Let’s be honest, the Tokyo Auto Salon isn’t exactly known for its high number of classic vehicles. Instead it’s known for all the utter insanity of its modification. When a classic shows up, it sticks out. And the WWork rich blue Triumph TR3A is a Rembrandt at a hipster modern art gallery.
In 2016, it was disappointing to see the very few Honda vehicles at Tokyo Auto Salon. And, it has to be admitted, I still have a great deal of disappointment that so few ‘90s Hondas like Civics, CRXs, and Preludes showed up at 2017, too. However, a number of modified S660s, Honda’s tiny kei car roadster, were…
Corazon isn’t a well-known player in the Japanese aftermarket world, but the Subaru parts company brought the glitz and glimmer to Tokyo Auto Salon. Not content to just add aero features and ground effects to their show pieces, they gave them the appearance of etched stainless steel. The effect looks like it just flew…
Last year at Tokyo Auto Salon, Lexus had a pretty large booth that mimicked some kind of Nordic dance club bar one might see in Oslo or Stockholm, all white and glass and steel, with flashing lights, dancers, and Lexus staffers in thin, crisp reflective suits. This year? Carbon fiber race cars. That’s it.
It’s not terribly surprising that Nissan would bring a NISMO GT-R to the Tokyo Auto Salon, but it was somewhat of a surprise that most of Nissan’s booth was NISMO. Including a NISMO Fairlady Z, a NISMO Juke, and a NISMO March!
A reader recently inquired on the initial Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 post about if any vendors from China were present, and if so, how bad were they? Well... the answers are “yes” and “pretty pathetic.”
Because Racing Engine. Because Turbo. Because CHROME.
Ninety-nine times out of 100, when an automaker tries to make “cars for women,” it comes off as clueless, condescending and just plain bad. Here’s that one time out of 100 when it’s OK, and it comes from a brand that’s forbidden fruit in the U.S. these days. Meet the Daihatsu Sporza Revival line, aimed at…
Do you need to transport eight of your closest hacker buddies to the nearest totally “underground” techno rave in the deep warrens of the city’s industrial district? Do you still live in the mid-90s? Do you love glow sticks a little bit too much? Well, just for you, Honda introduces the Freed Active!
There’s Japanese Domestic Market, then there’s JDM. Just because something is made for the Japanese market doesn’t mean it fits with JDM style. Given the severe modifications in many sections of the Tokyo Auto Salon, it was heart-warming to see students of Toyota Automotive College produce a prime example of JDM: the…
Yes, it’s a Lamborghini Pikachu. Why? Because Japan.
Mugen, Honda’s little-brother modification company for Honda products started by a Honda family member, has a long history of “classic” JDM design modifications. For Tokyo Auto Salon 2017, Mugen threw all of that right out the window for its S660, which looks like it belongs cruising the Death Star or Imperial…
This year Lotus showed up to the party, and brought with them the best example of “Vehicle Showing Brand’s Color Scheme” anywhere in the entire Tokyo Auto Salon. The Lotus 3-Eleven easily outclassed all but the actually-used-in-a-race racing livery at the Salon.
In 2016, Jalopnik East covered the S660 Neo Classic prototype concept. It was the concept we wished was real. Well, now, its creators have stepped up the game for 2017, and I’ve never considered Grand Theft Auto so much in my life. Stripe game and color scheme on point.
Another year of Jalopnik brings you another year of Jalopnik East, and coming off Detroit, we’re once again back at the Tokyo Auto Salon for 2017, bringing you all the JDM goodness from Nissan, Subaru, Honda, Toyota, Daihatsu, Suzuki, and a bunch aftermarket manufacturers. Turn on some Eurobeat and let’s hit the floor!