Feature: 2003 Tokyo Motor Show — Autos.ca

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September 1, 2003

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by Grant

Tokyo – The biennial Tokyo Show has been known to be a for futuristic, but often not too realistic But at the 2003 show, which on Friday, manufacturers kept the to a minimum and the focus on new model and the technologies that will the vehicles of tomorrow.

Of course, the 84 world premieres, there a few unusual items, like Mobile Terrace, an airy of a car mounted to GM’s Hy-Wire cell platform. The Terrace is like a green house huge amounts of glass and a roof, which hinges from a centre spine. Two of the rows of sculptured seats out sideways on a platform through two forward and rearward sliding Technology aside, it’s to imagine ever seeing like this on the road.

Or Mitsubishi’s SE-RO. Powered by a 0.66 litre engine mid-ship, it is difficult to tell end of the all-aluminum one-box design is the and which the back. The SE-RO maximizes interior space on a platform, but on a styling scale of 1 to 10, the registers a zero.

A number of and production ready vehicles at the Tokyo show could relevance for Canada. The Tokyo Show provides a glimpse of auto makers – particularly manufacturers – are thinking about not for the Japan market, but also for America.

Toyota Motor used the venue to announce it will launch the Lexus in Japan in August 2005. established Lexus in North in 1989 and later in Europe and regions.

Two Lexus concepts were – the LF-S sedan, which be a future replacement for the GS series and the LF-X crossover sport

The LF-S features a V8 gasoline and a high-output motor hybrid with four-wheel drive. The crossover sport utility the growing trend toward performance SUVs, such as the Cayenne, with a 4.3 litre V8 and four-wheel drive.

Toyota revealed the SU-HV1 concept. to the Lexus RX 330, the SU-HV1 Toyota’s hybrid synergy with the 3.3 litre V6 engine. this is the production-ready version of the RX 330 hybrid that should go in North America next

For Toyota, gasoline-electric hybrids are not as an interim technology, but a core for the future. It is likely that fuel cell vehicles also be incorporated into a electric system.

Mazda revealed the Miata that will go on sale year as a 2005 special model, as well as a concept shows where the Miata may go in the Power ratings for the turbocharged were not announced.

The Mazda concept is a continuation of the Miata but engineered for enhanced performance, and comfort. The Ibuki is powered by a 1.6 four-cylinder engine that is set 400 further to the rear than the car. All major components are within the wheelbase to enhance and driveability. The exterior design, is not a radical departure from the Miata.

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Among several revealed by Honda, the ASM Stage is a minivan similar to the current Odyssey. With a low floor, the ASM 8 passengers. The powertrain combines a V6 with variable cylinder to reduce fuel consumption and Innovative technology includes a mitigation brake system.

Honda also revealed the HSC which could well be the generation Acura NSX. The car features an all-aluminum frame, and composite body panels, and is by a 300-plus horsepower V6 placed

Hyundai debuted its NEOS-II sport utility concept. short front and rear and a bold front end treatment, the gives clues to the compact that Hyundai is widely to be considering for the North American

Nissan revealed a mid-sized sedan, named the Fuga. on the 350Z platform (Fairlady Z and platform in Japan), the Fuga at future directions for the Infiniti G35 maximizing interior space and in a driving-oriented sedan. Using the FM (front-midships) platform as the Fairlay, G35 sedan and coupe and Nissan the Fuga ups the luxury and technical to new levels and expands interior for passenger comfort.

One of the most intriguing concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show was the PM, or Personal Mobility. A vehicle “fits like a glove”, the PM is a seat, electric vehicle for use in crowded cities, such as “Designed to ‘meet, link and out’ the PM is a ‘wearable’ single-person that targets driver-vehicle and offers advanced vehicle-to-vehicle says Toyota.

The PM can adjust its – upright to enable ease of dropping for urban driving and extending for higher speeds. communications allow PMs to share as they travel, follow a in platoon formation or rendezvous at places. Feeling blue? The PM its driver’s emotions with panels, lights and rear that change colour.

If shows only concerned the or production-ready, a day at the show would be a boring, but concepts like PM, Nissan’s Mobile Terrace or D-Bone inject a little fun the show and at the same time us what is possible, even if For a show with imaginative ideas and design, the Tokyo Show is still one of the best.

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