When most individuals consider TAS, it’s the Japanese big-name tuner builds that normally come to thoughts. Nonetheless, these automobiles really solely make up a small proportion of what Tokyo Auto Salon has to supply.
The 2023 occasion was no completely different, so I believed I’d check out a number of the different autos on present this 12 months, which I’ve break up into three distinct classes: massive, small, and weird.
This can be a present the place you possibly can see every thing from large off-roaders to dinky metropolis automobiles. The ‘massive’ class actually sells on the go-anywhere dream, though even with an 8-inch elevate, I hope that is an AWD model of the favored Toyota Alphard.
You’ll discover the remainder of every class within the enormous gallery chapter on the finish of this publish, so you probably have any questions on any of the automobiles proven, be at liberty to go away a remark.
There have been so many little charmers on show at TAS 2023, however two specific ‘small’ ideas stood out. The primary was this track-day-inspired pairing from Daihatsu.
The concept is, folks 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 monitor for a number of hours.
It’s principally 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 would possibly get the urge to serenade a marriage utilizing the battery from a Nissan Leaf. Or one thing alongside these traces.
Contained in the cabin, Nissan has used a particular honeycomb material to vastly scale back the transmission of outdoor noise to the passengers.
Okay, so magnificence is most undoubtedly within the eye of the beholder, however utilizing a bit of 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 goal 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 perfect of the remaining, the pointless and the absurd. They’re all a part of automotive tradition, whether or not you prefer it or not.
The Massive, The Small & The Weird Gallery