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Nissan May Amp Up its New Leaf EV With NISMO Touch

Performance version of gen-2 battery car could boost appeal.

by on Oct.27, 2017

Nissan rolled out the NISMO version of the Leaf at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Nissan reports its already taking more orders than expected for the second-generation Leaf EV just getting ready to roll into U.S. showrooms. It helps that the 2018 battery-car gets a big boost in range and some nifty new technologies like the e-Pedal.

But while the 2018 Nissan Leaf is a bit quicker it’s by no means what one would call a performance car. And that’s the sort of feature that a lot of the Japanese manufacturer’s EV competitors are starting to emphasize. Indeed, Nissan itself is teasing the idea with its IMx concept which boasts more torque than the marque’s GT-R supercar.

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But is there a peppier version of the new Leaf in the works? Maybe yes, at least if you think there was a reason for Nissan to roll out the Leaf NISMO Concept during this week’s Tokyo Motor Show media preview. (more…)

Subaru Evokes the Past for New VIZIV Concept

New concept breaks from SUV past.

by on Oct.25, 2017

Subaru unveiled the sixth iteration of its VIZIV concept vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Subaru’s latest iteration of its VIZIV line-up is different than the five that proceeded it in one very significant way: It’s not a sport-ute instead a high-performance compact sedan filled with a slew of safety- and comfort-based technology.

The VIZIV Performance Concept is clearly an update to the company’s sports-car heritage, which includes the Legacy, WRX and Impreza. Subaru admits the all-wheel drive models featuring the boxer engine were inspirational.

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However, the exterior design is light years different and the aforementioned technology is a big differentiator. That said, it’s tough to ignore the aggressive look highlighted by flared wheel arches, the air scoop on the hood, rear diffuser, twin dual exhausts and large alloy wheels. (more…)

Lexus Keeps an Eye Toward Future with LS+Concept

Brand provides glimpse at 2020.

by on Oct.25, 2017

The Lexus LS+Concept made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show featuring a look at what the 2020 version of the flagship may look like.

When Lexus unveiled the fifth-generation of its LS flagship sedan, the company said it would continue to refine and update it and it’s made good on that promise with the LS+Concept.

Debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show, the new concept showcases the Japanese brand’s autonomous driving technology. One of self-driving features is Highway Teammate, which can drive on the freeway from entrance ramp to exit ramp in fully autonomous mode without any input from the driver.

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The concept is certainly the next step up in autonomous driving from the LS 500h arriving in dealers early next year. The new flagship enjoys a variety of self-driving capabilities already with automated merging, lane-keeping assist and lane changing.  (more…)

Mitsubishi’s Revolution Begins with E-Evolution

New electrified SUV features new exterior design language.

by on Oct.25, 2017

Mitsubishi's e-Evolution Concept marries the brand's off-road heritage with a focus on new styling and advanced technology.

Mitsubishi is looking to reinvigorate its image and the new e-Evolution Concept may just be the jolt of energy the company needs in the wake of its recent controversies.

The electrified high-performance sport-utility vehicle, unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, embodies the company’s new mantra, “Drive your Ambition.”

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The company claims the prototype illustrates its new strategic direction by incorporating the strengths of the SUV and EV with the ability to integrate new systems for a connected mobility customer experience. (more…)

Nissan Electrifies Tokyo Motor Show

Maker debuts two EV concepts, joins Formula E.

by on Oct.25, 2017

Nissan put a charge in to attendees at this year's Tokyo Motor Show with its new Leaf Nismo concept.

Auto shows are busy times for all involved, but Nissan appears to be ready to work itself into a real tizzy with all of its announcements coming from the biennial Tokyo Motor Show.

The automaker introduced the Canto, an electric concept vehicle aimed at younger buyers with a musical bent. Canto comes from the Latin “I sing” and this model employs different sounds depentined upon what it’s doing, such as accelerating, decelerating or backing up.

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“An important element of Nissan Intelligent Mobility is how the vehicle integrates with society, and a crucial component of that is sound,” said Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president for global marketing and sales, zero-emission vehicles and the battery business.   (more…)

Nissan IMx Concept Is Quicker Than GT-R – On Batteries

Electric supercar also gets 373 miles per charge.

by on Oct.25, 2017

Nissan's IMx Concept makes its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. The electric vehicle concept has a range of 373 miles on a charge.

If the launch of the second-generation Nissan Leaf didn’t convince you that driving a battery-electric vehicle can be fun, the automaker is determined to change your mind with the new IMx concept it unveil today at the biennial Tokyo Motor Show.

The Nissan IMx concept smoothly churns out a hefty 516 pound-feet of torque, about 10% more than the automaker’s gasoline-powered supercar, the GT-R. And it hits maximum torque the moment the motors turn on, something that should translate into a neck-snapping launch. Oh, and if you’re still suffering from range anxiety, the Japanese automaker claims the IMx can deliver 373 miles per charge, or roughly 25% more than a Tesla Model S P100d.

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“The IMx zero-emission crossover concept vehicle embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility,” said Daniele Schillaci, the automaker’s executive vice president for global marketing and sales, zero-emission vehicles and the battery business, as he walked the audience at Tokyo’s Big Sight convention center through the features of the electric rocket. (more…)

Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride Concept Could Deliver 620 Miles on a Tank of Hydrogen

Barely longer than Prius, fuel-cell vehicle boasts Mercedes S-Class-sized interior.

by on Oct.18, 2017

Toyota's Fine-Comfort Ride concept coming to the Tokyo Motor Show demonstrates the maker hasn't given up on fuel cells.

Though Toyota appears to be shifting some of its considerable resources into the development of battery-electric vehicles, the automaker isn’t walking away from its commitment to hydrogen power – as it plans to demonstrate at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show with the debut of the Fine-Comfort Ride concept vehicle.

The prototype is barely a foot longer than the familiar Toyota Prius but because of the distinctive powertrain, the layout offers about as much interior space as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Meanwhile, with an estimate range of 1,000 kilometers, or 620 miles between fill-ups, the Fine-Comfort Ride would deliver about twice the range of Toyota’s current production hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, the Mirai.

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Toyota is billing the Tokyo Motor Show concept vehicle as “a new form of premium saloon,” and says it wants passenger to feel like they are “being wrapped in comfort,” rather than simply go along for a ride. (more…)

Toyota to Highlight Cars that Can Read Motorists Emotions at Upcoming Tokyo Motor Show

Japanese giant to begin testing autonomous EVs by 2020.

by on Oct.16, 2017

The next iteration of Toyota's Concept-i can determine if a driver is sleepy or hungry and adapt accordingly.

Hungry? Tired? Frustrated? Toyota plans to reveal a concept vehicle that will be able to not only tell if you are too tired to drive but also read more subtle emotions and adjust the way it drives – or even take over driving duties entirely. It will also be able to converse with a motorist using artificial intelligence.

The Japanese giant gave a hint of what it has in mind at last January’s Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, in Las Vegas. A more advanced version of the Concept-I prototype will make its debut at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, and Toyota said Monday that it plans to begin testing autonomous electric vehicles by 2020 that will share many of the features found in the concept car.

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“By using AI technology, we want to expand and enhance the driving experience, making cars an object of affection again,” said Makoto Okabe, general manager of Toyota’s EV business planning division, during a preview in Tokyo. (more…)

Mazda Bringing New Rotary Concept to Tokyo

Look out! Here comes another "dead" rotary engine.

by on Sep.19, 2017

Mazda resurrected the rotary engine for its RX-Vision concept a few years ago and will have another rotary-powered concept at the Tokyo Motor Show next month.

Five years after “killing” its famous Wankel rotary engine, Mazda is making plans to bring a rotary-powered concept to the Tokyo Motor Show next month.

Actually, Mazda’s production of the rotary may have ended in 2012, the Japanese automaker has kicked around several in-house concepts of the powerplant, the latest being the RX- Vision. However, a top Mazda official told Auto Express that it plans to rollout another rotary concept in October.

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“With the Tokyo Motor Show, we will be introducing a new design concept. You can think of it as an evolution of theme of the RX-Vision,” said Matsuhiro Tanaka, Mazda’s vice president of research and development. (more…)

Yamaha’s Motobot is World’s First Autonomous Motorcycle Rider

Robot designed to help improve motorcycles for humans.

by on Nov.02, 2015

Yamaha's latest creation: Motobot, a motorcycle-riding robot aimed to help improve motorcycles for humans down the road.

Perhaps no motorsports series is as dangerous as MotoGP. Riders zig-zag around the track at blinding speed, often dragging their knees as they shriek around tight corners.

But Valentino Rossi, one of the most celebrated bike racers on the circuit, has been handed a challenge. It may not happen this year, or even the next, but Motobot has promised to beat the nine-time MotoGP champ.

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That’s all the more impressive when you realize Motobot is an “autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot” developed by Yamaha. Introduced at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, it looks a fair bit like a Star Wars Storm Trooper done up in a menacing blue. (more…)