Photo Tour: The 2007 Tokyo Motor Show

Peek into the future of automobiles at the show with more concepts and prototypes than any other

Among the “big five” auto shows around the world, none packs as many far-flung concepts under one roof as the biennial Tokyo Motor Show. See what’s new (and what’s wild) at this year’s show in our photo tour. Launch the gallery here.

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2007 North American International Auto Show (Detroit, MI).

by Dan Carney

Honda PUYO
The name refers to its spongy-soft gel-based bodywork that supposedly increases safety. Power is by fuel cell, under the direction of a joystick controller in the cabin.

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Nissan Pivo 2
This eccentric electric runs circles around the others, literally. That’s because the wheels pivot (“pee-vo” in French, get it?) independently, so the car can spin in place or slot sideways into a tight parking space. A dopey robot face protrudes from the dash to encourage relaxed driving.

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Volkswagen space up!
VW’s Frankfurt triumph has grown, reappearing at Tokyo as the space up!, a stretched version of the new people’s car that’s an inch longer and a bit taller to squeeze more space into the cabin. The seven-inch touchscreen hints that German automakers are discovering the folly of BMW’s iDrive mouse-controller interface for automotive systems.

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Suzuki X-HEAD
This Suzuki 4×4 truck shows a fun execution of a utility vehicle, with short overhangs for maximum approach angles. The cabin is finished in water-tolerant neoprene, and an external utility box carries essentials.

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Nissan NV200
Surf’s up, dude! This concept for the company’s future commercial van design is outfitted with scuba-diving gear in a slide-out module.

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Lexus LF-Xh
Lexus previews the styling of the next-generation RX350 crossover SUV with this hybrid-electric V6 all-wheel-drive concept vehicle, headed for a suburban driveway near you next year.

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Nissan GT-R
Nissan’s supercar will finally escape the confines of PlayStation to come to America in 2008 with its 480-horsepower, 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 powering all four wheels.

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Subaru WRX STI
Subaru’s maximum WRX rally car replica packs 308 horsepower courtesy of a dual-scroll turbo pressurizing its 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine.

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Subaru G4e
Subaru’s Prius-killer concept has a lithium-ion battery pack under the floor, leaving space inside for five passengers. The car’s forecasted range is 125 miles before a recharge is needed.

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Nissan R.D/B.X
This compact sedan features a direct-injection gasoline engine with a continuously variable transmission for maximum efficiency in a futuristic four-seater.

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Lexus LF-A
Lexus continues to home in on its ultimate supercar target, with the company’s latest concept car showing its latest thinking on the styling of the eventual production car. The two-seat V10 promises to bring some of Toyota’s Formula One know-how to well-heeled customers on the street.

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Toyota 1/X
This concept shows how carbon fiber and plastic can slash mass to just a third that of the Prius. With a hybrid drivetrain using a gasoline engine that is also one third the size of the Prius’s, Toyota says the 1/X gets triple the gas mileage. The company fails to mention that the car is just a little bigger than a golf cart, which certainly helps explain the astronomical fuel economy.

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Mitsubishi i MiEV SPORT
Mitsubishi’s own li-ion concept uses a 330-volt battery pack to drive its four wheel-mounted electric motors. It should get 125 miles from a single charge and achieve a top speed of just over 110 mph.

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
The tenth iteration of the famed Evo series has a new aluminum-block turbo 2.0-liter engine driving all four wheels through a twin-clutch transmission.

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Audi metroproject quattro
Audi’s concept sport compact hatchback matches a 150-horsepower twin-turbo/supercharged 1.4-liter gas engine with a 41-horsepower electric motor. The sporty little hatch rockets to 60 mph from a standstill in 7.8 seconds thanks to an all-wheel-drive system that puts the power to the pavement.

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Honda CR-Z
Honda resurrects the spirit of its beloved CRX two-seater with a hybrid-electric economy car outfitted with show-car requisite details like LED headlights.

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Toyota RiN
This spacey concept provides an oxygen conditioner and spot humidity controls in the cabin, along with ultraviolet and infrared filters to ensure a womb-like, road-rage-free driving experience.

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Mazda Taiki
Mazda’s swoopy concept exploits racecar aerodynamics for minimal drag combined with zero lift at high speeds. Under the skin, the car is propelled by a next-generation version of the company’s signature rotary engine driving through a dual-clutch transmission.
Dan Carney
Dan Carney

Dan Carney has been riding motorcycles and driving cars since before it was technically legal for him to do so. Along the way he has picked up automotive journalism awards from the International Motor Press Association and Washington Automotive Press Association for his work, and he wrote books about two significant sports cars, the Honda S2000 and Dodge Viper. He has been a PopSci contributor since 1998.