From its humble, post-war beginnings in the 1950s, Japan’s biennial Tokyo Motor Show has become one of the major stops on the international auto show circuit. This year’s edition will see a bevy of alternative powertrain, connectivity and autonomous driving concepts from Japanese automakers, plus several world production debuts from foreign brands like BMW, Mini and Porsche.
We’ll have full coverage starting on Oct. 28. Until then, here’s what we know and don’t know about the top 10 Tokyo debuts so far:
Daihatsu D-Base Concept
What we know: Japan’s kei minicar class – restricted in size, engine displacement and power output – are unique to the home market where they account for almost 40 per cent of all sales. The country’s oldest automaker, Daihatsu, is planning a fleet of kei minicar debuts at this year’s show. In addition to a trio of mini-minivan concepts – the Hinata, Tempo and Noriori – Daihatsu will also debut its D-Base Concept hatchback, powered by a 660cc three-cylinder engine.
What we don’t know: Yet to be confirmed, speculation sees the D-Base previewing the styling for the next production Daihatsu Mira kei car.