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Auto Shows Wackiest Cars of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

23:45  25 october  2019
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The Japanese design aesthetic is undeniably unique and generally revered, guided by principles of wabi (transient and stark beauty), sabi (the beauty of natural patina and aging), and yūgen (profound grace and subtlety). These principles are visible in all the best Japanese art, architecture, and interior designs. So why do so many recent Japanese car designs look so strange?

New Subaru Levorg teased ahead of Tokyo Motor Show

  New Subaru Levorg teased ahead of Tokyo Motor Show The wagon variant of the Subaru WRX will probably stay away from the U.S.Based on the teaser image and video, the new Levorg's styling will be evolutionary. The various creases along the side have a bit more curve to them to emphasize the bulging fenders. The lines also look similar to those of the Subaru Viziv Tourer concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show last year.

a black car on display: Lexus LF 30 6 © Motor Trend Staff Lexus LF 30 6

Here are four examples of new designs spotted on the floor of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show that appear—at least to these western eyes—desperately short on wabi, sabi, and yūgen. 

Lexus LF-30

a black car on display © Motor Trend Staff  

Just as Toyota finally, at long bloody last, transforms its hideous Mirai into a gorgeous swan of a well-proportioned, beautiful sedan, Lexus goes and steals the original Mirai's ungainly, jowly front air intakes flanking a 21st-century cow-catcher. Then it adds a bunch of disjointed scoops, planes, and angles and decorates the whole thing with peculiar boomerang taillamps. Lexus has our blessing to tame this design WAY down before rendering it for tooled production.

Lexus LF-30 Concept in Tokyo Imagines the Electric Lexus of 2030

  Lexus LF-30 Concept in Tokyo Imagines the Electric Lexus of 2030 “No more boring cars.” That was the mandate from Toyota boss Akio Toyoda a few years back that sent Lexus on a journey to explore a more extreme, even outlandish, design language. The Lexus LF-30 Electrified concept is meant to be a glimpse of where that journey could take Toyota’s premium brand by 2030. ButThe LF-30 has been unveiled as Lexus is moving forward with plans to reveal its first production battery electric vehicle (BEV) next month. A new plug-in hybrid Lexus model and a dedicated BEV platform designed to support a range of Lexus-branded electric vehicles, are scheduled to appear in 2020-2021.

Toyota PMCV

a person standing next to a car © Motor Trend Staff

This reinterpretation of the starship Enterprise's shuttlecraft Galileo with wheels was shown by subsidiary Toyota Auto Body, which specializes in van and minvan production (they build the Toyota Noah and Voxy). It may look straight out of Star Trek, but the PMCV is envisioned as an autonomous people mover and is likely to be pressed into just this sort of service during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Very little information has been disseminated about the PMCV, aside from the bare essentials. It carries seven people and measures 181.1 inches long on a 129.3-inch wheelbase. It's 70.5 inches long and 69.3 inches tall on an electric skateboard chassis, and would probably look spectacular in strange new worlds out on the final frontier, where no man has gone before…

All GaN Vehicle

a blue car on display © Motor Trend Staff

Okay, this one isn't being displayed by a proper car company but rather by the Nagoya University's Research Center for Future Materials and Systems—albeit with help from the Toyota Advanced Power Electronics Research Division. So maybe it deserves a pass on the looks front. "GaN" refers to gallium nitride, a chemical compound that works wonders in the semiconductor field, especially as it pertains to optoelectronics (light-emitting diodes) and power amplifiers. As such, this electric concept features multiple applications of gallium nitride: in the DC-DC converter, which allows a 50-75 percent reduction in size of such devices; in the traction inverter, where it is credited with improving efficiency by 20 percent; and in laser lighting, where it helps detect obstacles such as pedestrians at night.

New Toyota e-Racer concept is fun, self-driving two-seater

  New Toyota e-Racer concept is fun, self-driving two-seater Concept revealed at Tokyo points to the capacity for autonomous cars to cater to driving enthusiastsThe car was unveiled on stage by Toyota boss Akio Toyota, but no details - including technical or performance - were given about it beyond its name. As such, it is believed to be a concept in the truest sense, pointing merely to the fact that electric vehicles can be fun.

Toyota e-Trans

a close up of a car © Motor Trend Staff  

This shared-mobility concept imagines a box vehicle with four seats suitable for public carpooling. These seats can then autonomously fold up and slide forward to greatly increase the cargo floor area available for autonomous package-delivery drones to drive in and secure themselves and their cargo until the vehicle reaches the delivery destination. Then the rear hatch opens, a ramp deploys, and the delivery drone dispatches its cargo. Ensuring vehicles can be kept busy with profitable pursuits during an owner's workday is a common theme as futurists work to pencil out the high cost of level 4 or higher autonomy. But does it help at all to render the vehicle in such jarring proportions with such unusual surfacing and non-standard detailing and color work?

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