Sexiness Springs Forth From Japan's Future Cars
Oct 28, 2017  Peter Lyon , Contributor

[image  / Peter Lyon.
The Honda EV Sports concept injects some style back the carmaker's lineup
The Concept i (on right) can read your mind - nearly. It uses deep learning
software  / Toyota

The Toyota Motor Show is known in international circles as a show that
introduces new technologies, the odd sports car and wacky, offbeat
anime-inspired concept cars. In fact, some of my overseas colleagues come to
Tokyo just to see those manga-like concept cars.

As is happening at every other motor show so far this year, literally every
carmaker is pushing their vision of future electric vehicles, autonomous
driving, A.I. and connectivity. But while those themes are strong at Tokyo
as well, this year things are a little different.

This time, as I walked around the show venue at Tokyo Big Site, I realized
that Japanese manufacturers have gotten serious with design. They’ve finally
injected some sexiness into their future exteriors.

The fact that Japanese designers have finally been given some latitude to
style cars that are fun, sexy and eye-catching is what stood out ...

Honda injected some sex appeal back into its line-up with the EV Sports
concept. Based on the Urban EV Concept seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the
EV Sports looks much lower slung with flowing rear-wheel-drive proportions,
and with its low center of gravity promises an exhilarating driving
experience. I particularly liked the coupe’s combination of simplicity and
retro meets future sports car. But more than anything, it was refreshing to
see Honda trying to incorporate some raw sexiness back into its design.
Although to be honest, this coupe also was light on details and only
mentioned a basic EV powertrain ...

But while I thought this coupe would be the highlight of the Toyota stand,
that role was usurped by the Concept i with A.I. technology and scissor-like
gull-wing doors. Electrically powered, this 4-passenger vehicle incorporates
deep learning software that can read your mind! Well, nearly. It will read
your breathing rate and speech patterns as well as eye movements to tell
your state of alertness and what you might want to do. It also offers
autonomous driving features in which the steering wheel folds away ...

Every carmaker might have been shining a spotlight on its EV and autonomous
driving technologies but the sexy lines and curves adorning this year’s
concept cars really helped to spruce up the stands and inject some style
into Japan’s future automotive design. Just hope they can keep the momentum
going through the recent scandals with Nissan, Subaru and Kobe Steel.
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