The 2015 Tokyo motor show has given us a glimpse into the future of the automotive industry, whether it be through new autonomous cars, futuristic concepts or near production-ready hydrogen fuel-cell powertrains. Here's our guide to the very best cars at the Tokyo show.
John McIlroy - Honda FCV Clarity
Having driven Honda’s latest FCV Clarity just before the show, I was already sold on the idea of a hydrogen-fuelled luxury car. Lexus appears to be trying to get there first with the LS-FC, a pointer to not only the company’s next flagship but also one of its potential powertrains. I’ve been a little lukewarm on huge hybrid limos up to now but something running on hydrogen could be silent and still have range. Love the front-end styling, too; get on with making it, please.
Jim Holder - Subaru Impreza
As a late 90s rally fan, a look at how a new Subaru Impreza will look is always going to be both exciting and tinged with a sadness that it won't be blazing a trail in the World Rally Championship. But this concept has a wider significance, and it not only has the looks to wow again but sits on a new platform that has the potential to deliver Subaru a one-platform strategy, thereby securing its long-term strength.
Mark Tisshaw - Mazda RX-Vision
The rotary lives on, and in some style. Shrink it a little, and you’re looking at the basis for the new RX-7, the expectation for which is a launch at the 2017 Tokyo motor show. I’m counting the days already.
Matt Burt - Toyota Kikai
Who says a car needs to be clad in sleek body panels to be beautiful? The Kikai’s creator, Kazuo Suyama, sees beauty in engineering, hence the concept’s exposed exoskeleton. A rear-drive petrol-electric hybrid, it is built around carbonfibre panels and aluminium subframes and thus far too expensive to reach production… yet.
Darren Moss - Suzuki Mighty Deck
I like Japanese kei cars. I like the way in which designers can still give a car emotional appeal even with such tight packaging constraints. The Mighty Deck is both stylish and practical and adopts the same minimalist interior design preferred by premium manufacturers. Just a shame that it’s never likely to appear on these shores.
Hemal Mistry - Mini Convertible
The popularity of the open-top and third generation Minis mean that this addition has a lot to live up to. It appears that Mini has learnt its lesson, as improvements to its rigidity will enhance refinement while a bigger boot, better standard equipment and an automatic folding roof are pointing to this Mini being a winner in the UK.
Jimi Beckwith - Mitsubishi eX
The Mitsubishi eX wowed at Tokyo, with its acid green paint and aggressive looks. It marks an important new spin on an existing territory for Mitsubishi, combining the compactness of the ASX with an all-electric powertrain, capable of 248 miles from one charge. The eX’s striking design is a preview of the direction in which Mitsubishi is heading, as its SUV model range expands to five within the next five years.
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