Tokyo Auto Salon 2015: Day 2, Part 1-Rise of the Imports

Continuing my (rather casual) assault on the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon, i find myself back into the halls of Makuhari Messe once again on an early Saturday morning. Previously we’ve taken a look at some exotic machinery as well as BMWs, so with continued focus on cars from outside of Japan, let’s take a look at a selection of other Imports i stumbled upon at the show.

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Fiat 500 Abarths were quite a popular choice for aftermarket additions. RK Design’s Abarth featured probably the widest flares and biggest spoilers ever grafted onto this little Italian pocket rocket.

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G-Tech’s car, i really thought i saw “COOLSHIT” the first time i glanced over.

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Talking Italian once again, this time we take a look at Alfa Romeo and a very tidy Giulietta from Inter LaPeace.

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Something a little different and will probably have many purist Alfistis furiously flailing their arms about is this Ken Okuyama Kode9, built on what used to be an Alfa 4C and bearing more than a passing resemblance to Speed Racer’s Mach 5.

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Now before anyone goes around dissing this Okuyama fellow for cutting up an Alfa 4C, let it be known that Mr Ken Okuyama was previously an award winning Creative Director in Pininfarina and has overseen projects such as the Ferrari 599, Maserati Birdcage 75th and the Ferrari P4/5. Many years before that, Mr Ken Okuyama was also the Chief Designer for Honda’s NSX project. That’s some pretty impressive credentials right there.

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While the design of the Kode9 might be a little too offbeat for some, Japan is one country which embraces such unique offerings and like many other Coach-built cars from before, i’m pretty sure the Kode9 will become rare classic in the future.

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Unlike the Kode9 which was built on the 4C platform, this open road racer is totally bespoke.

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You can grab some Alfa goodies at the stand if you fill out a survey, but it was all in Japanese so i no Alfa sticker for me.

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RWBs sitting pretty in ARMY GIRL’s stand.

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Another Porsche, this was Fastes’s big fender-ed take on the 997. Rather smooth and clean.

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The very popular CLA and A-Class vehicles were also given the aftermarket treatment.

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If you ever needed a fire breathing AMG engined people carrier with the show to match the go.

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Mad custom iRobot inspired Audi TT on air ride with wheels that hide behind those covers once fully lowered.

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One of the few new new VW Beetles, this one in Newing’s booth.

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With a more sporting nature and outlook, there were considerably more MINIs about.

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J&L’s Defender had a fully redone luxury interior.

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A couple of Jags but the yellow one gets my vote. You don’t usually see many slammed XJS’s.

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There was plenty of American metal too but this decked out Tesla was quite a surprise.

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Jeeps with every flavor and color you can imagine.

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A rare occasion. Aiwa’s stand with nobody around. There are usually hoards of oppai-hunters camped around waiting for this to happen.

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It doesn’t get any wider than this. Plus it comes with a helipad!

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Finishing off, here’s Forgiato’s C7 widened Vette. Widebodies everywhere! This C7 would go on to win the “Best Import Car” award.


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