Annual auto shows have historically been used as platforms for automakers to show off their current lineups and to pull back the veil of new production and concept vehicles. Although some automakers are choosing to have separate bespoke revealing events, this year’s auto show season is still rife with impressive vehicles.
Honda EV Concepts
Honda has recently revealed concept vehicles that hark back to the brand’s successful past. They started with the Urban EV Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which featured the styling of the brand’s first-generation Civic updated for an all-electric future. Then Honda revealed the Sports EV Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, which applied the same sharp design and nostalgic look to a roadster body style.
2019 Lincoln Nautilus
Lincoln is in the process of updating its lineup and abandoning its old “MK” naming system for its SUVs. At the L.A. Auto Show it revealed the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, which replaced the old MKX and joined the Navigator and Continental in the luxury brand’s redesigned lineup.
2019 Ram 1500
The reveal of Ram’s new generation of pickup trucks was greatly anticipated. The brand unveiled a truck with wide-ranging improvements, such as a strong update to its looks and the addition of the eTorque mild hybrid system to its powertrain options.
2019 Ford Ranger
The Ford Ranger nameplate disappeared from the North American market back in 2011, although it has lived on as an international model called the T6. However, as the market has swung undeniably and strongly toward the sales of trucks and crossovers, Ford has returned a few variations of the Ranger to North America. All variations use a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine that produces 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.
Mazda Kai Concept and VISION Coupe
The Zoom-Zoom brand has been working feverishly behind the scenes to create a new generation of improvements for its vehicles after the first, popular redesign using SKYACTIV® technology and KODO: Soul of Motion design. In order to preview of both the looks and the underlying design of the next generation of its vehicles, Mazda revealed two concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show: the Kai Concept and the VISION Coupe.
The Kai Concept is a small hatchback rendered in the new design style. The car’s body is held up by the brand’s new SKYACTIV-VEHICLE ARCHITECTURE platform and powered by the new SKYACTIV-X engine. The VISION COUPE is a long, low, swooping sports coupe that showcases Mazda’s future design vision, described as a “more mature expression of KODO.”
Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept
The Toyota Supra is another vehicle name that evokes near-mythical status due to its disappearance from the market and the many rumors pointing to its return. Finally it has reappeared, even though the Supra name is only returning as part of a racing concept for the brand’s new Gazoo Racing sports sub-brand. Even this limited return is the cause of great celebration, particularly since it could lead to a returned production version of the Supra sometime soon.
The next year is certain to bring even more impressive and interesting new vehicles onto the world stage — perhaps even a production vehicle based on the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept or the Honda Urban EV concept.