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Autocar - - TOKYO MOTOR SHOW -

HONDA’S SPORTS EV con­cept (p12) was penned by Makoto Harada, who had his de­sign cho­sen ahead of 150 other sub­mis­sions from the car maker’s de­sign stu­dios around the world. Harada is a young de­signer whose ma­jor work to date has been as one of the ex­te­rior de­sign­ers on the cur­rent Civic. A man of clear tal­ent and, seem­ingly, taste: he’s an Au­to­car sub­scriber…

DAI­HATSU EARNED praise for its rein­ven­tion of the Com­pagno, but it was the in­clu­sion of an orig­i­nal ex­am­ple from 1963 along­side it on the stand that drew most plau­dits. The orig­i­nal Com­pagno broke cover as a con­cept car at the 1961 Tokyo show and was on sale in var­i­ous forms un­til 1970, de­spite be­ing re­garded as out of date on its launch be­cause of its lad­der chas­sis. MAZDA WON’T BE putting all of its faith in elec­tric ve­hi­cles, even though it has one com­ing in 2019. Mazda engine boss Mit­suo Hit­omi told Au­to­car: “I don’t think EVS will make any big con­tri­bu­tion to the en­vi­ron­ment and I don’t think that cus­tomers will ac­cept EVS.” The com­pany is fo­cus­ing on its Spark Con­trolled Com­pres­sion Ig­ni­tion (SCCI) engine, which the firm says com­bines the econ­omy and torque of a diesel with the lower emis­sions of a petrol.

JA­PANESE CAR FIRMS are anx­ious about Brexit. Mazda UK boss Jeremy Thom­son, re­fer­ring to a 15% de­crease in year-to-date sales, said he’s “very keen that the UK gov­ern­ment forms a free trade agree­ment with Ja­pan” to en­sure good busi­ness post-brexit.

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