Top 5 Reveals From the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Press days at the biennial Tokyo Motor Show have just wrapped up. Per usual, there were plenty of significant reveals and here are our top five.

5. Daihatsu DN Compagno

And we start at the Daihatsu booth, where this historically important Japanese brand unveiled several eye-catching concepts, but far and away the most interesting one is this cheerful little four-door coupe, the DN Compagno. A modern spin on a classic nameplate, its design is both elegant and arresting. Seating up to four people, it’s powered by either a 1.0-liter turbocharged engine or a larger 1,200-cc unit.

4. Mazda Kai Concept

Flexing its design muscle, Mazda took the wrapper off two dream cars here in Tokyo. This one is its Kai concept. And talk about elegant! It’s a stunner from every angle. If you were curious what a future version of the Mazda3 hatchback might look like, take a good, long gander at this bright-red beauty. Power is provided by a Skyactiv-X compression-ignition engine that promises major efficiency improvements.

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3. Honda Sports EV

An encore to its dynamite reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show last month, Honda trotted out another retro-inspired concept here in Japan’s capital city. And I mean, c’mon, how could we NOT include this, the Sports EV? Built on a dedicated electric-vehicle architecture, this car’s minimalistic style is oh-so-sophisticated. It was love at first sight!

2. Mazda Vision Coupe Concept

Not to be outdone by some small hatchback, the second design study unveiled by Mazda is even more dramatic and beautiful. The brand’s Vision Coupe concept is a stunning four-door with perfect proportions. I mean, just look at that sculptural body, which almost seems like it was carved by flowing water. The various surfaces are designed to create visual drama through the interplay of light and shadow.

1. Toyota Century

Finally, we come to our favorite car revealed at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. It’s the retro-styled, third-generation Toyota Century! Wait, you don’t like this selection? WELL TOO BAD, IT’S OUR LIST AND I’LL DO WHAT WE WANT!

This stately four-door is kind of like a Japanese Rolls-Royce, with imposing dimensions, a cushy interior and plenty of heritage behind its name. Even the nation’s emperor gets shuttled around in a version of this car.

Power is provided by a 5.0-liter gasoline V8 engine that’s augmented by some hybrid components for enhanced fuel efficiency. But perhaps most importantly, it even comes with curtains!

The Tokyo Motor Show isn’t your typical auto show. Car companies often reveal unusual mobility products here, but as you can seen, there are also plenty of more conventional vehicles on display, both concepts and production models.

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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