When most individuals consider TAS, it’s the Japanese big-name tuner builds that often come to thoughts. Nevertheless, these automobiles truly solely make up a small proportion of what Tokyo Auto Salon has to supply.
The 2023 occasion was no completely different, so I assumed I’d check out a number of the different automobiles on present this yr, which I’ve cut up into three distinct classes: large, small, and weird.
It is a present the place you’ll be able to see every little thing from large off-roaders to dinky metropolis automobiles. The ‘large’ class actually sells on the go-anywhere dream, though even with an 8-inch raise, I hope that is an AWD model of the favored Toyota Alphard.
You’ll discover the remainder of every class within the large gallery chapter on the finish of this submit, so in case you have any questions on any of the automobiles proven, be happy to depart a remark.
There have been so many little charmers on show at TAS 2023, however two explicit ‘small’ ideas stood out. The primary was this track-day-inspired pairing from Daihatsu.
The concept is, individuals can rock as much as a circuit anyplace within the nation, lengthen the rear part of their Hijet mini truck, and have a snug place to take a nap after thrashing their Copen across the observe for just a few hours.
It’s mainly glamping for petrol heads.
The subsequent providing, this time from Nissan, was geared toward a barely completely different demographic.
The idea right here is to take pleasure in peace and quiet whereas touring to a winery, the place you may get the urge to serenade a marriage utilizing the battery from a Nissan Leaf. Or one thing alongside these strains.
Contained in the cabin, Nissan has used a particular honeycomb cloth to vastly cut back the transmission of outdoor noise to the passengers.
Okay, so magnificence is most positively within the eye of the beholder, however utilizing a bit poetic license, my ‘weird’ class is made up of all of the stuff that’s only a bit on the market.
These are the automobiles which serve no objective aside from to shock. Intense paint jobs, customized interiors, questionable physique kits and bucket a great deal of bling – it’s all a part of the fantastic tapestry of automobiles on present at TAS.
So take pleasure in the most effective of the remainder, the pointless and the absurd. They’re all a part of automotive tradition, whether or not you prefer it or not.
The Huge, The Small & The Weird Gallery