Tokyo is without doubt the most individual of the major international shows. Detroit, Geneva, Paris or Frankfurt can’t compete against the twice-yearly chance the Japanese manufacturers get to grab the limelight, usually with an array of brightly coloured, frankly barmy concepts that serve little purpose other than to question the state of mind of the finest designers.
Not so this time around. The Japanese carmakers still took centre stage to huge effect, but the more subdued, less crazy atmosphere of the show was reflected in the realistic concept cars that adorned the stands of the 37th Tokyo exhibition.
There was still plenty to focus the mind of course, with Nissan grabbing the top spot with an amazing six concept cars and one production debut, the C-Note (see gallery). While Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Daihatsu and Suzuki could all claim at least three new models, mostly concepts, never before exposed to the world.
Amongst the Europeans, only Mercedes could muster an all-new concept car, the techno-packed F500 Mind (see gallery), hinting at the next S-Class. Although Citroen displayed the lavish interior of its special edition C3, designed by Paris fashion house Hermes.