Daily Archives: October 15, 2017

Mazda to debut two new concept cars at the Tokyo Motor Show

Mazda will showcase two concept models at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show at the end of the month with one car exhibiting the manufacturer’s next-generation products, and the other heralding its future design methods.

The product concept will be a compact hatchback according to the Japanese marque, with the car utilising Mazda’s next-generation SkyActiv vehicle architecture. The next-generation technology featured on the car will be based on Mazda’s human-centred design philosophy that will deliver optimum functionality.

The product concept will also feature the new SkyActiv-X engine that will be an exhibit in its own right. It will be the world’s first commercially available petrol engine to use compression ignition, which Mazda claims will offer refined dynamic performance.

Also to be revealed is the design concept, though little is known about it ahead of its grand reveal in Tokyo. Mazda claims the design concept to be more significant than the 2012 CX-5 that saw the debut of Mazda’s Kodo design language.

While two new concepts will be debuted, Mazda will also unveil a new crossover production car called the CX-8. The three-row crossover SUV will feature an upgraded version of the SkyActiv-D 2.2-litre diesel engine. The CX-8 goes on sale in Japan in December but it’s not known if and when it will come to the UK.
Mazda’s classic MX-5 roadster will also make an appearance alongside their future-orientated concepts. A special Red Top edition of the famed sports car will be unveiled in Tokyo, which will feature a red canopy roof and auburn leather interior.

Yamaha to Debut Concept Car at Tokyo Motor Show

Yamaha Motor Co. is bringing a concept car to the Tokyo auto show later this month. The company best known for its motorcycles and powersports vehicles revealed few details other than that it will be an “automobile design concept,” but here’s hoping for a follow-up to 2015’s Sports Ride concept.

The Sports Ride concept was an ultralight two-seat sports car based around the iStream manufacturing process designed by Gordon Murray, the designer of the McLaren F1. That process features extensive use of carbon fiber and is said to dramatically lower the cost of vehicle production. The iStream platform consists of a lightweight, high-strength chassis that accommodates multiple body styles by bonding different composite panels to the frame.

The Sports Ride concept weighed in at just 750 kg and was around 153.5 inches long, or just slightly longer than a Lotus Exige. No details on the powertrain were given, but Autocar says Yamaha is developing the engine, which could be a tuned version of the turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder that debuted in the Yamaha Motiv concept. Both the Motiv and the Sports Ride were based on the same iStream platform.

Yamaha will also bring an updated version of its motorcycle-riding robot, a four-wheeled electric mobility concept, and a futuristic motorcycle prototype that looks like it was plucked from the cyberpunk world of Akira.