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Autocar's team of reporters reveal their individual highlights of a concept-packed Tokyo motor show

Unlike previous years, it's safe to say that the 2013 Tokyo motor show has been less about concept cars and more about production prospects.

Cars like the Yamaha Motiv, developed in conjunction with Gordon Murray, have lead the way for a star-studded field in Japan. The Jaguar F-type coupé, perhaps one of the most anticipated car launches of the year so far, is already gaining plenty of fans while the Porsche Macan appears to be providing a credible challenge for premium compact SUV supremacy.

Below you'll find our show stars, but don't forget you can stay up to date with all the latest Tokyo motor show news on

Jim Holder

Yamaha Motiv

Finally, the like-minded folk at Yamaha have taken the plunge and backed Gordon Murray Design’s ingenuity for a potential foray into road cars. The concept looks right and promises a minor revolution. How can they not build it now?

Hilton Holloway

Subaru Cross Sport

OK, it’s not the most slickly styled concept ever, but it seems that it's not just me who thinks that the Volvo C30 was a great package and that an XC30 should have been made. Even the front passenger seat folds flat like the Swede.

Andrew Frankel

Honda S660

Any 660cc kei car that can be parked next to the NSX and not pale by comparison has to be something special. And it is; this is the best small Japanese sports car since the Honda Beat over 20 years ago.

Julian Rendell

Nissan IDx NISMO

A brilliant reinterpretation of the 1970s Datsun 160J rally and race car, there can only be one way forward for this fabulous concept – production. Over to you Nissan… 

Nic Cackett

Nissan BladeGlider

The BladeGlider was the show car that showed that Nissan is still prepared to let its own imagination run wild. Nissan bigwigs say it’s one of the best handling cars they’ve driven. We can’t wait to find out for ourselves.

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Ivor Parker 22 November 2013


Yes, the iStream system uses many small, steel tubes in a space frame, so it is light, stiff, has very low tooling investment so can be 'built in a shed'. Which is exactly why the same approach is used by the kit car, quad bike, golf cart, motorcycle industries. As to the remark 'uses F1 technology to reduce costs' comment. The iLink is equally familiar, but the name of the game is that you gotta get patents (whatever) to chase investor and/or govt funding. Forget the price & the profit (they are set by the customer & financing markets) the factory cost is the only challenge and I feel that is a real biggie for these parties. Do feel the Autocar guys should stop ramping their chums and get more objective.
Bullfinch 22 November 2013

Motive for Motiv?

At £8-12,000 for a car which is small by contemporary standards can someone explain the benefits of iStream? I mean to the buyer, rather than in increased margin for the maker, because without that I can't see (i) why the world needs another car manufacturer, or (ii) another car marginally smaller than a four seater that seats only two, or (iii) why anyone would buy it except as a third or fourth family car thereby providing an answer to a question almost nobody's asking. Maybe it's me, but I think had this been developed entirely in-house by Yamaha (or anyone else with a similar profile in the auto industry) the news would have been relegated to p17.