Posts Tagged ‘2009’

Lexus Debuts LFA
Only 500 to Be Sold

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
Lexus LFA
© Toyota Motor Corp.

Tokyo — Lexus announces today the official launch of the LFA, a two-seat supercar scheduled to go into production at the end of 2010 as the pinnacle of the Lexus “F” premium sports car series. Pre-sales start today.

Ultra-responsive and extremely stable even when taken to the edge, the LFA creates a sense of reassurance that opens up a new world of driving emotion, exhilarating the senses to move the driver in more ways than one.

The LFA combines high output, superb chassis design and meticulous aerodynamics to achieve instantaneous total-vehicle response characterized by high-rev, seamless acceleration echoed by a self-defining resonance from its 4.8-liter V10. (more…)

Honda Announces the All-new Step WGN

Friday, October 9th, 2009
Honda Step WGN L G Package
© Honda Motor Co.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the introduction of the all-new Step WGN. With the largest interior space in its class¹ and first in class¹ under-floor storage for third-row seats the all-new Step WGN offers more convenience than ever before and best-in-class fuel economy¹. The new Step WGN and Step WGN special-needs vehicle² go on sale in Japan today, with the Step WGN Spada and Step WGN Spada special-needs vehicle² to debut in Japan on Friday, October 23.

This all-new fourth generation Step WGN, featuring Honda's original low-floor, low-center-of-gravity platform, was developed around the concept of comfort for everyone and is designed to be the ultimate in comfortable minivan transportation for the entire family. (more…)

Highlights of the Nissan Exhibit at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show

Thursday, October 8th, 2009
Nissan Land Glider
© Nissan Motor Co.

Yokohama — Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., will present various show cars at the upcoming 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, including “Leaf,” an electric vehicle (EV) which is slated for global launch and volume production in late 2010, “Land Glider,” an EV concept car, and “Qazana,” which is an entirely new type of compact sport crossover, which made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2009. Nissan will also showcase the new “Fuga,” Nissan's top-of-the-line sedan and the new mini MPV “Roox,” both to be launched later this year.

Nissan's ultimate goal in the environmental field is zero emission. With aim to be a leader in this field (more…)

TMC to Display 3 Concepts, F1 Car at Tokyo Motor Show

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
Toyota FT-EV II
© Toyota Motor

Tokyo — TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announces that three concept vehicles and the TF109 Formula One racing car are to highlight its Toyota-brand exhibit for the 41st Tokyo Motor Show. The show is open to the public from October 24 to November 4 at Makuhari Messe in Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture.

TMC views motor shows as an opportunity to highlight new, automotive possibilities, and so over the years has used them to unveil a wide variety of concept vehicles and groundbreaking technologies.

This year, the Toyota-brand exhibit continues its theme from the previous Tokyo Motor Show: “Harmonious Drive — A New Tomorrow for People and the Planet”. (more…)

Mitsubishi Motors Lineup at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV
© Mitsubishi Motors Corp.

Tokyo — Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will be showing a total of 16 cars at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show in October. Among cars on display at the Mitsubishi Motor stand include two concept cars developed to a “The EV¹: Its dawn and future” theme: the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV and the i-MiEV CARGO, the i-MiEV new-generation electric vehicle for which the company is currently accepting pre-orders for the start of sales to individual customers in April 2010; and 10 current production vehicles that qualify for eco-car tax incentives in Japan. The 41st Tokyo Motor Show will be held at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture just outside metropolitan Tokyo, open to the public from October 24 through November 4, with Press Days October 21 and 22.
¹ electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid vehicle

World premiere: Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV

Powered by the new Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid System, which significantly extends the frequency a hybrid vehicle is driven in EV mode, the Mitsubishi Concept PX²-MiEV³ returns fuel economy in excess of 50 km/liter. The Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV is a new-generation concept car that balances high environmental performance with road performance by utilizing differential motors and Mitsubishi's all-new S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control), that utilizes E-AYC (Electric-powered Active Yaw Control) which transfers torque to the rear left and right wheels. Other features include Mitsubishi's cocochi-interior⁴, which provides occupants with a comfortable cabin environment, as well as many of the latest safety technologies.

² PX: Plug-in hybrid crossover.
³ MiEV: Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle
⁴ “cocochi” is a pun on the Japanese word for “cozy”

World premiere: i-MiEV CARGO

Derived from the production i-MiEV, this concept maximizes the outstanding environmental performance and economic efficiency characteristics that define the EV and at the same time adds a generous amount of rear free space to extend the range of uses to which it can be put by corporate users and self-employed operators in particular. The rear space features space-efficient cubic dimensions to allow the user to exercise their imagination fully in adapting it for whatever use he/she chooses. The result is a concept for an EV that meets user needs for a variety of situations: from business use, where maximum payload space is required, to leisure and other individual owner uses.