Tokyo, Japan - We kick off 2018 with the biggest tuner fest this side of the Pacific, the one and only, Tokyo Auto Salon (TAS)! Celebrating its 35th edition this year, the annual show brings together nearly every single Japanese tuner and car manufacturer as well as a host of international garages under one massive roof, which is the Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture.
Here at 9tro an opportunity to catch this many tuners in their element is a must-go and as such here we are in Tokyo bringing you all the highlights that went down on Day 1 of TAS. Now a big part of TAS is of course all the latest project cars which the tuners and garages have been working on for the latter half of 2017 and now with their machines completed, TAS is the perfect venue to show it off to an audience that hails from all over the world.
But its not just one-off modified specials from the tuners that you get here at TAS, even the car manufacturers themselves have jumped on the bandwagon with enhanced versions of their current line-up, a rarity in almost any other country. As for us petrol-heads, TAS is like a treasure trove of performance and visual enhancement accessories, nearly every brand you can think of is here too, eager to show off their latest tech, aerokit and everything else imaginable.
Such is the beauty of the Tokyo Auto Salon, which is also the reason why we make this yearly ritual to Japan a necessity. The friends and associates we come across at the show from all corners of the world that turn up here is just mind boggling. So sit back and enjoy Part 1 of our coverage!