Nissan Prepares Show Cars for 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon

Nissan’s last appearance at the Detroit Auto Show was in 2008, but the Japanese automaker continues to have a strong presence at Asian auto shows. Nissan will reveal nine of its dressed up products next month at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon.

Similar to the Specialty Equipment Market Association show held each November in Las Vegas, the Tokyo Auto Salon is a place for the aftermarket and OEMs to showcase their creativity. As one would guess, the show is packed full of tuned sports cars and sedans, but it’s also a place for automakers to show off their latest accessories and optional equipment.

In cooperation with its own in-house tuner NISMO and AUTECH Japan, Nissan will bring nine vehicles from across its lineup to the show. Show cars will include Nissan’s new Leaf with an aero kit, luxury Quest minivans, and race-prepared GT-Rs.

Nissan just delivered its first 2011 Leaf here in the United States, but the automaker is already hard at work giving the electric car a little more visual appeal. Nissan’s Leaf Aero Style Concept features a subtle body kit and a new set of rollers. The funky Juke crossover will arrive at the show with a new Sporty Package, that adds new 17-inch wheels, roof spoiler, and chrome trim pieces. Unlike the Leaf concept, Nissan says the accessories on Juke show car will translate into optional parts here in the U.S. as well as Europe.

Nissan’s NISMO-tuned 370Z is scheduled to appear, as is the track-only GT-R RC. Fitted with a full roll cage, fuel cell, new suspension, and an air jack system, the RC is ready to tackle any road course. The new quest will appear wearing optional NISMO equipment including new wheels, body kit, and suspension upgrades.

The wildest offerings from Nissan are reserved for the Autech area, where a Quest minivan has been completely stripped and fitted with the utmost in luxury equipment. Rightfully dubbed the Premium Concept, the standard seating configuration has been scrapped in place of two rows of leather chairs. Second row passengers are treated to a first-class treatment, with reclining seats and foot rests, along with adjustable reading lights. New 19-inch wheels and a classy front fascia adorn the exterior. Nissan’s sub-compact March has also been given the upscale treatment with a chrome-mesh grille and updated interior.  Also appearing on the stand will be the Motul Autech GT-R that competed in the 2010 Super GT series in Japan.

Other events at Nissan’s stand include a race car simulator and live “pitwork simulation,” where technicians perform a tire change as they would at a real race event. The Tokyo Auto Salon starts January 14, but unlike SEMA, the event also opens its doors to the general public later in the week.

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