Autocar Tokyo motor show 2013: Our star cars

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    Murray-02_0. Autocar's team of reporters reveal their individual highlights of a concept-packed Tokyo motor showUnlike previous years, it's safe to say that the 2013 Tokyo motor show has been less about concept cars and more about production prospects.
    Cars like the Yamaha Motiv, developed in conjunction with Gordon Murray, have lead the way for a star-studded field in Japan. The Jaguar F-type coupé, perhaps one of the most anticipated car launches of the year so far, is already gaining plenty of fans while the Porsche Macan appears to be providing a credible challenge for premium compact SUV supremacy.
    Below you'll find our show stars, but don't forget you can stay up to date with all the latest Tokyo motor show news on
    Jim Holder
    Yamaha Motiv
    Finally, the like-minded folk at Yamaha have taken the plunge and backed Gordon Murray Design’s ingenuity for a potential foray into road cars. The concept looks right and promises a minor revolution. How can they not build it now?
    Hilton Holloway
    Subaru Cross Sport
    OK, it’s not the most slickly styled concept ever, but it seems that it's not just me who thinks that the Volvo C30 was a great package and that an XC30 should have been made. Even the front passenger seat folds flat like the Swede.
    Andrew Frankel
    Honda S660
    Any 660cc kei car that can be parked next to the NSX and not pale by comparison has to be something special. And it is; this is the best small Japanese sports car since the Honda Beat over 20 years ago.
    Julian Rendell
    Nissan IDx NISMO
    A brilliant reinterpretation of the 1970s Datsun 160J rally and race car, there can only be one way forward for this fabulous concept – production. Over to you Nissan…
    Nic Cackett
    Nissan BladeGlider
    The BladeGlider was the show car that showed that Nissan is still prepared to let its own imagination run wild. Nissan bigwigs say it’s one of the best handling cars they’ve driven. We can’t wait to find out for ourselves.