• Oct 9, 2009
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Although the Tokyo Motor Show is just a week and half away, Japan's largest automakers have already previewed their biggest debuts (save one) to their hometown media. So until we can lay eyes on the Toyota FT-86 "Concept," Honda CR-Z Hybrid "Concept" and Mitsubishi PX-MiEV 'ute, we'll have to make do with this brief video walk around.

Shot by Motor Magazine out of Japan, the video after the jump also gives us another glimpse of the Mazda Kiyora concept originally shown in Paris, along with the Nissan Leaf EV we explored in detail back in August. Enjoy and expect full impressions from the floor in Tokyo later this month.




[Source: YouTube via Carscoop]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      narration: FT-86 has front struts rear double wishbone suspension, 4 pot front and 2 pot rear brakes, tire size is 225/40/19
        • 5 Years Ago
        nice! thanks anything else we should know?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anybody got pictures of the floor mats?

      'Cause I ain't buying any Toyota without testing the floor mats first.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't even risk it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        lame. the whole floormat thing is overblown, and I believe I read somewhere that the ES loaner that crashed had the WRONG floormats in them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The CR-Z is weirdly tall with that tail cutoff like that. If it wasn't a continuation of an earlier design, it would not look good. I realize it's only because of those backward looking references that it looks good at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Umm..what's with all the zippers? Just wondering, I actually kind of like it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where's the Scooby version of the FT-86?
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is parts of this car that look really good, but then there are parts that look rather awkward and ugly. I want to like it, but some of the proportions just feel wrong.

      Maybe it is the roof, or the Nissan Z looking greenhouse, but there is something that just doesn't feel right about it...just can't put my finger on it.

      Thanks,
        • 5 Years Ago
        I couldn't agree more. ALL it's best lines are done more successfully on other cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think that the best styling elements of the car will disappear with production.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay, pay attention. The title says:

      ホンダ
      _CR-Z______
      シー アール ゼット

      Which transcribed, is pronounced:

      Honda
      _CR-Z_____
      see aar ze't

      And not "zee"
        • 5 Years Ago
        Eh, Japanese say "Z" as "zetto." Even for the 370Z they say Zetto. Part of the reason being there's no "zee" sound in Japanese (closest would be "jee"). They say Z different than here, so it's not a translation error.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it's also because "Z" is pronounced "zed" in England, where the English language came from.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually it's "zeddo" because the Japanese learned English from people who spoke it as God intended. :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      it makes me think this is what the Hyundai veloster would look like if it was the size of the genesis coupe. toyota was wise to copy Hyundai's veloster concept style because this Toyota is the first toyota in years to look good yet wild in a beautiful way that toyota never seemed to do with all their boring designs and all of Toyota's Lexus's that is restyled Cameys , i give toyota credit for a great job on this car ! it might just give the Hyundai genesis coupe a run for its money, assuming it can match genesis coupe power , prices fun to drive felling that the genesis coupe excels in and the way, the genesis is made for the after marketers
        • 5 Years Ago
        This thing nowhere near as big as a gen coupe. It's only 4160mm long which is 15" shorter than a moder corolla. It's about the same size as a yaris or accent.
        It's effing tiny. That's how they're keeping the wheight down.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Couple things, the FT86 looks nothing like the Hyundai Veloster, I think you're straining too hard. The car was designed in France and looks like an IS sibling squashed into the AE86 silhouette.

        Next, the FT86 would likely be a better drive than Genesis coupe. With the curb weight expected to be under 2800lbs, it will undercut the Genesis by about 500lbs (for it's lightest 4 cylinder model). While it may be down on hp, the car follows the original AE86 concept of light weight and not much power, much like the Lotus mantra.

        And finally, you're saying this car may not have the after market potential like the Genesis? I'm sorry, but are you serious? This is the revival of a Japanese legendary sports car. How many other cars have had Anime series about them? Well, the Z, but it's also a cult car. Remember the car that was "almost" the successor of the AE86? It was the IS300. Look how much support that car has. I can't imagine any of the Japanese tuning houses (HKS, APEXI, Blitz...) being apprehensive about developing parts for this car. Remember, the engine already has after market parts available, and what some might deem a "factory engine upgrade" in the Impreza lineup (WRX, STI). The chassis is another matter, being new and all, but that doesn't really matter. The last front engine RWD Japanese car that was this light weight was the S2000. The car previous to that was the FD RX7. The car that has outlasted the both of those has been the Miata. All three of these cars had excellent after market support in the chassis/suspension department because of their light weight. I mean, I think more people will appreciate this car than the Genesis coupe.

        Not that the Genesis coupe is bad... it's just fits more into the Mustang/Camaro genre. The FT86 isn't meant to go up against the GT class of cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actius sorry but yes it does look like the Hyundai veloster concept imo and thats good becuase the veloster is a pretty kool design, short in the back, more longer in the front is what I meant and the back windows of both are very similar . every automaker copy every other car designers of automakers, so i can handle that toyota copy Hyundai. toyota has been coping cars for years as has Hyundai, and on and on so be happy Hyundai is in a way helping toyota have a good looking car again at last! Also about the after market comments, I said assuming also this toyota can match the genesis which is a high bar set by the Hyundai genesis Coupe for toyota so I didn't say they couldn't I just said they better match the genesis success with the after market if toyota wants this car taken serious by the car buyers they are seeking with this , time will tell though ! also the genesis coupe fits into many different markets with its 2.0 turbo charged 210 HP that the after market has embraced like it did the honda civic of the 90s and the 2.0 price is very affordable like the civic was in the 90's and the Hyundai genesis coupe 3.8 track v6 does fit into the camaro / mustang market and for hyundai the genesis coupe is for Hyundai what the original mustang was for ford , toyota has never had that yet but this car could change that and dont bother to say the supra because it was too expensive to be what the genesis coupe is with all its power to price points..The genesis coupe is a icon for Hyundai like the mustang is for ford. Hyundai could take the 4.6 v8 of the genesis sedan with a few tweaks and I am sure and end up with a high performance model like that of the ford mustang Shelby GT500 . I do think this toyota does have the same potential to be as good as the genesis , lets just hope toyota can make this car their genesis because Toyota needs a true sport car badly .
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are you kidding, first Kia copies Honda, now Honda copies front end of Genesis Coupe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i like how lexus is finally distancing itself significantly from toyota's design language...

      and then toyota builds a RWD coupe that is the baby brother to Lexus' LF-A LFA
      • 5 Years Ago
      God Toyota sure has lost its balls!…Im not even sure if they even know what a sports car is these days…Toyota needs to start building the cars they had in the 1980s!!! LIKE IT OR NOT RETRO DESIGNED CARS ARE HERE TO STAY! SO MAKE THEM LOOK LIKE THEY DID THEN!!! IF THEY SOLD WELL AND PUT YOU ON THE MAP THEN THE SAME IS STILL TRUE!!! if you make a retro supra or celica {flip lights included} ILL BUY 3 OF THEM! You can even use THE SAME BODY you had back then! A 1970 BOSS 302 Mustang doesnt go out of style! NEITHER DOES A 1985 MKII SUPRA P-TYPE!!!!!!!!!!! just look at this one! http://www.malibyte.net/Supra/85supra.html

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota doesent have the balls to make this car AS IS , the Honda CRZ is a very cool car, Honda- please put a arm-rest/storage in this car. the Leaf, its fishing ugly, i cant belive they want to sell this, its not cool in ANY way.
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