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Tokyo Motor Show

October 24, 2007

It’s been a good month and a half since my last car post that generated no comments whatsoever, so it’s about time to play catch up.

What’s on the plate for today? Read the post title, it’s something of a giveaway.

Rather than go all in-depth, I think I’ll just post a few of the high points. So enjoy. And don’t comment.

Lexus LF-Xh Concept

Lexus inspires about as much enthusiasm among us auto enthusiasts as the latest high-brow George Clooney movie does among Arkansans. But the RX is far-and-away the best-selling luxury SUV on the friggin’ planet, so the first glimmerings of the upcoming redesign are probably worthy of mention. The lines on this thinly-veiled RX are definitely more masculine, and if you look closely you can see that Lexus “borrowed” the wraparound front fender treatment from the Honda CR-V. Probably not too bad a decision, considering the CR-V is now the country’s best-selling SUV. Suck it, Ford.

Audi Metroproject Quattro Concept

I’m going to guess that name sounds better in German, because my goodness. Good news is the car will hit production as the Audi A1. No word yet on any potential marketing partnership with everyone’s favorite steak sauce.

You know, I keep coming back to the pictures of this car, and I just don’t know what to think. I mean, I’m a fan of small cars, but if it weren’t for the grille treatment,  I’d peg this as some chintzy Chinese knock-off of the Mini.

 Nissan GT-R

Nissan’s crazy-awesome new supercar made its debut at Tokyo. With world-beating performance – it can run neck and neck with a Porsche 911 Turbo – the GT-R is an absolute bargain at around $80,000.  Yes, please.

BMW Concept 1 Series tii

BMW’s not about to touch the legendary M1 moniker, so it looks like they’re channeling the old 2002 tii in the naming for this high-performance 1-Series. I could do without the goofy-ass stripes, but the 1-Series is a sweet car, and the hi-po 1-Series tii will probably be even sweeter.

Honda CR-Z Concept

The CRX is making a comeback! The CR-Z resuscitates the Civic hatchback of yore with  new sheetmetal and a hybrid powertrain. Honda’s obviously learned a thing or two from Toyota, and will go Prius-style with the new CRX, offering it exclusively as a hybrid. The only difference? The CRX looks like it might be fun to drive.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Kay permalink
    October 26, 2007 8:34 pm

    They all look like cars from a Transformers cartoon show…it’s the weird headlights.

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