From Motegi to Tokyo Big Sight: A Journey of the Automobile

October 25, 2017

The recent 45th Tokyo Motor Show, as many followers of the automotive beat will note, was a showcase of how motoring will look within the coming decades. Keen observers will notice that in the future, our cars will be clean (i.e: less harmful to our environment), connected, and would be able to drive themselves.

Honda Motor Co. Ltd. was one such brand that put forward a slew of concept cars and technologies that showed off these key technologies. Models like the Urban EV Concept, EV Sports Concept, and the Clarity (which is all set to be sold, by the way) are just some examples of what future generations will be riding or driving.

Yet there is this saying that we cannot move forward if we aren’t firmly rooted in the past. And for Honda, this seems to be the case as it showed off both its future and its rich history to a select group of motoring journalist during a recent visit to Japan.

The former was course, the said Tokyo Motor Show. The latter, on the other hand, was a stop at the Honda Collection Hall at the famed Twin Ring Motegi—Honda’s very own proving grounds. Here, a plethora of Honda nameplates, past and present, were on hand. It was a tour that let visitors witness the humble beginnings of mainstays like the Civic and Accord, along with the Legend, Inegra, and other Honda nameplates.

Apart from these, Honda motorcycles and race cars from both the past and present were proudly displayed to show the world the Power of Dreams. All this was there to remind everyone just how multi-faceted a brand Honda is.

Being in Motegi, however, would not be complete without taking a spin around the famous Twin Ring course. This is exactly what the participants did, using no less than the future of Honda—the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) and the Fit Aria (aka City) Hybrid. This drive demonstrated just how far Honda has gone and plans to go in terms of mobility. And the good news is, you can get this tech right now (well, if you live in places like Japan and the US, that is).

All told, the whole experience was not just a trip to Japan but a journey that took us down memory lane all the way to the future of the automobile. It let us see and experience our automotive roots and what we can expect in the years to come.

And in all this, one thing is clear: that motoring, no matter what form it may take or propulsion it may require, will still be fun and enjoyable.

About the Author

Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.