2017 Tokyo Motor Show

From concept cars to next generation models

Showcasing some of the most spectacular concept models, from an electric coupe to a concept car equipped with external airbags, the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show had something for any enthusiast interested in looking at what the automotive future has to offer.

Honda Sports EV Concept Hero Shot

Honda Sports EV Concept

A surprise exhibition at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show was Honda’s Sports EV Concept. Delivering a performance-oriented take on the Urban EV concept, Honda have billed the Sports EV as:

“A concept model which combines EV performance and AI (artificial intelligence) inside a compact body, with the aim to realize the joy of driving the user can feel with a sense of unity with the car.”

Honda Sports EV Concept Side Shot

Taking styling cues from the classic S600 coupe, whilst adding futuristic halo headlights and taillights, this Sports EV Concept is designed to mix old fashioned styling with new age performance and technology.

Honda Sports EV Concept Rear Shot

Honda Urban EV Concept Hero

Honda Urban EV Concept

First showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda confirmed the release date for the retro inspired Urban EV Concept car for 2019, stating:

“This is not some vision of the distant future; a production version of this car will be here in Europe in 2019.”

Honda Urban EV Concept

Based on the original Civic Mk1, the car is shorter than the Jazz supermini and breaks the convention of new small cars with its old school design. The interior of the car has bench style seat and a giant touchscreen display on the dashboard which gives the cabin an open and relaxed feel.

Honda NeuV Concept hero shot

Honda NeuV Concept

Honda showcased the Honda NeuV mini electric concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, which features an emotion engine developed by CocoroSB, a Japanese artificial intelligence company.

Called HANA (Honda Automated Network Assistant), this engine picks up driver driving styles by detecting the driver’s emotions in terms of judgement and performance and then signal to the driver various choices and recommendations.

Honda NeuV Concept

The Honda NeuV mini electric concept has the ability to answer the issue of idle vehicles by operating as part of an autonomous ride sharing fleet, allowing owners to generate revenue from their vehicles when not in use.

Lexus LS+ Concept Car Hero Shot

Lexus LS+ Concept

Lexus has unveiled its LS+ concept at Tokyo Motor Show previewing advanced self-driving technology that is to be incorporated in the brand’s upcoming flagship model.

Lexus LS+ Concept Front Shot

Lexus say the LS+ Concept features a host of self-driving technology that includes the Highway Teammate system, which knows when to enter and exit a motorway.

Also, the Lexus LS+ concept model’s on-board artificial intelligence system ensures, the car is always learning about its surroundings and by receiving the over-the-air updates it keeps the car system up to date. This way, the owner doesn’t need to take the car to the dealer for software update.

Lexus LS+ Concept Car rear shot

Toyota Wonder Capsule Concept Hero

Toyota Auto Body Wonder Capsule Concept

The Auto Body’s Wonder Capsule is Toyota’s answer for a futuristic compact city car. It measures in at only 2,500 mm in length and 1,300 mm in width and features a completely vertical windshield and a large glass area.

Toyota Wonder Capsule Concept Car

The seats and floor come equipped with fluorescent material that glows in dark, and although there is no boot space, behind the seats of this two-seater concept is a small storage compartment.

Toyota Concept I Hero

Toyota Concept-i

Initially unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, more news was given on Toyota’s Concept i intelligent battery-electric car, with the idea now being stretched into three different transport forms:

  • Concept i: A battery powered four-seat urban runabout of striking design.
  • Concept i Ride: A very similar joystick-controlled vehicle aimed mainly at wheelchair users.
  • Concept i Walk: A battery-electric tricycle with an extendable wheelbase similar to the Segway and designed for use in pedestrian areas.

The Concept i combines two Toyota obsessions; advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning, and enhanced urban mobility, both perceived as particularly important for Japan’s ageing population. Concept i’s machine-learning interface is known mysteriously as The Agent, or as it was called last January, Yui.

Toyota Fine Comfort Ride Concept

Toyota Fine Comfort Ride Concept

Toyota showcased the Fine-Comfort Ride concept at the Tokyo Motor show as “a new form of the premium saloon.” Weighing in at more than two tonnes, the Fine-Comfort Ride features a long tubed hydrogen tank capable of holding six kilos of fuel and has a predicted range of more than 600 miles.

Toyota Fine Comfort Ride Concept side shot

The front two rows consist of individual seats that can be rotated to face each other for conversation, or to make it easier for passengers to get in and out. The final two seats are a sofa-like bench that’s tucked in just before the near-vertical rear glass area; this set-up allows the middle row occupants to recline their seats if there’s nobody sitting behind them, creating an aircraft-style ‘sleeper seat’.

The cabin makes extensive use of touch screens, as well as what would appear to be projection technology on the side glass.

Toyota Fine Comfort Ride Concept interior rotating seats