To one side is Tokyo Bay, to the other, Japan’s capital and largest metropolitan area on planet Earth. In between these leviathans is a world-renowned biennial motor show. Maybe you’ve heard of it?
Here are the Top Five Cars revealed in Tokyo this year.
5. Honda Clarity Fuel Cell
And we start with Honda. The company’s Clarity Fuel Cell may have landed in fifth place on this list but its fuel is No. 1, LITERALLY. Instead of traditional petroleum this four-door is powered by hydrogen, which of course it the first element on the periodic table. See? I told you!
SEE ALSO: Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Concept Details
Its fuel-cell stack boasts numerous advancements. It’s a third smaller than its predecessor yet 60 percent more energy dense, delivering around 134 horsepower. Even better, this car carries enough hydrogen to provide a driving range of up to 435 miles. The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is slated to go on sale in Japan next March.
4. Subaru VIZIV Future Concept
Moving on, this is the Subaru VIZIV Future Concept. It’s a sharp-looking crossover that’s powered by a hybrid drivetrain. Aside from its styling, which really is quite striking, this vehicle highlights the autonomous technology that Subaru has been working on.
SEE ALSO: Subaru VIZIV Future Concept Details
It can drive straight ahead all on its own and even avoid pedestrians and cyclists in urban situations.
3. Toyota S-FR Concept
But not everyone wants some boring old crossover. Toyota kept things interesting with its S-FR concept. This half-pint machine looks like a perfect foil to the ever-popular Mazda MX-5. It’s a hypothetical entry-level sports car designed to get young people interested in cars. With a front-mid mounted engine and rear-wheel drive it should be a hoot and a half to drive.
SEE ALSO: Toyota S-FR Concept Details
2. Yamaha Sports Ride Concept
Along the same line as the S-FR is Yamaha’s Sports Ride. This company doesn’t build any cars today, but this concept explores the idea. Borrowing motorcycle cues, it’s built around a strong, yet light tubular metal structure. On top of this skeleton, ultra-rigid fiber-reinforced body panels are attached.
SEE ALSO: Yamaha Sports Car Concept Details
The Sports Ride is small, featherweight and looks like a miniature supercar. I say BUILD IT, Yamaha!
1. Mazda RX-Vision Concept
Now, that’s all well and good, but the No. 1 car, the hottest, most amazing thing to see at the Tokyo show this year is undoubtedly Mazda’s RX-Vision concept. This dead sexy coupe hints at a revival of the brand’s world-famous sports-car line. Appropriately, it features a rotary engine and rear-wheel drive along with DEAD SEXY styling and proportions. In person it looks lick-ably good!
SEE ALSO: Mazda RX-Vision Concept Details
So there you have it. Those are a few highlights from the 44th Tokyo Motor Show, though there’s so much more going on than we have time to report.
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