Japanese carmakers will reveal their latest cars-to-come at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show which will open to the media on November 20, and which will stay open to the public through December 1.
Here is what you will see at Toyota’s booth in Tokyo – unless you prefer to go to the LA Autoshow, that is.
Toyota will show a close-to-reality concept of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle the company will introduce in 2015.
The Daily Kanban already could test-drive an earlier version of the prototype. The concept has a driving range of at least 500km (310 miles) and can be refueled in three minutes, clearing the obstacles that keep battery-powered EVs from going mainstream.
While the FCV will see the market for sure, Toyota’s FV2 most likely will remain a dream. The three-wheeler does not even have a steering wheel. The car would be operated by shifting he body. It also talks to other cars. If it ever will be produced.
More likely to make it to production is Toyota’s purpose-built taxi. Toyota’s current Crown Comfort is getting a bit long in the teeth and must be replaced anyway. With the Tokyo Olympics seven years away, Toyota should have ample time to bring this taxi to market. It would be powered by an LPG hybrid powertrain.
The Voxy and Noah Concepts are next generation big minivans. They are powered by either a 2 liter gasoline engine, or by a 1.8 liter hybrid.
Toyota’s best-selling Aqua hybrid (in the U.S. known as the Prius c) gets a sportier version, which will hit the Japanese market right around the Tokyo Motor Show.
Already shown in Geneva, Toyota will display its open-top hachi-roku in Tokyo, thereby documenting that the car is likely to become reality.