Tokyo Motor Show 2015

Driving Fifty Years of Classic Mazda Rotary Power

Driving Fifty Years of Classic Mazda Rotary Power

In the early 1960s, Mazda was facing a crisis. The Japanese government, seeking to mold its nascent automotive industry into a powerful global force, had set in motion plans to combine the many different companies operating within its borders into three large conglomerates. Sensing that Mazda was on the verge of losing its identity and being absorbed into a faceless megalith that would be forced to produce only the specific vehicles deemed 'appropriate' for export by elected officials, its president, Tsuneji Matsuda, sent a group of engineers to Germany to investigate an intriguing technology developed by NSU - the Wankel rotary engine.

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Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Highlights: What You Need to Know

Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Highlights: What You Need to Know

Tokyo’s eccentric nature and distinct charm have filtered directly into the Tokyo Motor Show, and frankly we wouldn’t have it any other way. On Japan’s biggest stage, many of the world’s foremost automotive players have come to impress, discuss, and shape how we’ll interact and navigate our way around in the future. We braved the sauna-like conditions on the floor to bring you these buttery otoro bites.

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Yamaha’s Motobot plans to unseat humans on superbikes

Yamaha’s Motobot plans to unseat humans on superbikes

You've seen self-driving cars before. How about self-driving motorbikes? While autonomous cars can practically be considered robots themselves, Yamaha's latest spectacle actually has a robot driving a motorbike. So yea, no room for human riders. Dubbed the Motobot, because what else would you call it, Yamaha's creation still uses training wheels at the moment and drives at a rather safe speed. But the company hopes that the robot will soon learn how to fulfill its prime objective, which the robot itself ominously says is to surpass humans.

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This is Kirobo Mini, Toyota’s apple-sized robot for your car

This is Kirobo Mini, Toyota’s apple-sized robot for your car

Perhaps the most adorable presentation at the Tokyo Motor Show this week comes from Toyota in the form of Kirobo Mini. This little monster is part of the Toyota Heart Project, created after the return from space of the astronaut robot Kirobo. This (slightly larger) robot participated in a number of experiments aboard the International Space Station, where he was stationed from August 10th of 2013 and returned after an 18-month mission. This tinier Kirobo Mini is made for consumers here on Earth.

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Yamaha Sports Ride Concept is a Four Wheel Carbon Fiber Sports Car

Yamaha Sports Ride Concept is a Four Wheel Carbon Fiber Sports Car

The closest thing that Yamaha has to a car right now is its side-by-side off road vehicles. With a new concept that is being shown off at the Tokyo Motor Show that is changing. Yamaha has unveiled something called the Sports Ride Concept and this sexy little beast of a car is a featherweight carbon fiber vehicle designed by McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray.

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Nissan’s IDS Concept mixes autonomous EV with Google Now-style AI

Nissan’s IDS Concept mixes autonomous EV with Google Now-style AI

The newly-unveiled Nissan IDS concept car here at the Tokyo Motor Show isn’t just a self driving car that happens to be electric, but a transformer too. Adjusting to meet each driver's own personal requirements - or simply taking the wheel itself - there's a manual drive mode for those who wish to go the traditional route, or alternatively the option to simply sit back, relax, and let the IDS chauffeur you around.

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Lexus LF-FC Concept is Japan’s sleek answer to the S-Class

Lexus LF-FC Concept is Japan’s sleek answer to the S-Class

Long, sleek, with a massive mesh grille up front and substantial muscle in the rear, no one can accuse Lexus of a boring looking concept here. For all of the futuristic concepts, wacky robots, and sort-of cars we’ve seen today in Tokyo, the Lexus LF-FC may be the most significant, and the most likely to actually be on the road in some form, in the near future.

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Mercedes’ Vision Tokyo is a vast self-driving party lounge

Mercedes’ Vision Tokyo is a vast self-driving party lounge

Picture the scene. You're standing in the neon glimmer of downtown Tokyo and, silently creeping through the crowds, comes a Blade Runner cyborg badger with a Mercedes-Benz badge. Latest in the German marque's outlandish concept cars, the autonomous lounge pod, dubbed Vision Tokyo, borrows the styling cues - not to mention the self-driving technology - from the F 015 Luxury in Motion - repurposed for Generation Z.

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Driving Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell hydrogen car due March 2016

Driving Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell hydrogen car due March 2016

Honda's new hydrogen-powered car, the Clarity Fuel Cell, will go on sale in Japan in March 2016, the company confirmed today. Taking on the Toyota Mirai, the car - previously known as the Honda FCV - will be targeted at those in the outer suburbs with an appetite for green motoring, and co-exist with Honda's existing and upcoming all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

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Toyota’s SF-R is Toytown-cute Miata rival

Toyota’s SF-R is Toytown-cute Miata rival

Toyota may have been pushing its eco-friendly hydrogen powered Mirai of late, but that doesn't mean it's forgotten fun. The company has taken the wraps off a new coupe concept, the Toyota SR-F, at the Tokyo Motor Show this week, a diminutive and almost playful model that harkens back to tiny Japanese sports cars of yesteryear.

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Gorgeous Mazda RX-Vision Concept puts Wankel back in spotlight

Gorgeous Mazda RX-Vision Concept puts Wankel back in spotlight

Mazda has provided a peek at a possible future as well as celebrated a link to the past with the Mazda RX-Vision Concept, unveiled today at the Tokyo Motor Show. The low-slung GT car drew a crowd for more than just its sultry looks, as the Japanese brand expounded on the ties between its sporting heritage and rotary engine design and the - presumably - two-rotor mill found under the hood of the concept car.

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2017 Acura NSX First Drive Preview

2017 Acura NSX First Drive Preview

We've been waiting for the new 2017 Acura NSX so long, I was starting to worry I'd find it passé even before I drove it. It's been three years since Acura first showed off the NSX Concept, and only a little less than that since their abrupt about-face on the powertrain that turned what was shaping up to be a relatively mainstream sports car - albeit with an iconized nameplate - into a complex hybrid.

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