tokyo auto show 2009

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

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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

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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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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

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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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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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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

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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

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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...