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In pictures: Tokyo Auto Salon 2016

In pictures: Tokyo Auto Salon ...
This Mazda LM55 attracted a great deal of attention at Auto Salon 2016, but sadly it is only drivable in Gran Turismo
This Mazda LM55 attracted a great deal of attention at Auto Salon 2016, but sadly it is only drivable in Gran Turismo
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The CH-R concept was first shown in Paris back in 2014
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The CH-R concept was first shown in Paris back in 2014
This is a very aggressive take on the Toyota 86, just look behind the front wheel
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This is a very aggressive take on the Toyota 86, just look behind the front wheel
This is the BRZ performance Concept features a tuned 2 Litre 350 ps engine as well as upgraded suspension and tires
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This is the BRZ performance Concept features a tuned 2 Litre 350 ps engine as well as upgraded suspension and tires
The XV HYBRID STI concept features a 150 ps gasoline engine mated to a 10 kw electric motor, with power going to all four wheels
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The XV HYBRID STI concept features a 150 ps gasoline engine mated to a 10 kw electric motor, with power going to all four wheels
This 1960`s Subaru micro car has been restyled by SAR, with the front of a Datsun and an electric motor added
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This 1960`s Subaru micro car has been restyled by SAR, with the front of a Datsun and an electric motor added
Suzuki transformed the IGNIS city car into the "Water Activity Concept"
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Suzuki transformed the IGNIS city car into the "Water Activity Concept"
ALTO WORKS showcased the racing side of the Suzuki brand
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ALTO WORKS showcased the racing side of the Suzuki brand
A Suzuki Hustler 4X4 with chunky tires and an increased ride height. Suzuki has been very successful in Japan with this vehicle, both for sales and in generating interest in customization.
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A Suzuki Hustler 4X4 with chunky tires and an increased ride height. Suzuki has been very successful in Japan with this vehicle, both for sales and in generating interest in customization.
Daihatsu's Copen Adventure shows the versatility of the plarform
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Daihatsu's Copen Adventure shows the versatility of the plarform
Daihatsu CAST ACTIVA
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Daihatsu CAST ACTIVA
The ACTIVA also has increased ground clearance for "serious" off-roading
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The ACTIVA also has increased ground clearance for "serious" off-roading
On the other end of the scale, the CAST SPORT RACE has a lowered ride height and racing tires
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On the other end of the scale, the CAST SPORT RACE has a lowered ride height and racing tires
To show how easy a COPEN can be changed from one body design to another, Daihatsu had this car transformed in an hourly demonstration
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To show how easy a COPEN can be changed from one body design to another, Daihatsu had this car transformed in an hourly demonstration
It took four men about 15 minutes to undress and refit the body of this COPEN
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It took four men about 15 minutes to undress and refit the body of this COPEN
The COPEN ROBE shooting brake concept is designed to showcase new production body styles for the range
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The COPEN ROBE shooting brake concept is designed to showcase new production body styles for the range
Daihatsu ADVENTURE concept
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Daihatsu ADVENTURE concept
A racy example of Honda's S660 by Modulo, the performance accessory arm of Honda
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A racy example of Honda's S660 by Modulo, the performance accessory arm of Honda
The Modulo S660 Study Model display showed the new accessories you can now use to customize your car
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The Modulo S660 Study Model display showed the new accessories you can now use to customize your car
This is the MUGAN VEZEL (HR-V) Premium Sports SUV
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This is the MUGAN VEZEL (HR-V) Premium Sports SUV
This vivid BMW i8 was spotted on the AUTOBACS stand
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This vivid BMW i8 was spotted on the AUTOBACS stand
A modified BMW i8 by Manhart
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A modified BMW i8 by Manhart
Liberty Walk lowered Mini sported a very interesting 3D-like paint job
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Liberty Walk lowered Mini sported a very interesting 3D-like paint job
Two MINI Crossovers (Countryman) modified by JAOS, with raised suspension and, on the left, blue jeans paintwork
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Two MINI Crossovers (Countryman) modified by JAOS, with raised suspension and, on the left, blue jeans paintwork
Created by NATS, is their take on a miniature Ferrari Testarossa. The base car was an old Honda Beat, Kei-Car. As it was mid-engined as well, there is some level of authenticity
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Created by NATS, is their take on a miniature Ferrari Testarossa. The base car was an old Honda Beat, Kei-Car. As it was mid-engined as well, there is some level of authenticity
It looks like a1960 Mercedes-Benz SEL, but it's not - called the Black Opal Show-Spec, it is based on an old generation Daihatsu Copen
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It looks like a1960 Mercedes-Benz SEL, but it's not - called the Black Opal Show-Spec, it is based on an old generation Daihatsu Copen
The Black Opal Show-Spec was commissioned by a famous Japanese actor who wanted something different to drive
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The Black Opal Show-Spec was commissioned by a famous Japanese actor who wanted something different to drive
The "All Scene Neo Utility Camper" from BLUME-Hiace
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The "All Scene Neo Utility Camper" from BLUME-Hiace
For this effort, Affection was awarded the Gold prize in the Minivan catagory
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For this effort, Affection was awarded the Gold prize in the Minivan catagory
This is a Kei-Pick up truck from a company called Hello-Special features butterfly doors
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This is a Kei-Pick up truck from a company called Hello-Special features butterfly doors
Here, an old Hummer provides an ideal base for a mobile sound studio
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Here, an old Hummer provides an ideal base for a mobile sound studio
D.A.D customized this Mercedes with about 300,000 Swarovski crystals
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D.A.D customized this Mercedes with about 300,000 Swarovski crystals
The rear of this Toyota put on quite a light show
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The rear of this Toyota put on quite a light show
A Jeep gets a Japanese-style workover
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A Jeep gets a Japanese-style workover
A (micro) Monster Truck
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A (micro) Monster Truck
This Land Rover Defender 110 Station Wagon-Heritage Limited Edition looked a little out of place amid all the bling of Auto Salon. As of the end of January, Defender production will come to an end.
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This Land Rover Defender 110 Station Wagon-Heritage Limited Edition looked a little out of place amid all the bling of Auto Salon. As of the end of January, Defender production will come to an end.
A blast from the past - the Nissan Prince R380A-1 from 1966
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A blast from the past - the Nissan Prince R380A-1 from 1966
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Outdoor gear concept
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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Outdoor gear concept
Taking low-riding to new and thoroughly impractical levels
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Taking low-riding to new and thoroughly impractical levels
The plan for the Daihatsu COPEN Cero Coupe concept is to extend the range of body styles possible
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The plan for the Daihatsu COPEN Cero Coupe concept is to extend the range of body styles possible
Daihatsu COPEN Cero concept from the rear
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Daihatsu COPEN Cero concept from the rear
This creation by a student from Toyota Technical College in Tokyo is based on a Toyota COMS electric vehicle
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This creation by a student from Toyota Technical College in Tokyo is based on a Toyota COMS electric vehicle
By Garage G- Force is a full front replacement part for the Mitsubishi EVO
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By Garage G- Force is a full front replacement part for the Mitsubishi EVO
This is the rear view of the miniature Ferrari Testarossa, by NATS (Nihon Automobile Collage) - it's based on an old Honda Beat
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This is the rear view of the miniature Ferrari Testarossa, by NATS (Nihon Automobile Collage) - it's based on an old Honda Beat
Also produced by NATS, and based on a 810 Bluebird saloon, is this Bosozuku (Outlaw) styling design. The interior was covered in purple velvet.
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Also produced by NATS, and based on a 810 Bluebird saloon, is this Bosozuku (Outlaw) styling design. The interior was covered in purple velvet.
This a Fiat 500 is styled by HYDROGEN, an Italian luxury sportswear brand that specializes in limited edition pieces
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This a Fiat 500 is styled by HYDROGEN, an Italian luxury sportswear brand that specializes in limited edition pieces
Built by rotary engine specialist RE Amemiya, this Mazda Chantez produces 280 ps at about 9,000 rpm and it only weighs 490kg. This car was awarded a Gold prize at the show.
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Built by rotary engine specialist RE Amemiya, this Mazda Chantez produces 280 ps at about 9,000 rpm and it only weighs 490kg. This car was awarded a Gold prize at the show.
The two KUHL Japan project Nissan GT-Rs – the 2015 Silver GT-R is on sale for $325,000 and the Gold GT-R is priced at $491,000
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The two KUHL Japan project Nissan GT-Rs – the 2015 Silver GT-R is on sale for $325,000 and the Gold GT-R is priced at $491,000
The YANCHA (Naughty) ALTO GT-RR by a company called Hello special. This is a 13 piece FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic) kit that costs about 350,000 yen ($2985). Note the large pink rabbit in the background next to the micro pick-up with butterfly doors ... that about sums up Tokyo Auto Salon 2016
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The YANCHA (Naughty) ALTO GT-RR by a company called Hello special. This is a 13 piece FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic) kit that costs about 350,000 yen ($2985). Note the large pink rabbit in the background next to the micro pick-up with butterfly doors ... that about sums up Tokyo Auto Salon 2016
The Toyota ViRA CONCEPT
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The Toyota ViRA CONCEPT
The ViRA CONCEPT is only a styling model, and there is no intention of taking the idea any further
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The ViRA CONCEPT is only a styling model, and there is no intention of taking the idea any further
The Toyota ViRA CONCEPT
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The Toyota ViRA CONCEPT
A very aggressive take on the Toyota 86
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A very aggressive take on the Toyota 86
S-FR concept from the rear
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S-FR concept from the rear
The FT-1 dates back to January 2014, but still cuts a very striking pose in the flesh
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The FT-1 dates back to January 2014, but still cuts a very striking pose in the flesh
A racing version of S-FR concept shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor show
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A racing version of S-FR concept shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor show
This is the Lexus RC F is seen as a test bed for performance parts on future road cars
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This is the Lexus RC F is seen as a test bed for performance parts on future road cars
These two concepts are from N-Lab, the accessory arm of Honda
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These two concepts are from N-Lab, the accessory arm of Honda
The Honda S660 Neo Classic is based on the recently launched Honda S660
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The Honda S660 Neo Classic is based on the recently launched Honda S660
A2-seater pick-up truck concept based on the Honda N-One K-Car (Micro car)
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A2-seater pick-up truck concept based on the Honda N-One K-Car (Micro car)
According to its creator, Masashi Yamada, the Neo Classic gets all its parts from existing Honda cars, such as lights and front fascia, with only the doors are retained from the original shape of the S660
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According to its creator, Masashi Yamada, the Neo Classic gets all its parts from existing Honda cars, such as lights and front fascia, with only the doors are retained from the original shape of the S660
Real wood is used for the front face as well as being applied to rear deck
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Real wood is used for the front face as well as being applied to rear deck
The Toyota Prius in shocking pink
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The Toyota Prius in shocking pink
The CH-R concept - we expect to see the production version at the Geneva Motor Show in March
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The CH-R concept - we expect to see the production version at the Geneva Motor Show in March
Shown on the Toyota stand were 10 cars from the 10 years of motorsport history of Gazoo Racing – each one has competed in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race
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Shown on the Toyota stand were 10 cars from the 10 years of motorsport history of Gazoo Racing – each one has competed in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race
Racing Yaris - Toyota will return to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2017
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Racing Yaris - Toyota will return to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2017
The LEXUS RCF GT500
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The LEXUS RCF GT500
FLEX combined two Land Cruisers for this "American Classic"
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FLEX combined two Land Cruisers for this "American Classic"
The Toyota SIENTA is a compact high-roofed hybrid car for the Japanese market
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The Toyota SIENTA is a compact high-roofed hybrid car for the Japanese market
this effort to improve the styling of the Toyota PRIUS is the work of Modellista
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this effort to improve the styling of the Toyota PRIUS is the work of Modellista
Old classic European racing cars are very sought after in Japan - exhibit A is this Alpine M63 Prototype
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Old classic European racing cars are very sought after in Japan - exhibit A is this Alpine M63 Prototype
This Gold GT-R is a collaboration between KUHL-Racing and specialist painting company Artic-Izawa
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This Gold GT-R is a collaboration between KUHL-Racing and specialist painting company Artic-Izawa
It took a month to create the panels on this GT-R
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It took a month to create the panels on this GT-R
The asking price for the Gold GT-R is $491,000
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The asking price for the Gold GT-R is $491,000
This Mazda LM55 attracted a great deal of attention at Auto Salon 2016, but sadly it is only drivable in Gran Turismo
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This Mazda LM55 attracted a great deal of attention at Auto Salon 2016, but sadly it is only drivable in Gran Turismo
One of three examples of the BMW i8 we spotted at the show
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One of three examples of the BMW i8 we spotted at the show
Mazda Roadster GT with full racing kit by Aimgain
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Mazda Roadster GT with full racing kit by Aimgain
Students from the Toyota Technical Collage in Tokyo showed off their floral skills
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Students from the Toyota Technical Collage in Tokyo showed off their floral skills
Boomcraft had this fiery Lamborghini Aventador Roadster LP700-4 on display
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Boomcraft had this fiery Lamborghini Aventador Roadster LP700-4 on display
In case one pink Lambo wasn't enough ... this Aventador is from Liberty Walk
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In case one pink Lambo wasn't enough ... this Aventador is from Liberty Walk
Something for the whole family - three versions of the Mazda Roadster
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Something for the whole family - three versions of the Mazda Roadster
This Swarovski crystal-encrusted Lamborghini Murcielago is by Japanese Automotive lights specialist LYZER
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This Swarovski crystal-encrusted Lamborghini Murcielago is by Japanese Automotive lights specialist LYZER
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Tokyo Auto Salon is no ordinary motor show and with its flower-covered Toyotas and crystal-encrusted pink Lamborghinis, the 2016 event was no exception. We wandered through the halls of Makuhari Messe to take in the highlights.

Now in its 34th year, the Tokyo Auto salon showcases some interesting concepts and special vehicles from major manufacturers as well as the shiny, off-beat side of the Japanese automotive scene.

The ViRA CONCEPT is only a styling model, and there is no intention of taking the idea any further
The ViRA CONCEPT is only a styling model, and there is no intention of taking the idea any further

The ViRA CONCEPT by Toyota (above), is designed to appeal to a mature audience who want an athletic Coupe style of SUV. Very few details were available and by all accounts we won't see this one in production.

These two concepts are from N-Lab, the accessory arm of Honda
These two concepts are from N-Lab, the accessory arm of Honda

N-Lab, the accessory arm of Honda, showed this Neo Classic which is based on the recently launched Honda S660. According toits creator, Masashi Yamada, it uses all its parts from existing Honda carssuch as lights and front fascia, with only the doors retained from the original body. Alongside it is a 2-seater pick-up truck concept based on the Honda N-One Kei-Car – complete with real wooden panelling.

The CH-R concept was first shown in Paris back in 2014
The CH-R concept was first shown in Paris back in 2014

The big news on the Toyota stand was the announcement by CEO Akio Toyoda that its C-HR SUV will enter into the ADAC Zurich 24-hour race at the Nürburgring ahead of its market launch.

Meanwhile, Suzuki focused on the sports leisure with dedicated versions of their IGNIS and HUSTLER 4X4, while Daihatsu showed Coupe and Shooting brake concepts based on the Copen platform.

Suzuki transformed the IGNIS city car into the "Water Activity Concept"
Suzuki transformed the IGNIS city car into the "Water Activity Concept"

The COPEN ROBE shooting brake concept is designed to showcase new production body styles for the range
The COPEN ROBE shooting brake concept is designed to showcase new production body styles for the range


On the other side of the hall aftermarket producers showcased outlandish automotive wares such as this Swarovski crystal-encrusted Lamborghini from Liberty Walk.

In case one pink Lambo wasn't enough ... this Aventador is from Liberty Walk
In case one pink Lambo wasn't enough ... this Aventador is from Liberty Walk

In a similar vein, this Golden Nissan GTR by Kuhl Racing was offered for sale at a cool 59 million yen (US$499,000).

It took a month to create the panels on this GT-R
It took a month to create the panels on this GT-R

Finally, the YANCHA (Naughty) ALTO GT-RR by Hello special tha happens to have a large pink rabbit in the background next to a micro pick-up with butterfly doors just about sums up Tokyo Auto Salon 2016.

Check out more of the outlandish automotive sights from the show floor in our Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 photo gallery.

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