Bippu (pronounced vippu, or commonly known as V.I.P. or VIP Style in the states) refers to the modification of Japanese luxury automobiles to make them more fashionable and even more luxurious. Bippu cars are typically large, expensive, rear-wheel drive sedans, though automotive enthusiasts use other cars like Minivans and K-cars. Once associated with the Yakuza, Bippu modifications now are a subset of automotive modification.
In Japan there is a large variety of luxury sedans available to purchase. VIP car starts with just that, the platform or the car. It’s not a VIP Car unless it starts with one of these cars. From Toyota, you have the Century, Celsior, Aristo, Crown, and Majesta. From Nissan you have the President, Cima, Gloria, Cedric, and the Q45. Then they take these platforms and merge on a massive body kit, larger rims that push the boundaries of offset fitment, an air suspension so that they can drive as low as they possibly can, and we can't forget about the exhausts that goes on these VIP Cars. Now, taking these aspects of a VIP Car, you then apply it to cars not accepted as a VIP Car. This in turn created a term I like to define as VIP Style Cars. There is a difference in Japan in regards to a VIP Car and lets say a K-Car or Style Wagon. All those styles bring up similar aspects of VIP Car but what makes a VIP Car “VIP” is the car itself. By taking the aspects that was started in Japan with the VIP Cars and merging them onto cars that aren't really considered VIP car platforms these are mostly known as VIP Style cars. You now see K-cars (Vitz, Scion, and other econo-box cars), vans (Oddessy and Previas) and many other vehicles (G35, IS300, 300Zs) with a heavy VIP Style influence. That also has trickled into our US market with the Scions xA and xB. European cars can fall within the “definition of a VIP car” but isn't as popular of a platform mainly because of an untold requirement. VIP Car has a sense of pride within the...
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