Tokyo Motor Show 2017

Nissan “Canto” will change how car maker’s EV sound

Nissan “Canto” will change how car maker’s EV sound

Some drivers don’t like electric vehicles because of one reason: the sound the make. Some have fallen in love with the acoustics of diesel engines that just can’t be accurately replicated by EVs. That sound can also have a secondary purpose: to give people around the car, specifically pedestrians, an audible warning of an approaching vehicle. That is why at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan introduced “Canto”, not a new concept vehicle but a concept sound that will give its EVs an audible personality on the road.

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Honda Sports EV Concept has the charm electrification needs

Honda Sports EV Concept has the charm electrification needs

Ask electric car skeptics what turns them off about EVs, and one of the most common criticisms is that electrified powertrains simply lack the emotional appeal of a gas engine. Certainly, there's nothing quite like the roar of a V8, or the increasingly rare burble of a V12 to strum the subconscious, but what if an electric car had charm in some other way? That's Honda's approach with its latest concept, the fairly-adorable Honda Sports EV.

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Honda made an autonomous cooler and it’s amazing

Honda made an autonomous cooler and it’s amazing

There are plenty of very sensible reasons to go to the Tokyo Motor Show, but far more interesting are the oddball products from the weirder corners of Japanese engineers' imaginations. One such example is this, the Honda RoboCas Concept. Effectively an oversized cooler on wheels, complete with anime-esque eyes and autonomous driving, it's what Honda says could be the robot assistant of tomorrow.

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Toyota Concept-i RIDE brings AI mobility to forgotten users

Toyota Concept-i RIDE brings AI mobility to forgotten users

Back when Toyota's Concept-i autonomous car was revealed at CES 2017 in January, the automaker described it as a vision of how humans and AI would travel in partnership. Now, at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017 this week, Toyota is adding two new "friends" to the line-up of concept vehicles. Interestingly, while rivals at the show are pushing sleek coupes or aggressively-designed sedans, Toyota's focus is a group that often doesn't get much attention from concept vehicles.

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Mazda Kai Concept and Vision Coupe need to go into production

Mazda Kai Concept and Vision Coupe need to go into production

Mazda is showing off two of the best looking concept cars in the entire Tokyo Motor Show with its Kai Concept and Vision Coupe. If the next Mazda 3 series looks like the Kai Concept, Mazda will have hit a home run. The sleek shooting brake style is very appealing and the concept has a very sporty appearance.

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Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept hits at automaker’s vision for the future

Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept hits at automaker’s vision for the future

Mitsubishi has been on the death watch list for many people for years now as its market share and dealer network have shrunk. The company has lost its halo performance car in the form of the Lancer Evolution, but Mitsubishi isn't giving up. The automaker has a new concept SUV that hints at what the future of the brand will look like.

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Lexus LS+ Concept is autonomous capable with tech aiming for a 2020 launch

Lexus LS+ Concept is autonomous capable with tech aiming for a 2020 launch

Lexus is showing off a new concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show called the LS+ Concept. One of the big features of the car is the autonomous driving tech it will have inside. Lexus doesn't say the concept itself will see production, but it does promise that the autonomous driving tech will be ready for application in production vehicles in the first half of the 2020s.

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Nissan IMx autonomous EV concept is a “virtual” power station

Nissan IMx autonomous EV concept is a “virtual” power station

Nissan has brought an autonomous vision of the future to the Tokyo Motor Show 2017, with the Nissan IMx concept offering a distinctly Japanese spin on driverless vehicles. An all-electric crossover, the IMx features what Nissan describes as "a future version of ProPILOT", its driver-assistance system currently offered - albeit without full autonomous capabilities - in its existing cars. When activated, Nissan envisages, the crossover would draw in its steering wheel and take control.

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Toyota Tj Cruiser concept previews crossover for the apocalypse

Toyota Tj Cruiser concept previews crossover for the apocalypse

Maybe it's a sign of the uncertain world we currently live in (hello, incipient nuclear apocalypse) but automakers can't stop imagining beefy trucks perfect for escaping burning cities or ramming through zombie hordes. Toyota is joining the club with the Tj Cruiser concept, "a new van and fusion genre" that targets crossover buyers. The goal is flexibility, which is pretty important when all the potable water is tainted and you need to raid the abandoned Walmart down the block.

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