Tokyo motor show 2015 – show report along with picture gallery
The 2015 Tokyo motor show was a true mixture of talents – as home-grown Japanese brands fought for attention alongside big Western names along with even a smattering of British talent
By 9am, an hour after the doors had opened, we’d already seen the sheer breadth of the designs along with complete cars This specific fascinating Tokyo Motor Show of 2015 was going to offer.
The Japanese like doing things to the letter, so as the second-hand attained the vertical at 8.30am precisely, Mazda’s president stepped out to reveal their magnificent fresh RX Vision two-seater coupé, complete with its fresh-generation Skyactiv-R rotary engine. The crowd of onlookers was vast; those who were cameramen with video to shoot were actually jostling one another to get to elevated positions.
The RX-Vision is usually a fabulous looking machine, entirely in character with previous RXs along that has a dead cert for production, though the company has avoided putting a date on its launch (they say the item’s to avoid pressuring engineers who have to finish doing a fundamentally dirty engine clean). Our guess would likely be Tokyo 2017, along with we’d further wager not a few of those engineers already possess the item inked in their diaries.
The point is usually, This specific RX was perhaps the best representative of one class of car we saw quite a bit of at Tokyo: the product, while being thorough modern, carried forward many desirable traits along with traditions coming from the past. Toyota’s cute front engine-rear drive S-FR baby roadster was another – not only recalling Toyotas past, nevertheless cars of the Honda S800 along with MG Midget ilk as well.
Then, just 15 minutes later, Nissan showed a product coming from the various other end of the spectrum, a product with precious little heritage that will was exciting for what the item will do within the future. Their handsome IDS concept, a decent guide to the next Nissan Leaf nevertheless quite different to look at, was so damned modern in shape along with thought that will even when shorn of things that will will never production (such as the pillarless doors along with the more radical aerodynamic addenda) the item gave like a breathtaking view of the future.
Especially when combined with Nissan’s affordable along with well-advanced Intelligent Driving system – which offers you a choice between full autonomy along that has a subtlety assisted manual mode – which will be introduced in three stages in 2016, 2018 along with 2020.
Similarly futuristic was Mitsubishi’s fully electric concept B-SUV, a car they’ve already said they plan to put on sale by 2020. the item was compact, pretty along with bold in a pleasing way – one of many of This specific show’s creations that will gave you strong wish for the future.
This specific was pretty much an Japanese show. Tokyo’s shows usually are. The westerners were there, nevertheless they were invariably launching cars we already knew well: the Clio RS for Renault, the Range Rover SVX for JLR along with the M4 Coupe GTS for BMW. nevertheless the relative quietness of our familiar manufacturers meant This specific show was refreshingly short on slightly altered versions of cars we were already anticipating along with can visualise, usually with black interiors along with eye-watering prices.
that will was another thing about This specific Tokyo. the item featured a generous helping of radical, low-cost proposals coming from the likes of Suzuki along with Daihatsu – both experts at cheap cars – some of which may have looked a bit odd to Weatern eyes, nevertheless which were resolved along with fully-functioning (the Japanese just don’t seem to like three-dimensional speculation) along with had equivalents running about on the roads outside our vast show hall.
Two Subarus, a fresh Impreza concept along with an updated Viziv crossover concept which looked distinctly smart, along with I even liked most of the lines on the fresh Lexus, apart coming from a grille which like several of the recent breed seems to be trying to set a record for ugliness.
British input? the item was there in large measure within the petite along with amazingly roomy Yamaha Sports Ride concept, whose under-skin work was entirely done in Guildford by Gordon Murray, using a developed (even stiffer, even lighter) product of his startlingly efficient manufacturing process, today called iStream Carbon, consisting of light carbon panels bonded between large diameter tubes.
In This specific case the panels are produced by a process that will allows the remarkably short 100-second cycle time in manufacture, a revolutionary development for a car depending on carbon fibre for so much of its content along with integrity.
Gordon Murray had produced his own outside design for your vehicle, nevertheless decided to leave the item at home in favour of a Yamaha-sponsored design coming from ex-Toyota designer Dezi Akihiro, who injected a maximum of motorcycle imagery into the design (the mirrors were off an R1 superbike) along with appeared on the stand at launch.
In all interviews designer Akihiro Nagaya acknowledged that will the science of This specific car – its chassis integrity, its remarkable Inside space, its amazingly easy entry/egress along with the item’s already proven crash capabilities – was entirely the work of a unique engineering company run by genius just outside Guildford. within the exalted company of This specific year’s Tokyo clutch of fresh, original, resolved along with believable Japanese creations, the fact that will Murray’s car achieved such prominence is usually a fine achievement.
Tokyo motor show live blog – how the show unfolded (by Jim Holder, Tom Webster along with Darren Moss)
11:30 along with that will wraps things up for our live coverage of the 2015 Tokyo motor show. You can find all the best pictures coming from the show floor within the gallery above, along with you can also read more Tokyo motor show news here.
11:12 Mark Tisshaw has been talking to Mazda officials about the technology advances which are enabling them to bring back the rotary engine. Click here to read his blog.
11:02 We’ve picked our stars of the Tokyo motor show. Who made the list? Click here to find out.
10:50 Away coming from Tokyo, we’ve been driving the fresh Tesla product S with its 7.0 update. Find out how not bad the all-electric saloon is usually here.
10:35 John McIlroy has been speaking to Honda president Takahiro Hachigo, who says his firm “has done a not bad job” on packaging along with range with the latest FCV Clarity. The next target – along with the focus of the company’s joint effort with General Motors – is usually doing the technology more mainstream. “The next job is usually to work on the cost along with make the technology able to be mass-produced,” he said.
10:26 Matt Burt has some fresh information coming from Lexus: “Having made a splash with the fresh LF-FC fuel cell concept at the Tokyo motor show, Lexus is usually already looking ahead to next year’s events. Autocar understands the item will unveil a production product of the long-awaited LF-LC coupé at the Detroit motor show in January.”
10:12 More coming from Honda president Takahiro Hachigo, who has pleaded for more patience on the company’s struggling F1 engine programme. “We were late in confirming the requirements during the winter season,” he said, “along with because of This specific we didn’t possess the reliability along with the output required for racing at the top. the item is usually also true that will our engineers have experienced some things that will they’ve never experienced before. I’d ask you for more patience as we continue with the challenge.”
10:06 John McIlroy has been speaking to Honda president Takahiro Hachigo about the firm’s mooted electric sports car project. He said: “This specific car was developed by young engineers in our R&D department who were trying to see what fun cars they could come up with. I personally have driven the item along with I would likely like to see the item mass produced. I wish the young engineers can, within the next phase, come up that has a way of achieving that will. There are some challenges within the way, nevertheless while I cannot say when we can launch a car like This specific, I want to see the item happen as early as possible.”
10:01 More coming from Matt Burt: “British consumers should be up in arms that will they don’t get to buy production versions of vehicles such as the Alphard Hercule Concept, which is usually 5265mm of minivan magic. the item is usually supposed to invoke a nautical theme, hence the front end that will looks a bit like a boat’s prow along with the vaguely oceanic livery. the item also includes a vast roll-top fabric roof along with wooden decking to complete the look.”
09:52 Matt Burt has been speaking to Toyota’s Kazuo Suyama, along with says: “Rarely have I spoken to someone who has been so animated about the concept car he’s produced as Kazuo Suyama, project leader behind the funky Toyota Kikai. More on that will car later, nevertheless suffice to say that will sadly there are no immediate production plans.”
09:45 Mercedes-Benz has released a short video to accompany the launch of its Vision Tokyo concept car. Watch the item below.
09:35 Among the more unusual concept cars at the Tokyo motor show is usually Toyota’s FCV Plus concept. The radical concept features a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain, nevertheless is usually also capable of generating electricity for local communities when the item’s not being driven, effectively becoming a portable power station.
09:25 We’ve updated our massive show gallery with fresh pictures coming from the Tokyo motor show, take a look!
09:10 More on Volkswagen’s news This specific morning. The costs of fixing the cars affected by its emissions scandal has caused the German some sort of to declare a loss within the third quarter of This specific year – the firm’s first loss in 15 years. Read more here.
09:03 John McIlroy has been people watching again. He says: “Headed over to the Toyota stand for a closer look at the S-FR, only to find Nissan bigwigs Trevor Mann along with Philippe Klein having a close look at the C-HR concept, the rival to the Juke that will’s due next year. “the item definitely is usually quite like the Juke, especially around the rear arches, isn’t the item?” said one of the assembled management.”
08:54 Away coming from Tokyo, the rising costs of Volkswagen’s emissions scandal has lead the company to report a loss within the third quarter of 2015. More here soon.
08:35 Spotting themes at a show as diverse as Tokyo isn’t always easy, nevertheless because of This specific year’s the item’s certainly alternative power sources. Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Lexus along with Toyota have all shown concepts powered by Hydrogen, while electric along with hybrid powertrains dominate nearly everywhere else. Mazda is usually somewhat alone in bringing a conventionally-powered car to Tokyo, nevertheless even the RX-Vision features the return of the rotary engine.
08:25 Many of the concept cars in Tokyo conform to Japan’s kei car principals – they’re tiny along with draw power coming from tiny-capacity petrol engines. While such constraints don’t usually leave much room for a stylish design, Nissan’s Teatro for Dayz seems to have pulled the item off. The concept, which is usually described as a canvas for digital sharing, features a rather minimalist look.
08:15 Honda’s fresh hydrogen-powered car is usually called the FCV Clarity, along with the item’s coming to the UK in 2017. the item’s been a long time coming, with the first prototype product being shown in 2013. In terms of competition the item’ll face off against Toyota’s Mirai along with the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell.
08:05 Another big overnight unveiling was Porsche’s Macan GTS – the item’s due to go on sale early next year along with gets 355bhp coming from its 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine.
07:45 the item would likely be wrong to dismiss Toyota’s fresh Prius at the Tokyo motor show, says Matt Burt, because although the fresh hybrid’s design is usually more evolution than revolution, the item does sit on Toyota’s fresh platform, which brings packaging benefits as well as allowing for a more spacious cabin. Read his blog here.
07:35 The Volkswagen press conference was always going to be an interesting one, with Tokyo being the first major event for the firm following its emissions scandal. As Mark Tisshaw writes, company bosses were quick to apologise to customers along with set out plans for the future. Read his blog here.
07:25 Remember the Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury In Motion concept coming from earlier This specific year? the item’s interesting to see how the styling coming from that will car has been applied to the Vision Tokyo concept. Clearly, Mercedes is usually paying attention to how its future self-driving cars will look, even if the idea of a holographic interface inside is usually still a little far-fetched.
07:15 We’ve also got fresh pictures of the Suzuki Ignis on the company’s Tokyo stand. This specific is usually the production product of the iM-4 concept shown earlier This specific year, along with while the item’s already confirmed as coming to the UK, the item’s not known whether the Ignis badge will be used in This specific country.
07:08 Lexus has released a short video to accompany its LF-FC concept car, watch the item below.
07:05 along with here’s a reminder of what has undoubtedly been the biggest story of the night – Mazda’s RX-Vision.
06:55 along with if you’re finding This specific page for once, here’s a reminder of the top all 5 news stories coming from the Tokyo motor show so far:
06:45 Steve Cropley ahs left Yamaha along with is usually today browsing kei cars on the Suzuki stand. Like Mark Tisshaw, he reckons a tiny, light car powered by a 660cc triple, that has a turbo along with intercooler would likely d the trick. “Every home should have one,” he concludes.
Tisshaw’s blog on kei cars can be read here.
06:35 Yamaha’s sports car concept is usually dividing opinions within the office, nevertheless there’s no denying the brilliance behind Gordon Murray’s iStream manufacturing process. Murray told us he’s currently working on seven vehicles based around the original iStream technology.
06:20 The Yamaha sports car concept has been revealed, along with Steve Cropley is usually buzzing. “Even the Inside is usually amazing,” he reports. “There’s natural tan leather inside along with, while you can’t see the item, the door bottoms are translucent to give an impression of space. the item looks amazingly roomy given its compact outside size. There’s lots of bike references, including mirrors coming from R1 superbike along with bolted-on side finishing panels that will are reminiscent of a T-Max super scooter. Murray should be proud.”
05:36 While Steve Cropley is usually enjoying high excitement, Mark Tisshaw is usually at the various other end of the emotional spectrum: “I’m still recovering coming from my trip to West Hall 4, home of the Smart Mobility City,” he says. “the item’s home to a collection of transport concepts that will all look like they’d be more at home in a sci-fi film than our roads. Everything coming from off-road wheelchairs to tilting city cars via a Honda Jazz that has a giant talking pair of lips on the back can be found here. Yep, I’ve definitely seen the item all today.” You want to see a picture? We’re happy to oblige…
05:30 We’re not sure we’d call the Lexus LF-FC concept a showstopper, especially when the item sits within the same company as Mazda’s RX-Vision, nevertheless the item’s undeniably a looker. The front is usually dominated by Lexus’s signature grille design, along with the combination of a long bonnet along with low roofline gives the appearance of a sports saloon.
05:25 The trouble with having to secure an early seat is usually that will the item makes you impatient to see what’s under the covers, as Cropley is usually today discovering coming from his vantage point within the front row of the Yamaha press conference. “Sitting here, waiting, I’m hungry for one of these Murray iStream designs to make no-more-talking type showroom production,” he says. “I want to drive on the Hog’s Back where iStream was born, feel the rigidity along with appreciate the space inside along with lack of bulk outside. Yamaha most obvious candidate to fulfil one of these designs. Let’s go.” Here’s hoping we get to hear more news on that will in just a few minutes.
As many of you will remember, Steve has previously driven the Murray T25 along with T27, while the Yamaha Motiv was revealed two years ago as a city car concept based around his iStream manufacturing process.
05:21 Time to urge you to fill the gap until the Yamaha launch with another look at the Lexus LF-LC. While hydrogen fuel cell technology may not grab your senses, the item’s clear that will the item is usually a major theme of the show, following the launch of the Toyota Mirai along with Honda FCV Clarity. along with, even if you’re still not getting sweaty palmed, the LF-LC is usually worth a look for its styling, along with in particular some of the Inside detailing. Let’s wish the item all makes production.
05:15 Cropley is usually nothing if not wily. We all know what the show’s final hurrah will be – the reveal of the Yamaha sports car concept. With no details beyond a shady teaser picture revealed thus far, interest is usually running high. He reports: “Half an hour to go until Yamaha lift-off. Only way to see the item is usually to claim a chair near the stage along with sit within the item for 30 minutes. Car looks sleek along with tiny nevertheless toy-like. Very Gordon Murray, I’d say.”
05:05 Mazda R&D chief Kiyoshi Fujiwara was left scratching his head as to why the RX-9 name had been banded about as a potential for the future rotary sports car. “The RX-7 was always two seats or a two-plus-two. The RX-8 had four seats. RX-9 – a six-seater?! Therefore, you can imagine the future number…” he said, a reference to the two-seater make-up of the RX-Vision concept.
04:57 McIlroy again, who has been people watching: “You can tell This specific isn’t a major European show, or even LA or Detroit. I’ve just spied JLR boss Ralph Speth wandering around with no aides or guards. He stopped at Nissan for a not bad look at the Gripz concept, then headed off towards VW along with Porsche. Perhaps he’s gone to check out the Macan GTS to see what F-Pace has to beat?”
04:51 As ever at the Tokyo motor show, there’s a lot of chatter around kei cars. The best-selling kei car is usually the Honda N-Box, a car which we drove when the item was launched several years ago. Enjoy our impressions here.
04:40 along with here’s the Lexus concept, dubbed LF-FC. the item’s clearly a next-generation luxury saloon, along with includes a fuel cell powertrain.
04:31 Remember the Frankfurt motor show’s ludicrous nevertheless thrilling Honda 2&4 concept, which was inspired by motorbike design along with looked a little like an Ariel Atom? Our man McIlroy has been sniffing around the item in Tokyo, along with uncovered a rather startling fact: “Turns out Project 2&4 is usually so much of a concept that will the blue fluid in these pipes is usually, er, mouthwash,” he reports. We’re not asking how he found out…
0427: There’s a big crowd gathered at the Lexus stand for the next unveiling of the Tokyo motor show. Rumours suggest the firm will reveal a concept pointing towards the next LS luxury saloon.
0420 We’ve got fresh pictures of Suzuki’s Tokyo concept cars, the Mighty Deck along with Air Triser. Both are tiny in terms of dimensions, nevertheless both show how clever packaging can still leave room for radical design in Japan’s kei car market.
04:10 More coming from John McIlroy today, who’s been speaking to Toyota about possible plans to bring a four-wheel drive product of the Prius to Europe. There’s no firm plan, he says, as the firm feels the item has that will sector of the market covered with various other hybrid designs on the way. nevertheless never say never…
03:55 Speaking to Mark Tisshaw, Mazda design chief Ikuo Maeda has said a high-profile return to racing is usually something the company “would likely dearly like to do. Right today, we’re within the process of considering Mazda’s motorsport technology nevertheless no conclusion has been reached yet. I can say there is usually a very strong desire to get back to racing.”
03:45 Editor Burt has been poking around the Subaru stand, along with notes that will the some sort of is usually experimenting with upmarket interiors within the wake of customer feedback. The WRX S4 Sporvita is usually a 500-unit, Japan-only special edition that has a brown leather Inside finish produced in conjunction with Italian specialist Mario Levi. A similarly upholstered Legacy will follow. Such cars are intended to appeal to beyond the loyal ‘Subaristas’, said a spokesman: “We want to win fresh customers who measure our interiors against brands such as BMW, Audi along with Alfa.” We can’t fault their ambition.
03:34 A healthy dose of reality coming from McIlroy, who has fallen in love with the Toyota SF-R sports car concept, nevertheless wonders whether its compact dimensions rule the item out as a potential big-seller outside of its home market. We reckon his view could be controversial, so take a read of his blog on the subject along with let us know your thoughts within the comments section below.
03:21 Perhaps noting McIlroy’s slightly underwhelmed tone, Tisshaw has stepped in to remind us why the Macan GTS is usually such an important launch. “Don’t underestimate the significance of the Porsche Macan GTS,” he states. “A month ago at the Jaguar F-Pace’s unveiling one of the key messages coming from Jag was how closely the item had paid attention to how well the Macan drove within the F-Pace’s development. Expect the Macan GTS to move things on again. A month is usually a long time within the industry…”
03:14 Let’s take a moment to consider the Porsche Macan GTS that will was unveiled earlier. Mcilroy reports: “the item gets black styling add-ons along that has a twin turbo V6 to give the item performance between that will of the S along with the Turbo. Sports seats, Porsche’s latest communication system along with PASM that will can lower your vehicle by 15mm are all present along with the item’s what you’d expect, definitely. I’m not sure the black side ‘blade’ does your vehicle many favours in its red paint scheme, though. Makes the item look a teeny bit dumpy.
03:03 Will the next Nissan GT-R be electrified. Looks like the item – although we can’t definitely report facts based on facial expressions. Cropley reports: “Someone asked famously optimistic Nissan product development guru Keno Kato (who owns a Clio 182 along with rides a Yamaha RD350LC) whether the next GT-R would likely be electrified. ‘I cannot talk about future product,” he said that has a large grin, “nevertheless I wish you can read the expression in my eyes…’
02:53 One of Nissan’s human stars of the Tokyo motor show is usually advanced planning chief, Richard Candler, currently engaged in deciding when full autonomous driving should be offered to customers. various other current job: to visualise shape of car industry in 100 years! If you’ve got any helpful pointers for him, just use the comments section below along with we’ll pass them on.
02:46 Some more thoughts on the Honda FCV fuel cell vehicle coming from the man whse first drive review of your vehicle is usually here. Says McIlroy: “Honda isn’t definitely going to steal the show with its FCV Clarity nevertheless the item was impressive to drive along with the costs continue to come down. The fuel cell stack in that will car is usually 0% cheaper than the setup within the old FCX Clarity.”
02:34 Here’s a useless fact that will we could all learn coming from. The average delay for trains arriving or leaving Tokyo’s main station is usually 18secs. Little wonder the Tokyo motor show is usually running like clockwork.
02:26 Despite its lurid paint scheme, the Toyota S-FR has been rather shaded by Mazda’s RX-Vision concept, nevertheless the item has caught Matt Burt’s eye. “the item gets a thumbs-up coming from me for its great proportions along with its ‘angry Pokemon’ mouth. Spokesmen won’t be drawn on production potential, nevertheless positive reaction here in Tokyo won’t harm its chances,” he says. Fancy Toyota’s take on the MX-5? Best write to your local dealer.
02:13 While there have been some massive stories already, the show currently includes a feel of everyone taking stock. John McIlroy has worked out a way to sniff out (possibly literally) the biggest stories, by following Centeng heat. He writes: “You can always tell who’s having a quieter show by the temperature in their area of the halls. the item’s definitely cooler near BMW along with Mini, although the press conference for nearby Mitsubishi may warm things up a bit soon…”
The Mitsubishi EX that will is usually being unveiled is usually an all-electric concept for the Mitsubishi ASX. Head over to our story, as the item looks rather not bad.
01:49 As the show settles in to its swing, along with our intrepid team head in to interviews to get more insight along with depth on what has been unveiled so far, let’s reflect on yesterday’s star story, our first drive of the 2016 Honda NSX. Our man’s verdict is usually positive nevertheless guarded, not least because your vehicle spent half the two-day test in limp home mode. The complex electronics clearly can deliver an amazing driving experience, however – some of the time.
01:40 Some great banter among your vehicle doing community here in Tokyo. the item turns out that will many of the designers got together last night in Tokyo . Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura tells Steve Cropley that will a big group of well-placed studio bosses gathered in Tokyo centre for a designers-only night, away coming from bosses along with press. “We know one another,” he says. “We’re all friends.”
01:27 Worth dwelling again on the Subaru Impreza concept. the item’s hugely significant for the firm, not just because the item shows how the all-fresh 2017 car will look, nevertheless because the item introduces a standardised platform strategy for the firm. Our team has already snapped the item, nevertheless one of their number is usually heading back to take a closer look. Stand by for more.
01:15 As he leaves the Nissan IDS concept reveal, Cropley is usually still marvelling at just how international even the Tokyo motor show is usually. “Japanese pragmatism in action: local reporters of fresh Nissan Leaf concept have to take translation through an earpiece. We pampered English speakers get the item in our own lingo,” he notes.
Steve reckons the IDS concept to be “a wholly more handsome, more modern creation than the slightly oddball Nissan Leaf” that will the item is usually set to replace. Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn explained how your vehicle will pioneer Nissan Intelligent Drive, switchable between Pilot along with Manual modes. “Pilot does everything, seeing traffic along with connecting to various other connected cars. Manual gives you control nevertheless maintains the surveillance of the Pilot paraphernalia within the background, so you’re safer,” notes Steve. Ghosn reckons the tech will go on sale next year in a simplified form, with fully utonomous cars ready by 2020.
01:02 Steve Cropley has been watching the covers come off the Nissan IDS Concept. More on that will in a moment, nevertheless for today he’s spellbound by watching company boss Carlos Ghosn at work. “You can’t knock eloquence along with star quality of Carlos Ghosn,” writes Steve. “There’s accumulating evidence that will he’s tough to work for if you’re ambitious, nevertheless he holds an audience along with explains concepts with brevity along with ease. along with in his third language, too.”
01:01 Final word coming from VW CEO Herbert Diess on the dieselgate saga was a pledge to “uncover along with disclose” the full story on how along with why the saga came about. Surely a movie within the doing?
00:59 VW Japan boss Sven Stein’s apology was immediately followed by one coming from VW CEO Herbert Diess. He spoke about the recently announced plan to step-up development in electric vehicles as part of a restructuring plan, the flagship for which will be an all-electric Phaeton. Every VW will also get a plug-in hybrid product, along that has a fresh modular MEB platform will underpin compact electric designs across the group with an EV range of up to 500km.
00:51 Humility coming from VW Japan boss Sven Stein, who opened his speech at the VW press conference by apologising for the dieselgate saga. He admitted the company’s reputation had been severely damaged in Japan, along with the item faced an uphill task to win customer trust back. No diesel designs in Japan were affected as VW doesn’t sell them here. the item had planned to do so, however, a decision which Stein said was today on hold, along with was under review.
00:40 Here’s one to stir the soul: the next Subaru Impreza concept has just broken cover. We can’t help dreaming of the item in a deep blue livery with yellow 555 livery, a la Colin McRae along with Richard Burns World rally Championship spec. Any wish, Subaru?
00:30 More coming from Tisshaw, who reports: “What a buzz on the Mazda stage still. The crowd is usually still 10-deep some half an hour after the covers came off the Mazda RX-Vision, as the globe’s media fights to get up close to the item. The back door route I took to get up close to the item during the press conference has since been closed, mind. I was ‘politely manhandled’ by the security guards soon after the conference along with taken back coming from where I came.
00:26 Apologies for the radio silence, as we’ve just been adding a blog coming from Mark Tisshaw on the stunning Mazda RX-Vision concept. he’s given his first reactions to seeing your vehicle, along with pondered some of the biggest questions, not least of which is usually when we’ll see the item in production form. 2017 feels too long to wait, nevertheless we may have to…
00:03 Don’t relax just yet. Any minute today the covers will come off a concept car that will is usually said to show how the second generation Nissan Leaf will look. Mark Tisshaw has already written a blog about the importance of the Leaf, saying that will the item’s impact will eventually be viewed as far more significant than sales to date would likely suggest.
Wednesday 28th October 2015
23:57 So the item hasn’t quite broken the internet, nevertheless the Mazda RX-Vision concept has just broken Autocar’s record for the most number of people reading a story at the same time. Who said sports cars aren’t common anymore? Surely This specific is usually proof that will if you have an authentic claim to history, along with can make cars that will resonate, people will flock to you. Honda, take note…
23:49 Mark Tisshaw is usually certainly fleet on his feet. He’s found an open door along with got to the side of teh stage at the Mazda press conference. Cue the first decent shot we’ve seen of the Mazda RX-Vision concept, which you can see within the gallery above.
23:43 First bit of major Tokyo motor show news, as the Mazda sports car is usually revealed to be called Mazda RX-Vision.
23:39 along with while we’re waiting, how about a browse through our picture gallery along with timeline of Mazda’s rotary-engined greats? See them all here.
23:36 along with we’re off. So much for ten minutes… Mazda president along with CEO, Masamichi Kogai is usually on stage, standing beneath a huge slogan proudly proclaiming: ‘Fulfilling dreams, enriching lives’. Let’s see if the Mazda sports car can do just that will. Not long to wait today, although the obligatory opening speech has to be negotiated first.
23:34 If you’re reading This specific waiting for the Mazda reveal, we’re told there’s less than ten minutes to go before the press conference begins. Mark Tisshaw has joined John McIlroy at the event, along with reports a curious atmosphere. “I’ve not been to many press conferences with more peopel at them, nevertheless I’ve never heard one so quiet either,” he says. :the item’s an almost tense atmosphere on the Mazda stand, a nervous excitement bubbling under before the covers come off the fresh rotary sports car concept.”
All our news on the Mazda can be found here.
23:32 the item’s standing room only over at Mazda, with John McIlroy reporting a minor scuffle has broken out among one contingent vying for the best view. not bad job our man got there early…
Just time, then, to recap on the state of the Japanese domestic car sales This specific year. Overall, sales figures are down This specific year by just under 10%, nevertheless Toyota officials are still wearing quiet smiles having restored their company to its ‘rightful’ position as the global leader for the first nine months of 2015, a position they first attained in 2012. Toyota built 7.498m cars against VW Group’s 7.43m, with Detroit-based GM refusing to retire coming from the competition on 7.2million. As usual, says Steve Cropley, Toyota bosses made no comment.
23:28 There’s not too much British interest at the Tokyo motor show, a show where the home players definitely do steal the limelight. Jaguar Land Rover includes a tiny presence, as does Radical, the tiny British sports car maker which has an established sales network out here. Here’s one for obscure fact fans – Radical also includes a presence in India, China along with Taiwan.
23: 24 You’ll note that will means John didn’t write our Honda NSX review. As he explains in This specific blog, that will’s because he (along with almost every various other journo) only got two laps within your vehicle on a handling circuit. Instead, we entrusted our review to a man who was lucky enough to spend two days within your vehicle on road along with track. Read the Honda NSX first drive review here.
23:19 Not long today before the show bursts into life, along with digital editor John McIlroy has already got himself a front row slot at the Mazda press conference. Seems everyone wants to see This specific rotary-engined sports car first. John, of course, has already had a pretty busy time of the item in Tokyo, tracking Honda. He’s on the verge of breaking records for churning words, so we’ll start off by highlighting a duo of first drives:
John’s drive of Honda’s fresh fuel cell vehicle is usually here – 2016 Honda FCV review
along with his views on the 2017 Honda Civic 1.0 prototype can be found in This specific review.
23:14 Not everything has found favour with Steve, though. As he approached the show halls he noted: “Here in Tokyo, excitement is usually building for the Motor Show though there’s a curious lack of Frankfurt or Paris-style signage as we’ve grown used to in Europe. Only big car banners are big, yellow depictions of an AMG GT – looks like a budget decision made by some marketing geek 5000 miles away in Germany…”
23:11 Steve Cropley has been having a busy time of the item since landing in Tokyo, along with one of his first tasks was to take a ride in an autonomous Nissan Leaf. He likened the experience to “being driven by a safe along with accurate nevertheless slightly too cautious older relative.” Read more on that will here.
23:06 Another member of our team, Mark Tisshaw, is usually attached to Mazda for the duration – along with what a gig he’s got. He’s already unearthed the name of the fresh rotary engine under development, along with heard coming from some of the key figures in bringing back a fresh rotary-engined sports car. We’re about half an hour away coming from its formal reveal – along with many expect the ‘show star’ accolade to already be signed along with sealed at the conclusion of This specific first press conference of the day.
22:58 Matt Burt, Autocar’s editor, is usually with the team in Tokyo, along with is usually closely following Toyota. You can read his interview with the designer of the fresh Toyota Prius in our blogs section. the item’s a thought-provoking insight into the demands of redesigning an icon.
Meanwhile, Matt reports that will Toyota executive vice president Nobuyori Kodaira is usually clearly a 1980s movie buff, for he referenced Back to the Future in his opening speech at the Japanese firm’s pre-show event. Kodaira said: “Just as Back to the Future dreamed up a future 30 years down the track, we are going to pass on to you our vision for the next 30 years.” To celebrate 21 October 2015 – the date in which Marty McFly travels within the second instalment of the film franchise – Toyota recently brought together actors Michael J Fox along with Christopher Lloyd within the fresh Mirai fuel cell vehicle. If you like the film, these adverts are the right side of sentimental along with well worth a Google.
22:55 Away coming from the headline reveals, surely the most intrigue on the press conference schedule comes at 9.30am Japan time (00:30 UK time), when a certain Volkswagen will address the globe’s automotive media. The emissions scandal broke just after the Frankfurt motor show, so Tokyo will represent the first opportunity to grill some executives first hand. If any of them turn up…
22: 51 Traditonally, the Tokyo motor show is usually a stomping ground for radical concept cars along with fresh designs, along with already we’ve seen what the likes of Toyota, Nissan along with Suzuki will be bringing for their home show. As usual, big-hitting manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz along with Volkswagen will also be in attendance, This specific being the first major public event for Volkswagen since its emissions scandal erupted in September.
Tokyo motor show 2015 – the key cars
Daihatsu D-Base – Ostensibly a concept, the D-Base previews one of Daihatsu’s next generation of kei cars: the fresh Mirai.
Honda FCV – A production-ready successor to the FCX arrives in Japan next year, along with the item’s already confirmed for the UK market.
Lexus LS – The next generation of Lexus’s luxury saloon could be launched in Tokyo to celebrate 25 years of sales, along with could have a V8 hybrid powertrain.
Mazda rotary concept – So far, Mazda has only confirmed the item will showcase a fresh sports car concept in Tokyo, nevertheless Autocar understands your vehicle could be a rotary-engined successor to the RX-8.
Mitsubishi eX – Officially described as showcasing Mitsubishi’s EV technology, the eX concept could preview a future all-electric product of the ASX.
Mitsubishi Emirai – Mitsubishi’s radical Emirai 3 xDas concept previews the firm’s plans for autonomous vehicle technology.
Mini Cabriolet – The open-top product of the fresh Mini makes its public debut at the Tokyo show before going on sale in 2016.
Nissan Teatro for Dayz – Nissan’s latest concept is usually designed to be a ‘clean canvas’ for digital sharing, along with features a customisable digital Inside.
Nissan concept – Nissan is usually also showing off an autonomous concept car, which is usually rumoured to preview the next generation of the Leaf electric hatchback.
Subaru Viziv Future Concept – This specific fourth outing for Subaru’s Viziv concept shows how autonomous tech could be applied to the firm’s road cars.
Subaru Impreza – The fresh Impreza is usually due to arrive next year, along with ushers in a fresh standardised platform for Subaru – while also taking on a more conventional hatchback shape.
Suzuki Ignis – Production product of Suzuki’s iM-4 concept will go on sale within the UK, nevertheless might not take the Ignis name in This specific country.
Suzuki Mighty Deck – Described as a ‘fun-oriented minicar’, the Mighty Deck features a retractable soft-top roof along with open rear deck.
Suzuki Air Triser – Suzuki says the Air Triser embodies “the concept of a private lounge” along with offers three rows of seating in a compact MPV Centeng.
Toyota Kikai – Back to basics concept is usually designed to show the beauty of machinery, hence why most of its internal parts are on display.
Toyota FCV Plus – Next-generation hydrogen car concept can be used to power local communities, along with even generate electricity coming from external hydrogen supplies.
Toyota S-FR – S-FR concept previews a fresh entry-level sports car coming from Toyota which would likely sit underneath the current GT86.
Yamaha 4Wheeler – tiny sports car concept is usually said to have input coming from ace designer Gordon Murray – along with use his innovative iStream production process.
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