Tokyo Motor Show Editors' PicksThe 2017 Tokyo Motor Show featured an array of concepts previewing future strategies for Japan's automakers, who dominated the event in their home market. There were sports cars, luxury sedans, crossovers — and almost everything was electrified. Scroll through to see which one captured our top Editors' Pick.
Yamaha Cross Hub: Fifth Place (10 Points)
Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore: This quirky little truck captured my attention for its styling and off-road potential. Lately, I'm really into trucks, and this one looks like a Decepticon.
Managing Editor Greg Rasa: Yamaha makes good stuff, from motorcycles to musical instruments. We’d love to see Yamaha cars. So points for Yamaha, even if this truck is a little odd. OK, a lot odd.
Consumer Editor Jeremy Korzeniewski: Yamaha gets points for hitting the perfect size for a small pickup truck.
Mazda Vision Coupe: Fourth Place (21 Points)
Managing Editor Jeremy Korzeniewski: Mazda makes cars that drivers love. Build one that looks this sensual, and watch buyers flock to the showrooms.
Associate Editor Reese Counts: I like big sedans, even if the market doesn't necessarily agree with my feelings. Like the Mazda Kai Concept, this is a sleek design that hopefully is a good indication of things going forward. Unlike the Kai, I'm not sure that Mazda will actually build it.
Subaru Viziv Performance Concept: Third Place (25 Points)
Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore: Easily my favorite reveal at the show. I love the huge hood scoop, dramatic lines on the side and sharp grille flanked by piercing headlights. Make it the next WRX!
Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale: The more I look at this car, the more I like it. It looks very aggressive with its massive fenders, and it has neat touches like the grille treatment and reflectors on the wheel arches. It could be a really cool WRX. But I still fear Subaru won't be able to follow through on this car.
Honda Sports EV: Second Place (35 Points)
Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale: I really love the way this thing looks. I think the Urban EV Concept might be a tad more elegant, but the Sports EV Concept still is a sharp little coupe and looks like loads of fun. It also is a positive sign for car enthusiasts that the electrified future doesn't have to be ultra-efficient and boring. The only thing keeping it from being my pick of the show is the fact that, as much as I want Honda to make it, the odds aren't the greatest, since it would be a very niche car.
Senior Editor (Green) John Beltz Snyder: EVs can be fun, and this car definitely looks the part. For those drivers waiting to make the switch to an EV until they can replace their gas vehicle with something equally entertaining, cars like this could finally win those converts.
Mazda Kai: First Place (38 Points)
Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore: It's a gorgeous hatch that suggests the styling direction for the next Mazda 3. It's impressive, attractive and attention-getting — everything a concept should be.
Associate Editor Reese Counts: Mazda continues to be on a roll when it comes to both design and engineering. This thing is beautiful. I can only hope the next Mazda3 looks half as good as the Kai concept. It's powered by the Skyactiv-X gasoline engine that uses compression ignition. Mazda, a small independent automaker, is the first to market with this tech. It's fantastic!
Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale: There are a couple reasons why the Mazda Kai is my pick of the show. First, it looks excellent. It's classy and clean with elegant curves, but it also looks muscular and sporty, especially with the forward-raked hatchback. Second, Mazda made it very clear that this is a sign of a future production car *cough* Mazda3 *cough* so it's not just some pie-in-the-sky dream. This thing is coming to market. Sure it'll probably be toned down a tad, but Mazda also has a history of translating its concepts to production with great success.