The Tokyo Auto Salon kicked off this weekend, filling the slot in the Japanese car scene that SEMA does in North America or Essen does in Germany with tuned and modified versions of domestic automobiles. Of course, Toyota wouldn't miss out on the opportunity to show just how far its JDM models can be taken, and to that end brought no fewer than 34 customized vehicles to the Makuhari Messe in Chiba City.

Among the highlights is the Harrier G Sports Concept, a modified version of the new crossover that debuted just a couple of months ago at the more mainstream Tokyo Motor Show, with a blacked-out snout that makes it look like a Lexus RX with a bloody nose. There was also a similarly modified Vitz RS G Sports Concept, fitting sports seats and a firmer suspension to the hatchback better known on this side of the Pacific as the Yaris.

Toyota's Japanese in-house tuning division GRMN modified the domestic Mark X sport sedan, replete with 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed manual, with an optimized suspension, brakes and Torsen limited-slip differential. It was joined by the GRMN 86 Concept that brings Gazoo Racing's experience on the Nürburgring to the streets of Japan with a lower curb weight, enhanced powertrain and a firmer suspension.

Alongside the modified Harrier, Vitz, Mark X and GT86, Toyota brought in custom rides from Gazoo Racing, G Sports, Modellista and TRD, the full extent of which you can read about, along with the full specs on those four centerpieces, in the press release below.
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New Toyota 'GRMN','G's' Concepts Debut at Tokyo Auto Salon 2014

Toyota City, Japan, January 10, 2014-Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is showing multiple concept vehicles at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2014 with NAPAC1 customized-car exhibition-the world's largest-running from today through January 12 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City.

The display, totaling 34 vehicles, showcases two "GAZOO Racing tuned by MN"2 (GRMN) and two "G Sports"3 (G's) concept models, as well as three GAZOO Racing4 vehicles that are to compete in the 42nd 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race in Germany in June. The display space, 50 percent larger than last year's, also features various custom sedans and minivans from Toyota associated brands and affiliates.

The GRMN series display features the "GRMN Mark X Concept" and the "GRMN 86 Concept"-vehicles designed to bring the joy of sporty driving to all kinds of roads. The GRMN Mark X Concept combines the Mark X's exclusive 6-speed manual transmission with a V6 3.5-liter engine, and features special suspension tuning, disc brakes and Torsen® limited-slip differential5 for even more satisfying control and a greater joy of driving. The GRMN 86 Concept incorporates the technical expertise gained through the 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race, achieving optimal vehicle weight reduction, a lower center of gravity, an enhanced powertrain and improved body rigidity.

The G's series display features the "Harrier G Sports Concept"-the first sporty SUV in the G's series, which combines the joy of driving with riding comfort and adds a sporty and unique feel to the base vehicle-and the "Vitz RS G Sports Concept", which features exclusive sports seats, enhanced body rigidity, and optimized suspension tuning for an enhanced sporty feel.

Toyota views the Tokyo Auto Salon as a venue for peoples' dreams about automobiles to converge. Building on last year's show, Toyota hopes to convey the joy of owning, driving, and discussing automobiles cultivated through GAZOO Racing activities to an even broader range of people, thereby creating new car enthusiasts.

Tokyo Auto Salon website link:

1Nippon Auto Parts Aftermarket Committee
2Product brand forged on the streets of Nürburgring-considered by many to be the crucible of performance-vehicle development-and through other races and fine-tuning by GAZOO Racing test drivers
3Sports conversion series of models fully tuned by GAZOO Racing test drivers and set at an affordable price range by reducing production costs through partial inline customization and other measures to give a wider range of consumers a taste of racing and the enjoyment of cars
4GAZOO Racing is a vehicle-development and motor-sports support program created by GAZOO. Toyota test drivers participate in races and vehicle development with the aim of creating ever-better cars, and grass-roots motor sports events are promoted to provide the joy of driving to consumers
5A differential gear that applies optimal drive force to the left and right wheels according to the road surface conditions. Torsen is a trademark of JTEKT Corporation.

Key Specifications of Toyota Concept Vehicles Exhibited at Tokyo Auto Salon 2014
Vehicle name GRMN Mark X
Harrier G Sports
Vitz RS G Sports
Length/width/height 4,860 mm/
1,795 mm/
1,420 mm
4,240 mm/
1,775 mm/
1,275 mm
4,780 mm /
1,835 mm /
1,650 mm
3,980 mm /
1,695 mm /
1,490 mm
Wheelbase 2,850 mm 2,570 mm 2,660 mm 2,510 mm
Weight 1,540 kg 1,200 kg 1,650 kg 1,040 kg
Seating 5 2 5 5
Driveline Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive Four-wheel drive Front-wheel drive
Engine 2GR-FSE FA20 3ZR-FAE 1NZ-FE
Displacement 3,456 cc 1,998 cc 1,986 cc 1,496 cc
Maximum output At least
235 kW (320 PS)/
6,400 rpm
At least
147 kW (200 PS)/
7,000 rpm
111 kW (151 PS)/
6,100 rpm
80 kW (109 PS)/
6,000 rpm
Maximum torque At least
380 N-m
(38.7 kgf-m)/
4,800 rpm
At least
205 N-m
(20.9 kgf-m)/
from 6,400 to
6,600 rpm
193 N-m
(19.7 kgf-m)/
3,800 rpm
138 N-m
(14.1 kgf-m)/
4,400 rpm
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual Super CVT-i 5-speed manual
Tires Front 235/40R19 215/40R17 235/50R19 205/45R17
Rear 265/35R19 215/40R17 235/50R19 205/45R17

List of TMC and Associated Brand Vehicles at Tokyo Auto Salon 2014
Exhibit Booth Vehicle
GAZOO Racing GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA Vehicles to compete in the 42nd 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race Race vehicles
GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA Code X
GAZOO Racing Toyota 86
GAZOO Racing Command Hiace
GRMN Mark X Concept Concept cars
GRMN 86 Concept
Harrier G Sports Concept
Vitz RS G Sports Concept
TE-Spyder 800
86 X style Cb (prototype of model scheduled for Japan-market launch*)
86 X style Cb spider
Crown Athlete Tom's Version Concept cars
GAZOO Racing TRD 86 (will compete in TRD Rally Challenge)
GAZOO Racing Luck 86 (will compete in Japanese Rally Championship)
GAZOO Racing Spirit 86 (will compete in Super Taikyu Series)
G Sports/
Area 86
Mark X G Sports Mass production vehicles
Prius G Sports
Aqua G Sports
Alphard G Sports
Vellfire G Sports
Hachiroku produced by Netz Toyota Hyogo Concept car
86 Supercharger produced by Team Netz with Tom's
Modellista Harrier Modellista Ver.1
Hiace/Regius Ace MRT (Multi-Role Transporter)
Voxy Concept Modellista Ver.
Noah Concept Modellista Ver.
TRD 86 TRD Griffon Concept 014
86 TRD Customize Concept 014
Harrier TRD Sportivo Concept
Hiace/Regius Ace TRD Sportivo Concept
86/BRZ Race Autobacs G7 86 Potenza
(No. 557)
Vehicles to compete in GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race
Manatura Kota-R BRZ
(No. 61)
N1 Tech Potenza Win 86
(No. 100)
NETZ Gunma FK Massimo µ86
(No. 62)
*Launch timing and prices to be determined

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      The specs on the Mark X is wrong. It's RWD, not FWD.
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      Bring them here!

      • 1 Year Ago
      toyota desperately needs a new design team
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        Thanks for your input Mr.GM. You can crawl back into your hole now.........
          • 1 Year Ago
          Mr. GM? I have 3 Fords and 1 Jeep currently in my driveway. Try again!
          • 1 Year Ago
          Oh, I'm sorry..........Mr. Big 3 then. Seriously, your nationalist-based bias towards the big three is both ridiculous and lol-worthy.
          • 1 Year Ago
          I buy what I like. I will admit I used to be Ford only. I will never buy an Asian car and thats partially due to I am American and want to support my own and also because 99% of Asian cars are ugly, plain, or goofy looking. I imagine you support your own and thats fine, so lets grow up and be a big boy and respect others. Because I know Asians are big on respect, right?
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      That Mark-X looks HOT
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        Really? I found it "so uninspiring".
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        I agree. I like the slab sidedness and wheel arches. The V6 and 6-speed also got my attention. The front bumper is a little overdone, but overall not bad.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Id rather have an ford edge sport. This car reminds me of that.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Look at that yaris' peach face. Lmao!! That GT86 is sexed out though.
      Sir Duke
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      What the heck going on with the JDM automotive design gang? With the noted exception of Infiniti, their designs range from stupid to awful. Compare the 2013 Honda Accord with the Camry. The Accord is a really nicely executed design exercise. The Camry is just plain unfortunate. The lower front valance comes across like ill fitting dentures. I hope there is a functional reason for that stupid protrusion, because it does nothing for an otherwise okay, though a bit on the bland side of life car. Back to the vehicle featured in the is article, that snoz lands on the stupid side of things. Why does it have to be so exaggerated and confusing? I seen Mardi Gras costumes that are less chaotic. Infiniti - Best JDM designs. However, sometimes strays too close to that horrific "Predator" look alike grill that Lexus seem to be hell-bent on ruining otherwise nice cars with. Acura - Moving in the right direction. Having moved away from that overwhelming Mad Max_esque front end. Rust was the only differentiator between the two. Toyota - Finding a hundred ways to ruin their cars design wise. The new Corolla, the basic design is nice, then they slapped on the cheap. Other than comparing it to older Corollas, there is no reason to even look at the Corolla. The late 90s Land Cruiser was the picture of balance, poise and presence, today's SUV/CUV offerings come across as that clumsy big headed kid, who you tried not to stare at. That Subaru was left out of this article was no accident, They really haven't strayed very far who they always were. Still think they should have sued GM for forcing the original Tribeca on them. Mazda - The nicest top to bottom portfolio (design-wise) coming out of Japan. I really would like to see them for once, lose their minds and unleash a car that busts out of the "SAFE" zone in which they hide. They need just one car that doesn't get by on barely adequate power. The Speed3 and Speed6 are just boosted versions of a couple of really nice cars. Where is the Evo/WRX Sti insanity?, Mazda needs a statement car. Lexus - Drive one up to a floor to ceiling mirror and really look at it. That design worked for the LFA, doesn't belong on your otherwise staid sedans, and is just plain awful of your larger SUVs. Every time I see that front end, visions of gargoyles comes to mind. Time to move on.
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        @Sir Duke
        Oh, and yes....Mazda...the company that should have more recognition in the buyer's mind when consider new purchases. Stunning cars...
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        @Sir Duke
        You, Sir, have hit the nail on the head. Toyota continues to unleash abominations of design and somehow they continue to sell. Your Land Cruiser on. The 100 series and earlier (especially the 80 series) were perfect balances of civility and toughness in design. This current 200 series looks totally stupid with it's too short wheelbase and huge overhangs. It looks like the Highlander's "slower" big brother. The Accord...fantastic balance for a middle-of-the-road sedan. Camry....atrocious. My sis-in-law just purchased one after I tried in vain to get her to get an Accord. She was so taken that it was an SE with the 80's throwback body kit and the little 17" wheels, despite the fact that it has more wheel gap than a lifted F150. Dumb chick...
      • 1 Year Ago
      The RX bumper is crazy, but I like it. Toyota needs to bring their Mark X, RWD sedan.
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