dynamic car designs created under the KODO—Soul of Motion philosophy. Moving forward, the company will explore a Japanese aesthetic and further develop KODO in pursuit of more elegant and premium styling. The Mazda VISION COUPE is next-generation design vision model.
The exterior of the next-generation vision model embodies a minimalist Japanese aesthetic, achieving a simple “one motion” form that exudes a sense of speed.”
Honda Sports EV Concept
“Built upon an EV-specific platform, this concept model is equipped with a highly responsive electric power unit in a easy to handle compact body. Powerful, smooth acceleration are coupled with a serene quietness thanks to its electric motor, and a low center of gravity realize exciting maneuverability, beckoning the driver and car as one into a completely new experience. With “Honda Automated Network Assistant” using Honda’s AI technology, the Honda Sports EV Concept aims to create communication that unites the driver and car. Aiming for the next generation of sports car design, the low and wide design takes its sports car looks a step further: the unforgettable styling, a friendly front fascia that naturally blends in with any lifestyle, and rich and supple surfaces bring happiness and a even a fondness in ownership.”
“The LS+ Concept, equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, indicates the future image of the “LS” flagship sedan. With its advanced yet dignified styling and automated driving technologies planned for application in 2020, the LS+ Concept was developed as a model that symbolizes Lexus’ foresight.”
SUBARU VIZIV PERFORMANCE CONCEPT
“SUBARU VIZIV PERFORMANCE CONCEPT” is conceptual models of SUBARU’s future vision of high performance vehicles. Its lower center of gravity, solid bodywork with aggressiveness, and form of pendent fender with dynamics – the evolving energy from the very first moment of driving is expressed by the SUBARU’s philosophy of design, “DYNAMIC×SOLID”. This model has realized high performance by the Horizontally-Opposed engine and the symmetrical AWD, introducing self-driving technology based on the high performance EyeSight. We combine driving performance and high safeness at higher level aiming for precluding accident, and provide our value, “Anytime, anywhere, the driver will enjoy driving in peace of mind, in our own way.”