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Tokyo’s Motor Show 2015: The weird on wheels

Joshua Dowling

THE rebirth of the Mazda RX-7 may have stolen the limelight at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, but as ever it was the weird on wheels that captured most attention.

Tokyo only gets to host a motor show once every two years, so they really let their hair down.

Here are the whackiest cars from this year’s Tokyo motoring expo.

But first, some details on the sexy new Mazda sports-car.

Get excited ... the Mazda RX-VISION. Picture: Supplied

Get excited … the Mazda RX-VISION. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Mazda RX-Vision

Get excited kids, there WILL be a modern version of the RX-7 after all. Mazda rarely unveils concept cars that don’t eventually become a reality.

Mazda’s unique rotary engine was thought to be a write-off due to strict emissions standards.

But the company has all but confirmed the rotary will be back.

The Mazda rotary engine will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017, the RX-7 will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2018, and Mazda as a company will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020.

It could be any one of those dates, but we’re guessing 2020 is a safer bet.

Mercedes Vision Tokyo Concept. ... Japanese love box-shaped cars because they are the most efficient use of space and also maximise strict Japanese size restrictions. Picture: Supplied.

Mercedes Vision Tokyo Concept. … Japanese love box-shaped cars because they are the most efficient use of space and also maximise strict Japanese size restrictions. Picture: Supplied.Source:Supplied

Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo

This Benz blob is the German car maker’s third demonstration of the same autonomous driving technology over the past two years.

In Frankfurt it was a sleek sedan, but Mercedes knows its market and it know the Japanese love box-shaped cars (boxes are the most efficient use of space and also maximise strict Japanese size restrictions).

So it created a box with rounded edges and a weird 3D virtual reality interior.

What we can really take from this all this hype is that the grille on future Mercedes cars will be a bit bigger and the instrument display a little higher, possibly above the steering wheel.

Suzuki Air Triser

No we don’t know what the name means either, but this is Suzuki’s crazy way of saying we are working on a new version of the Suzuki Carry delivery van.

What will make showrooms? Probably the shape of the headlights and window lines.

Unique name ... Suzuki Air Triser interior. Picture: Supplied

Unique name … Suzuki Air Triser interior. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

What will make showrooms? Probably the shape of the headlights and window lines.

Interesting body ... The Suzuki Air Triser. Picture: Supplied

Interesting body … The Suzuki Air Triser. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Nissan Teatro For Dayz

Yep, the only thing crazier than the box-shaped cars are their weird names.

This is Nissan’s way of trying to interest the mobile phone generation who have shunned cars because they stay connected with friends online.

That’s why this Nissan’s entire dashboard is a mirror of your phone’s touchscreen.

What does this mean? Future Nissans will probably have Apple CarPlay and Android-compatible radio displays.

Boxy ... When the Nissan Teatro car is in drive mode, meters, controls and maps appear on a pure white instrument panel. Picture: Supplied.

Boxy … When the Nissan Teatro car is in drive mode, meters, controls and maps appear on a pure white instrument panel. Picture: Supplied.Source:Supplied

What does this mean? Future Nissans will probably have Apple CarPlay and Android-compatible radio displays.

Nissan Teatro interior ... From concept to interior and exterior design, Teatro for Dayz is simple: a clean canvas Picture: Supplied

Nissan Teatro interior … From concept to interior and exterior design, Teatro for Dayz is simple: a clean canvas Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Daihatsu Noriori

Another name presumably lost in translation, but this is a truly amazing concept that deals with the world’s ageing population.

It has complete wheelchair access, and the chair can be positioned alongside the driver.

The rear of the cabin can also lock in kid’s prams.

Will it make production? Probably in Japan, but without its oversized headlights and cute looks.

Truly amazing ... The Daihatsu Noriori concept that deals with the world’s ageing population. Picture: Joshua Dowling.

Truly amazing … The Daihatsu Noriori concept that deals with the world’s ageing population. Picture: Joshua Dowling.Source:Supplied

Honda Wander Stand

This is when you know you’re in Japan. It’s a tiny city runabout for one or two people that can swivel on its own axis, to squeeze into the tiniest of spots.

It will never make production. But then again, people said the Segway stand-up scooter wouldn’t work either.

Honda Wander Stand ... A bit of a tight squeeze. Picture: Joshua Dowling.

Honda Wander Stand … A bit of a tight squeeze. Picture: Joshua Dowling.Source:Supplied

It will never make production. But then again, people said the Segway stand-up scooter wouldn’t work either.

Toyota SFR concept ... This could just make it to a showroom neat you. Picture: Joshua Dowling.

Toyota SFR concept … This could just make it to a showroom neat you. Picture: Joshua Dowling.Source:Supplied

Toyota SFR

Finally a Tokyo show car that might actually make it to showrooms. The Toyota SFR is a smaller version of Toyota’s cur price coupe, the Toyota 86.

With a 1.5-litre engine which powers the rear wheels “for driving fun”, it’s already being dubbed a “Toyota 43” because it is half a Toyota 86.