Tokyo 2009: 552 Horsepower Lexus LFA World Premiere

Tokyo 2009: 552 Horsepower Lexus LFA World Premiere
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After quite literally years of anticipation, Lexus has officially revealed its latest flagship, the LFA. As the automaker’s first supercar, so far, the LFA does not disappoint. The car’s functional exterior is artfully designed and we’d go so far as to say it looks more impressive than vehicles it rivals – like the Ferrari 599…. Continue Reading...

Tokyo 2009: Toyota FT-86 Concept Officially Debuts

Tokyo 2009: Toyota FT-86 Concept Officially Debuts
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Toyota has officially unveiled the FT-86, a concept car that is set to inspire an upcoming compact sports car. The name FT-86 brings together Toyota’s past and future, with the “FT” coming from the FT-HS hybrid concept from a few years back, while the “86″ is donated from the AE-86, a small rear-drive, two-door Corolla-based… Continue Reading...

Report: Honda CEO Wants to Build Green Sports Car, Slams Lexus LFA

Report: Honda CEO Wants to Build Green Sports Car, Slams Lexus LFA
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Speaking to reporters at the Tokyo Auto Show, Honda CEO Takanobu Ito suggested that when the time is right he would like to build a “green” sports car. The Japanese automaker faces two big hurdles first, however: a lack of cash as well as insufficient technology. “Once we have that technology and once we have… Continue Reading...

Tokyo 2009: Honda CR-Z Hybrid Coming to North America Next Year

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Tokyo 2009: Honda CR-Z Hybrid Coming to North America Next Year
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Honda announced a production version of its CR-Z hybrid concept will be introduced to North America in the second half of 2010. As the second version of the CR-Z concept was unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Show, Honda announced the production version will be a sporty 2-seat hybrid, the first hybrid car set up with… Continue Reading...

Tokyo 2009: Infiniti to Get Stylish, High Performance Electric Car Says Comany President

Tokyo 2009: Infiniti to Get Stylish, High Performance Electric Car Says Comany President
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Nissan President Carlos Ghosn has confirmed that the automaker is getting ready to bring several electric vehicles to market, including one sold under the Infiniti brand. Ghosn made the announcement at the Tokyo Auto Show, where the brand officially unveiled the Nissan Leaf electric car as well as the strange Land Glider concept, which is… Continue Reading...

Tokyo 2009: Lexus Officially Unveils $375,000 LFA Supercar

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Tokyo 2009: Lexus Officially Unveils $375,000 LFA Supercar
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It is undeniably the most expensive Lexus, the company has ever created. The LFA supercar, priced at $375,000 is aimed at raising Lexus from a German imitator to an Italian rival. Aimed at cars like the Ferrari 599, the LFA is powered by a 4.8-liter V10 engine with 560 PS (552hp) and 354 ft-lbs of… Continue Reading...

Video: Lexus LF-A Revealed With Wild Nürburgring Driving

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This video has just been released on YouTube showing for the first time the undisguised production version of Lexus’s LF-A in a photo montage that includes production images of the car as well as some wild driving on the Nürburgring. The car has yet to be officially unveiled but it is expected shortly as the… Continue Reading...

Tokyo Preview: Toyota Sai Hybrid Debuts in Japan

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Tokyo Preview: Toyota Sai Hybrid Debuts in Japan
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If the all-new Toyota Sai Hybrid looks familiar – it should. The new Toyota hybrid model is based very closely on the new Lexus HS platform. Sold as a premium Lexus luxury car in North America, the same car will be down-graded somewhat for sale in its home market. Even the design is almost identical… Continue Reading...

Tokyo Preview: New Rear-Drive Toyota Mark X Debuts

Tokyo Preview: New Rear-Drive Toyota Mark X Debuts
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You probably haven’t heard of the Toyota Mark X and that’s not surprising considering it isn’t sold in North America. Its also a shame, however, as the largish car is based on the same platform as the Lexus GS, meaning it is rear-wheel drive – with an all-wheel drive option available. It has a lot… Continue Reading...

Tokyo Preview: Nissan Qazana Concept to Inspire Future Compact Crossover

Tokyo Preview: Nissan Qazana Concept to Inspire Future Compact Crossover
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Nissan is continuing to gauge interest in a new design for an upcoming compact crossover by showing the Qazana Concept at the Tokyo Auto Show. First unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show last March, the Qazana may be a bit on the bizarre side but Nissan insists it will eventually lead to a pproduction crossover… Continue Reading...

Report: Mitsubishi Lancer EVO XI Could Get Plug-In Hybrid Option Borrowed from PX-MiEV Concept

Report: Mitsubishi Lancer EVO XI Could Get Plug-In Hybrid Option Borrowed from PX-MiEV Concept
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The next iteration of the amazing Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution could be offered as a plug-in hybrid. Due out in 2013, the EVO XI model could use the all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid setup that will officially be unveiled on Wednesday October 21st at the Tokyo Auto Show, reports the U.K.’s AutoCar. For the show, however, Mitsubishi… Continue Reading...

Tokyo Preview: Lotus to Unveil Matte-Black Exige Scura

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Tokyo Preview: Lotus to Unveil Matte-Black Exige Scura
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Contrary to popular reports (our own included) there will be at least one foreign automaker at the Tokyo Auto Show. Lotus has announced its attendance and the British sports car company will unveil what it calls the Exige Scura, a special edition vehicle along the lines of the Exige S 260. With 260 PS (257hp)… Continue Reading...

Report: New Toyota FT-86 Photos Give Detailed Look at Upcoming Sports Car

Report: New Toyota FT-86 Photos Give Detailed Look at Upcoming Sports Car
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The official reveal of Toyota’s FT-86 Concept is just a few days away but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a better look at the company’s latest sports car right now. The folks at FT86Club have dug up a large selection of studio shots that show the concept in much greater detail. For starters, the… Continue Reading...

Tokyo Preview: Nissan Leaf Electric Car Will Gets Its Auto Show Time in the Spotlight

Tokyo Preview: Nissan Leaf Electric Car Will Gets Its Auto Show Time in the Spotlight
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While news and photos of the Nissan Leaf have been around for several months now, the electric car will get its official debut at the Tokyo Auto Show on October 21st. Nissan describes its functional five-door, five-seater compact hatchback as having a “high-performance, zero-emission” powertrain. Output from the lithium-ion battery packs is rated at 80kW/280Nm,… Continue Reading...

Report: New Nissan Fuga/Infinti M to Debut at Tokyo Auto Show

Report: New Nissan Fuga/Infinti M to Debut at Tokyo Auto Show
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Nissan has chosen the Tokyo Auto Show to debut the next generation of the company’s top-level Fuga luxury sedan. Sold in North America as the Infinti M, it’s not clear if Nissan plans to offer the same 3.7-liter V6 (M37) and 5.6-liter V8 (M56) engine choices. Nissan will, however, deliver a hybrid model, similar to… Continue Reading...

Tokyo Preview: Lexus LF-Ch Hybrid Hatchback Concept to Get Japanese Debut

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Tokyo Preview: Lexus LF-Ch Hybrid Hatchback Concept to Get Japanese Debut
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Lexus has announced that along with the world premiere of a new two seater supercar concept, it will show the LF-Ch hybrid hatchback concept for the first time in Japan. Unveiled last month at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the LF-Ch is expected to lead to a production model, in Europe, by 2011. Lexus sees the… Continue Reading...

Tokyo Preview: Lexus Confirms Two-Seat Supercar Concept Will Debut at Tokyo Auto Show

Tokyo Preview: Lexus Confirms Two-Seat Supercar Concept Will Debut at Tokyo Auto Show
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***UPDATE*** A video showing the production version LFA has been released, showing the car lapping the Nürburgring. A selection of photos has also leaked. See both below ***UPDATE*** Lexus first showed the LF-A concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, back in 2007 and has been incredibly slow about bringing the car… Continue Reading...

Tokyo Preview: Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybird Concept to Get Japanese Debut in Tokyo

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Tokyo Preview: Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybird Concept to Get Japanese Debut in Tokyo
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Officially unveiled last month at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany, Toyota is now set to give the Prius plug-in hybrid concept an official unveiling in its native land and in front of a more welcoming audience. Toyota has said that the Prius PHV Concept will be able to travel up to 12 miles on… Continue Reading...

Tokyo Preview: Toyota FT-EV II Electric Car Unveiled Ahead of Official Debut

Tokyo Preview: Toyota FT-EV II Electric Car Unveiled Ahead of Official Debut
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Toyota will take the wraps off an updated version of its FT-EV electric car at the Tokyo Auto Show in just a few weeks. Called the FT-EV II, the car is designed for urban use with a total range of 90 km (56 miles) and a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph). This news… Continue Reading...

Tokyo Preview: Stunning Toyota FT-86 Concept Delivers “Racecar-like” Handling

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Tokyo Preview: Stunning Toyota FT-86 Concept Delivers “Racecar-like” Handling
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Until today, if someone asked you what the best looking Toyota from the past decade was, you’d have a tough time thinking something up. As of today, the answer is the FT-86 Concept, which is set to officially debut at the Tokyo Auto Show later this month. The name FT-86 brings together Toyota’s past and… Continue Reading...

Tokyo Preview: Suzuki SX4-FCV Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept

Tokyo Preview: Suzuki SX4-FCV Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept
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Along with a plug-in hybrid version of the Swift, Suzuki is planning to unveil a hydrogen fuel cell-powered SX4 concept model at the Tokyo Auto Show later this month. Under the theme “Small cars, big future,” Suzuki will show the SX4-FCV and several other alternative fuel vehicles. This particular vehicle is powered by a fuel… Continue Reading...

Tokyo Preview: Suzuki Swift Plug-In Hybrid Concept

Tokyo Preview: Suzuki Swift Plug-In Hybrid Concept
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Suzuki is looking to take its small car expertise to new heights (and new distances) by unveiling a new plug-in hybrid concept at the Tokyo Auto Show in just a few weeks. Based on the current Swift platform that is sold in both Japan and Europe, this PHEV uses a 658 cc gasoline engine (0.7-liters),… Continue Reading...

Report: Mazda To Raise $1.1 Billion for Hybird Research

Report: Mazda To Raise $1.1 Billion for Hybird Research
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Mazda has announced plans to raise as much as $1.1 billion in capital to invest in hybrid technologies for future vehicles. The news comes roughly 8 months after the automaker laid out plans to improve the overall fuel economy of its vehicles through advancements to gasoline and diesel engines, as well as transmission improvements. Many… Continue Reading...

Tokyo Preview: Mitsubishi i-MiEV Cargo Gets More Space, Even Sillier Design

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Tokyo Preview: Mitsubishi i-MiEV Cargo Gets More Space, Even Sillier Design
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If you though Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV electric city car was both silly looking and impractical, perhaps the i-MiEV Cargo is more up your alley? Or perhaps not. With significantly more usable space, along with an even more ridiculous shape, the Cargo model is a concept that Mitsubishi is exploring for eventual production. The i-MiEV on which… Continue Reading...
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