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    Autoblog Podcast #150 - Tokyo Motor Show Edition

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    It's Episode #150 of the Autoblog Podcast, and we raided the crypt to give you your buck-and-a-half's worth. Former podcast staples John Neff and Chris Paukert have been unearthed and join Chris Shunk, Sam Abuelsamid, and Dan ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Should Honda bring the Freed MPV to America?

    2009 Honda Freed - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Here in Tokyo, we were hanging around with some American Honda Motor Co. officials when they got their first up-close look at the Freed. The Freed is a compact minivan/MPV based on Honda's Fit architecture. For reference, the six-seat, ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Mazda's Sky G and Sky D engines should come with straws for sipping

    Mazda Sky D and Sky G engines -- Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Mazda Sky D diesel and Sky G gasoline engines are meant to bring "everlasting blue sky" to oversee "sustainable Zoom-Zoom." Both utilize low-friction engine blocks, direct injection and piezo-electric injectors. The Sky G ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Toyota FT-EV II concept features funky looks, zero emissions

    Toyota FT-EV II concept - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Toyota has revealed its latest plug-in electric concept car here at the Tokyo Motor Show. The FT-EV II is a followup to the iQ-based FT-EV that we saw in Detroit earlier this year but appears to be a ground-up design that takes ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Where's the history?

    Historic cars of Tokyo -- Click above for high-res image gallery
    We were frankly astounded that the prospect of a gutted Tokyo Motor Show didn't get any maker, save one, to trot out some of their historical home runs. Even if they didn't want to go in for a nostalgia-fest, a few brands could have ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Toyota Prius claims Japan Car of the Year title

    Thirty years of the Japan Car of the Year - Click above for high-res image gallery
    For the past 30 years, Japan has declared a car of the year, an award given to newly released or redesigned vehicles released from November 1st of the previous year to October 1st of the current year. More than 60 ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Honda rolls out the EV-Cub, we pray for a production model

    Honda EV-Cub Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery
    You meet the greenest people on a Honda. Well, maybe not quite yet... but the World's Largest Motorcycle Manufacturer has signaled its intent to usher in a new era of electrically-powered two-wheelers, and a modern-day Cub seems like ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Makuhari Messe no Jyosei ha Bijin desu*

    The beautiful women of Tokyo 2009 - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    As far as cars went, the Frankfurt Motor Show was the proverbial glut of riches, and the Tokyo Motor Show proved that you can't live life at the top all the time. Tokyo did, however, still provide plenty of aesthetic ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Yamaha Super Tenere doesn't panic, always knows where its towel is

    Yamaha Super Tenere Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Yamaha looks to have channeled a bit of BMW with the Super Tenere concept bike that's currently being displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show. Like the Bavarian automaker's Gina concept, the Super Tenere eschews traditional bodywork ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Nissan Fuga hybrid to arrive in Japan late 2010, U.S. in 2011

    2010 Nissan Fuga Hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery
    After several years of selling small volumes of its Altima sedan using Toyota's hybrid drive system, Nissan is finally ready to roll out its first gas-electric model using technology developed in-house. The first model to be so ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Honda CB1100 brings back the UJM

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    Honda officially took the wraps off a couple new motorcycles this week at the Tokyo Motor Show, and along with the hotly anticipated VFR 1200F, the retro-styled CB1100 is one bike that's receiving plenty of attention. We've been hearing ...

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    Tokyo 2009: The motorsports cars and bikes

    Motorsports at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show - Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Tokyo Motor Show doesn't have as much going on in the way of cars as we'd like, but there are still a few gems among the pack – especially in the area of motorsports. The Japanese are as keen about their ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Subaru Legacy B4 GT300 is pure JDM awesomeness

    Subaru Legacy B4 GT300 - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Our jaws literally dropped when we spotted this car in the Subaru booth here at the Tokyo Motor Show. The concoction of carbon fiber spoilers, wings and widened fenders seen here is the Legacy B4 GT300 racecar that is set to compete ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Cool As Ice: Japanese architect builds full-size transparent Lexus LFA

    Transparent Lexus LFA - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Next to the Lexus LFA display at this week's Tokyo Motor Show is a separate room displaying brand-themed art. At first, we didn't bother going in, but we went back here on day two, and we're sure glad we did.Inside, we found this ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Caterham CSR 175 makes unexpected world debut

    Caterham CSR 175 - Click above for high-res image gallery
    It would be tempting to call this year's Tokyo Motor Show an entirely domestic affair, but that's not entirely accurate, as a few smaller specialty automakers like Lotus and Alpina took advantage of a surplus of available square footage by ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Mazda RX-500 still awesome nearly 40 years later

    1970 Mazda RX-500 Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery
    One of the coolest concept cars here at the Tokyo Motor Show isn't even new. In fact, it's almost forty years old. Originally displayed at the Tokyo show in 1970, this Mazda RX-500 Concept features styling similar to the legendary ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Daihatsu's Deca Deca concept is the most popular "super box" in the world

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    Daihatsu has a way with words: the company calls its Deca Deca concept a "super box," and we'll call it a super super box. A funky little piece of chunk, the Deca Deca has a flat floor – and a flat everything else -- ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Nissan Fuga appears more 'M'pressive

    2010 Nissan Fuga - Click above for high-res image gallery
    We've always thought that Infiniti's current M35/M45 sedan deserved greater consideration from American consumers than it has typically received. With a strong VQ-series powerplant and entertaining rear-wheel drive handling, there has ...

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    Tokyo 2009: 2010 Toyota Sai hybrid looks suspiciously familiar

    2010 Toyota Sai - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Toyota has rolled out its new Sai hybrid here at the Tokyo Motor Show, and if it looks familiar, that's because you've probably seen something very similar wearing "Lexus" and "HS250h" badges. The overall aesthetic of the Sai is very similar ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Suzuki Alto Concept tries to be a cooler kei

    Suzuki Alto Concept -- Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Suzuki Alto concept is The Kei You Would Never Suspect: unassuming looks belie the fact that this is car Suzuki is going to use to reach a wider audience. The exterior – which, frankly, looks like a ton of other itty bitty ...


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