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The Nissan IMx unveiled

One of the major unveilings at the 45th Tokyo Motor show was the Nissan IMx. An all-electric concept vehicle offering fully autonomous operation and a driving range of more than 600 kilometres. 


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New vehicles on show

The 45th Tokyo Motor Show is about to begin late in October this year and will showcase some of the best Japanese vehicles available on the market.

While there will be a variety of European vehicles at the show, the Japanese exhibits should remain the stand-out exhibits.

In preparation for its centenary in 2020, Suzuki has developed a range of new compact concept cars and a sport’s saloon concept as well as limited edition models of the WRX STi and BRZ.

Meanwhile, Mazda should be set to launch a new version of the RX-8 sequel at the show. The RX-Vision was first showcased in the 2015 Motor Show. The Mazda stand will also include the Product Concept with Sky-Activ technology and the new Mazda CX-8 production car.

Honda has unveiled a sketch of its Sports EV Concept ahead of its full showing at Tokyo this month. The sketch reveals a sports car body shape alongside a fully electric powertrain coupled with Honda’s AI technology.

Mitsubishi is set to show off its all-electric SUV concept called the e-Evolution.

Nissan will also unveil its seventh-generation Z-car which is the successor to the 370Z. Production of the Z-car is expected to being in 2019. A newer version of the Nissan Leaf is also set to be revealed. The Nismo Leaf is set to be similar to the Ford Focus RS and should feature the same 235-mile range as the Leaf.

Subaru has teased some images of the VIZIV Performance concept car which is a saloon vehicle similar to the Impreza WRX STi. Subaru will also be unveiling a special edition S208 model of the WRX STi.

Unsurprisingly, Toyota has a large line up of vehicles that will be on show. Including the GR HV Sports concept which features a hybrid motor and targa roof. The TJ Cruiser van/SUV crossover will also be on show along with the i-RIDE concept – a small, fully electric ‘mobility vehicle’ making use of artificial intelligence to learn the habits of the driver.

Lexus will showcase its brand new LS luxury saloon. A hybrid edition has already been unveiled in Geneva in March, featuring a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine alongside two electric motors. There is also rumours of an unnamed concept car and the Japanese media speculates that there might be a seven-seater version of the RX SUV at the show as well.

The Tokyo Motor show is open to the public from October 28th to November 5th.

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US car makers skip Tokyo Show

Top American car makers will be absent from the 45th Tokyo Motor Show.

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) released the list of participants overnight, and GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler were all missing from the line-up.

It’s the fifth show in a row GM and Ford won’t be making an appearance, but Fiat Chrysler exhibited Jeep and Fiat models in the previous event.

“We wanted them to join, but regrettably, there was no application from them,” JAMA Chairman Hiroto Saikawa, president of Nissan, told journalists at a news conference.

The total list of participants, including suppliers and related auto companies, has slid to 150, from 160 at the previous event.

JAMA said that 13 foreign car and motorcycle makers will participate in the 45th Tokyo Motor Show later this year, four fewer than the last show.

Some car makers, however, will be putting in repeat appearances. Volvo and Harley-Davidson have committed to return to Tokyo after missing out on the 2013 event, while Swedish truck maker Scania will join the line-up for the first time.

Participation in Tokyo has waned in recent years as the event has been overshadowed by glitzy motor shows in China, such as Auto Shanghai and Auto China, held in Beijing.

The Tokyo Motor Show will run from October 27 to November 5 this year.

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Yorston’s views on show

It was only a 300-metre walk from the Ginza Grand Hotel in Shinbashi to catch the Yurikamome driverless train to the Rainbow Bridge to cross over to Odaiba and the Big Sight complex where the 44th Tokyo Motor Show was being held. (more…)

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