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Tokyo Auto Salon Displays 800 Performance Cars

Japanese and foreign automakers and auto parts manufacturers displayed some 800 custom and sports cars at Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 at Makuhari Messe, near Tokyo late last week.

At the auto show held in Chiba, which opened to the public for a two-day run, Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled the GR Yaris sport compact car, developed with its abundant motorsport experience such as participation in the World Rally Championship.

Along with Toyota, Honda Motor Co, Volvo Cars Japan, Mazda Motor Corp, and Subaru, a total of 438 automakers and auto parts manufacturers put on display their latest custom products.

Toyota, the largest Japanese automaker by sales volume, started accepting orders Friday for the GR Yaris' four-wheel drive special model with a 1.6-liter turbo engine, to be made at a factory in Toyota, Aichi prefecture, where the company is originally based.

"I'm pleased we've made all the components of the sport-type vehicle by ourselves, unlike our 86 and Supra sports vehicle models" that were co-developed with another automaker, Toyota President Akio Toyoda told reporters.

Subaru Corp unveiled a sportier version of the Levorg station wagon expected to be released in the second half of the year, while Nissan Motor Co showcased limited editions of the GT-R and Fairlady Z sports cars.

The event also included race car demonstration drives around the exhibition hall at the Makuhari Messe convention center, according to organizers.

The organizers expected the auto show,  to attract more than 300,000 people during the three days.

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