When it comes to outrageous concepts, few other shows on the planet can compare to the Tokyo Motor Show. With a mouthwatering assortment of super cars, luxury rides, and JDM goodies, the show is a window that offers an invaluable peek into the Asian auto market. And with its reputation as one of the most tech-laden auto shows on the planet, the pressure is on western companies to make a strong showing as well.
As a result, this year’s show as been as action-packed as you’d expect. On top of already announced concepts like Mazda’s RX-Vision grand tourer, Mitsubishi’s electric eX, Subaru’s Viziv Future, Toyota’s S-FR, FCV, and Kikai, Mercedes’ Vision Tokyo, and Nissan’s Teatro for Dayz, automakers have had some real tricks up their sleeves – and thankfully, not all of them are autonomous cars.
On top of the aforementioned concepts, here are five of the more interesting concepts on the floor at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.
1. Daihatsu Nori Ori
For everybody who’s always wanted the convenience of a kneeling city bus in the footprint of a Japanese kei car, the Daihatsu Nori Ori is the car for you. Just over 11 feet long, the Nori Ori has collapsible jump seats that stow away to open up the floor and make the car wheelchair accessible via ramps in the side and rear of the car. Considering that Daihatsu pulled out of the U.S. market in 1992, don’t expect to see Nori Ories in the bus lane anytime soon.
2. Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo
Like the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo and Hyundai 2025 Vision Gran Turismo, Nissan has followed suit and fleshed out its own virtual dream car designed for the popular video game series. Unveiled at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Nissan’s supercar concept gets a fresh coat of matte red paint for Tokyo, and supposedly previews styling elements that we’ll see on the next-generation GT-R.
3. Yamaha Sports Ride Concept
It’s long been a great bit of trivia that noted motorcycle, flugelhorn, and water pump manufacturer Yamaha also had a hand in building legendary cars like the Toyota 2000GT, Ford Taurus SHO, and Lexus LF-A. At Tokyo, the company reminded the world of its sports car chops by unveiling the Sports Ride Concept. Designed by Gordon Murray – the man behind the McLaren F1 – the Miata-sized Sports Ride and tips the scales at a flyweight 1,650 pounds. Yamaha doesn’t seem to have plans to put the Sports Ride into to production, but we seriously hope it reconsiders.
4. Lexus LF-FC
Lexus’s current angular styling isn’t for everyone – its hourglass grille has been compared to the mouth of the creature from Predator – but it’s certainly helped to shake off the brand’s terminally boring image. In its LF FC concept, its current language is refined into a more fluid, mature look that previews the direction of its next-generation flagship LS series. Unsurprisingly, it’s powered by Toyota’s hydrogen powerplant, a technology the company is pushing to rival both gas-powered and electric vehicles.
5. Suzuki Mighty Deck
Suzuki may be long gone from the U.S. Market, but it’s still a major player in Asian markets. And continuing the grand tradition of retro-themed kei cars the company has unveiled the Mighty Deck, a tiny, unlikely successor to the 1995-’97 X/90. While the company’s trucklet of the ’90s didn’t exactly set the world on fire, the Mighty Deck is something we’d love to see on American roads.
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