The 46th Annual Tokyo Motor Show runs from Oct. 25th through Nov. 4th at the Tokyo Big Sight Center. Nissan will be displaying no less than 14 models ranging from zero-emission city-cars to some needed upgrades for 2 flavors of "Godzilla" - both the GT-R NISMO and a GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition. Other cars making an appearance include the LEAF E+, the JDM-only Serena e-POWER, and the new Skyline equipped with the ProPilot 2.0 driver assistance system which appears in several other Nissan models.
Highlighting the show for Nissan will be the IMk, a zero-emissions concept car demonstrating the company's Intelligent Mobility system, which seeks to integrate man, machine and society into a coherent whole. Billed as the ultimate commuter car, the IMk is a compact city-car equipped with driver assistance features, a powerful EV motor, and Nissan's minimalist design philosophy incorporating "Japanese DNA."
Next up is the Serena e-POWER minivan containing a host of advanced technologies including a driver assistance system and the e-POWER electrified powertrain unit and control set. Refreshed for the Japanese market in August 2019, the Serena also features 360-degree safety protection, an updated front grille, and premium materials.
LEAF e+, the almost forgotten EV with over 430,000 copies sold since 2010, also makes an appearance with increased range and performance from a new powertrain. Nissan outfits the e+ with a high-capacity, high-density battery offering 40% more range than the outgoing model. This is a welcome change as the one quibble with the car was its limited driving distance. Combined with more spirited acceleration this should quiet any naysayers. If they can keep the price down, as the LEAF always offered excellent value for the money, Nissan should be able to sell a lot more LEAFs.
First appearing in 1957, the Skyline nameplate has long been associated with cutting edge technology and performance. The JDM-only Skyline is offered as a premium sports sedan and looks, not surprisingly, like its North American cousin - the Infiniti. With ProPilot 2.0 the car fuses driver assistance with hands-free driving. The system is designed to aid in pre-programmed routes on designated roads, hands-free driving while cruising, and on-ramp off-ramp maneuvers.
Rounding out the group is a pair of GT-R's. A 50th-anniversary edition pictured above in a beautiful shade of blue celebrates the car's "classy but sporty character" with a host of cosmetic treatments both inside and out. Changes to the tried and true GT-R NISMO run deeper with new turbos ripped from the GT3 race car, carbon-fiber exterior pieces for durability and light-weight, new Recaro seats, and suspension and transmission tuning. I should be more excited with these last two models but since the current generation GT-R is 12 years old, I'm a bit conflicted. I hope it serves to holdover the market while Nissan gets cracking on a replacement as it's long overdue. All in all though the show looks like a must see if you're in the Tokyo area. Buckle up.