October 30, 2015: The Tokyo Motor Show, a place where wild imaginations fueled by too much sake and raw fish meet the auto industry head-on, did not disappoint in terms of wild and wacky reveals on the show floor. But we looked for more down-to-earth introductions, and concentrated on seven vehicles that will make it to production in one form or another. Speaking of imaginations run wild, Acura pulled the wraps off the 2017 NSX, and it’s a digital tech monster. Which is a far cry from what the new sports car could have been. A leviathan of a different sort missed its scheduled debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, but its owner brought the aero-engined brute along to the Earl of March’s house for a run up the property’s private of drive. It was a flame-throwing good time. After watching that display, you almost wonder what our own Al Vinikour might make of this spectacle. Not a fan of non-adjustable shoulder belts, how would he feel about a car with none at all?
October 16, 2015: As its diesel scandal begins to die down, Volkswagen’s Board of Supervisors begins to make changes designed to staunch the bleeding. Can it work? Volvo, emulating VW’s MQB strategy, introduces its Compact Modular Architecture which it will share with its owner, Geely. A former Carbon Revolution executive introduces a new line of road wheels that are nearly half the cost and almost as light as the composite rims from Australia. The mad scientists at Rinspeed combine autonomous driving and a drone with mid-engined performance to created the Etos, but will anybody care? Chevy’s new ZZ6 crate motor brings power to the people, while the folks at Falken Tires create a simple new technology that promises to make tires quieter, and Castrol introduces a combined oil and filter container that is more relevant than it at first seems. As part of its never-ending drip of information, Toyota releases more information about the technology going into the 2016 Prius. BMW pulls the covers off the M2, and increases both its performance and social networking capability. Ferrari adds more power and capability to the already strong F12. Chevy’s Silverado takes on a dirty garage and wins. We find out if Nissan’s Murano has more to offer than stylish looks. And Star Wars aficionado Al Vinikour breaks out his X-Wing fighter to take on folks who scythe through traffic.