Daily Archives: October 16, 2017

Lexus to Exhibit ‘LS’ Premiere Concept Car at Tokyo Motor Show 2017

Lexus plans to exhibit its soon-to-be-launched, all-new “LS” flagship sedan among 11 production models it intends to display at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017, where it also plans to hold the world premiere of a new concept car.

The LS is to be joined by the “LC” luxury flagship coupe, which launched in March symbolizing the dawn of a new era for Lexus, the partially redesigned “CT” compact hybrid hatchback, and the “NX” luxury crossover, among others. Complete details of the new concept car are to be revealed at the motor show venue and through a press release on October 25.

Since its initial launch in 1989, the LS has earned a reputation for smooth and powerful performance, as well as for exceptional quietness and comfort. Now in its fifth generation, in addition to taking on a daring coupe silhouette while preserving ample interior space and providing a more-emotional experience, the all-new LS, as Lexus’s flagship model, is equipped with a number of advanced technologies, achieving monumental advances in innovation as the symbol of the Lexus brand.

Toyota to Debut Next-generation Century at Tokyo Motor Show 2017

Toyota Motor Corporation is scheduled to showcase the new Century (to be released in the middle of 2018) at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017*1, taking place from October 25 through November 5 at Tokyo Big Sight. The theme of this year’s show is “Beyond the Motor.”

The new 3rd generation Century carries on the tradition of master craftsmanship and high-quality monozukuri (all-encompassing manufacturing) while realizing high-demand environmental performance and a design layout that pursues passenger comfort. The interior and exterior design injects new charm into the Century in line with its heritage. Moreover, the new Century features advanced equipment and comfort amenities only suitable for a luxury limousine.

Specifically, the Century is now powered by a 5.0-liter V8 hybrid system for outstanding fuel efficiency. In addition, the wheelbase has lengthened, the height difference between the scuff plate and floor has decreased, and the height of the door opening has increased, all of which are refinements improving the rear seat riding experience. The intricately glamorous and chic exterior is highlighted by traditional Japanese design elements used throughout the car including the grille and black trim on the rear combination lamps. The interior features a raised ceiling*2 design and exclusive fabric while the adjustable rear seats (with massage function), are upgraded with a power leg rest for first-class comfort and a sophisticated riding experience.

Daihatsu shows versatile super compact cargo van

Toyota-owned compact car specialist Daihatsu has released images of a concept cargo van ahead of its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. The DN Pro Cargo concept traces its roots to one of the company’s first vehicles, the 1957 Midget.

Daihatsu celebrates its 110th anniversary this year. During the first half or so of its life, it was primarily an engine company. In 1957, during Japan’s post-war reconstruction it produced a very simple but stylish three-wheeled truck that was half motorcycle half pickup. The Midget made use of the most vehicles best suited for Tokyo’s narrow streets, motorbikes, and attached a bed for cargo.

The Midget II of 1996-2002 graduated to four wheels but stayed in the kei family. The DN Pro carries on that theme, with cross-eyed headlights and grille-less nose referencing the 3-wheeler’s design. It’s also finished in the classic Midget’s mint green.