Tokyo show: VW, Audi and BMW

European manufacturers brought some interesting cars to the 2011 Tokyo motor show

Despite the rarity of imported cars on its roads, Japan is still a sufficiently lucrative market for European manufacturers to ensure they turn up at the Tokyo motor show, but when they tend to bring production cars rather than concepts.

This year was pretty much par for the course. Although lots of the European players had booked stands, it was a bit of a struggle to find anything unfamiliar on them.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

Credit to Volkswagen for bringing two new cars, one production and one very near to it. We’ve already given you the details on the Passat Alltrak – basically a poor man’s Audi Allroad – with raised ride height and some rugged body cladding. More surprising was the Cross Coupe, a smart-looking compact SUV that’s clearly near to reality – the show car had what appeared to be production metal stampings.

Audi brought the five-door A1 Sportback, together with a toe-curling video presentation of it playing football with some kids. Just be glad that your several thousand miles away. And BMW showed the new 5 ActiveHybrid, which is set to take America (and possibly Japan) by storm. 

Recommended

Visit/audi/202473/quarantine-quattro-iconic-audi-rally-scenes-recreated-in-lego
Audi

Quarantine Quattro - iconic Audi rally scenes recreated in Lego

15 Apr 2020
Visit/audi/rs-q3
Audi

New 2020 Audi RSQ3 Sportback review

31 Mar 2020
Visit/audi/202360/new-audi-e-tron-gt-spied-testing
Audi

New Audi e-tron GT spied testing

17 Mar 2020
Visit/audi/202169/abt-reveals-tuning-upgrades-for-new-audi-rs4-rs6-rs7-and-rsq8
Audi

Abt reveals tuning upgrades for new Audi RS4, RS6, RS7 and RSQ8

30 Jan 2020

Most Popular

Visit/ferrari/203127/ferrari-omologata-revealed-latest-bespoke-commission-a-v12-super-coupe
Ferrari

Ferrari Omologata revealed – latest bespoke commission a V12 super coupe

One-off Ferrari Omologata revealed with bespoke body 789bhp V12 engine
25 Sep 2020
Visit/porsche/panamera/203126/porsche-panamera-turbo-s-2020-review
Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera Turbo S 2020 review 

Monster straight-line pace and impressive handling, but the Panamera sweet spot is found elsewhere
26 Sep 2020
Visit/bmw/m3-saloon/20529/all-new-bmw-m3-competition-revealed-an-icon-reborn
BMW M3 saloon

All-new BMW M3 Competition revealed – an icon reborn

This is the all-new BMW M3 Competition saloon which will join the M4 Competition coupe in BMW M’s new M3/4 family
23 Sep 2020
Visit/lamborghini/203125/lamborghini-boss-stefano-domenicali-named-new-f1-ceo
Lamborghini

Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali named new F1 CEO

Lamborghini’s CEO to take charge of F1 from 2021.
25 Sep 2020