Japanese automakers are all bringing their A games to their home auto show this year, and Toyota is an early favorite for an unofficial "best in show" award. It will premiere three all-new concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, and each is pretty radical in its own way. There's a compact, entry level sports car, a futuristic fuel cell commuter and a retro cruiser with open mechanicals.
Subaru has already trotted three Viziv (Vision for Innovation) designs out over the past two years – the original 2013 Viziv concept, the Viziv 2 and the Viziv GT video game race car. Now it's reusing that semi-portmanteau once again for the Viziv Future concept. All the Viziv concepts have been forward-looking, but none more so than the Future. The new concept car is infused with next-generation technologies and design solutions inside and out.
Study after study shows that young adults don't really care about driving a car the way previous generations did. That doesn't bode well for automakers. In an attempt to get the younger generation more excited about automotive possibilities, Nissan has designed the all-new Teatro for Dayz concept. The concept focuses on digital life and sharing, debuting as a high-tech mobile device that keeps occupants connected to a world far beyond the one visible through the windshield.
The highlight of Artega's booth at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show was quite clearly the Scalo sports car, but the newly revived German outfit also applied its electric powertrain know-how to another debut show vehicle. An all-electric, sit-atop four-wheeler, the Karo is designed to combine the feel of a jet ski, ATV and motor scooter. It's a two-seat, road-going "fun mobile."
Mazda has debuted a sleek new crossover concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Koeru, which means "exceed" or "go beyond" in Japanese, is defined by a fluid body shape and a full suite of new build and safety technologies.
Gizmag has been busy bouncing around the numerous halls of the Frankfurt Motor Show for the past couple of days. During that time, we've seen concept cars of every shape, size and style – electrics and hybrids, shape shifters, autonomous commuters, motorcycle-cum-go karts and many more. If these concepts are any indication, the near future of car design will be very interesting.
The Frankfurt Motor Show is to be the setting for a preview of an all-electric SUV that Audi is preparing for 2018. The e-tron quattro concept offers up a range of over 500 km (311 miles) from its 370 kW (496 hp) electric powertrain and wraps it all up in a sharply-styled suit that puts the new Q7 to shame.
The Frankfurt Motor Show hasn't even started yet, but already Porsche has revealed its contender for best in show. The Mission E Concept is a drop-dead gorgeous, fast-charging, all-electric supercar that Porsche says can clock the Nürburgring Nordschleife in under eight minutes.
After a short teaser campaign, Honda has pulled the cloth off its wicked little Project 2&4. Honda's own answer to track roadsters like the Ariel Atom and BAC Mono, the road-legal 2&4 employs an RC213V four-cylinder competition motorcycle engine in opening up the freedom of a motorcycle with the handling and stability of a car.
Honda will highlight the cargo space of its Civic Tourer estate at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Civic Tourer Active Life Concept is a true bicycle shuttle, accommodating two bicycles in back and keeping cyclists prepared with integrated equipment like a pump, bicycle repair arm and toolbox.