Auto show season is upon us. The two that are going on right now are the Tokyo Motor Show and LA Auto Show. I am, unfortunately, at neither. However, that doesn't mean I've been oblivious to some of the cool small car concepts and production vehicles that have appeared. Here are a few that have caught my eye.
Daihatsu Kopen Concept
The Kopen (or Copen) is a tiny two-seat convertible. Past iterations have looked a lot like miniature Audi TTs. However, the above-pictured Kopen Concept from the Tokyo show look much less Audi. No mention of a powerplant or anything, but it is eye catching.
Honda S660 Concept
Nissan Sentra Nismo Concept
Moving back to this side of the ocean, Nissan is showing off its Sentra NISMO concept at the LA show. Powered by an amped-up version of the Nissan Juke engine (1.6-liter turbocharged four cylinder making 240 hp), Nissan has taken is not-so-exciting Sentra and made it into something special. Kudos for not calling it an SE-R, by the way. As we mentioned in our 2013 Sentra review, the new Sentra is very improved, and if they offer it with the turbo powerplant, it might just be great.
Nissan Juke Nismo RS
Since we're on the Nissan subject, Nissan showed off its Juke Nismo RS at LA, too. It takes the already tarted-up Juke Nismo and adds 18 more horsepower, 26 ft/lbs more torque (total of 215 hp and 210 ft/lbs of torque), a limited-slip differential, and Recaro seats among other goodies. That's the good news. The bad news is you still can't get the AWD version with a manual—it's a CVT or nothing. You can, however, get a FWD and manual. We'll post up our 2013 Juke Nismo review in the coming weeks.
2015 Subaru WRX
Here's the nex-generation Subaru Impreza WRX. Powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injection boxer engine, the car makes 268 hp (up three from the last gen) and 258 ft/lbs or torque, up 14 ft/lbs. It'll be available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT, which seem odd, but I'm sure Subaru will be able to sell more units if they offer it up with an automatic, too. They say 0-60 times will be in the mid five-second range, and of course it'll have AWD. We own a 2013 model and love it. The '15 looks much more bland, but it'll likely drive fantastically.
Toyota Aqua Convertible Concept