The Tokyo motor show usually throws up some oddities and this year's event promises to be no different. Nissan is bringing a range of concept cars along, some being future-looking zero emissions machines and others thinly-veiled production cars. The Leaf is the most significant, Nissan's (almost ready for production) electric vehicle getting a proper unveiling at the show. This 100-mile range, plug-in electric car is expected to be in Nissan showrooms as early as next year.
Alongside it is the cool Qazana compact SUV concept. With Nissan announcing it'll be moving its Micra production from Sunderland to India to allow the North East plant to get ready for a small SUV production car, this concept highlights what you could be driving very soon. Perhaps a bit further off is something like the Land Glider concept. An ultra-lightweight electric vehicle, the Land Glider is narrow and compact to ease congestion and parking. That's nothing new among electric concepts, but Nissan's Land Glider also leans into corners to add driver pleasure - and no doubt stability in corners.
Nissan will also be showing some home-market only machines like its Roox - a super-spacious mini-MPV that majors on practicality - and a next-generation taxi based on its Vanette model, which should reach the UK in 2010 to take on the traditional black cab.