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A visitor to Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 sits in a racing seat at the Recaro booth at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, Japan, Friday Jan. 10, 2020.
A visitor to Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 sits in a racing seat at the Recaro booth at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, Japan, Friday Jan. 10, 2020. (Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes)
A visitor to Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 sits in a racing seat at the Recaro booth at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, Japan, Friday Jan. 10, 2020.
A visitor to Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 sits in a racing seat at the Recaro booth at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, Japan, Friday Jan. 10, 2020. (Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes)
A representative for Liberty Walk LB performance leans on a Ferrari 458 sporting the company's new wide body kit at Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 in Chiba, Japan, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.
A representative for Liberty Walk LB performance leans on a Ferrari 458 sporting the company's new wide body kit at Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 in Chiba, Japan, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes)
Tokyo Auto Salon was held over three days starting on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, and is Japan's largest automotive trade show.
Tokyo Auto Salon was held over three days starting on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, and is Japan's largest automotive trade show. (Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes)
Auto enthusiasts check out the engine bay of a Mercedes sports car during Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 in Chiba, Japan, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.
Auto enthusiasts check out the engine bay of a Mercedes sports car during Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 in Chiba, Japan, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes)
A model working for Falken Tires poses for guests during Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 in Chiba, Japan, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.
A model working for Falken Tires poses for guests during Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 in Chiba, Japan, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes)
Nissan's GT-R50, a reinterpretation of the latest GT-R Nismo, is displayed during Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 in Chiba, Japan,  Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.
Nissan's GT-R50, a reinterpretation of the latest GT-R Nismo, is displayed during Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 in Chiba, Japan, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes)
Car lovers check out a simulator during Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 in Chiba, Japan, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.
Car lovers check out a simulator during Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 in Chiba, Japan, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes)
Subaru shows off its BRZ GT300 race car during Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 in Chiba, Japan, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.
Subaru shows off its BRZ GT300 race car during Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 in Chiba, Japan, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes)

CHIBA, Japan — With over 800 modified cars and more than 300,000 people attending, Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 offered something for every branch of car enthusiast: new, old and obscure.

The 37th annual trade show, held over the weekend at Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, allowed some of the world’s largest automakers — Honda, Nissan and Subaru among them — to provide a taste of what they will unveil in the marketplace in the coming year.

It also served as a showcase for aftermarket companies like Greddy, HKS, Brembo and more to show off the parts and accessories they are introducing to modify stock vehicles.

“I think it’s a great mix of new vehicles and the latest aftermarket parts,” said Phil Ziegler, a civilian C-130 mechanic at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo. “It’s great seeing everyday cars still getting support from tuners and love from enthusiasts with many top tier manufacturers showing face and representing.”

Nissan showed off the GT-R50, a reinterpretation of its high-end sports car, the GT-R Nismo, by Italian design and engineering company Italdesign Giugiaro.

This one-of-a-kind model commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R in 2019 and Italdesign in 2018. With a gold and silver paint scheme and a rear end that resembled a space ship, this car looked like it could star in a sci-fi TV show.

Companies like Pandem showed off body kits for cars such as the Toyota Corolla, and Liberty Walk displayed wide body kits on Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

HKS, a Japan-based manufacturer of aftermarket parts and accessories, showed off kits for engine tuning and turbo additions that could improve performance, reliability and even fuel consumption.

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