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The Best New Vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show

Japan's biennial bash for car buffs gets underway this week, shining a spotlight on everything from sports cars to fuel cell vehicles to cutesy minicar concepts. Whether at the stands of giants like Toyota or Nissan, or on the show floor with smaller players like Subaru and Mitsubishi Motors, most of the automakers are demonstrating their progress toward deploying autonomous vehicle technology and bolstering their green-car credentials.

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    Mazda generated buzz about a return for the RX sports-car series, dormant since the RX-8 went out of production in 2012. Here's the RX-Vision concept.

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    Nissan's Teatro for Dayz concept takes aim at "share natives," Nissan marketing speak for the generation of young people with which the company hopes to reignite interest in cars.

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    Nissan's plan: cover your ride in screens and put a camera on board for selfie taking, web surfing and video game playing.

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    Toyota's FCV Plus concept showcases Toyota's vision for a hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle that's both car and power source.

     

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    Nissan's Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo re-emerges again, this time in "Fire Knight" red. This is the latest version of a creation first developed in 2014 with the creators of the racing video game Gran Turismo for Sony's PlayStation.

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    The Toyota Kikai concept is half hot rod, half buggy, with windows covering visible suspension components and other car innards. This is nothing more than a design exercise aimed at getting people to appreciate car machinery.

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    "Kikai" means machine in Japanese.

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    Toyota's S-FR concept could indicate the automaker is ready to take on one of the Japan's most beloved cars among enthusiasts, Mazda's Miata. If this makes its way into production, S-FR would slot into the Toyota lineup below the 86, or FR-S.

     

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    On a hot streak that few automakers can claim to come close to matching the last few years, Subaru's stand is both practical and futuristic. On display, the hybrid concept called Viviz Future highlighting the latest advances of its EyeSight automatic driving system. 

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    Subaru's updated Forester SUV.

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    Honda's nearly production-ready fuel cell vehicle, the Clarity Fuel Cell, is due to begin selling in Japan next year. Honda says its car will beat Toyota's Mirai sedan's range and offer five seats rather than four. 

               

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    Mitsubishi has ramped up its development of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, as evidenced by this Outlander PHEV. 

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    Daihatsu's mini van concepts will make you wish minicars made their way outside Japan. The Noriori has ramps for bikes, cargo and wheelchair access.

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    Yamaha, the maker of motorcycles, scooters and snowmobiles, shows it too can dabble in the four-wheeled genre. On display: the Sports Ride concept.    

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    The interior of Yamaha's Sports Ride concept. The vehicle was developed with the help of Gordon Murray, a designer of Formula One race cars.

     

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    Suzuki aims to appeal to the outdoorsy and off-roader types with Ignis concept, a compact crossover with extra ground clearance to negotiate snow, dirt, and the like.

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    "I am Motobot. I was created to surpass you." This is the creepy message that Yamaha's autonomous, motorcycle-riding, humanoid robot delivers at the end of a promo video that will truly terrify those worried about 'bots taking over.

     

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    Mitsubishi's eX concept showcases the new design language the company's calling "Dynamic Shield'' and its next-generation battery-electric and automatic-parking technology.

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    After making a splash earlier this year with its F 015 concept vehicle, Mercedes has tailored its rolling luxury lounge to Japan tastes. Called Vision Tokyo, this cocoon-like car interior was built for cruising around autonomously through megacities, providing a respite from the hustle and bustle outside.

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    Toyoda Gosei's Flesby air bag car concept. This Toyota group supplier of exterior parts, safety systems and LEDs combines them all into one with Flesby, an air bag car concept. Its inflatable body would be safer in pedestrian collisions, and its exterior LEDs can communicate with surrounding cars.

     

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    Honda's urban mobility concept Wander Stand comes equipped with joystick, a la Google's latest iteration of its self-driving car.

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