Tokyo Motor Show 2013 Highlights

As the spiritual home of the Japanese automobile industry, the Tokyo Motor Show attracts hundreds of thousands of people every other year. Most automotive journalists place this biennial show in the “Big Five” of automotive shows, alongside Detroit, Frankfurt, Geneva, and Paris auto shows.

The 2013 Tokyo Motor Show was held between November 22 to December 1, 2013 at Tokyo Big Sight. Approximately 902,800 visitors turned up for the show, with a record 135,800 visitors on the second day (November 23) of the show. By all standards, the show was a huge success with manufacturers from all over the world showcasing their concept cars along with a range of new production models.

Some of the best highlights from the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show were:

1. Yamaha announces Yamaha Motiv

Traditionally, the Tokyo Motor Show is about concept cars. However, the 2013 edition was something of an exception as it showcased a lot of production models as well. Prime example of this was the Yamaha Motiv, a small city car designed by the Japanese giant in close collaboration with F1 design legend Gordon Murray. Normally, a car like this would’ve been resigned to concept stage, but in the 2013 edition, Yamaha firmly vouched to bring this car to the production stage via Murray’s patented iStream production process.

2. Jaguar reveals a new F-type R coupe

This 542bhp supercharged V8-engine behemoth was one of the most hotly anticipated launches of the year. And it didn’t disappoint: the reveal was met with ‘ooohhhs’ and ‘aaahhs’ from a visibly enthralled crowd. That it can go from 0-60mph in just 4.0 seconds and boasts a top speed of 186mph is just the icing on the cake.

3. Subaru unveils its Cross Sport design concept

Subaru took to the stage to show off its concept for an “urban SUV” with the Subaru Cross Sport. Featuring a flat-four engine and rear wheel drive, this SUV combines sport and utility with a lower body than many crossovers – features that should appeal to urban buyers.

4. Daihatsu FC-Deck, Ken Oykuama’s Kode9 and Nissan BladeGlider attract eyeballs

As with any Tokyo Motor Show, this year too had plenty of eye-catching concept designs. Some of the most dramatically radical among them were Daihatsu’s FC-Deck fuel-cell powered truck and Nissan’s BladeGlider electric sports car. Mitsubishi’s XR-PHEV concept electric SUV also garnered plenty of attention with its eye-catching, Range Rover Evoque-like design and electric engine. Ken Okuyama’s Kode9 sports car was also one of the crowd favorites, combining design elements from Jaguar’s retro D-type racer and Alfa Romeo Disco Volante.

Other major car announcements and launches at the Toyko Motor Show 2013 were Honda Vezel SUV, Honda N-WGN, Honda Odyssey, Lexus RC coupe, Suzuku Hustler, Honda NSX roadster, 2014 Nissan GT-R, and the BMW M4 concept.