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    Tokyo: Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Concept is a chronicle of an Outlander Sport foretold [w/video]
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    Mitsubishi's current Outlander Sport has done a yeoman's job since it came on the market for the 2011 model year. The affordable crossover has been one of the few bright spots in the perennially troubled automaker's lineup – it's the brand's best seller in the US and sales are up nearly 40 ...

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    Tokyo: Nissan BladeGlider Concept shows its inner DeltaWing
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    Just like the DeltaWing and ZEOD RC racecars, it takes seeing the Nissan BladeGlider concept live to get a true appreciation for its design. But that doesn't mean it's any less weird. The wedge-shaped, three-seat concept car hit the stage today at the Tokyo Motor Show, and Nissan says the car is ...

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    Tokyo: Toyota Harrier gets a whale of a facelift [w/video]
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    Historically, the Toyota Harrier has been a doppelgänger for North America's Lexus RX – at some points, it was little more than a badge-swap and a few options away, at least aesthetically. That appears to be changing with this just-revealed new generation at the Tokyo Motor ...

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    Tokyo: Toyota FT-86 Open Concept leaves us feeling flushed
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    When last we checked in on our topless would-be hero, the Toyota FT-86 convertible had been reportedly placed on "indefinite hold." That was back in early October, not long after Toyota had trotted out the rear-wheel-drive canvasback to Scion dealers as a possible future product carrot if they ...

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    Tokyo: Daihatsu FC凸DECK Concept is a cab-over cutie
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    When we first saw the Daihatsu FC凸DECK (also called the FC Deco Deck), we couldn't get over its funny name, but this cab-over kei car could signal a whole new level of efficiency wrapped in a very small package. Unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, the Daihatsu FC Deco Deck is powered by a liquid ...

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    Tokyo: Toyota FV2 Concept is a single-seat mood ring for the road
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    Of all the vehicles Toyota brought to the Tokyo Motor Show, the FV2 might be the most creative. The minimalist single-seat concept is a glimpse at Toyota's idea of a "fun to drive" vehicle in the future. The FV2 is essentially a pod with a diamond-shaped wheel array (what powers said wheels has ...

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    Tokyo: Daihatsu explores the future of play with two Kopen concepts
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    Daihatsu came to this year's Tokyo Motor Show with a clear (and very Japanese) statement of purpose for its show cars: "PLAY Tomorrow! Exploring the further possibilities of mini vehicles." Based on what we've seen so far, the playful aspect of the concept cars on the Daihatsu show stand is front ...

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    Tokyo: Ken Okuyama Design rocks Kode9, racecars and a tractor in Tokyo [w/video]
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    As promised, designer and boutique sports car builder Ken Okuyama has arrived at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, bringing a selection of really amazing vehicles along with him. The star of the show is the Kode9 sports car, which really does highlight Okuyama's idiosyncratic way of looking at design. ...

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    Tokyo: Subaru Levorg Concept has us dreaming about a Legacy wagon
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    We're not sure what got in the water supply of Subaru's Tokyo Motor Show team, but we like the results. After checking out the Cross Sport Design Concept, which we would love to see as a BRZ shooting brake, Subaru took the wraps off its Levorg Concept. Naming convention aside, the idea of a ...

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    Tokyo: Honda S660 Concept portends a new kei car for 2015
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    Apart from a tiny, one-paragraph mention in a press release about the Honda show stand in general, the company hasn't said very much about its completely charming S660 Concept. The model would seem very much to be a look ahead at a possible successor to the Beat kei car for Japanese customers, ...

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    Tokyo: Toyota JPN Taxi Concept is a Japanese riff on an English classic
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    As far as beasts of burden go, New York City's new – and much maligned – Nissan NV200 "Taxi of Tomorrow" isn't a bad one. It's space efficient, reasonably economical, and its simple construction should mean it's pretty robust over the long haul, too. But it lacks panache and a sense ...

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    Tokyo: Subaru Cross Sport Design Concept is a BRZ with a backpack
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    Sports cars are a notoriously tough sell over the long-term. Like convertibles, sales of even the best sports cars tend to be front-loaded in the first couple of years, at which point they drop off like a stone. That may serve to explain this mysterious two-door wagonback concept from Subaru, ...

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    Tokyo: Honda Vezel is the Fit crossover we've been waiting for
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    "Vezel" may sound like the latest miracle cure from Big Pharma, but in truth it's the long-awaited Fit-based crossover from Honda. Unfortunate name aside, this four-door CUV looks ready for production, because it is. Shown here in hybrid guise, the subcompact Vezel looks quite sporty, with ...

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    Tokyo: Nissan IDx Nismo and IDx Freeflow concepts are a bridge to the Datsun 510
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    We're not sure if someone from The Adjustment Bureau stopped by Nissan's PR department to explain the IDx Nismo and IDx Freeflow concepts, but the company's odd press release can't diminish our love for these two show favorites. We had been told to look out for an unnamed Datsun 510 BRE homage, ...

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    Tokyo: Toyota FCV Concept comes one step closer to reality [w/video]
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    When Toyota first conceptualized a gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle for mainstream Americans to drive, the initial response was pretty skeptical. Still, through relentless engineering and solid product after solid product, Toyota has built the Prius brand into the dominant force in the hybrid car ...

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    Tokyo: 2015 Lexus RC 300h is a hardcore hybrid cherry coupe
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    Lexus is tag-teaming back into the hardcore coupe ring with this, the red rum RC 300h that's jumping off the top rope to "[inject] emotional appeal into the Lexus DNA." It's the hybrid version of the twin, powered by a 2.5-liter V6 aided by a 105-kW electric motor, the pair putting out 217 total ...

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    Tokyo: VW Twin Up! puts hyper-efficient XL1 powertrain in a four-seater [UPDATE]
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    As expected, Volkswagen has taken the hyper efficient diesel-hybrid powertrain from its XL1 tandem two-seater and installed it in the Up! city car. The new Franken-hybrid is called the Twin Up! concept, and has debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show today. With the XL1's two-cylinder, 800cc diesel engine ...

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    Tokyo: 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo is Japanese for "Zero Competition"
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    It was only a little more than a year ago that we were wondering if there would be a new Nissan GT-R, now here we are writing about the introduction of two of them. Carlos Ghosn himself unveiled the new 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo and the standard-in-name-only 2015 GT-R on which it is based. The Nismo ...

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    Official: 2015 Honda Civic Type R revealed [w/video]
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    Earlier today, we told you how Honda has revealed a trio of new turbocharged VTEC engines, including the one that will be used in the 2015 Civic Type R. That's the winged, Batmobile-esque creature seen here. Ahead of a formal introduction at the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda is flaunting its new Civic ...

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    Official: 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo gets official
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    Behold the 2015 Nissan GT-R as dressed by Nismo and inspired by the GT3-spec race car that competed in this year's Nürburgring 24-hour race. Called the "ultimate iteration of Nissan's GT-R supercar," power goes up by 55 horsepower to 600 hp with updates like high-flow, large diameter turbos, ...

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