The 2013 Tokyo Motor Show has long been synonymous with technological innovation and the cutting edge of motoring development and manufacturing. This year seems to be no different with many massive names in the automotive business revealing their brand new concept vehicles. We’ve had a look through and selected our favourites, whether that’s based purely on looks or on the progress they embody.
Our Favourite Concept Cars From The 2013 Tokyo Motor Show
The Nissan IDx Freeflow
We love this car simply for the feeling of nostalgia it stirs in our hearts. Nissan have married cutting edge technology with classical looks. Although (sadly) there isn’t actually an engine in this model Nissan stated that they envisioned it as being powered by 1.2L – 1.5L petrol engine that’s hooked up to a CVT. Alongside this Nissan has also released a Nismo version of the same model in an effort to showcase the two departments abilities to create completely different vehicles from the same base model. More information can be found here.
The Honda s660 has been revealed as a possible spiritual successor to the Honda Beat. The similarities between the two cars visually is undeniable with the s660 providing a futuristic angle on the classic look of the Beat. Under the bonnet the s660 boasts a 660cc three cylinder engine controlled via a 7 shift gear box. Unfortunately (for all of us outside Japan anyway) the s660 has been conceived as a Kei car which means it wouldn’t be sold abroad, not without significant re-engineering anyway! More photos and info here.
Mitsubishi’s new MPV, the AR Concept, has been revealed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and marks a return to the MPV market for Mitsubishi after the Grandis was discontinued in 2011. The AR is powered by the same hybrid engine that keeps the XR-PHEV moving, a 1.1-litre three-cylinder direct-injection turbo hybrid. The hybrid vehicle includes seating for 4 + 2 passengers and two front seats that can rotate 180 degrees to turn the vehicle into a sort of living space. More photos can be found here.
Nissan’s extremely futuristic racing car the BladeGlider has made its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The most exciting thing about this vehicle is the fact that Nissan head honcho’s have suggested that it could well see production. It’s clear that the BladeGlider would have to undergo a lot of alterations to make it production legal but rumour has it that could happen within three years. The full electric vehicle uses less juice than Nissan’s Leaf EV and utilises a lightweight lithium-ion battery to keep it running. We’re just excited about the fact that high performance electric vehicles could soon become a reality for (the rich among) us!
This X-Lander may look slightly like an awesome RC car but it is not a toy. Constructed on the existing Suzuki Jimny platform the X-Lander concept brings a 1242cc electric motor assisted petrol engine to the table. However, the electric engine isn’t just for boosting efficiency. Apparently it is designed to effectively distribute power to all four wheels for better off road performance. Unfortunately, in our opinion anyway, the vehicles look is likely to undergo a lot of changes before reaching production. You can view more photos here.
There were plenty more vehicles featured and revealed at the Tokyo Motor show but it was these that really stood out to us. The Tokyo Motor Show will be continuing all the way through until the first of December so you have plenty of time to catch up on all the information. The telegraph has a fantastic feed that is constantly updating that can be found here.
Written by Ryan Hill