The leading lights of the tuner scene are out in force at the Tokyo Auto Salon
16 January 2014

The Tokyo Auto Salon is the biggest date in the Japanese tuner car scene, where the biggest names descend to measure the pulse of the aftermarket industry.

It is one of the few shows where wildly styled kei cars can stand wheel-to-wheel beside 600bhp Toyota GT86s and spaceframed drag cars.

This year’s show proves the Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ are still the darlings of Japan’s modified car scene. And the customisation of kei cars – while still a phenomenon peculiar to Japan – shows little signs of slowing.

What is clear, is that car makers wholeheartedly embrace the scene, allowing them to experiment with production models that would be tough to do at the regular motor show. Models like the Mazda 3 and CX-5 have been fettled by their makers, and Nissan’s range of tuned MPVs shows the scene isn’t limited to sports cars.

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13 January 2014
particularly the tuning side of things and I get that this kind of thing isn't for everyone but I can't accept the "Veyron" or "356", er, copies would appeal to anyone, anywhere, ever.

13 January 2014
Why isn't there any of the British shows like this on here?

Peter Cavellini.

13 January 2014
Peter Cavellini wrote:

Why isn't there any of the British shows like this on here?

Think the bigger question is why isn't there a British motor show anymore?

13 January 2014
C2_Matt wrote:

Think the bigger question is why isn't there a British motor show anymore?

Because the last time it was held - 2008, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ferrari, Fiat, Lamborghini, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Skoda, Volkswagen and Volvo among others didn't bother turning up.

 

13 January 2014
I couldn't possibly comment as to what served as the inspiration for the Gaus Bucacco Deiyon, but the one behind was obviously inspired by Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward's six-wheeled Rolls Royce.

14 January 2014
That Evo estate would be...interesting.


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