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 |  Jan 16 2012, 9:45 AM

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Love Nissan GT-Rs? Then you most certainly would love the Tokyo Auto Salon. Featuring the latest tuning trends and most amazing race cars, much of the content on the show floor was GT-R related this year – although to be honest, the show is GT-R heavy every year.

On display were plenty of modified GT-Rs from tuners like Kansai Service, JUN and even Tommy Kaira. And let’s not forget the race car content, with the outrageous Kondo Advan GT-R GT500 race car, as well as the Motul Autech GT-R (above), which won five of the eight races in Japan’s Super GT series last year.

Check out all the GT-R hardware from this year’s TAS below:

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 |  May 19 2011, 11:45 AM

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Tommy Kaira may be more popularly known for their Nissan GT-R accessories and their Toyota Prius styling kits, but they are also extremely popular among the Subaru Legacy crowd. While most Subaru enthusiasts are seen rolling around in an Impreza WRX or STi, there are quite a few that opt for the Legacy’s more elegant appearance while retaining the same performance a WRX or STi has to offer.

The new Subaru Legacy may be a tad too tame for some, opting more to be a family sedan than a sporty sedan. But Tommy Kaira is looking to change that entirely, current working on a styling kit and wheel package for the new Legacy. The render reveals a much more aggressive rear bumper and diffuser, fully complemented by an STi-inspired trunk spoiler. The final product looks to retain the Legacy’s true form without going too aggressive or out-of-the-box, which Tommy Kaira is sometimes known to do with their styling kits.

GALLERY: Tommy Kaira Subaru Legacy

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[Source: The Real JDM]

 |  Jun 21 2010, 6:47 PM

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What will those kooky tuners think of next? Tommy Kaira, a leading manufacturer of very fine JDM goodies, has been perfecting its Nissan GT-R LED emblem since their preview at Tokyo Auto Salon 2010. They’ve also took the liberty to announce more LED-equipped goodies from rear side markers, door sills and front winkers. LED is all the craze now on vehicles, so it’s nice to see Tommy Kaira jumping on and offering accessories in LED form.

Prepare to pay though if these products are catching your eye. Tommy Kaira is hardly known for offering bargain-bin priced products. The rear LED emblem is around $625.00 while a pair of LED rear side markers are $395.00 for clear, $440.00 for smoked. Still have a few bucks in your wallet? Well the front winkers are $475.00 and the front LED emblem is also $625.00. Just dying to have those LED door sill plates? Get ready to drop $1195.00.

Clearly these LED products are luxury accessories for any fast and furious GT-R owner, but for those wanting every little possible mod for their monster of a sports car, well here it is.

[Source: GTR Blog]

GALLERY: Tommy Kaira Nissan GT-R LEDs

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 |  Jan 14 2010, 11:31 PM

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Not to be left behind with all the other Japanese aftermarket manufacturers that have taken to the trend of modifying hybrid/green cars, Tommy Kaira not only impressed with its GT-R at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon, but with its Prius and Insight offerings too. Earlier this month both vehicles were released to the public and onto the Internet but this was our first opportunity to get up close with the vehicles in person and we’re quite impressed.

Both Eco-Sports Edition vehicles, part of the new Tommy Kaira Eco Spo line of aerodynamics for hybrids, carry a mixture of light weight carbon fiber and fibreglass body accents that are both conservative and appealing.

GALLERY: Tommy Kaira Eco Spo Honda Insight and Toyota Prius

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 |  Jan 14 2010, 10:21 PM

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Famed Japanese tuner Tommy Kaira did not disappoint with the public debut of its “Silver Wolf Edition Ebbrezza-R” kit for the Nissan GT-R. As many of the factory panels as possible were replaced with carbon fiber, including on the interior where an array of dry carbon parts are used.

Outside, a new aero kit includes a redesigned front bumper with a large lip extension, side skirts, rear fender flares, a large rear spoiler and wild rear diffuser. Inside the fenders can be found 20-inch Advan AVS Model F15 wheels in a Platinum Black finish wrapped with Pirelli P-Zeros.

Tommy Kaira promised a wild design and plenty of carbon fiber and certainly delivered.

GALLERY: Tommy Kaira Silver Wold Edition Ebbrezza-R Nissan GT-R

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 |  Jan 14 2010, 3:29 PM

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Japanese tuner Tommy Kaira is set to unveil an aggressive aero kit for the Nissan GT-R at the Tokyo Auto Salon. The kit is set to include a new carbon fiber front bumper, new front fenders, side skirts, a rear diffuser and rear spoiler.

In addition, some minor performance modifications, like a new exhaust system and a lowered suspension are expected. Tommy Kaira is also planning a custom interior for its first R35 GT-R project.

The car will officially debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon. AutoGuide will be there with live coverage starting January 15th.

GALLERY: Tommy Kaira Nissan GT-R

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[Source: InsideLine]

 |  Sep 28 2009, 12:07 PM

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As the shift to environmentally-friendly vehicles continues, the aftermarket has begun to recognize this emerging market and begin catering to owners. Nowhere is this more evident than on the Toyota Prius’s home turf, Japan.

On his blog, Japanese tuning industry insider Ben Shaffer (owner of parts importer and tuning houses Bulletproof Automotive and Bespoke Ventures) is increasing awareness of this trend, while also lamenting it. Several well-known Japanese tuners have already taken to modifying both the Prius and Honda’s Insight, with both ASI and Tommy Kaira having recently released tuning packages for the former.

While a strong believer in environmentally responsible transportation, and in making those sorts of cars look cooler or even perform better, Shaffer indicates that according to his sources this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon will be half hybrids – with modified Nissan GT-Rs making up the rest of the show.

“I understand Eco is the future for the masses, but can we keep our sports cars too,” says Shaffer. “I thought the point was to have a sports car for the weekends and a Prius to daily drive. Lets keep it that way, keep the R&D coming on sports car tuning parts too please!”

Either way, it looks like hybrid tuning is here to stay and we’ll be sure to keep an eye on some of the new modification options from the Tokyo Auto Salon.

GALLERY: Tommy Kaira and ASI Tuned Priuses

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[Source: BespokeVentures]