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Nissan leads the charge at 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon
Pimp my ride: Tokyo Auto Salon is a celebration of the modified car culture in Japan, with cars and exhibits from not only tuners and parts suppliers but also mainstream manufacturers.
Japan's biggest car-makers confirmed for world’s largest modified car show
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31 December 2015
NEXT month’s Tokyo Auto Salon, recognised as the world’s biggest custom car
show, will play host to a range of big name Japanese manufacturers including
Mazda, Nissan, Honda, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota.
Nissan will leading the way with no less than 14 models confirmed for the
event, headlined by its fan-favourite Super GT Nismo GT-R race car and
Nismo-fettled X-Trail, complete with an aggressive bodykit, bigger wheels and
the tuning company’s signature red and black design highlights.
Joining the X-Trail on the Nismo stand will be a tweaked Serena minivan and
small-sized Note hatchback alongside the
flagship Nismo GT-R.
French fashion designer Lolita Lempicka has also designed three special cars
for Nissan – a March, Note and Juke – all finished in a unique white colour
with contrasting black roof and Nissan will also use the event to show off its
Aero Style package for its Leaf EV.
Toyota is bringing a racing version of its newest baby sports coupe – the S-FR
– which was only revealed months ago during the Tokyo motor show. The S-FR
Racing Concept will wear a much more aggressive body, featuring wider fenders,
a big rear spoiler, prominent front splitter, a vented hood and carbon-fibre
reinforced (CFRP) canards.
Alongside the S-FR Racing Concept, Toyota will also show off the Voxy G’s
Concept and Noah G’s Concept, both minivans designed to “emphasize driving
enjoyment and comfort”.
Subaru is showcasing a trio of STI concepts, including the 2.0-litre
turbocharged BRZ it debuted at this year’s New York motor show.
The Levorg STI concept will have a restyled front bumper, STI-designed 18-inch
wheels with tuned dampers, red and black two-tone interior and is finished in
the iconic WR Blue Pearl exterior colour. The XV Hybrid STI concept is tweaked
with “STI sports parts” and features a white exterior paint scheme with orange
highlights and a beige and orange interior.
Honda’s in-house tuning branch Mugen will showcase five models, with the
wildest of them being the Mugen-tuned S660. An aggressive bodykit, rear
spoiler, hardtop and front fender vents, complete the transformation of the
diminutive rear-drive roadster.
Honda also have the Mugen Civic Type R concept to reveal, with a revised hood
and rear wing, as well as a tweaked HR-V, with a new bodykit, front grille and
red metallic paint.
Mazda is showcasing its CX-3 Racing Concept, modifying the small-sized SUV with
an aggressive bodykit, stylish wheels and a bigger roof mounted spoiler,
all wrapped in a sexy black and red finish. The MX-5 Miata RS Racing Concept
shares the same exterior colour finish with red highlights running along the
inside edge of the bodykit.
The Mazda2 Racing Spec also receives the race car modification treatment, with
stripped-out interior to save weight. A pair of bucket seats with racing
harnesses, and a roll cage now adorn the sparse cabin, while the exterior is
finished in a white body colour, black roof and red mud flaps.
Suzuki will reveal its Hustler Rough Road Style, a rugged version of its
Hustler SUV with off-road tyres, raised suspension and headlight protection.
However, Suzuki’s most interesting car might be the Alto Works GP, an even more
hardcore version of its small-sized Alto Works it revealed during the Tokyo
Motor Show. The Works GP wears a carbon fibre hood, as well as thicker and
stickier rubber at all four corners.
More modified metal is expected to be revealed as the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon
kicks off from January 15 and will run for three days until January 17.