Tokyo Motor Show 2011: Parts Suppliers (2)

Technologies addressing fuel economy, weight reduction, driving comfort and luxuriousness

2012/01/11

Summary

 The following is an outline of technologies addressing fuel economy, weight reduction, innovative transmission and steering, parts and technologies that will create additional comfort and luxuriousness, safety technologies, lighting equipment etc., exhibited by automotive suppliers at the Tokyo Motor Show 2011 (December 3 to 11, 2011).

 Increasing fuel economy of vehicles powered by an internal combustion engine is one of the highest priorities for all OEMs. The Tokyo motor show was a showcase of many technologies developed to increase fuel economy or reduce vehicle weights. Among them was the "low speed lock-up torque converter" (exhibited by Exedy) that constitutes Mazda's SKYACTIV technology, and the EPS and driveshaft (by JTEKT) that support high fuel economy of Daihatsu's new minicars.

 Transmission technologies exhibited at the show included the world first toroidal CVT for FWD vehicles by NSK and Jatco's CVT that was integrated from four to only two models.

 Parts and technologies that were displayed focusing on greater riding comfort and luxuriousness included the bamboo-made steering wheel developed by Tokai Rika, leather steering wheels and seats by Midori Hokuyo, and relax seat by TS Tech.

 Koito Manufacturing exhibited all LED headlamps (all LED lamps other than the turn signal lamps, used on the new Lexus GS) and the new LED headlamps consisting of two third-generation LEDs (on each side).