From all the years of Super Street coverage, you already know about Japan's largest auto show, Tokyo Auto Salon. But how many of you have heard of Osaka Auto Messe? About a month after TAS each year, Japan's second largest car show happens just east of Tokyo in Japan's second largest city, Osaka. OAM has been running annually for the last 13 years and lures in almost a quarter-million attendees each time. Although still not as big as TAS, some say OAM is more of a quality show than quantity. You won't see as many OE manufacturers here. Instead this is a more tuner-based show.
This year the new trends included anything hybrid. A plethora of Honda Insights, CR-Zs and Toyota Priuses were VIP'd and JDM'd out. As more and more parts are being developed for these cars, we wonder will hybrid tuning ever become popular here in the US? Among them was Osaka's popular USDM influenced scene, bringing out older Civics laced with rare Mugen goodies mimicking older N1 racecars. Even when Japan's economy and their automotive industry is having problems, the Osaka Auto Messe doesn't cease to deliver new trends and dope builds to be a part of the show.