The Tokyo Auto Salon has always been the maddest of all the car shows. Car manufacturers and modders would often go wild and bring weird and wonderful cars to real life. And this year, Honda has let their designers go crazy and build cars in real life that should only be allowed in Japanese animes.
Credit: Honda Access
The department responsible for these Honda's hilarious show cars is Honda Access, which is Honda's in-house tuning department. It's often design aero parts that make very minute difference to the base car and suspension bits and bobs which combines comfort-oriented tuning with handling in an urban SUV like this CR-V.
Anyhow, first up in the lineup, we have the Civic VERSTILIST (yes it's all capitalised, don't ask), which is essentially a jacked-up version of the conventional Civic hatchback. It aims to provide a feel of living in nature whilst staying in urban areas like Tokyo, where you can only see skyscrapers. What Honda's done is raise the whole car up, widen the track a fair bit (i.e. widebody it) and add a fin on the door as if it's going to make a Civic any more capable offroad.
Next up we have the FIT Elegant Color Collection. Don't laugh that's the actual name given by Honda itself. This one aims to provide lady owners a bit more colour options, as written in the name. Hence some seemingly sad front bumper, door mirrors that are painted in different colours to the body of the car, and some fancier wheels. That's it.
TRIP VAN comes next on this list. If you know anything about the Japanese kei-car scene, you'd probably have heard about the Honda N-Van, which is a minivan that's squashed and very tall. The TRIP VAN is the 'adventure' model of the N-Van. Naturally, it has to have 4WD, black plastic claddings to toughen it up, a beige body and a wooden interior. Fortunately it doesn't come with a casette player, as they've kindly equipped the TRIP VAN with a head unit, in case you get lost on your trip with your family.
Not only will they bring the TRIP VAN, they'd also bring another van which is based on the N-Van, named the N-Van X Flex, which is a motorcycle support vehicle with a roof rack for the team's tools and some wheel covers on the back wheels, and a cool livery...
Well Concept is the next car in their lineup. This van is based on their Stepwgn 7-seater, which has a boot that opens sideways and upwards. Their target for this van is, and I quote, 'a family car that's not cool nor tough, yet it should be fun and warm'. That's what this van is, it's got eyes for lights at front and round the back. Honda says that it's like a family member which you'd like to hangout with...
Last car on their stand is the Modulo Neo Classic Racer, which is based on the S660 Neo Classic that you can order from the factory to replace the ordinary body panels of the midship car. Honda hasn't revealed anything stats of the Racer, but we assume that it's going to have the same 660cc turbocharged inline 3 engine which is mounted in the middle of the car. If Honda decides to make the S660 look this good, it's going to sell damn well for sure.
During the Tokyo Auto Salon 2019, which will be held at 11-13 January, 2019, Honda will also have the NSX, Insight, The Toro Rosso F1 racer, the NSX GT-3 car, the Raybrig NSX-GT raced by Jenson Button, the N-One party race one-make car and many more cars built by Mugen and Modulo on stand. Ah, and some Honda motorcycles that nobody cares about.
You can also have a go in the S660 Neo Classic and the T880, which is the show truck built for the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon.