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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 A newer version of the Nissan Leaf is also set to be revealed.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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Toyota’s plans for Tokyo Olympics

Toyota is set to showcase autonomous vehicle technology during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

In a statement, Toyota says “We are excited to share a range of projects, products, and services that will bring our shared vision to life and inspire the world with the power of human mobility.”

News website Reuters also states that autonomous vehicles are being planned to ferry athletes between the Olympic village and other venues during the 2020 Olympics. 

Toyota is also working on a vehicle called Skydrive, which is set to measure 2.9 metres long by 1.3 metres wide and 1.1 metres high – making it the world-s smallest flying car, according to the manufacturer.  

According to industry insiders, the vehicle will assist with also light the flame at the Olympics.  


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