Toyota is set to make a big presence at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, which runs from January 13 to 15. The company isn’t announcing specifically what it plans to display at the show, but the automaker is providing some hints.
Tokyo Gazoo Racing and Lexus will debut a concept car that will show how people can “drive their beloved car forever while facing the challenge of reducing CO2 emissions,” according to the brand’s announcement.
The automaker is even more coy about two other unveilings:
“We will be announcing a product commemorating the WRC drivers’ title. In addition, we will be announcing products that use the knowledge gained through participation in the WRC, and a demo on January 14 and 15. will conduct the run.”
Toyota’s exhibit space at the event will feature several customized vehicles. Judging by the automaker’s photos of the space, there will also be plenty of race cars. The Gazoo Racing division will showcase the new parts it will launch in 2023.
The automaker’s press conference will be held on January 13 at 9:30 am local time. Speakers will include company president Akio Toyoda and professional racing drivers.
Those who can’t make it to the Tokyo Auto Salon in the real world can check out Toyota’s showroom in the Metaverse. From January 13, it will be possible to virtually explore the space through the Cluster app.
Toyota Industries Corporation has already announced three customized examples of the RAV4 PHEV for the event. The rugged off-road package includes a Yakima roof rack, a gas can near the hatchback, a front fascia with integrated fog lights, and black wheels with red mud flaps behind them. The Adventurer’s nose is tapered, and the Sport Package features trapezoidal openings in the front and body-color side sills.
Tuner Tom’s Racing also has plenty of Toyotas to bring to the show. It has a sporty looking Century wearing BBS wheels. A Supra gets a wide body kit and an upgraded turbo. The GR86 gets a turbocharged powerplant. A Lexus LC500 convertible gets a wide body kit, chassis braces, modified suspension, and 21-inch wheels.
The Tokyo Auto Salon is more than just Toyota, though. We know Nissan is bringing several vehicles, and many tuners have things to show off at the show.