There was one last old school car from the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show and we’re talking old old school. The triple diamond mafia calls the 1917 Mitsubishi Model A the first production car built in Japan — if by production you mean 22 units, including pre-production ones, screwed together by workers in the company’s shipyards.
So the higher ups commissioned a “replica” of the Model A to be rebuilt using then-modern technology, which had come a long way. Whereas the original horseless carriage managed only 35ps despite a 2.8-liter four-cylinder, the replica breezed out 55ps from just one liter. Nowadays, the Mitsubishi i can push 64ps out of a 660cc kei car motor.
Like the 1925 Otomo, it couldn’t compete with cheaper imports from Ford and Chevy, and production was halted in 1921.
[Images: Autoblog, Mitsubishi Motors]