This Mitsubishi Colt Galant is a GTO from Japan

The letters GTO have been used by several automakers – each from different countries. Depending on where your automotive enthusiasm is centered, you might associate the name with Pontiac or with Ferrari. But those weren’t the only ones to use those letters. So did Mitsubishi.

In fact, the 3000GT (also known as the Dodge Stealth) that competed with the likes of the Toyota Supra and Nissan 300ZX back in the 1990s was sold as the GTO back home in Japan. But Mitsu didn’t pull that name out of nowhere. It was merely the revival of an old nameplate. Back in the 1970s, Mitsubishi used those letters on a version of the Colt, of all things. And that’s what Petrolicious has profiled in this latest video.

This Seventies-era Mitsubishi Colt Galant GTO GSR belongs to one Matt De Mangos, an enthusiast, collector, and consummate tinkerer out in California who fell in love with the vintage pocket rocket. Since the Colt Galant GTO was designed for the Japanese Domestic Market, few ever made it to other markets. So De Mangos imported one privately to the United States, and invested a lot of time into researching and restoring the vehicle. The result may not be the usual classic you’d expect to see an American hot-rodder restoring, but that’s apparently just the way Matt likes it. Hear his story in the video above.

Toyota S-FR concept looks like a tiny Miata-fighter

Toyota to Debut Three New Concept Cars at Tokyo Motor Show

Tokyo, Japan, October 8, 2015―Toyota will present its vision for the future of mobility at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, where three very different new concept cars will be revealed. While some of the vehicles slated to go on display represent the development and commercialization of groundbreaking new technologies, others seek to explore and strengthen the emotional bond between car and driver.

Toyota’s commitment to advanced powertrain technology will be represented by three models: the all-new Prius, the Toyota C-HR Concept, a compact hybrid crossover, and the Toyota FCV Plus, a fuel cell concept that embodies Toyota’s vision of a hydrogen-based society.

While the above vehicles represent the ever-changing nature of mobility, Toyota will also show two concepts created to reaffirm the fundamental relationship between car and driver: the Toyota S-FR, a fun-to-drive entry-level lightweight sports car, and the Toyota KIKAI, a design concept that reminds us of the innate beauty of machinery.

Main vehicles on display
- The all-new Prius (Japan premiere), the bold next generation of Toyota’s hybrid pioneer
- The Toyota C-HR Concept (Japan premiere), a compact hybrid crossover set to go into production soon
- The Toyota S-FR (world premiere), a lightweight, sporty concept offering a fun, responsive driving experience
- The Toyota FCV Plus (world premiere), a concept vehicle created with a future hydrogen-based society in mind
- The Toyota KIKAI (world premiere), a concept that encourages us to appreciate the beauty of machines

Also on display will be a test vehicle currently under development with a view to participation in the FIA World Rally Championship, and a Land Cruiser (Australian specifications) used in the Toyota Discovery Tour, an employee driving project launched in June 2015. Toyota will also introduce Kirobo Mini, a robotic communication partner always at the customer’s side.

Prius (Japan premiere)
Since its launch as the world’s first mass-produced hybrid passenger vehicle in 1997, the outstanding environmental performance and advanced features of the Prius have set the stage for the growth of hybrid vehicles worldwide. Based on the pursuit of evolution truly worthy of the pioneering Prius brand, the fourth-generation model is our first global vehicle to use the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), an innovative, integrated development program for powertrain components and vehicle platforms.

Attractive styling through low center of gravity package
The new model inherits the nameplate’s signature triangular silhouette which, combined with a low center of gravity, results in an impressively angular yet emotional design. Flowing curves blend with aggressive cut edges that spark interest from any angle. The top of the roof has been lowered by 20 mm and moved forwards, while the engine hood has also been lowered to create a stylish outline. All improvements have been achieved with no sacrifice to interior space.

Evolutionary advances to the hybrid system
A comprehensive program of size and weight reductions for major hybrid components―transaxle, motor, battery, and engine―was achieved.

As a result, the Prius has achieved over 40 percent thermal efficiency and a huge boost in fuel economy.

Fun to drive thanks to TNGA
The new Prius has received an entirely new Toyota platform. This has resulted in improved handling, safety and heightened driving enjoyment. The model features a chassis that is 60 percent more rigid, while the powertrain unit’s lower placement and low center of gravity has increased the vehicle’s stability and comfort.

State-of-the-art safety equipment
In Japan, the Prius will feature the Toyota Safety Sense P active safety package, which combines four advanced safety functions. Toyota Safety Sense P includes a Pre-collision System which uses the combined monitoring power of millimeter-wave radar and monocular camera to detect not only vehicles but also pedestrians.

Launch in Japanese market planned for end of 2015
The new Prius will go on sale in Japan at the end of 2015, and is subsequently scheduled for successive launches around the world.

Vehicle name Length Width Height Wheelbase Occupancy
Prius 4,540 mm 1,760 mm 1,470 mm 2,700 mm 5

Toyota C-HR Concept (Japan premiere)

Embodying a new direction in Toyota design, this vehicle achieves a strong individuality that will get it noticed in the compact crossover market. Combining outstanding environmental performance with a brisk driving style in a compact body size, this is a boldly inventive compact concept crossover vehicle.

Highly individual styling
The concept is visually distinctive, thanks to its expressive diamond-inspired styling, packed full of eye-catching details that have been sculpted and chamfered to represent the facetted surfaces of a precision-cut gemstone. The vehicle builds on two key elements of Toyota’s design language―Keen Look and Under Priority―to create a bold, emphatic front profile that emphasizes the lower grille as well as increasing aerodynamic performance, cooling, and pedestrian safety.

Ride comfort
Like the new Prius, Toyota C-HR Concept makes use of TNGA, resulting in a highly rigid body. As a result of efforts to improve the already outstanding handling stability and ride comfort, the vehicle responds to driver handling with a directness that gives the driving experience an intuitive feel.

Outstanding environmental performance
Toyota aims to give the concept an engine with thermal efficiency of over 40 percent, as well as further improving fuel efficiency by making the hybrid system―including the motor and battery―smaller and more lightweight.

The Toyota concept made its first appearance at the 2014 Paris Motor Show as a design study, following which an updated five-door model went on display at the 2015 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show. Toyota hopes to show a production-ready model at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2016.

Vehicle name Length Width Height Wheelbase Occupancy
Toyota C-HR Concept 4,350 mm 1,850 mm 1,500 mm 2,640 mm 5

Toyota S-FR (world premiere)

The Toyota S-FR is a concept vehicle that continues the proud heritage of Toyota’s fun-to-drive lightweight sports cars. Pitched as an entry-level model, the new concept emphasizes responsiveness, and aims to make a whole new generation fall in love with driving.

Compact and Simple
The concept’s compact body is incredibly light, yet offers a smooth driving style. Not just a sports car, it pairs the simplicity of an entry-level model with an intimacy that brings human and machine closer together.

Fun to Drive
Benefiting from the unique advantages of a lightweight sports car, the concept offers smooth, responsive and direct handling that gives a real sense of communication between car and driver―one key benefit of the FR (front engine/rear drive) format.

Sporty design
The concept’s long nose and wide stance make for an archetypal sports car profile, while the familiar roundness of its frame inspires a feeling of closeness. The simple and modern finish of the interior rounds off a design that stresses approachable simplicity while conveying the vehicle’s performance and sporty spirit.
- The full-fledged FR layout gives the engine a front midship location. Optimal weight distribution and independent suspension make for outstanding cornering performance.
- A six-speed manual transmission offers smooth acceleration, adding to the car’s fun, responsive drive.
- The Toyota S-FR was conceptualized as the kind of vehicle that attracts its own die-hard fan base, whose members love driving and customizing it.

Vehicle name Length Width Height Wheelbase Occupancy
Toyota S-FR 3,900 mm 1,695 mm 1,320 mm 2,480 mm 4

Toyota FCV Plus (world premiere)

Compressed hydrogen has a higher energy density than electricity, can be generated from a wide range of raw materials, and is easy to store, making it a promising future energy source. That’s why Toyota envisages a sustainable society in which hydrogen energy is in widespread use―a society embodied by this concept vehicle.

Clean generation of hydrogen from a wide range of primary energy sources will make local, self-sufficient power generation a global reality, and fuel cell vehicles will take on a new role as power sources within their communities. Toyota’s aim is to add an all-new sense of purpose to the automobile by turning fuel cell vehicles from eco-cars into energy-cars.

Generating electricity
In addition to the vehicle’s own hydrogen tank, the car can also generate electricity directly from hydrogen stored outside the vehicle. The vehicle can thus be transformed into a stable source of electric power for use at home or away.

Sharing generated power with others
When the car is not being used as a means of transport, it shares its power generation capabilities with communities as part of the local infrastructure.

Supporting future generations
The car’s fuel cell stack can be reused as an electricity generating device, transcending the traditional functions of cars. Put to versatile uses around the world, these stacks could contribute significantly to local communities.
- The fuel cell stack is mounted between the front tires, and the hydrogen tank behind the rear seat. Together with the adoption of independent in-wheel motors in all four wheels, this allows for a spacious cabin despite the vehicle’s compact vehicle body. By concentrating functional parts at the front and the rear of the vehicle, this next-generation fuel cell vehicle package creates an optimal weight balance and a wide field of vision.
- The exterior adopts a distinctive, sleek shape, while the frame structure of the interior ensures rigidity despite the light weight of the car. Altogether, the design conveys the vehicle’s advanced technology and outstanding environmental performance.

Vehicle name Length Width Height Wheelbase
Toyota FCV Plus 3,800 mm 1,750 mm 1,540 mm 3,000 mm

Toyota KIKAI (world premiere)

As the products of human creativity, dedication, and knowledge, machines should be objects of admiration. The concept was designed to explore and emphasize the fundamental appeal of machines: their fine craftsmanship, their beauty, simplicity, and their fascinating motion. As a true concept car, the Toyota KIKAI’s appeal is simultaneously free from and reliant on the core concepts of automobiles.

Innovative form
This concept takes the machinery, normally hidden beneath the vehicle body, and makes an open display of its beauty. Directly expressed in this way, the vehicle’s inner workings become part of the exterior. In addition to the carefully designed form, continued into details including the fuel tank, reserve tank, and exhaust pipes, the analog-style meters and switches offer an engaging dialog with the machinery.

New driving sensation
The small window at the driver’s feet is another distinctive aspect of this car’s structure, communicating the movements of the tires and suspension and the rush of speed along the road surface. Through the windshield, the movements of the upper control arm are also visible. This provides a novel driving sensation in which the machinery that supports the operations of cruising, turning, and stopping in ordinary everyday driving can be directly perceived with the senses.

Stimulating layout
The adoption of a central driver seat, which places the driver at the heart of the car, gives a more instinctive sensory connection with the vehicle. The optimal spacing between the three passenger seats achieved by their triangular layout creates a congenial in-cabin communication space. The expansive side window that reaches up to the roof delivers full enjoyment in urban and natural landscapes alike.

While most vehicles conceal their inner workings beneath smooth sheet metal, this concept encourages us to appreciate the complex beauty of the mechanical aspects of cars. More broadly, it reminds us of the appeal of the physical and tactile in a digital age.

Vehicle name Length Width Height Wheelbase Occupancy
Toyota KIKAI 3,400 mm 1,800 mm 1,550 mm 2,450 mm 3

Kirobo Mini (world premiere)

Toyota presents a new compact-sized communication partner with the same heart that won the robot astronaut Kirobo* legions of fans. While its form may differ from that of the ultimate companion (the automobile), Kirobo Mini was created to be able to accompany its owners everywhere and communicate with them in a meaningful way.

Our aim is for Kirobo Mini to communicate with people through expressions and gestures, bringing smiles to their faces through daily exchanges that chart the course of an evolving relationship.

Name Height Width Depth Weight Language
Kirobo Mini 100 mm 77 mm 85 mm Approx. 200 g Japanese

The 2015 Tokyo Motor Show will be held at Tokyo Big Sight from October 28 through November 8, with press days on October 28―29, a preview day on October 30, and public days from October 30 through November 8. To find out more, visit

*Toyota Heart is a unique project that explores the development of meaningful communication between humans and robots. A related joint project with Dentsu, University of Tokyo Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, and Robo Garage resulted in the development of Kirobo, a communication robot.

Nissan bringing GT-R LM Nismo back to WEC

Nissan’s innovative LM P1 racer to complete test programme before returning to WEC

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN – 1 October 2015: Nissan today announced that the innovative Nissan GT-R LM NISMO will return to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2016. The team has been working hard to address the technical issues faced at Le Mans in June and is in the middle of a comprehensive test and development programme to prepare the new car to race against the tough competition it faces in the LM P1 class.

As part of the development programme a recruitment drive has taken place to provide the race team with additional expertise and support, including the appointment of Michael Carcamo who has transferred from Nissan Mexico to NISMO to share the heavy load on Ben Bowlby’s shoulders. Mike Carcamo takes the role of Team Principal, a position previously filled by Bowlby.

“Ben had his hands full trying to do everything; managing the design and build but also the race and test operation,” explained Carcamo. “That’s a lot to ask anyone to do, especially with a concept that requires this level of development. My knowledge of Nissan engineering processes and project planning experience will help Ben and the team concentrate on making the car deliver on it’s promise. The challenge that we took on was a monumental task. We have to learn all of the dynamics of this new vehicle and all the performance tuning so it takes a long time to find the sweet spot of performance. We recognise that challenge and we’ve added the resources and infrastructure behind the programme to try and bring it to that next level.”

Multiple changes have been made to the car since Le Mans but the original design principles remain. The team completed a two-day test at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas last week with Harry Tincknell and Olivier Pla at the wheel

Although running without KERS and new bespoke tyre specifications that are being developed from the knowledge gained from Le Mans by Michelin, the car went significantly faster than it previously had at COTA and did not experience any significant reliability issues.

“We are committed to competing at the highest level and we are not happy when we are not winning,” said Shoichi Miyatani, NISMO President. “Let’s not forget that while we have been pushing forward with the LM P1 challenge we have won the Blancpain Pro Cup Drivers title in Europe with the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 and are on target for another great year of success in GT500 in Japan. Racing is a vital part of our DNA and we will work to get this right.”

Darren Cox, Global Head of Brand, Marketing and Sales, NISMO, added: “The welcome addition of Mike to the race team as we develop the car further, means that we are now well placed to address the technical issues we have faced. We keep our sights firmly set on 2016 and we are confident that with Mike’s project management support, Ben and the team can reach the performance levels we expect here at Nissan, by focusing on the on track goals.”