Tokyo Auto Salon 2018 was the the largest-ever scale event of its kind, occupying the entire Makuhari Messe Convention Complex with 319,030 visitors. This is the fourth year that attendance has crossed the 300,000 mark since 2015.
Inaugurated in 1983 as “Tokyo Exciting Car Show” in a bid to establish the custom car culture, this year marked the show’s 36th anniversary. It has since evolved into an annual car extravaganza covering the gamut of custom car related concerns. The show is arguably the best opportunity to experience an exciting mixture of the latest trends in the powerful custom car scene and colourful lively entertaining content.
442 exhibitors brough out over 880 vehicles on display over 4,348 booths this year. The show was about the showcase and demonstration of companies and their latest technological solutions and products for cars to be tuned-up and dressed-up.
More than just performance or aesthetics, several vendors had exhibits highlighting innovative tuning technologies as well as auto-related video games, aftermarket parts, motorsport merchandise and other diverse auto-related products. Be it passenger cars or commercial vehicles, there was something for everyone at the show.
Japanese leading automakers, foreign car importers, aftermarket parts manufacturers, custom shops amd auto-related businesses, auto-related specialized manufacturers, automotive vocational schools vied for the crowd as they thronged through the halls.
Events Include the Tokyo International Custom Car Contest 2018 and the Race Queen Award 2017. This year, Tokyo Auto Salon partnered with BH Auction (BHJ Co., Ltd.), a Japanese authentic auction house recognized globally for specializing in collector cars, to launch “TOKYO AUTO SALON AUCTION with BH Auction” on Friday 12 January 2018. One of the top picks for the Auction is Nissan R90CK – a Group C racing car that took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1990. Another 15 vehicles were all collectible, rare and historically valuable racing cars, tuned cars and classic cars.
For outdoor special courses, Ken Block had a demo, top D1 Grand Prix drivers kicked off the new 2018 season with a shredding demo, as well as BJ Baldwin, an off-road driver who won the Baja 1000. A special talk stage was be held by Masato Kawabata who became the first champion of the FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup.
Tokyo Auto Salon was organized by the Tokyo Auto Salon Association, with co-promoters Chiba Prefecture, Chiba City, Nippon Auto Parts Aftermarket Committe, Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc., and Japan Automobile Federation. Supporting Organizations include: GRAN TURISMO, TOMICA, PUMA Japan K.K., VITABON, and Car Trade. The show was organized in cooperation with ASEA Division, JAWA Division, and JASMA.
Tokyo Auto Salon