Held every year at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center in the Chiba Prefecture, the Tokyo Auto Salon is an annual event and the largest car convention in the World. Many in the automotive industry come here every January to introduce their products and show what they have brought to offer to the general public. Many small tuning shops from all over Japan even come here to show what tuning services can be done to a wide variety of cars from their own domestic cars to even hot rods from America.
At the event, even the parking lot can be its own car display. With many people bringing out their own personally built cars and rare imports, it’s a show within a show. Some visitors even bring out their weekend track warriors.
Many of the top Japanese manufacturers and tuners brought out some of the most interesting looking cars in the world today. Love it or hate it, there was at least something at the show that everyone would be pleased at seeing. Top manufactures such as Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, and Nissan brought out their demo cars and concepts to ring in the New Year. Mazda brought out the RX-8 which will be ending production in the middle of the year. They are rumored to bring out the Spirit-R version to celebrate the ending of production of their rotary rocket.
Although the event was to reveal to the world what is new and what is trending in the automotive industry, the show also paid homage to many of the old school and legendary cars of the past. For the first time in a good while, the Mazda 787B race car that won the 1991 24 hours of Le Mans was fired up and brought around the parking lot’s makeshift circuit. The amazing sound of the four-rotor race machine certainly have must woke up the crowd.
Toyota had their own tribute to the legendary AE86 chassis with the new Toyota GT86 (Scion FR-S in the U.S.). True to its roots, the GT86 was already showing off its great potential around the demonstration circuit. Even though the car hasn’t even hit production lines, many of the top tuners of japan such as GReddy and HKS have tuned versions of the car sporting their own unique liveries. TRD even released their sport-tuned version for the show.
Overall, the show was a big success and many new cars to look forward to. With the amount of new products at the show, this will be turning out to be an interesting year for the industry.