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  2005 Tokyo Motor Show
REVIEW

The show was a good one, though it surprised me by not being as large as say the Frankfurt Show. The cars that got the most attention include of course the Nissan GT-R PROTO, along with Audi's Shooting Brake concept and its surprising new V10-engined S8 super-saloon. Take a look through the galleries and news below.
PREVIEW

We are taking our first trip to the Tokyo Motor Show this year. Not all exhibits are relevant to the European market, but there promises to be some very interesting new machinery, and some weird and wonderful concepts too.

The show itself runs from October 22nd to November 6th. The official show website is www.tokyo-motorshow.com.

Expect the following cars at the show (and others!):

  • Alpina: 1 world premiere
  • Audi: 2 world premieres including Shooting Brake concept
  • Bugatti: 1 world premiere (production version of the new Veyron?)
  • Chrysler Akino concept
  • Daihatsu: 4 world premieres
  • Ferrari GG50 concept car (by Giorgetto Giugiaro)
  • Fiat: 1 world premiere
  • Ford Equator concept
  • Honda Sports 4 concept
  • Honda W.O.W. concept
  • Honda FCX concept
  • Hyundai: 1 world premiere
  • Lexus flagship saloon concept car
  • Mazda MPV debut (possibly not for Europe)
  • Mazda Senku concept
  • Mazda5 powered by hydrogen-fuelled rotary engines
  • Mercedes-Benz F600 HY GENIUS
  • Mini Concept Tokyo
  • Mitsubishi Concept-X
  • Mitsubishi Concept-D:5
  • Mitsubishi i show car
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Wagon GT
  • Nissan Amenio concept
  • Nissan Foria concept
  • Nissan GT-R PROTO
  • Nissan Moco concept
  • Nissan Note by Adidas concept
  • Nissan Pino concept
  • Subaru B5-TPH concept
  • Suzuki Ionis concept
  • Suzuki LC concept
  • Suzuki Mom's Personal Wagon concept
  • Suzuki P.X. concept
  • Toyota Estima Hybrid concept
  • Toyota I-swing concept
  • Toyota Fine-X concept
  • Volkswagen: 2 world premieres including new Polo GTi

  •   Tokyo Motor Show 2005

    2005 Nissan GT-R PROTO. Image by Nissan.2005 Mitsubishi Concept-X. Image by Mitsubishi.2005 Audi S8 V10. Image by Audi.2005 Mitsubishi Concept D:5. Image by Mitsubishi.

     
     
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    Audi
      Image gallery of the Audi S8 V10. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.   2006 Audi S8 (image gallery)
    Audi's V10-engined S8 super-saloon surprised us in Tokyo. Here's our image gallery.

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      Lamborghini-powered Audi shown in Tokyo. Image by Audi.   2006 Audi S8
    Audi revealed the V10-engined S8 in Tokyo, hiding a Lamborghini engine under its sober body.

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      Image gallery of the Audi Shooting Brake concept car. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.   2005 Audi Shooting Brake concept (image gallery)
    The Audi Shooting Brake was one of the most photographed cars at the Tokyo Show. Click on the image to view our gallery of photographs.

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      There's no stopping Audi's designers. Image by Audi.   2005 Audi Shooting Brake concept
    Audi will reveal the promising Shooting Brake concept in Tokyo next week. It could be made.

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    BMW
      Image gallery of the BMW Z4 Coupe concept car. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.   2005 BMW Z4 Coupe Concept (image gallery)
    BMW brought the gorgeous Z4 Coupe concept from Frankfurt to the Tokyo Show, and the recent announcement of an M Roadster strengthens this car's chance of making production. Click on the image to view our gallery of photographs.

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    Daihatsu
      Image gallery of the Daihatsu Be-go. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.   2006 Daihatsu Be-go (image gallery)
    What we saw as the D-Compact in Frankfurt has been renamed the Be-go for the Japanese market and was shown at the Tokyo Show. It is likely to replace the Terios. Click on the photo to view the image gallery.

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      Image gallery of the Daihatsu Costa concept car. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.   2005 Daihatsu Costa concept (image gallery)
    Daihatsu had plenty of concepts at the Tokyo Show. The Costa has nothing to do with a well known coffee chain, but is a little bit frothy. Click on the photo to view the image gallery.

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      Image gallery of the Daihatsu SK Tourer concept car. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.   2005 Daihatsu SK Tourer concept (image gallery)
    Another green (in colour anyway) concept on the Daihatsu stand in Tokyo was the SK Tourer, previewing a new Japan-only small car with big car aspirations... Click on the photo to view the image gallery.

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      Image gallery of the Daihatsu UFE-III concept car. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.   2005 Daihatsu UFE-III concept (image gallery)
    Daihatsu continued its line of ultra efficient concept cars with the UFE-III shown in Tokyo. Click on the photo to view the image gallery.

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    Ferrari
      Giugiaro redesigns the Scaglietti. Image by Italdesign.   2005 Ferrari GG50 by Italdesign
    As a 50th birthday present to Giugiaro, Italdesign designed the Ferrari GG50. It was displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show, then the 2006 Detroit Motor Show.

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    Ford
      Image gallery of the Ford Equator concept car. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.   2005 Ford Equator concept (image gallery)
    Ford unveiled the Equator concept in Tokyo, a compact SUV designed to be sporty to drive. Click on the photo to view the image gallery.

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    Honda
      Image gallery of the Honda FCX concept car. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.   2005 Honda FCX concept (image gallery)
    Honda's trio of concept cars at the Tokyo Show included the fuel cell powered FCX research and development car. Click on the photo to view the image gallery.

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      Image gallery of the Honda Sports 4 concept car. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.   2005 Honda Sports 4 concept (image gallery)
    The Sports 4 concept from Honda, shown at the Tokyo Show is a four-door, four-wheel drive, sports saloon. Click on the photo to view the image gallery.

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      Image gallery of the Honda W.O.W concept car. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.   2005 Honda W.O.W concept (image gallery)
    Honda's W.O.W concept seemed to be a car designed for people with an unnatural love of dogs. It did however include some interesting storage solutions and kept the crowds entertained in Tokyo. Click on the photo to view the image gallery.

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    Hyundai
      Image gallery of the Hyundai Neos-3 concept car. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.   2005 Hyundai Neos-3 concept (image gallery)
    Hyundai showed us how it's thinking with regards to future large SUVs with the sleek Neos-3 concept car in Tokyo. Click on the photo to view the image gallery.

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    Lexus
      Image gallery of the Lexus LF-Sh concept car. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.   2005 Lexus LF-Sh concept (image gallery)
    The next Lexus LS saloon broke cover in the form of the LF-Sh hybrid concept shown in Tokyo. Click on the photo to view the image gallery.

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    Mazda
      Image gallery of the Mazda Senku concept car. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.   2005 Mazda Senku concept (image gallery)
    Mazda's Senku concept shown at the Tokyo Show looks good, but is surely just a flight of designer fancy? Click on the photo to view the image gallery.

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      Senku pioneers Mazda coupe design. Image by Mazda.   2005 Mazda Senku concept (preview)
    The Senku concept car debuts in Tokyo next week, previewing future Mazda coupe design.

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    MINI
      Tasteless Mini Concept in Tokyo. Image by Mini.   2005 MINI Concept Tokyo
    The Mini Concept Tokyo wasn't nice, but shows the way to the next Mini, and a Traveller version.

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    Mitsubishi
      New Mitsubishi Outlander looks the part. Image by Mitsubishi.   2006 Mitsubishi Outlander
    Another world debut at the Tokyo Show this month will be Mitsubishi's new Outlander SUV.

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      Mitsubishi performance minivan concept. Image by Mitsubishi.   2005 Mitsubishi Concept D:5 (preview)
    Mitsubishi will show the Concept D:5 in Tokyo, a performance minivan not likely to come to the UK.

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      Evo Estate anyone? Image by Mitsubishi.   2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Wagon (preview)
    It won't come to the UK officially, but the Lancer Evo Wagon looks like a lot of fun! It will be shown at the Tokyo Motor Show.

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      Evo X previewed at Tokyo Show. Image by Mitsubishi.   2005 Mitsubishi Concept-X (preview)
    The Evo X is promised to be a radical departure from the norm for Mitsubishi. In Tokyo we will see its preview, the Concept-X.

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    Nissan
      Curvy Nissan concept takes a leaf out of Italian book of car design. Image by Nissan.   2005 Nissan Foria concept
    Curvy Nissan concept takes a leaf out of Italian book of car design with its Foria concept shown at the Tokyo Show.

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      Image gallery of the Nissan GT-R PROTO. Image by Nissan.   2005 Nissan GT-R PROTO (image gallery)
    Nissan's GT-R concept car drew the biggest crowd at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, a thinly disguised preview to the eagerly awaited new Skyline. Click on the image to access the full gallery of images.

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      Skyline replacement closer to reality. Image by Nissan.   2005 Nissan GT-R PROTO
    These are the first sketches of the Nissan GT-R PROTO, previewing the Skyline replacement. The concept car will be shown at the Tokyo Motor Show.

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    Subaru
      Subaru's performance hybrid concept. Image by Subaru.   2005 Subaru B5-TPH (preview)
    Subaru will show the B5-TPH concept in Tokyo, a performance hybrid.

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    Suzuki
      Image gallery of the Suzuki Ionis concept car. Image by Suzuki.   2005 Suzuki Ionis (image gallery)
    The Ionis was one of many concept cars on the Suzuki stand at this year's Tokyo Motor Show. It is a three-seat city car with a sliding central front seat. Click on the image to access the full gallery of images.

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      Four concepts from Suzuki in Tokyo. Image by Suzuki.   2005 Suzuki show stand
    Suzuki shows off four new concept cars at next week's Tokyo Motor Show. We'll be there.

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    Volkswagen
      Polo GTi mimics its big brother. Image by VW.   2006 Volkswagen Polo GTi
    VW's Polo GTi will make its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show this month, looking like a miniature Golf GTi.

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