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SHOW: Geneva International Motor Show

Yesterday me and my friend Danny went to the renowned Geneva international motorshow to look at the latest and greatest that the motoring world has to offer. I’ll concentrate on the Japanese cars in this post and i’m happy to say there wgtere some interesting cars 🙂
After entering the show the first car on display was this 2JZ swapped IS350 Drift monster from swiss driver Franz “Hunki” Hunkeler, sporting a full Kazama Auto widebody kit.
It even appears to be the Ex Kazama D1 car (beeing RHD) if you look closer…

After walking through the accessory halls and entering the real show, one of the first booths to see was Kato-san’s Liberty walk / LB-works booth with his latest creations. Aside from their usual Lamborghinis and a Mustang, there was also this Airbagged and widened Nissan GT-R. Not my cup of tea but you have to admit it can’t get any more japanese than this.

A bit further into the Hall, bridgestone tires had this Lexus RC500 on Display:

Fast forward to the next hall, Mazda had it’s booth with two stunning concepts, showcasing the next generation Kodo design language Mazda 6 with the “Vision coupe”:

and the Kai Concept for the Mazda 3. The new design language seems to be much cleaner and smoother than the previous ones. I really liked it and it gives it some extra elegance. But somehow i guess the final product will probably look a bit tamer.

Aside from the complete current lineup, they also premiered the new facelifted Mazda6 / Atenza.

Honda and Toyota had surprisingly big booths with a lot of Motorsports influence. Starting at the Honda booth where they had some of their formula race machines showcased:

My personal highlight at their booth however was the New NSX GT3 in all it’s dry carbon glory:

Next to it was the Honda Civic TCR (Touring car series) built by J.A.S Motorsports

Of course the new NSX and civic typeR were also on display and gathered quite afew people around it:

Toyota / Lexus had quite a few race-machines on display too, like their current Yaris WRC Machine:

And an offroad Gazoo racing Hilux:

The big hit however was of course the first glimpse at the new upcoming Supra in form of the gazoo racing supra concept car. Somwhow i really like how it looks and still reminds me of the old supra.

Here’s the BMW Z4 at the BMW booth which was a co-development with the Supra, just for comparison. Somehow i like the supra a lot more, not just because it’s “japanese”.

Aside from all their other current hybrids, they had the TS050 LMP1 Hybrid machine at their booth too, which i thought was pretty cool:

Nissan however had quite the boring booth if you ask me – with the new March / Micra and so on. However they had the current GT-R on display which was always surrounded by many people.    

And they had a cool display showing some kind of formula car concept with a video show below to show it in motion, all hanging from the wall.

The subaru lineup wasn’t really showing anything about the rallye heritage, aside from the current Subaru WRX sti. However the viviz Tourer concept, which is probably showing the next generation Impreza / STi, was a real stunner if you ask me. Really loved the angular shooting-brake design and the colour was cool to.

Don’t remember the booth anymore, but at some point there was this Camry NASCAR machine, which i had the pleasure to see in action a few years ago.

After all, it was a cool show with some nice previews on the next generation japanese cars and without beeing too much about autonomous driving and more about real cars.
Of course mitsubishi, Isuzu and suzuki were there too, but had nothing really that cought my interest to be honest, so i didn’t make any photos.


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