RAY MASSEY: Honda’s sporty electric coupe stars in Tokyo
The Tokyo Motor Show — on this week — is well known for its promotion of the weird and wacky, as well as for pointing the way to real cars soon to be seen on Britain’s roads.
One of the stars is Honda’s sporty two-seater coupe, which I tip to put a spark into the electric car market. The Sports EV (electric vehicle) certainly seems to have got tongues wagging.
Slightly retro, but with a contemporary twist, it’s the coupe version of the Honda Urban EV with a 150-mile range. It’s due to be built from 2019 and is expected to cost in the region of £26,000.
Bright spark: Honda’s prototype electric two-seater Sports EV, both retro and contemporary
It bears a passing resemblance to the Toyota 2000GT, which starred in the 1967 Bond film You Only Live Twice, set in Japan.
The production version was a coupe, but because 007 Sean Connery was so tall, they cut the roof off to make it a cabriolet.
Of the Sports EV, Honda chief executive Takahiro Hachigo said: ‘This is a new proposal designed to show the joy of driving an electric car.’
Mazda had perhaps the most elegant car at the show, the elongated ‘Vision Coupe’.
Sleek: Mazda had perhaps the most elegant car at the show, the elongated ‘Vision Coupe’
But the Mazda you can expect to see soonest in showrooms is codenamed Kai, which points the way to the next generation Mazda 3.
Fancy losing weight while behind the wheel? Japanese car seat-maker TS Tech has developed a seat that supposedly burns off calories.
As the vehicle moves, the seat surface shifts from side to side to exercise the pelvis and surrounding muscles. It claims drivers can burn up to 100 calories in half an hour.
Six out of ten of the most reliable car makes sold in Britain are Japanese, says a report by consumer magazine What Car?.
Three in ten motorists with cars of up to three years old suffered at least one fault with their vehicle over the previous 12 months. Lexus is the least likely make to break down, with owners reporting 92.1 per cent reliability in the study of more than 14,000 vehicles. Then came Mitsubishi (90.8 per cent) and Toyota (89.6 per cent).
The worst-performing make is Jeep, with fewer than half (42.1 per cent) of vehicles proving reliable, ahead of Land Rover (50.6 per cent) and electric car firm Tesla (52.4 per cent).
Regent Street Motor Show
More than 100 veterans will gather in Regent Street to take part in the Veteran Car Concours as part of London Motor Week
Get ready on Saturday November 4 for London’s free-to-view Regent Street Motor Show full of veteran cars, modern cars, classic cars, supercars, racing cars and motorcycles held on the eve of the famous Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run to the coast on Sunday November 5.
More than 100 veterans, with many of the drivers and passengers in period dress, will gather in the middle of Regent Street to take part in the annual Veteran Car Concours as part of London Motor Week.
More details at: www.regentstreetmotorshow.com
Eric Morecambe’s restored Jensen Interceptor up for auction
Eric’s wheels: The V8 in which comedian Morecambe fell ill in 1968
The restored Jensen Interceptor in which legendary comedian Eric Morecambe suffered his first heart attack at just 42 is up for auction next month.
He paid £4,500 for the 6.3-litre V8 coupe in 1968. Two months later, he had to be taken to hospital when he fell ill by the roadside after appearing at Batley Variety Club with Ernie Wise.
The interceptor is expected to fetch up to £110,000 in the sale at the NEC Classic Motor Show Silverstone Auctions in Birmingham. But it should bring someone some sunshine.
BMW is going for the X factor
Hot: The latest model to join BMW’s growing line-up of X-prefix models is the sharp new X2
BMW is going for the X factor. Latest to join its growing line-up of X-prefix models is the sharp new X2, available to order from the middle of next month, from £33,980 OTR for the xDrive20 d SE model, with deliveries in spring.
Looking like a cross between an SUV and a hatchback with a bold grille and designer styling, it will be available in SE, Sport, M Sport and M Sport X trim levels. More engine options will arrive next year.
Nissan is turning over a new Leaf — adding to its core electric range with a battery-powered SUV.
Futuristic: The prototype, all-electric zero-emissions IMx, has a claimed driving range of more than 373 miles on a single charge
The prototype, all-electric zero-emissions IMx, with a claimed driving range of more than 373 miles on a single charge, was unveiled at the Tokyo show.
It marks the start of a wider Leaf family following the launch of the second-generation standard model in September.
Nissan also demonstrated a prototype of its most advanced autonomous driving technology, planned for real-world use from 2020, on public roads in Tokyo.
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