2017 Tokyo Motor Show

The Tokyo Motor Show is held every 2 years at Tokyo Big Site. It is perhaps the largest Automotive Technology Trade Show in all of Asia. All major car manufacturers and automotive accessory makers show off their latest products that are on the market and especially future concepts at this truly exciting event, and people from all over the world flock to Tokyo to experience the latest in Automotive trends.

The first couple of days (25th & 26th) before the show ‘officially’ opens are exclusively for the press only and the opening weekend crowds were expected to beat attendance records from previous shows. The show will run from October 27th till November 5th, so if you’re in the Tokyo Area and interested in cars and automotive tech, don’t miss this event. It’s easy to get there via public transport from central Tokyo, and tickets are only ¥1,800 per person.

This year’s theme is Beyond The Motor, showing to the world their vision for ‘How will automobiles evolve?’ into the future. While there were certainly many concepts presented at this year’s show. There was a lot of integration between people and their cars using ‘smart technology’ similar to how smart phones have made their way into our lives. Seems that automobiles in the future will be connected to our homes as well as in our daily lives  through AI technologies, by using smart sensors and integrative technology built into cars, self-driving vehicles becoming the common theme, and other cutting-edge technologies built into our vehicles to make the integration of automotive technology into our lives as seamless as using a smartphone.

More than 150 automobile and auto parts manufacturers from around the world, and plenty of world premiere prototype vehicles were on display throughout exhibition halls. Here are five of the most anticipated cars that made their way to the Tokyo Motor Show.

Subaru Viziv Performance Concept
The next-generation WRX that this concept might hint at isn’t expected on the road until 2020. When you consider the current WRX only went on sale in 2016, it makes sense. What Subaru really wants to show off with the Viziv Performance Concept is the evolution of its design ethos — and, most importantly, its driver-assist technology, which should be road ready by 2020. Coincidence?

Toyota GR HV Sports Concept
What you’re really looking at here is Toyota hinting at the direction it would like to take its sports cars. Toyota is drawing inspiration directly from its Le Mans racer: the headlights and a few aero tweaks to the state-of-the-art hybrid powertrain, to name a few. The looks are debateable, but possible performance is not.

Toyota TJ Cruiser Concept
Now that adventure vehicles are finding footing in the mainstream market, Toyota wants to ride that wave. Is the TJ Cruiser concept boxy and a little rough around the edges? Yes. But so is the Defender and Wrangler. What Toyota have here is a work van that’s ready for the trails. And we all kow how good that formula can be.

2019 Suzuki Jimny
Back in August, images of the Suzuki Jimny snuck their way onto the internet and caused quite a stir ahead of this year’s Tokyo Auto Show. Although Suzuki has all but disappeared from U.S. soil, it’s nice to see the Japanese brand still dedicating funds to the pint-sized off-roader. Suzuki and the Jimny were never rock stars on our side of the Atlantic, and since the brand ceased car sales here back in 2012, don’t bet on them sending this over. Which is a shame now that small adventure vehicles have grown in popularity as of late.

Honda Sports EV Concept
This, honestly, is the car Honda should’ve been building for years. It’s rumored to be the successor to either the S2000 or the Prelude. Either way it will be a small, fun, quick little sports car you know won’t disappoint — so long as they inject some of the Civic Type-R into it.

Its quite hard to imagine the excitement or the size of such an event without checking out the select images from this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

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Jeffrey Johnston is a Japan based event photographer and publisher/writer and has been fortunate enough to travel and see the world. Been exposed to the limitless possibilities of photography over 12 years ago, he was able to see things differently. He currently shoots in the areas of people, fashion, event & news photography in Japan. He maintains a Facebook page with samples of his work. He can also be found at Shogunmaster.com about contract work or with questions or comments on his photography.


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