The ultimate joy ride for luxury vehicle enthusiasts

There are a lot of auto shows that take place on a yearly basis, but none of them are quite like the Tokyo Motor Show. With Japan being one of the most tech savvy countries in the world, there is no better place to host an innovative automotive event. Some of the best and brightest minds work tirelessly to conceptualize the next big thing in vehicular technology, and all of those ideas are brought to light at this event. From self-balancing motorcycles to fuel cell buses, here is a look at some of the most interesting concepts that were unveiled in Tokyo this week.

New Vehicle Designs

Among the weird and unusual vehicles is a fleet of modern automobiles that directly translate to the current transportation industry. International car-makers like Subaru, Suzuki, Honda, Mazda, and Toyota used this opportunity to unveil realistic models to the public. The Subaru Viziv Performance Concept is another addition to the company’s sporty line of performance vehicles. This time, the car combines its sleek look with Subaru’s Eyesight driver aid system to make for a safer experience for drivers. The Suzuki e-Survivor is an off-road SUV that combines four-wheel drive with an all-electric motor to allow jeep enthusiasts to romp efficiently. In my opinion, Mazda stole the show with their Vision Coupe and Kai concepts. It looks like they are trying to move into the luxury vehicle sector with these two beautiful designs. Toyota also unveiled a luxury model design called the Century that looks a lot like a Lincoln, but then the Japanese automaker unveiled a typical Toyota model called the Mirai that is going to be hydrogen-fueled.

Other Odd Concepts

On the flip side, the Tokyo Motor Show includes a handful of weird concepts that sometimes don’t quite make sense to the untrained eye. Honda unveiled their Dream Go Project that looks like a technologically advanced hot dog cart or lemonade stand. In fact, that is what it is supposed to be used for. Toyota unveiled their Concept i line that includes a futuristic four-seat vehicle, a joystick-controlled vehicle aimed for wheelchairs users, and an odd-looking tricycle that resembles a Segway. Toyota also released the design for their Fine Comfort Ride (FCR) concept, which is a van that includes four swivel seats inside and is designed for aerodynamics that becomes evident when you see the tilted look of the automobile. Regardless of whether these unique models stick, the Tokyo Motor Show remains one of the most fascinating events on the planet.