Green self-driving cars take center stage at Tokyo auto show

28 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Could you see yourself driving this?.

THE rebirth of the Mazda RX-7 may have stolen the limelight at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, but as ever it was the weird on wheels that captured most attention. Packing a 30kWh battery with enough (EPA-rated) power for a drive up to 107 miles long, it’s the first (admittedly concept) car to show up with the carmaker’s Intelligent Driving System. The Mazda rotary engine will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017, the RX-7 will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2018, and Mazda as a company will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020.

Notable parts of Nissan’s autonomous driving plans include special driving modes for traffic jams (where it’ll keep pace with the vehicle ahead of it while also keeping itself in the right lane), as well as restaurant recommendations based on previous trips. In Frankfurt it was a sleek sedan, but Mercedes knows its market and it know the Japanese love box-shaped cars (boxes are the most efficient use of space and also maximise strict Japanese size restrictions). What we can really take from this all this hype is that the grille on future Mercedes cars will be a bit bigger and the instrument display a little higher, possibly above the steering wheel.

No we don’t know what the name means either, but this is Suzuki’s crazy way of saying we are working on a new version of the Suzuki Carry delivery van. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn explained that Nissan is aiming towards a zero emission, zero accident future, where autonomous driving helps reduce traffic accidents — of which 90 percent are due to driver error. With a 1.5-litre engine which powers the rear wheels “for driving fun”, it’s already being dubbed a “Toyota 43” because it is half a Toyota 86.

As is the case with nearly all prototypes, concepts and distant product launches in Japan, the company is planning to launch a car that approaches this concept by 2020 — when the Olympics return to Tokyo.

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