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New Lexus LS+ Concept previews future design and technologies for the flagship sedan

Lexus stunned the motoring world in January this year when it unveiled the fifth generation of its Lexus LS flagship sedan (2018 model year) at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show. Around nine months forward, Lexus is unveiling a more futuristic yet achievable concept version of the LS luxury sedan – laden with a wide array of technological elements – at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan.

Introducing the Lexus LS+ Concept, a study of flagship’s future form as loaded with state-of-the-art technologies. As Lexus sees the new LS+ Concept, this study was developed to symbolize its vision for the future, especially when it is fitted with automated driving technologies that the luxury carmaker plans to apply in its flagship sedan by the end of the decade (2020).

In terms of design, the LS+ Concept is derived from the latest generation of the Lexus LS flagship sedan, particularly with regards to its shape. However, compared to the 2018 LS sedan, the LS+ Concept comes with a more futuristic front and rear ends. After all, the LS+ Concept provides a glimpse into the new design direction of the next generation of Lexus vehicles, as derived from the brand’s L-finesse*3 design philosophy.

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Mazda Vision Coupe Concept is a larger four-door evolution of the RX Vision

Not a few have been expecting Japanese carmaker Mazda to unveil the much-anticipated RX-9 rotary powered car, or even a concept that previews such creation, at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. It would have been based on the elegantly sports RX Vision Concept unwrapped at the same auto show two years ago.

But to the chagrin of many, Mazda didn’t unleash the RX-9 or its preview at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Instead, Mazda is presenting a styling study that closely resembles the RX Vision Concept both in looks and name – the new Mazda Vision Coupe Concept.

From what we see, the new Mazda Vision Coupe Concept is more of a styling exercise than a technology or engineering concept as a whole. This concept essentially embodies Mazda’s pursuit of distinct elegance, as achieved by adopting classic Japanese aesthetics. Overall, the Mazda Vision Coupe Concept employs the Japanese minimalist concept of “less is more,” allowing it to boast of a beauty that while subtle and restrained, is also rich and abundant.

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Mazda Kai Concept previews new mature KODO design for future cars

Could this be the future appearance of the Mazda3 compact hatchback? Mazda has just unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan a new design concept that previews the styling of future Mazda vehicles – the new Mazda Kai Concept. This new design study was unveiled by Mazda along with another concept, the Mazda Vision Coupe.

According to the carmaker, the new Mazda Kai Concept compact hatchback heralds a new generation of inspired vehicles from the company. While Mazda provided some details of the new Kai Concept, it still has to divulge the specifics.

Basically, the new Mazda Kai Concept debuts a more mature expression of the already well-known KODO design language. It is underpinned by the SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture and will be powered by the next-generation SKYACTIV-X petrol engine. Thus, overall, the new Mazda Kai concept is an embodiment of what could be expected from Mazda’s next-generation models in terms of technology, engineering and styling.

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3rd-gen Nissan Qashqai gets design inspiration from IMx Concept seen at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

The current Nissan Qashqai (known as the Rogue Sport in the US) has been around for about three years now, and it also recently went through a facelift. In Europe, the model is very important for Nissan as it has been a huge success for them, being the automaker’s best-selling compact crossover in continent, and the best-selling model built in the United Kingdom. The Qashqai is not only popular in Europe as the automaker has also commercialized this C-segment CUV in larger markets all over the world.

To keep its success continuous, Nissan must play its cards right for the next and third generation Qashqai. And already, the Japanese automaker mentioned that the next Qashqai will have some similarities with the IMx Concept that is currently on display at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, when it comes to the design.

Alfonso Albaisa, who acts as the company’s senior vice president of global design, says that the IMx concept is just a design study, which means that it will probably never reach the production line. However, he did say that we should expect a production model that will be bigger than the Juke, and it will also get some of its design elements from the IMx. Of course, we should not expect the 2020 Qashqai to look very much like the show car and that it will definitely not be as flashy, but some of the concept cues will be having a road-going equivalent. Albaisa said that the IMx’s strong features will definitely be toned down for the production model.

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The 2017 Tokyo Motor Show is one event that a lot of car enthusiasts look forward to, and perhaps not just those people, because automakers like Toyota and Honda bring out some other interesting concepts in these shows. For instance, Japanese automaker Honda took off the covers off a couple of small mobility concepts that most, if not all of us, have never seen before.

So they didn’t just come to Tokyo to reveal show-stopping Sports EV and Urban EV concepts, but Honda also brought with its five other concepts that will blow your minds. Honda is known for dependable and reliable people movers, and these concepts can definitely make them even bigger.

The first one is called the Honda RoboCas concept. It is a compact vehicle that runs on electric power, which has different types of carrying space with a canopy. It actually looks cute at first glance, as it sort of looks like a golf cart. It was created to make people’s dreams come true, so they can turn this into a poolside valet, a lemonade stand, a drinks cabinet or whatever you can think of.

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As I write this article, the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show is currently ongoing. And in the event are a number of interesting concepts and production models. One of them would be the near production prototype of the new Crown, which we might see sometime next year. We first saw the current and the 14th generation Toyota Crown in 2012, following a facelift it went through in 2015. Now, the model is almost five years old and its about time for it to get a successor. The Crown’s legacy began way back in 1955.

What we are most excited about the new Crown Concept is the fact that it will be based on a brand new platform, the TNGA, which all future Toyota models will be switching to as well. The new platform will make driving more enjoyable for the driver while pursuing a future mobility society. The automaker’s statement may sound a bit vague, but we are guessing that the new model would be lighter, and would be easier to handle with its improved driving stability. This model will even be tested at the Green Hell. It all boils down to one thing though, the automaker’s promise that customers will enjoy the Crown’s driving experience.

Based on the photos we have seen, the new Crown looks much longer than the current generation. The new one measures 193 inches (4,190 millimeters), while its predecessor is at 192 inches (4,885 mm). With a longer wheelbase, passengers will have more space and larger trunk capacity too. However, it is 39 millimeters narrower compared to its predecessor.

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People have always known and associated Yamaha with motorcycles and bicycles. But a deeper research would reveal that it also designs and produces recreational vehicles, boats, small tractors and marine engines, as well as snowmobiles, golf carts, industrial robots, wheelchairs and even musical instruments. Now, Yamaha is unveiling a new vehicle at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show that fuses some of the possibilities of the company’s diverse mobility products – the Yamaha Cross Hub Concept.

At first look, the Cross Hub Concept looks like a small pickup truck. However, it was really designed as a new “lifestyle car” that connects the outdoors and the city. Yamaha wanted the Cross Hub Concept to not be too small or too large, thereby making sure that it is “just the right size.” This means that the size of the Cross Hub Concept is suitable for both city driving and off-the-road trips and is practical enough to be able to transport other Yamaha recreational products, like a motorcycle or an ATV. The result is a concept vehicle with a cabin that could accommodate up to four adults, and a rear cargo bed that could be loaded with up to two motorcycles.

Interestingly, the Cross Hub Concept has the driver centrally seated between two passengers. However, the driver’s seat is located a bit forward from the side passenger seats, allowing the driver easy access to the centrally positioned steering. With another passenger sitting behind the driver, the Cross Hub Concept comes with a diamond-shaped cabin layout. Yamaha has found that this diamond-shaped cabin layout allows the Cross Hub Concept to keep its compact size while still being able to carry four occupants and a lot of cargo on the rear bed.

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Not that long ago, we talked about the Leaf-based electric SUV by Nissan. The one where we were first teased with just a dark silhouette, and was followed by another teaser where robots were molding it. And after all that, the actual car has finally been revealed as the Nissan IMx Concept. By looking at it for the very first time, you would probably agree that it has a bold appearance with many lines on its angular body, suicide doors, and the new V-motion grille. Though not everyone may be a fan of how it looks, it sure is something else.

When looking at the SUV from all angles, you would notice that both the front and the rear fenders look like they’re floating as they are designed to point upwards. That’s not only the new thing it features, the EV has got a massive panoramic glass roof that runs from the front to the rear, so it looks pretty amazing when viewed from above, and from inside too, as you get a full view of the sky. The exterior has been finished in a pearl white body predominantly, combined with a vermillion colour and contrasted with black roof and pillars.

Since the IMx is still a concept, the interior only gets a minimalist layout, with only four seats and no physical controls. There is an OLED display that acts like an instrument panel located right above a wood grain-pattered display that stretches onto the door panels. The seats feature a laser-etched katanagare diagonal pattern that is matched with kumiki (Japanese interlocking wood puzzle) motif on the headreasts that the IMx boasts, as Nissan used a 3D printer to design the seats’ frame.

Read the entire article Nissan IMx Concept – an electric SUV based on the Leaf – offers astounding 373-mile range

It looks like Mitsubishi will be resurrecting the Evolution badge or “Evo,” as the Japanese carmaker is set to unveil a new study -- the e-Evolution Concept – at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan. However, the concept bearing the Evolution name isn't a sports sedan, but an all-electric performance sports utility vehicle.

The Evolution had been the official designation for the sporty version of the Mitsubishi Lancer compact sedan. The Lancer Evolution lasted only until the tenth generation, with production now totally ceased. But as early as March 2014, Mitsubishi issued a press release saying that while the Evolution, a high-performance four-wheel drive sedan, won't have a successor, the carmaker would explore the possibilities of creating high-performance models with electric vehicle technology. Mitsubishi did explore, and the result is the new Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept.

According to Mitsubishi, the e-Evolution Concept is a technical prototype that combines the strengths of an SUV and an EV, as well as the ability to integrate new systems to allow for a connected mobility customer experience. The carmaker added that the e-Evolution Concept embodies the brand’s new strategic directions under its "Drive your Ambition" strategy.

Read the entire article Former Mitsubishi Evo has evolved into an e-Evolution Concept

Nissan’s Serena minivan will be getting some hybrid assistance after Nissan introduced us to the E-Power system, and it will be called the Nissan Serena E-Power. This hybrid minivan will make its way to the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, following its release in spring 2018.

First of all, the Serena will still get the same E-Power drivetrain just like that in the Note that is available in other markets. With the new setup, the internal combustion engine will act as a range extender for the batteries that give power to the electric motor. Thanks to this setup, the Serena E-Power does not need to be charged externally since the ICE does it for the electric motors. If you are familiar with the Leaf, the components in the Serena E-Power’s drivetrain are similar to that one.

As of today, Nissan has not shared information when it comes to the Serena E-Power’s system specifications - from the output, efficiency, and the range. But at the same time, the automaker also promises that the minivan will offer powerful, responsive acceleration of an electric-drive vehicle, together with a silent car and excellent fuel efficiency.

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Not so long ago, Mitsubishi mentioned that they will be revealing a futuristic concept car at this month’s 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Dubbed the Emirai 4, the study will give us a sneak peek of the company’s electric, connected, and autonomous technologies for the future. According to the automaker, it was designed to “help reduce traffic accidents”, while contributing to a more convenient, safe, and environmentally friendly transportation.

The Emirai 4 is an open top, windshield-free, two-seater car. The Japanese automaker did not mention anything with regards to the concept car’s electric powertrain, but some of its technology include a heads-up display with augmented reality, that makes use of high accuracy locator, high-accuracy 3D mapping and positioning technology. Another new thing about this is that drivers can now drive safely in bad weather conditions and when visibility is minimal, as the system can still give directions.

Mitsubishi’s new concept does not look like a normal car, considering that it doesn’t have physical side mirrors. Rather than having those, it has a “crossed images display” function that will provide the driver with images of the car’s surroundings. It will also give easy-to-see alerts in the form of images instead of words or voice notes.

Read the entire article Here’s our first look at Mitsubishi's Emirai 4 Concept

When Toyota showed the highly futuristic Concept-i at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Japanese carmaker captured the attention of many by imagining a future vehicle that isn't just friendly but is also focused on the people that use it. Not a few looked forward to Toyota making true of this promise in the possibly near future. But it turns out that the Concept-i was actually the first of three of futuristic vehicle series from the Japanese brand.

Toyota has disclosed that it would be unveiling two more additions to the Concept-i at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan – the new Toyota Concept-i Ride and the new Toyota Concept-i Walk. Just like the Concept-i introduced at the 2017 CES, the Concept-i Ride and Concept-i Walk are electrically powered vehicles mainly supported by artificial intelligence.

This AI interface -- dubbed as AI Agent by Toyota – could provide responses or even implement actions according to the driver's commands, requests or even questions. Since AI Agent could recognize emotions and learn the driver’s preferences, it could anticipate his or his needs, initiate communication or even act on its own when necessary, like when the driver is in a high-stress situation.

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Rubber and plastic parts supplier Toyoda Gosei will be arriving at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Show with a rubberized vehicle in tow. The peculiar Flesby II Concept is a compact vehicle designed for pedestrian’s safety and so it comes with a soft protective outer body.

Since Toyoda Gosei envisions the Flesby II as a vehicle from the future, the extremely compact vehicle is so advanced that it can alter its shape with the use of e-rubber technology. The highly futuristic material designed for 2030 allows its users to change the vehicle’s exterior using electric controls. Featuring soft absorbing layers, translucent surface and LEDs, the exterior conceptualizes a way of communication with the outside while providing utmost safety to the pedestrians and its surroundings.

The company will also showcase the Flesby II interior concept separately to give its audience better understanding of the features that come with each product. Designed to resemble the shape of an egg, the vehicle’s interior is made of soft-textured materials with LED lighting to bring a very relaxing and comforting ambience.

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Have you been stuck on the decision whether to get an SUV or a van, but can’t fit both in your garage? Well, worry no more because Toyota has come up with a solution to your problem. The concept is called the Tj Cruiser, and it is a hybrid of a van and an SUV. The “T” stands for “toolbox”, while “J” stands for Joy. And of course, there is no need to explain where “Cruiser” comes from as it has been used for years. Toyota plans to unveil this concept at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

First of all, Toyota gave the Tj Cruiser a special finish on the hood, roof, and the fenders to keep it scratch and dirt resistant - especially when objects unexpectedly come in contact with them. Like all other upcoming Toyota cars, the boxy half-van half-SUV will be engineered on the TNGA platform, while it gets a hybridized 2.0 liter gasoline engine. The concept will be able to accommodate both a front- and all-wheel drive setup. It will sit on a set of 20-inch alloy wheels wearing Bridgestone tires, and has a beefy suspension setup. Physically, it still looks like a minivan, especially with the flat roof and the seamless window line.

With the huge sliding doors, passengers will not have to worry about getting in and out of the vehicle. But it is not just the passengers who will benefit from this but also will be convenient to those who will have to load or unload large bags and sports equipment. Having said that, the Tj Cruiser concept can actually fit items up to three meters (118 inches) long, when both the front and rear seats are folded. What makes this SUV even more practical is that it comes with a number of tie-down points behind the seats as well as deck boards for anchoring things. As mentioned earlier, it has so much space that it can fit equipment like bikes, surfboards, and other bulky objects through the back door.

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Recently, Toyota developed its newest sports car range, the GR nameplate, which will make its way to Tokyo as production models. This will hopefully include the brand new Supra that Toyota has been developing with BMW. But together with these models will be the GR HV Sports Concept, which will make its very first appearance in public. It is a two-seater performance vehicle with a Targa roof similar to that of Toyota’s Le Mans prototype, the TS050 Hybrid race car.

The engine can be found up front, but it brings power to the rear wheels. There are some things about the GR HV Sports concept that will remind you of the TS050 Hybrid. For instance, the unique headlights upfront come with stacks of LED clusters where there are two horizontal units floating on top of three vertical headlights.

And that is not all, the design of the concept’s alloy wheels, as well as the spoiler, is also similar to that of the TS050 Hybrid. However, once you move on to the side profile of the car, it looks more like the existing 86. But then, it looks different up front and at the rear, also because it comes with a Targa configuration and not a regular fixed metal roof. It is also a little wider than the 86, and is 5mm taller. Speaking of the 86, Toyota once came out with a concept, which they called the FT-86. It was a convertible 86 that unfortunately never reached production stage.

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To some, the Toyota Century may appear like a vintage model. Incidentally, the Century had been Toyota’s flagship luxury sedan for 30 years beginning in 1967. It was only in 1997 that Toyota followed up the first generation with the second-generation model. Now on its third generation or twenty years after since its second iteration was launched, Toyota Japan’s regal four-door limousine is preparing to grace 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.

What can we confirm so far? The 2018 Toyota Century will take the same classic shape of its predecessors, but this time, it gets a longer wheel base and wider body. The boxy shape and minimalistic design only adds up to the vehicle’s very unique and stately charm.

Sitting on a larger wheelbase of 121 inches (3,090mm), the new Century measures 210 inches (5,335mm) long, 76 inches (1,930mm) wide, and 59 inches (1,505mm) tall. Getting in and out of the vehicle will be so much easier thanks to the additional length and height of the door opening. It may look every inch a classic but the car already features Toyota’s wide range of safety systems and the latest technologies including a hybrid powertrain and adaptive LED headlights.

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Mitsubishi offers a sneak preview its e-Evolution Concept ahead of its world premiere later this month. The e-Evolution is an all-electric concept taking the form of a futuristic CUV. Featuring huge wheels, side view cameras, and slim LED headlights, the unconventional exterior design is so advanced that it has no visible door handles.

An AI (Artificial Intelligence) is said to be featured in this concept, making it quite an interesting vehicle to observe during the exhibit. Aside from the e-Evolution concept, Mitsubishi will be bringing twelve other vehicles at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Among them are the Mitsubishi Outlander plugin hybrid EV and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV.

The AI system enhances driver capabilities and vehicle performance which means the car will come equipped with a number of sensors including coaching function that will let the driver see the road and traffic situation in advance. The AI should also be able to adjust the vehicle to the driver’s skills while reading changes within the environment. Its program provides feedback to the driver through the vehicle’s infotainment system located within the dashboard with the help of a computer-generated voice assistant.

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At the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, expect automakers like Toyota to recall some of its performance vehicles from two to three decades ago. According to Car and Driver who cited this rumour from Best Car, expect also to see new concepts for the new Supra, as well as future Corolla GTI and a new evolution of the S-FR.

Sources say that the Corolla GTI will come with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder with an output of 250 horsepower (186 kilowatts). Furthermore, this also gives us an idea of how the next generation model would look. The Japanese automaker has not revealed many details regarding the new vehicle, but as mentioned earlier this week, Toyota will be moving all their future models to the TNGA platform. Not only does that include this Corolla, but also covers the latest Camry, C-HR, and Prius. In the United States, these models will be assembled at the newest factory that they built with Mazda, after a $1.6 billion investment.

That is not all from Toyota, rumours say that a new version of the S-FR concept is also on the way, though we have no idea how this would differ from the earlier model. As for the design, it has a rounded styling that seems to have been borrowed from the Toyota Sports 800 from the ‘60s. This model was a tiny rear-wheel drive sports coupe with a front-mounted engine.

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Subaru is currently on fire. The Japanese automaker recently revealed to us the STI S208 as well as the BRZ STI Sport Edition that will both head to the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show next month. But other than that, they also announced that their three best-selling models, namely the XV, Impreza, and Outback will come in special variants wearing unique visual updates.

“Fun Adventure Concept” is what the XV will be embodying, and so Subaru is giving it new exterior features to give it better off-roading capabilities. It will be wearing a bright yellow paint with black accents like the cladding on the front fascia, side fenders and rear diffuser. It seems like the suspension had been adjusted to lift it a little off the ground. And the bike rack on the roof gives it a more off-road, or should we way rugged look?

If you are not into off roaders and prefer a more upscale model, you might find this Subaru Outback more interesting. Inside the cabin, it gets a higher-quality finish combined with the “ultrasuede” seats and panels and dark embossed silver accents. As for technology, it is now equipped with a new eight-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. On the outside, the grille has been made to look more aggressive, while new tires have been added to finish off the more luxurious treatment.

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The BRZ may be one of Subaru’s best-selling cars, and it seems like it is also the automaker’s favourite. The reason why I said that is because the Japanese car maker has just revealed another variant of the BRZ, the STI Sport. The special edition model will have some extra updates here and there, and will only be sold exclusively in Japan. Subaru Tecnica International signed this latest project and said that whoever gets behind the wheel of this fun-to-drive sports car will experience “pure handling delight”, as it delivers superior handling and ride quality compared to the normal BRZ. This model will make its debut at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show just a month from now.

Just because it is a Sport trim, does not instantly mean that it will have more power. In fact, it does not. However, it does get the same exclusive suspension tuning and body rigidity that all BRZ versions have. The STI Sport trim is currently the highest specification of the coupe to date and that it will be available in a bespoke Cool Grey Khaki paint. Being the range topper, it is natural that it gets additional tweaks in and outside the car.

Those who are interested in the BRZ STI Sport can already sign up at Japanese dealerships. However, unlike regular vehicles, it will not be sold on a first come, first serve basis. The company will hold a lottery, and will randomly select names of people who will be eligible to purchase one. We should find out more about this as the automakers announces the procedure and the full mechanics of the lottery at the Tokyo Motor Show on October 25.

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