Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced/exhibited the following information and products at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017.

Summary of speech by Takahiro Hachigo, President and Representative Director, CEO

Honda has strengths in producing a broad range of products including motorcycles, automobiles, power products and even business jets. And Honda has relationships with 28 million customers around the world, which we established through our products.

Such strengths as a manufacturer and relationships with our customers are proof that Honda has been embodying its passion to “serve people worldwide with the joy of expanding their life’s potential,” which has been widely shared beyond the boundaries of countries and times.

Honda will further strengthen the lineup of our motorcycle and automobile global models, which represent one of Honda’s strengths, and continue to offer a broad range of attractive products to customers all around the world. Moreover, Honda has been working on the development of various technologies and products that will contribute toward the realisation of a carbon-free society and making good progress in making our petrol-powered vehicles cleaner and more fuel efficient.

In the area of automobiles, we have been expanding the lineup of hybrid vehicles and will continue to strengthen hybrid, plug-in hybrid and EV models from here forward.

With our products equipped with electrification technologies, Honda will continue striving for the realisation of our enduring passion to realise the joy of helping people and the joy of driving. Honda will continue taking on challenges to expand the life’s potential of our customers.

Key Exhibition Models 

Automobiles

Honda Sports EV Concept:

Honda exhibited the world premiere of the Honda Sports EV Concept, a concept model that combines EV performance and AI (artificial intelligence) inside a compact body with the aim to realise the joy of driving the user can feel with a sense of unity with the car.

Honda Urban EV Concept:

Built on a newly-developed dedicated EV platform, the Honda Urban EV Concept is a concept model which indicates the technology and design directions for Honda’s future mass-production EV models. A new model based on this concept will go on sale first in Europe, and then in Japan in 2020.

Honda NeuV:

The Honda NeuV is an EV concept model that explores the potential of mobility products, which will be further expanded by automated driving technologies and AI. NeuV makes judgments about the driver’s state of stress based on facial expressions and/or tone of voice and provides assistance to the driver to support safe driving, and by learning the driver’s lifestyle and preferences, provides suggestions to the particular driver, realising communication between driver and mobility.

Honda CR-V:

The Honda CR-V is an SUV model enjoyed by customers in more than 160 countries around the world. The lineup of this all-new CR-V includes a series-first hybrid model equipped with Honda’s original “SPORT HYBRID i-MMD” two-motor hybrid system, which will be available in front-wheel drive and 4WD variants. The all-new CR-V is already on sale in various markets, including Australia and is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in 2018.

Clarity PHEV:

Based on Honda Sport Hybrid i-MMD, the output and capacity of the battery were increased, and the EV range of more than 100 km was made possible. The Clarity PHEV, a new-generation plug-in hybrid model, features an exterior form with low vehicle height, spacious cabin that seats 5 adults and a large-capacity cargo area. The Clarity PHEV is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in summer 2018.

Honda RoboCas Concept:

The Honda RoboCas Concept is a small-sized electric mobility product created to make people’s dreams and ideas come true. Different types of carrying space with a canopy can be freely combined with a compact-sized vehicle body base which has a driving function.

Motorcycles

Honda Riding Assist-e:

The Honda Riding Assist-e is an experimental motorcycle model Honda developed by applying proprietary balance control technologies Honda amassed through its research in the field of robotics. Honda’s aim for this model is to offer motorcycle riders greater peace of mind and make life with motorcycles more fun for people by mitigating the risk of a fall.

Neo Sports Café Concept:

Honda exhibited the world premiere of the Neo Sports Café Concept, which is a concept model for a naked sport model that combines the fun and beauty of a sport bike with a new-generation motorcycle package.

PCX Electric:

The PCX Electric is an electric scooter equipped with a high-output motor developed independently by Honda as well as the Honda Mobile Power Pack, a detachable mobile battery pack. Honda PCX Electric is scheduled to go on sale in 2018 in the Asia region including Japan.

PCX Hybrid:

Honda newly-developed an original hybrid system designed for motorcycles. This compact hybrid system employs a high-output battery and ACG starter to assist the engine and enables PCX Hybrid to realize a “torqueful” riding performance. Honda PCX Hybrid is scheduled to go on sale in 2018 in the Asia region including Japan.

Gold Wing Tour /Gold Wing

Honda exhibited the Japan premiere of the Honda Gold Wing grand touring model, which has been evolving as a flagship motorcycle model of Honda, and will underwent a full model change. The all-new Gold Wing features new technologies including a newly-developed horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine, 7-speed DCT and Honda’s original double wishbone suspension. The GOLDWING is planned to go on sale through Honda's new "Honda Dream" sales channel to be launched in April 2018.

Super Cub 110, a commemorative model recognising the 100 million-unit milestone

The Super Cub 110 is a special model Honda produced exclusively for the Tokyo Motor Show to commemorate the achievement of the 100 million-unit global production milestone this year and the 60th anniversary next year for the Super Cub series.

Super Cub C125

The Super Cub 125C inherited and evolved the attractive design and functionality as a personal commuter from the first-generation Super Cub (C100). This new 125 cc model features the latest equipment such as a smart key and electric seat opener and yet realizes ample power for a comfortable riding experience.

Cross Cub 110

Featuring a crossover style which will look good for both urban area riding and outdoor activities, the Cross Cub 110 proposes a new value of Honda Cub motorcycles. As a model oriented toward recreational use, the “tough” image is being emphasised with the adoption of a leg shield and wider tyres.

Monkey 125:

A 125cc horizontal, single-cylinder engine was installed to the signature body of the Honda Monkey with a sense of intentional deformation which comes from the short & tall body proportion unique to the Monkey series. Adopting unique features such as LED lights and digital meters, the Monkey 125 explores the new appeal of the Honda Monkey model.

Honda Exhibits at the TOKYO CONNECTED LAB 2017

Honda Ie-Mobi Concept (pronounced: ee-a mo-bee – “Ie” is a Japanese word for “home”): Honda Ie-Mobi Concept is an electrical mobility product that seamlessly connects a home and the car. Honda Ie-Mobi Concept makes it possible to supply electricity from the car to the home and from the home to the car. Moreover, this vehicle can be used also as a small room with the size of approximately 4.95m2.

Honda Fure-Mobi Concept (pronounced: foo-ray mo-bee – “Fure” comes from the Japanese word “Fureai” which means interaction, contact or touch):Honda Fure-Mobi Concept was developed under the theme of human-to-human interaction. This model has a size equivalent to that of a one-person electric wheelchair, but seats two people and realises smooth travelling on walkways or indoor spaces. Honda developed this model with the hope that this vehicle, which enables two people to move around together, will make people more proactively want to enjoy an outing.

Honda Chair-Mobi Concept:

Honda Chair-Mobi Concept is a chair-type mobility product that can be casually used in indoor or outdoor spaces. Its compact size and ability to turn in a small radius enable it to come into a tight space. The height-adjustable seating face features a function to maintain a level seat even while it is driven uphill or downhill. Honda developed this model as a mobility device that is capable of manoeuvering as flexibly as a pedestrian so that it can be used in various occasions.

Honda Ai-Miimo Concept

Honda Ai-Miimo Concept was developed based on the Honda Miimo, an electric self-propelled robotic lawn mower. By installing AI, it was turned into a model that communicates with its user and supports the user in their everyday life. Honda developed this model with the hope to create an existence that goes beyond the framework of a “product” but brings smiles and pleasant moments in people’s lives just like a pet or family member.

The Nissan IMx, an all-electric crossover concept vehicle offering fully autonomous operation and a driving range of more than 600 kilometers, was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show.

The innovative concept vehicle provides a glimpse into the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, Nissan’s approach to changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated with society. It’s designed to strengthen the link between car and driver as a close, reliable partner that delivers a safer, more convenient and more enjoyable drive.

By offering unprecedented enjoyment in motion and the ability to control the vehicle’s drive mode, the Nissan IMx aims to transform the everyday life of drivers.

“The IMx zero-emission crossover concept vehicle embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility,” said Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president for global marketing and sales, zero-emission vehicles and the battery business.

“Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, Nissan is committed to changing the way people and cars communicate, as well as how cars interact with society in the near future and beyond.”

Making travel more enjoyable: Nissan Intelligent Driving

At the core of the IMx’s technological features is a future version of ProPILOT that offers fully autonomous operation. When ProPILOT drive mode is selected, the system stows the steering wheel inside the dashboard and reclines all seats, giving the driver more space and allowing the vehicle’s occupants to relax and enjoy their commute. When Manual drive mode is selected, the vehicle returns the steering wheel and seats to their original position, seamlessly transferring control back to the driver.

Promoting the convenience and pleasure of electric driving: Nissan Intelligent Power 

The Nissan IMx zero-emission concept vehicle adopts Nissan’s new EV platform, designed for maximum efficiency. It allows the floor to be completely flat, resulting in a cavernous cabin and enhanced driving dynamics. With a low center of gravity, the chassis delivers sharp handling that promises to redefine the crossover segment. 

The powerful yet quiet powertrain delivers enhanced excitement. The IMx is propelled by a pair of high-output electric motors at the front and rear, giving it all-wheel-drive capability. They combine to produce 320 kW of power and an astounding 700 Nm of torque, sourced from a high-capacity battery which has been redesigned and re-engineered for increased energy density. This new battery supports a driving range of more than 600 kilometers on a single charge, so occupants can enjoy an extended adventure without worrying about recharging.

Becoming part of the social infrastructure: Nissan Intelligent Integration

The Nissan IMx can also contribute to the social infrastructure like no other vehicle before it. For example, after transporting its owner to the airport, the IMx can park itself in a spot where the vehicle can connect to the local power grid and act as a “virtual” power plant by returning electricity to the grid, an extension of its vehicle-to-home and vehicle-to-building features. Once the owner returns, the IMx can pick them up at the terminal and drive home. The whole process is carried out efficiently, thanks in part to the increased battery capacity and connected-car technologies, including Seamless Autonomous Mobility.

New EV design philosophies for the autonomous era

Until now, vehicles have been designed with a clear differentiation between exterior and interior. Exterior design provides a sense of security from the outside, while the interior design gives drivers an appropriate environment for concentrating on driving.

This purpose-based differentiation is likely to change with the arrival of fully autonomous vehicles. Nissan’s designers sought to redefine the interior space of the IMx to create a sense of openness, while maintaining a feeling of privacy. To achieve this, they endeavored to design a space that links up the inside and outside of the vehicle.

They also wanted to convey the key characteristics of electric vehicles – quiet and smooth with a sense of light, yet powerful and dynamic. They took inspiration from the Japanese concepts of ma, a sense of space and time, and wa (harmony), expressing the coexistence of two seemingly contradictory concepts – “stillness” and “motion.” 

Exterior design: showcasing the unique characteristics of electric vehicles 

The IMx’s styling conveys its clean and sporty electric-vehicle attributes by incorporating Nissan’s signature design features. From the familiar V-motion grille, the supple character line rises and flows to the hood and rear end. The broad surfaces of the distinctively shaped front fenders start from the grille and expand seamlessly onto the body sides, creating a sense of layers.

The vermillion accent color, contrasting vividly with the pearl white-colored body, is inspired by uramasari, which describes the beauty and extravagance found on the inside of traditional Japanese kimonos.

Interior design: spacious and relaxing, with simplicity 

The IMx concept vehicle’s interior adheres to the basic concept of space that can be found in a traditional Japanese house, suggesting a sense of openness.

The car’s panoramic OLED instrument panel displays a view of the external environment in the background. A separate, wood grain-patterned display, positioned below the instrument panel and wrapping around the interior door trims, gives occupants a subtle sense of the outside, similar to a shoji, a traditional Japanese paper screen.

The katanagare diagonal pattern on the seats has been delicately etched with a laser cutter. The head rest – patterned like kumiki, a Japanese interlocking wood puzzle – is made from silicon-material cushioning and a frame produced by a 3D printer.

Artificial intelligence enables the driver to control the instrument panel with eye movements and hand gestures. This intuitive interface results in fewer physical controls and switches, making the cabin of the IMx simple yet highly efficient and adding to its supreme comfort.

Subaru unveiled its VIZIV Performance Concept at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show. The VIZIV series of concepts embodies Subaru’s vision for the future of making cars that deliver “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind.”

The first sedan body of the series, the VIZIV Performance Concept symbolizes superior Subaru driving performance and the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) layout, powered by a Boxer engine honed over more than five decades of development.

In sports sedan form, it conveys the concept of driving enjoyment that Subaru continues to pursue. In anticipation of widespread future deployment of automated driving technologies, advanced driver assist functions, combining the next generation EyeSight® system with other devices, are installed.

The name VIZIV derives from “Vision for Innovation.” 

MAIN SPECIFICATIONS

Body size (overall length × width × height): 4,630 × 1,950 × 1,430 mm
Wheelbase: 2,730 mm
Tyre size: 245/40 R20
Seating capacity: Five

Design Features

The VIZIV Performance Concept draws inspiration from previous production models symbolizing the Subaru driving experience: the Legacy (Liberty in Australia), which defined Subaru as a driver’s car, plus Impreza and WRX, which took the World Rally Championship by storm. 

Based on Subaru’s “Dynamic X Solid” design philosophy, this next-generation sports sedan encapsulates driving enjoyment. 

Driving performance is highlighted by a low centre of gravity, the dynamic flare of the guards, use of carbon fibre parts in the bumpers, guards and roof, and the glimpse of the exhaust in the rear bumper. The three-dimensional form of the front grille is flanked by hawk-eye headlights while the muscular guards point to the reliability of Symmetrical AWD. 

ADVANCED DRIVER ASSIST TECHNOLOGIES

Subaru has teamed advanced driver assist technologies scheduled for launch around 2020, with the high performance offered by the Boxer engine and Symmetrical AWD - creating a sports sedan symbolizing the “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind” expected of its cars. 

By also incorporating further enhancements to EyeSight driver assist technology, radar and highly accurate GPS and navigation systems, Subaru continues to pursue the ultimate levels of safety, aimed at eliminating accidents.

BRZ STI SPORT

Also unveiled in Tokyo was the BRZ STI Sport. While on-sale only in the Japan domestic market, some elements will be included in a yet-to-be disclosed Australian variant, which will be on sale around end of year. The new range-topping variant in Japan has been jointly developed with Subaru Tecnica International (STI), to achieve new levels of driving performance, quality feel and luxury.

The suspension features flexible V-braces and flexible draw stiffener front suspension. Exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels and high-performance tyres are used. The ZF-made SACHS shock absorbers, and coil springs specially tuned by STI, improve steering response and suppress roll - achieving flexible but highly stable driving performance.

The exterior is highlighted by an exclusive front bumper and adopts glossy black components, emphasizing strength and superb driving performance. The interior colour motif is unique to the variant, featuring Bordeaux red coordination. Quality materials include genuine leather and Alcantara® seats. 

Exclusive components are used for the instrument panel and its glare shield, and for the steering wheel, creating a sporty and special space.

MAIN FEATURES OF BRZ STI SPORT

Suspension and wheels

  • Specially tuned SACHS shock absorbers (made by ZF) and coil springs
  • STI-designed flexible V-braces
  • STI-designed flexible draw stiffeners (front)
  • 18-inch black alloy wheels
  • 215/40R18 high-performance tyres
  • Brembo four-wheel ventilated disc brakes

Exterior

  • Exclusive front bumper
  • STI emblem (front and rear)
  • BRZ emblem (black)
  • Exclusive front bumper garnish (with STI logo)
  • Power-retractable remote-control door mirrors (black)
  • Black shark fin antenna

Interior

  • Exclusive Alcantara® leather seats (Black/Bordeaux red; front seat heater)
  • Instrument panel with exclusive TFT colour Multi-Information Display (STI logo)
  • Exclusive instrument panel glare shield (Grande Luxe, red stitching)
  • Exclusive leather-wrapped steering wheel (high-tactile leather, red stitching, with dark cast metallic trim)
  • Exclusive door armrests (Bordeaux red, red stitching)
  • Exclusive shoulder pads (Grande Luxe, red stitching)
  • Piano black trim (air conditioner switch panel, power window switch panel)
  • Stainless steel side sill plates with STI logo

At the 45th Tokyo Motor Show, which opens to the public on October 27, 2017, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will celebrate the world debut of the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT. The all-electric high performance SUV embodies MMC’s new brand strategy under the new “Drive your Ambition” global tagline, a strategy that reflects an adventurous and progressive mindset for inspirational design and product.

The MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT is a technical prototype to illustrate the strategic directions of a renewed MMC brand that incorporates the strengths of SUV, EV, and the ability to integrate new systems for a connected mobility customer experience.

Under this new ethos, MMC will expand its customer base, leveraging its strong pedigree of driving performance and reliability with breakthrough SUVs and crossovers. As a first-mover in electric vehicles, MMC will expand and accelerate its EV deployment. MMC will push the technological envelope with a tightly integrated system of AI, connectivity, on-board and cloud computing.

"Robust & Ingenious": The design philosophy of Mitsubishi Motors

MMC has adopted a design philosophy under the title "Robust & Ingenious.”

“We aim to provide vehicles that fulfill our customers' desires through outstanding design, combined with the power, authenticity and carefully-considered functionality Mitsubishi Motors is known for,” said MMC Head of Global Design Tsunehiro Kunimoto.

Robust & ingenious, the design language of the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT, is a study in contrasts. MMC vehicles of the future are meant to be sincere, tough, and functional. At the same time, they will be clever, resourceful, style-setting and technologically advanced.

The design of the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT

MMC has a long and strong heritage. Think of “Mitsubishi Motors,” and proven off-road performance, along with superior 4WD control come to mind. Now, the banner of superior, high-performance 4WD control is carried forward by the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT. The design expresses the readiness to grip the ground with all four-wheels, and the agility of a high performance cross-country tourer.

The front face design of the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT is a fresh take on MMC’s archetypal DYNAMIC SHIELD design. The black grille is shielded under glass, a subtle hint that this car is a high performance electric vehicle. Protected under the glass, and accentuated by blue lines for emphasis, sit cameras and sensors. Large air intakes are located beneath the headlamps, ready to cool the electric brake calipers. Adding to the vehicle’s excellent aerodynamics, the drawn-in air passes jet tailfins on the C-pillars before exiting on either side of the rear bumper.

A sharply slanted front windshield and short overhangs give the e- MITSUBISHI EVOLUTION CONCEPT a unique side profile that has not been possible before the arrival of electric propulsion. High ground clearance, short overhangs, strong shoulders, and narrow hips project nimbleness and agility. Muscular tires that protrude at the four corners communicate powerful 4WD torque. Bars running from front to rear along either side of the roof enhance the vehicle’s muscular attitude.

The large hexagon shape at the rear draws inspiration from the spare tire cover of the quintessential SUV, the legendary Mitsubishi Pajero, a hallmark of off-road driving, and one of the most iconic chapters of MMC’s heritage.

Inside, the cockpit of the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT shows that its designers suddenly had the freedom to go beyond the traditional firewall. The MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT is powered by three torqueful electric motors, and the absence of a big internal combustion engine under the hood gave designers the space to realize a radically novel cockpit. Its instrument panel appears to float in front of the driver. It is a MMC vehicle, and the instrument panel adopts MMC’s trademark horizontal styling, with the focus on information above the axis and on operation below. Acting like a level in an electronic viewfinder, the horizontal instrument panel makes it easier to sense the state of the vehicle during driving – form follows function well down the road.

A large flat screen spans the full width of the dashboard. It displays outside conditions, navigation and coaching information. The large screen is flanked by two smaller screens, showing images from front and rear cameras. Full-glass windows provide near unobstructed 360-degree visibility, for a feeling more akin to a jet fighter than a car.

The technologies of the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT

EV system: The MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT uses high-torque, high-performance electric motors, fed by a high-capacity battery system to deliver the smooth and powerfully responsive performance that distinguishes EVs from ICE-powered vehicles. The drive battery is located under the floor mid-ship of the vehicle, providing a low center of gravity for the utmost driving stability.

4WD system: For exceptional driving performance, the triple motor 4WD system employs a single motor to drive the front wheels, complemented by a new Dual Motor Active Yaw Control (AYC) system that couples two rear motors through an electronically controlled torque-vectoring AYC unit. All of this is integrated into MMC’s unique Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamic control system. Cornering performance and traction performance are improved. The brakes of the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT responsively and precisely control the driving forces with the help of electric calipers that supersede the conventional hydraulic caliper. The effects of the system can be felt and appreciated immediately, even at low speeds when G-forces are low. Whether driving around town, on expressways, or winding roads, the fully electric vehicle always provides crisp and nimble handling that faithfully mirrors driver intent.

AI system: The brain of the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system that augments the driver’s capabilities. An array of sensors allows the AI system to instantly read changes in road and traffic conditions, as well as the driver’s intent. Seamlessly coordinating driver intent with vehicle performance, the system supports drivers of all abilities. By making it easier and safer to control the vehicle, the motoring experience is brought to a new level. A special coaching function allows the AI system to transfer knowledge to the driver, and to unobtrusively enhance the driving expertise. After building a picture of the driver’s skill level, the system constructs a training program that provides advice through voice dialogue and a large dashboard display. As a result, drivers of all abilities quickly experience a vehicle that behaves the way they want it, and soon they find themselves enjoying the driving experience to an even greater degree.

Mazda Motor Corporation unveiled two concept models, the Mazda KAI CONCEPT and the Mazda VISION COUPE at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show. Organized by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, the show will be open to the public from Oct. 28 through Nov. 5.

The Mazda KAI CONCEPT compact hatchback heralds a new generation of Mazda cars. Featuring the next-generation SKYACTIV-X petrol engine, SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture and a more mature expression of the KODO design language, the model embodies the technology, engineering and design concepts that will define the next generation of Mazda cars.

Refinements in all areas of dynamic performance have produced a dramatically quieter, more comfortable ride and an enhanced performance feel. The KAI CONCEPT features muscular, solid proportions and its form is brought to life by a delicate flow of reflections over the body sides.

The VISION COUPE represents Mazda’s design vision for next-generation models; a more mature expression of KODO applies a Japanese aesthetic to achieve more elegant and premium styling. The exterior features a “one motion” form that exudes a sense of speed and the interior combines three-dimensional depth with a strong longitudinal axis to create a relaxed space that maintains a sense of speed.

In line with its “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” long-term vision for technology development, Mazda aims to use the fundamental appeal of the automobile – driving pleasure – to inspire people, enrich society and help bring about a beautiful earth. By offering an experience of car ownership that celebrates driving, the company hopes to enrich lives and build a strong bond with customers.

The Vision Tokyo is the latest trailblazing spatial experience to come from Mercedes-Benz: its monolithic structure, futuristic design idiom and unique lounge ambience in the interior define it as luxurious, young and progressive – thus making it a fitting tribute to the sophisticated megacity and trendsetting metropolis that is Tokyo. Spatially efficient, versatile and intelligently connected, the Vision Tokyo – which is also capable of driving autonomously – is an urban transformer that reflects the growing youthfulness of the Mercedes-Benz brand. At the same time, this innovative five-seater continues a tradition of visionary design-study showcars that has included the Vision Ener-G-Force (Los Angeles, November 2012), AMG Vision Gran Turismo (Sunnyvale, 2013) and G-Code (Beijing, November 2014).

Japan's capital city Tokyo represents home to some nine million people, in an area that is just 622 square kilometres in size – smaller than Paris but with more than four times as many people. This megacity represents a fascinating combination of tradition and contemporary high tech and is constantly defining new trends – making it the ideal location for the premiere of the Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo. It will be on display to an international audience for the first time at the Tokyo Motor Show (30 October to 7 November 2015).

Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG: "The Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo embodies the concept of an automotive lounge for a future generation of megacities. The purity and sensuality of the Vision Tokyo's styling defines a new interpretation of modern luxury from Mercedes-Benz." The conceptual message of the vehicle reflects the increasingly youthful appeal of the Mercedes-Benz brand and perceptions of it as a stylistically influential design brand. The Vision Tokyo is the brainchild of the designers working within Mercedes-Benz's global network of Advanced Design Studios.

Hot on the heels of the F 015 Luxury in Motion autonomously driving luxury saloon comes the Vision Tokyo, with which Mercedes-Benz aims to show how the car of the future can be turned into a hip living space – a chill-out zone in the midst of megacity traffic mayhem. The Vision Tokyo is a homage to the urban Generation Z, the cohort of people born since 1995 who have grown up with the new media. The role of the vehicle has changed for this global generation: it is no longer simply a means of getting around, but a digital, automobile companion.

The Vision Tokyo takes things another step further: innovative algorithms allow it to evolve constantly; Deep Machine Learning and an intelligent Predictive Engine mean that, with each journey, it becomes more and more familiar with its occupants, their likes and preferences. All of which makes the Vision Tokyo the perfect partner for Generation Z. The spaciousness of the Vision Tokyo marks a new conceptual approach for Mercedes-Benz Cars. These proportions are emphasised by the monochrome Alubeam paintwork and by side windows screen-printed in the colour of the vehicle. These give the vehicle's occupants privacy, while at the same time allowing sufficient light to penetrate into the interior and an unimpeded view out.

Surfaces and lines illuminated in blue – among them the 26-inch wheels and the side skirts – provide unexpected colour highlights and are indicative of the concept car's emission-free electric drive system. A pointer to the potential for autonomous operation and the comprehensive system of vehicle environment sensors that this requires, including a 360-degree camera, is provided by the fin on the vehicle roof.

Instead of a conventional windscreen, the Vision Tokyo features a continuous stretch of glass panelling – similar to the glazed cockpit of a powerboat. As was the case with the AMG Vision Gran Turismo, the front headlamps are set well to either side and at an angle. The area across the front of the vehicle can be used to display a series of different lighting functions. If music is playing inside the vehicle the display will, for example, visualise a sound pattern, rather like a sound analyser. The rear window is set into a surrounding ring of red LED cubes, which gives it visual depth. Once again, the LED field can be put to good use – as an indicator display or as part of the analyser function.

The dimensions of the Vision Tokyo (length/width/height: 4803/2100/1600 mm) are comparable with those of a mid-series vehicle. Up to five passengers access the interior via the upward-swinging door on the left-hand side – ideal for the right-hand-drive traffic in Japan's megacity. The conventional seating arrangement in rows is thus redundant, while there is also no "front" or "back" here: passengers take their seats instead on a large, oval-shaped couch. This unique lounge-style arrangement allows everyone on board to enjoy the benefits of autonomous driving.

For even though the members of "Generation Z" are frequent users of social media, they nevertheless prefer personal contact whenever possible. And it is for this face‑to-face communication that the seat layout has been optimised. As a contemporary-style club lounge, the Vision Tokyo brings people together. With the car in autonomous driving mode they are able to chill and chat, without having to worry about steering a way through the dense traffic. Behind the passengers are large wraparound LED screens. The perforated seats are back-lit, giving rise to a high-tech ambience that presents an intentional contrast to the soft surface finish of the pale leather. Apps, maps and displays emanating from the entertainment system are presented as three-dimensional holograms within the interior space.

Should there be a requirement for the Vision Tokyo to be controlled manually rather than it driving autonomously, a seat facing in the direction of travel can be released from the centre of the couch at the front, rather like the "jump seat" in an aircraft cockpit. The steering wheel, too, is then moved from its standby position into driving position.

The bodyshell of the Vision Tokyo has been designed to allow the crash-protected integration of a fuel cell-powered electric drive system. This is based on the trailblazing F-CELL PLUG-IN HYBRID of the F 015 Luxury in Motion and combines the on-board generation of electricity with a particularly powerful and compact high-voltage battery that can be charged contactlessly via induction. The use of pressure tanks made from CFRP is envisaged for the storage of hydrogen in the concept car. The electric hybrid system has a total range of 980 kilometres, of which some 190 kilometres are courtesy of battery-powered driving and around 790 kilometres on the electricity produced in the fuel cell.

The Vision Tokyo continues a tradition of visionary design-study showcars that has included the Vision Ener-G-Force (Los Angeles, November 2012), AMG Vision Gran Turismo (Sunnyvale, 2013) and G-Code (Beijing, November 2014). Thanks to the global nature of the Mercedes-Benz Design function, these concept vehicles take cues from local trends in design, culture and mobility and make these the focal point of the respective mobility concept. At the same time these showcars are already looking well beyond the next generation of vehicles.

When it comes to its Advanced Design activities, Mercedes-Benz relies on a global network: designers and modellers in five Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad (USA), Sunnyvale (USA), Como (Italy), Beijing (China) and Sindelfingen (Germany) mull over ideas for the vehicles of tomorrow – and beyond.

Honda has unveiled the new fuel cell vehicle called CLARITY FUEL CELL at the 44th Tokyo Motorshow.

Expected to be available in Japan for lease in March 2016, the all-new CLARITY FUEL CELL has been designed as a true five-passenger sedan, thanks to the compact, high power fuel cell stack mounted under the bonnet.

Employing original Honda technologies, the fuel cell stack has been downsized by 33 per cent and achieves more than 100kW with output density of 3.1kW/L*1 which is an improvement of 60 per cent. The fuel cell powertrain has been made as compact as a V6 engine*2 and housed under the bonnet of a sedan-type vehicle for the first time in the world*3.

Honda was one of the first automakers to focus attention on hydrogen as a possible solution for global warming and depletion of fossil fuels and has taken a proactive approach to research and development of FCVs since the late 1980s. The CLARITY FUEL CELL has a 70MPa high-pressure hydrogen storage tank that provides a class-leading cruising range of more than 700 km*4 (Honda internal measurement) and can be refilled in approximately three minutes*5. Its high-output motor with maximum output of 130kW*1 achieves a direct, highly-responsive and exhilarating driving experience with excellent quietness.

When combined with the Power Exporter 9000 - an external power feeding device - the all-new CLARITY FUEL CELL can function as a “power plant on wheels” that can generate electricity in times of disaster. In 2002, the Honda FCX became the first fuel cell vehicle in the world to be certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). With these certifications, Honda began lease sales of the Honda FCX in Japan and the U.S. 

In 2008, Honda became the first automaker to begin lease sales of the FCX Clarity, which featured an innovative sedan-type package and unprecedented driving experience. The all-new CLARITY FUEL CELL was developed based on data related to the ease of use and driving performance of these previous Honda FCVs. Honda will continue taking on new challenges in the area of hydrogen technologies including the Smart Hydrogen Station, FCVs and external power feeding devices.

Key Specifications

Number Of Occupants

5

Cruising range (reference)

More than 700km*4 (Honda internal measurement while being driven in JC 08 Mode

Refuelling time

Approximately 3 minutes*5

FC maximum output

More than 100kW

FC stack output density

3.1kW/L*1

Motor maximum output

130kW

Hydrogen maximum filling pressure

70MPa

Energy storage

Lithium-ion battery

Vehicle size (length X width X height)

4,895mmx1,875mmx1,475mm

*1 Honda internal measurement
*2 Honda 3.5L V6 engine
*3 Among planned production models of sedan-type vehicle, Honda internal research as of October 2015
*4 Honda internal measurement in JC08 mode and after refuelling the vehicle at a hydrogen station with charging pressure of 70 MPa which comply with SAE standards (J2601). The cruising range may vary when the vehicle is refuelled at hydrogen station with different specifications, as amount of hydrogen put in the tank will vary depending on the specifications of hydrogen station. The cruising range may also vary significantly depending on conditions of usage (ambient temperature, traffic congestion, etc.) and how the vehicle is driven (sudden starts, use of air-conditioning unit, etc.)
*5 Honda internal measures using 70MPa station in the exterior temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. Time required for refuelling may vary depending on conditions.

The British premium brand MINI is presenting the latest results of the current generation change in its model range at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 with a World and Asia premiere. The international motor show in the Japanese capital is the venue for the first public presentation of the new MINI Convertible. The new MINI Clubman will also see its premiere on the Asian continent here.

Both new arrivals demonstrate how the wide range of possibilities of experiencing the latest edition of MINI typical driving fun have been broadened even further. Just like the new MINI 3 door and the new MINI 5 door, the new MINI Convertible offers significant advancements in the areas of technology, design, equipment and premium quality. Enjoying open air driving pleasure in hallmark style is now even more attractive. The new MINI Clubman combines the advances of the new model generation with a clear boost in space and functionality, thereby transferring them to the premium compact segment for the first time.

In this competitive environment, its unconventional body concept with four doors and the two Split Doors at the rear, which open sideways, make it an exceptional phenomenon right away. The Tokyo Motor Show ranks among the top five of the most important international auto shows. It was brought into being in 1954 and is being conducted for the 44th time already this year. Taking “Your heart will race – technology and fantasy” as the motto, automobile manufacturers, suppliers and service providers from all over the world are presenting their latest models, products and technologies from 30.

October to 8. November. The MINI presentation at the international Tokyo Big Sight trade fair centre gives visitors the opportunity to also get to know the other members of the model family, current MINI Connected innovations as well as new products from the optional equipment and Original MINI accessories range.

Once again the MINI Convertible offers the most exclusive and also most invigorating way of enjoying hallmark MINI driving fun. In the new edition of the open four-seater, the evolutionary refinement of the sporty-elegant exterior design and the high-grade interior ambience harmonise with the wide range of innovations in the areas of drive, suspension, equipment and networking. The fully automatic textile top of the new MINI Convertible is equipped with a fully electric and therefore especially quiet drive mechanism. It can also be opened and closed while driving up to speeds of 30 km/h in 18 seconds respectively and also features a sliding roof function.

Optionally a MINI Yours top with woven-in Union Jack design is available. A touch of visual style is also offered by the new Caribbean Aqua metallic paintwork.

The new generation of the first and still only convertible in the small car premium segment will go on sale on the Japanese market in the first quarter of 2016 in the model variants MINI Cooper Convertible and MINI Cooper S Convertible. Both models are driven by the powerful and efficient latest-generation engines with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. Agile and safe driving is ensured thanks to the hallmark power transmission to the front wheels, the high-grade, model- specifically harmonised suspension technology, the wide track, the low centre of gravity and the body reinforcements especially conceived for the convertible. The automatic rollover protection has now been completely integrated behind the rear seats. The new options include the Always Open Timer, whose display functions have been expanded, the MINI Connected App with rain warning, the automatic air conditioning with convertible mode as well as the especially compact and user- friendly wind deflector.

The second new model of the British brand presented at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 has everything that it takes to win over new target groups to the unmistakable MINI feeling. The new MINI Clubman offers the highest level of everyday practicality, long distance suitability, versatility and ride comfort ever seen in a MINI. In addition, its unique body concept, characteristic design features, premium quality and thrillingly agile handling properties make for hallmark MINI style in the compact segment.

With its Split Doors at the rear, the new MINI Clubman has six doors. Thanks to its long wheelbase, its stretched silhouette and steep rear section, it represents the modern interpretation of the shooting brake concept. Five fully-fledged seats and a spacious and variable interior as well as the distinctive cockpit design, clearly highlight the advances made in comparison to the predecessor model with regard to space and functionality. The new MINI Clubman is equipped as standard with an electric parking brake and optionally also with electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seats. In addition the entire range of driver assistance systems is available for the new MINI generation. The luggage space volume of the new MINI Clubman can be extended from 360 to as much as 1250 litres by folding down the rear backrest with its 40:20:40 split. : 20 : 40 split; luggage compartment volume can be extended from 360 to as much as 1 250 litres.

Non-contact opening of the split doors is possible in combination with the optional equipment Comfort Access function.

The current engine generation with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology also powers the MINI Clubman providing sports style temperament and outstanding efficiency. Two model variants will be launched in Japan in the fourth quarter of 2015. The new MINI Cooper Clubman transfers the engine power generated by its 3-cylinder petrol engine to the front wheels via a 6-speed Steptronic transmission. The 4-cylinder engine of the new MINI Cooper S Clubman is combined with the first 8-speed Steptronic transmission to be used by the brand. The optional MINI Driving Modes include the standard MID setting, the intensive driving fun SPORT mode and the especially efficient GREEN mode. Fuel-efficient driving is also ensured by the sailing function where the drivetrain is decoupled as soon as the driver takes his foot off the accelerator.

With the new models shown at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, the latest MINI generation presents a level of model diversity which will enable further target groups to experience driving fun in everyday traffic. With its current range for the small car and compact segment, the British premium brand is preparing the ground for continuing its success story on the Japanese car market. The latest generation of the original in the premium small car segment will be available in the MINI 3 door and MINI 5 door version for the first time. Three engine types are offered for both models. The extremely sports oriented MINI John Cooper Works was also created on the basis of the classic 3 door model version. The new edition of the top athlete is the most powerful production vehicle ever manufactured by the brand.

The MINI Countryman already impressively proved that hallmark MINI driving fun and individual style are a thrilling proposition for customers beyond the small car segment, too. As the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and optional ALL4 all-wheel drive, the allrounder greatly contributed to the brand’s continuous growth on the Japanese market. There is added support by the avant- garde and very sports-oriented MINI Paceman, the first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium compact segment. Both models also serve as the basis for two further extreme athletes in the MINI model range. The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman and the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman are characterised by their motor sport inspired drive and suspension technology, all-wheel drive as standard as well as highly distinctive exterior and interior design.

The Mitsubishi eX Concept is a vision for a compact SUV powered by a next-generation EV system. In terms of design, it evokes the image of a city-friendly sports crossover and merges the elegance and stylishness of a “shooting brake” (a term for a coupé with flowing styling fused with a hatchback car, the term originates from British hunting-use horse carriages) with compact SUV lines. The front end expresses a new interpretation of MMC’s Dynamic Shield front design concept. In both its exterior and interior, the Mitsubishi eX Concept indicates future direction of MMC Design.

The next-generation EV system employs a high-capacity and high-performance battery together with compact high-output electric motors making it lighter and more efficient. With further weight reductions in the vehicle itself, it can provide a cruising range of 400 km. Installing the drive battery beneath the body has lowered the centre of gravity and together with its Twin Motor 4WD and S-AWC integrated vehicle dynamics control system, helps provide handling control which faithfully reflects driver inputs as well as outstanding vehicle stability.

The Mitsubishi eX Concept is a next-generation SUV a step ahead of EVs to date. Other features include the application of automated driving technology which combines connected car systems, utilising next-generation information services and advanced active safety technology. Mitsubishi’s eX Concept quickly and precisely utilises its safety features to detect malfunctions or abnormalities early and advises the driver to take the vehicle in for repair or servicing.

Exterior Design

The Mitsubishi eX Concept’s active, pulsating design uses a very dense, solid form that gives it a strong presence, looking as if it has been carved from a single block, as well as marrying the elegance and stylishness of a “shooting brake” car with the lines of a compact SUV. While the luggage compartment provides ample space for outdoor gear, the Mitsubishi eX Concept establishes styling which evokes an image of a sports crossover zipping nimbly around town. The front is a new interpretation of the MMC Dynamic Shield design concept. For the Mitsubishi eX Concept, the design takes a slightly more functional direction.

In addition to the visual expression of the “shield” shape, to protect people and the car alike, its daytime running lamps and the turning signal in the top are more visible to pedestrians while the headlights are located under the ends of the bumper to prevent blinding oncoming vehicles and pedestrians. Another element that serves to enhance a feeling of reassurance is the use of rubber coating on the underside and the sides of the fascia where contact is possible with people or obstacles.

Interior

The easy-access doors without centre pillars lead occupants into a pleasing interior space. To also express what defines a “shooting brake” car inside the Mitsubishi eX Concept, the driver and passenger seats use different colours to give each side a different ambience, making for an interior space which is both sporty but also bright refined and spacious overall. The use of a framed structure covered with soft-touch material for the dashboard and other major elements of the front compartment not only creates a sense of being light in weight visually – the car’s structure actually reduces its weight.

The centre console houses two portable batteries which can be used outside of the car to support the active lifestyles. The Mitsubishi eX Concept also employs an augmented reality (AR) as well as the Intelligent Display located in the centre of the instrument housing to give information to the driver. Linking to an information network using connected car technology, the Mitsubishi eX Concept brings new ways of enjoying the in-car experience.

Augmented Reality Windscreen

Employing augmented reality technology, information acquired through connected car system is displayed on the windscreen. Displaying information within their forward field of vision allows drivers to view changes in road conditions without having to make major movements beyond their line of sight.

The type of information that can be displayed includes:

  • Route guidance from the car navigation system
  • Vehicle-to-vehicle distance alerts
  • Lane departure warnings
  • Information on fixed or movable traffic signs acquired by the camera-based road sign recognition system

In addition, the AR windscreen is fitted with Caution Tracking which employs driver assistance technology using vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-road and vehicle-to-pedestrian communications to display guidance and warnings on information outside the driver’s field of view, such as vehicles or pedestrians approaching intersections but hidden from the driver. Urging the driver to make split-second decisions and vehicle operations, the AR windscreen supports safer driving.

Intelligent Display

Located in the upper part of the instrument housing, the Intelligent Display provides a portal to a whole range of driving information. Linked to the navigation app on a smartphone, it can display route guidance. Search information through a smartphone or PC is shared with artificial intelligence (AI) via the Cloud and the car will display the driver’s requested internet search information. The AI function of the Intelligent Display will make recommendations based on understanding of the driver’s interests and hobbies.

Side View Monitors

Side View Monitors are located on either side of the main instrument housing. Replacing traditional door mirrors, they use high-definition cameras fitted to the car body to display the rearward field of view and so reduce the amount of eye movement the driver has to make.

Rear View Monitor

A rear view monitor mounted in the overhead console uses a high-definition camera fitted to the rear of the car to display the view behind the car, replacing the traditional rear view mirror. It provides a wider and clearer image of the view behind the car than a conventional rear view mirror.

EV System & Twin Motor 4WD/S-AWC

The Mitsubishi eX Concept embodies the culmination of all the technologies MMC has developed to date and uses the next-generation EV system which brings together a longer cruising range as well as superior driving performance. The system is configured from a next-generation drive battery which greatly improves energy density of previous batteries and the front and rear compact high-output motors. Together with the reduction in weight and higher efficiency of the new EV system, a non-compromising reduction in the weight of the body has given the Mitsubishi eX Concept a cruising range of 400 km.

This drivetrain delivers the kind of torquey acceleration that can only be enjoyed in an EV as it delivers 70 kW to both front and rear wheels for a total output of 140 kW of power. The Twin Motor 4WD drivetrain incorporates the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system which uses braking to control the front wheels and a transfer mechanism Active Yaw Control (AYC) that varies torque split between the rear wheels. With the AYC controlling rear wheel drive split, the Mitsubishi eX Concept delivers handling which accurately reflects driver inputs.

The driver can select between three different drive modes to extract the full performance of the S-AWC system. AUTO mode uses sensors and cameras which monitor and feedback road surface conditions to the S-AWC control unit so that it automatically selects the optimum drive mode for the surface conditions encountered along the route. GRAVEL delivers optimum traction and drive on unpaved roads and in heavy rain while SNOW delivers optimum handling on snow-covered or other slippery surfaces.

The Mitsubishi eX Concept can be connected to a Vehicle to Home (V2H) device that allows the energy stored in the drive battery to supply enough electricity battery to power domestic appliances in an average household for four days. A 1500W 100V AC socket also allows the battery to power appliances.

Mitsubishi Connect’s Connected Car Technology

MMC’s advanced connected car technology integrates vehicles with information networks. By utilising these networks, Mitsubishi Connect offers an even wider variety of services and brings a greater richness to your time in the car. Artificial intelligence services linked to a Cloud can match information stored from internet searches, movements at home and places you visit with your interests and tastes. When the artificial intelligence service picks up information related to that in the Cloud while you are driving, it makes recommendations based on such information.

Linked constantly to the Cloud, Mitsubishi Connect can help avoid accidents by combining and utilising information about other vehicles and infrastructure near your car. It also analyses the car to detect abnormalities or signs of malfunction before they occur, and encourages you to have it repaired or serviced. Should you be involved in an accident, it automatically transmits sensor information on the damage (the seriousness of the crash, whether airbags have deployed or not, etc.) as well as the location of the crash through a vehicle emergency communication system.

With these features Mitsubishi Connect offers all-round support for more reassuring and comfortable motoring. In addition linking your car to a smartphone makes it possible to send and receive voice messages, use social network services and even make a reservation at a restaurant. Using your time inside the car like this makes life so much more convenient.

Advanced Active Safety Technology

Further evolutions in MMC’s advanced active safety technology system support safer and more comfortable driving. Advanced active safety technology systems include Forward Collision Mitigation system (FCM) and the Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS). The scope of these camera and radar-based systems has been expanded to detect pedestrians and bicycles. FCM automatically applies the brakes when the camera and radar detect a sudden reduction in the distance with the vehicle in front and helps to avoid a collision or reduce impact damage in the event of a collision.

FCM also warns the driver if the camera and radar spot pedestrians and bicycles ahead at night or other times of poor visibility and the system determine when there is the possibility of a collision. If necessary it will also automatically apply the brakes to avoid an accident to minimise or avoid injury. Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS) and Brake Control use a radar to detect obstructions either in front or behind the vehicle and regulates motor power when the driver presses their foot on the accelerator by mistake.

This prevents the vehicle from going forward. It also audibly and visually encourages the driver to take care.

Blind Spot Warning System (BSW) and Lane Change Assist System (LCA)

The Blind Spot Warning system (BSW) uses ultrasound sensors and radar to monitor the areas behind the vehicle most likely to be blind spots. With both audible and visual alerts the system encourages the driver to take care when it detects a car behind, helping prevent them from failing to observe a vehicle at or approaching either rear corner from behind when changing lanes on an expressway, for example. The Lane Change Assist system (LCA) works in cooperation with BSW to assist the driver when merging with traffic or when changing lanes.

Should a vehicle be detected approaching one of the rear corners of the car, LCA uses audible and visual alerts to encourage the driver to take care and automatically corrects the steering wheel angle if necessary to prevent contact with another vehicle.

Front & Rear Cross Traffic Alert

When driving either forward or reversing out of a garage that faces the road, this front and rear mounted camera and radar-based system issues a warning when it detects an approaching vehicle.

Road Condition Detection Sensor

As well as detecting irregularities in the road surface, this camera and radar-based system determines changes in the vehicle’s operating environment, such as from bitumen to dirt to sand, and changes in road surface conditions due to the weather. This information is used in the control of the S-AWC integrated vehicle dynamics control system. The system also shares this road surface information with other cars through a connected car link. For example, this allows cars to adjust their driving based on information from other cars in front of them about road conditions that have suddenly worsened.

In the event of a natural disaster, the system can store and analyse data detected by a number of vehicles and inform many more cars about which roads are passable and the condition of such roads.

Communications-based Accident Avoidance System

Employing vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-road and vehicle-to-pedestrian communications, this system helps prevent accidents by detecting objects the driver cannot readily see, and alerting the driver. For example, pedestrians on the other side of the car, pedestrians when you are waiting to turn at an intersection or oncoming cars.

Automated Parking Assist

When parking in a garage or parallel-parking the car, the camera and sensor-based system monitors the amount of space available and the perimeter of the car and then automatically operates the steering wheel and brakes to complete the parking manoeuvre. The system reduces effort and stress for drivers when parking in tight spaces.

Driver Monitor

The Driver Monitor system employs an infrared camera in the dashboard and sensors in the steering column and driver’s seat to monitor eye blinking, changes in posture, heart rate and other biological signals as well as vehicle drifting and other abnormalities to determine the driver’s level of alertness, encouraging them to take a rest as necessary.

Any time it detects a loss of concentration or that the driver has taken their eyes off the road ahead, the system immediately issues an alert.

Automated Driving Technology

The Mitsubishi eX Concept pursues a variety of automated (and semi-automated running) driving technologies which are very compatible with EVs. For example, MMC has developed a satisfying and convenient Automated Valet Parking system taking advantage of the precision control possible with electric motor drive. Utilising the dependable torque generated by an electric motor EVs delivers driving performance which almost instantaneously responds to situational changes found in autonomous driving on roads solely for vehicular use, or in automated obstacle avoidance systems.

Automated Driving Mode position lamps are switched on to tell other vehicles when the automated driving system has taken over operation of the car.

Automated Valet Parking System and Wireless Battery Charging

Smart Valet Parking refers to system where everything is done automatically by linking the parking area system and vehicle system using connected car technology. Occupants get out of the vehicle after the driver leaves it at the Smart Valet Parking area. When they are ready to retrieve their vehicle the driver can press an icon on their smartphone or smartwatch and the vehicle automatically drives itself back to the original Smart Valet Parking area where the driver first left it.

Smart Valet Parking systems provide EV charging bays with wireless charging which uses solar or other renewable energy sources. EVs that need their battery charged are automatically driven to an available parking spot with a charging bay. Departure times and other instructions can easily be changed using a smartphone or smartwatch.

Automated Driving (Semi-Automated Running) on Highways and Public Roads

Using information from vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-road communications as well as from cameras and radar mounted to the car, the automated driving system analyses the situation around the perimeter of the vehicle and autonomously varies vehicle speed or changes lane accordingly. The system also acquires information from the Cloud on traffic conditions at the destination and assists the driver in avoiding accidents, congestion or hazards.

The major technologies employed include:

  • Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC): When driving on highways or other roads this system uses vehicle-to-vehicle communications to share information on whether other vehicles are accelerating or decelerating to make following a vehicle ahead smoother
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA): Uses cameras to determine the position of lane dividing lines and keep the vehicle between them
  • Automated Lane Change: This system promotes safer driving by cooperating with LCA and BSW changing lanes when it detects changes in the road situation ahead such as congestion, lane restrictions due to road works, or an object that has fallen off a vehicle ahead.

In addition, an Automated Obstacle Avoidance System uses cameras and radar mounted to the vehicle and communications with vehicles in the vicinity, to detect any obstacles for the car to avoid. While intricately regulating the distance to other vehicles in the vicinity, whether in congested traffic or travelling at high speed on a highway, this makes for safer driving and avoids unnecessary acceleration and braking.

Mitsubishi eX Concept Specifications

L x W x H (mm)

4240 x 1780 x 1575

Seats

5

Cruising range(JC08; km)

400

Max output F/R (kW)

70 / 70

Total capacity of battery (kWh)

45

Drive battery

Lithium-ion cells

Drivetrain

Twin Motor 4WD

For images visit https://library.mitsubishi-motors.com/tms2015/
 For more information on MMC’s 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 exhibit visit http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com/en/events/motorshow/2015/tms2015/

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. released an overview of its exhibit at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show, which will be held at Tokyo Big Sight and open to the public from October 30 through November 8. Among the exhibits will be Teatro for Dayz, an innovative concept that signals a new direction in mobile technology. Designed especially for the digital native generation, this vision of near-future vehicles departs from convention and marks a shift in perception.

Other major Nissan exhibit components include:

  • Nissan Gripz Concept, making its Japan debut following its unveiling at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show last month
  • Leading-edge autonomous drive and safety technologies
  • Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo

A total of 20 vehicles will be on display, including the X-Trail Hybrid Mode Premier and Juke 16GT Four Personalization models; and special-feature models, including the Skyline 350GT Hybrid Type-SP Cool Exclusive, Fuga 370GT Type-S Cool Exclusive and Serena Highway Star V Selection.

Further details of the main featured vehicles:

Teatro for Dayz –A new approach to driving the next-generation

Nissan describes the generation that went straight from the cradle to digital technology as "share natives." This generation will reach driving age in a few years, but has shown little interest in cars so far. What kind of cars will move share natives? Will they even want to drive? Nissan has designed a provocative solution: Teatro for Dayz. Teatro for Dayz: Its name is drawn from the Italian word for theater and a Nissan minicar. This concept has an innovative design and features that enable share natives to create and share experiences immediately with friends both onboard and online. Designed under the concept "a clean canvas," its key feature is its smooth white interior that allows the instrument panel, seats and even door trim to serve as a blank canvas for expression.

Built on Nissan's EV (Electric Vehicle) technology, Teatro for Dayz is as much a giant mobile battery as four-wheel transportation. To a share native, this is the point: Cars can be mobile devices for occupants interested in creating, connecting and sharing. What Teatro for Dayz is and how it's used will finally be decided by share natives themselves. At the motor show, you will get a glimpse into the future and see the creativity of the next generation at play.

Nissan Gripz Concept — EV-based series hybrid sports crossover

The Nissan Gripz Concept, conceived by designers in Europe and Japan, aims to blend the ability and practicality of a compact crossover with the excitement and performance of a sports car. Equipped with an EV-technology-based series hybrid system—Pure Drive e-Power—, the Nissan Gripz Concept delivers a smooth, refined and exhilarating driving experience with outstanding fuel efficiency. Within the system, an efficient petrol engine powers the same electric motor used in the Nissan LEAF.

The exterior of the Nissan Gripz Concept is guided by the "emotional geometry" body sculpting concept which depicts strong contrasts through the dynamic, tensional, yet edgy, surface. The interior has a "gliding wing" instrument panel, with an elegantly thin design that combines strength with simplicity.

Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo — New color, enhanced presence

Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo, a concept supercar developed in conjunction with Polyphony Digital Inc., the creators of the racing video game Gran Turismo for PlayStation, is certain to further increase Nissan's sizable presence in the game and beyond. The latest creation in the Vision Gran Turismo Project was unveiled at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 in England. In new Fire Knight red body colour and featuring a new expression of Nissan's signature V-Motion grille, the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo is a real-world embodiment of a virtual car, through which gamers around the world experience Nissan's dynamic performance and innovation.

Live Streaming

The press conference and other Nissan show highlights will be webcast live on Ustream.