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Tokyo Motor Show (東京モーターショー)

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A major manufacturers' auto show in Tokyo, Japan. Hosted by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Tokyo Motor Show page on 3 September 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Tokyo Motor Show (東京モーターショー) is a biennial auto show held in October–November at the Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan for cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles. Hosted by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), it is a recognized international show by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, and normally sees more concept cars than actual production car introductions which is the reason why the auto press see the show as one of the motorshow's big five (along with Detroit, Geneva, Frankfurt and Paris).

The show, then called All Japan Motor Show was first held in an outdoor venue called Hibiya Park, the show was considered a success with 547,000 visitors over ten days and 254 exhibitors displaying 267 vehicles, but of the amount of vehicles only 17 of them were passenger cars as the show was dominated by commercial vehicles. In 1958, due to construction of a subway and underground parking lot near Hibiya Park, the show was shifted to the Korakuen Bicycle Racing Track. The show, as the previous year was marred by heavy rain, in 1959 the event moved indoor to its newly opened Harumi Showplace venue which was three times the size of its previous venue.

Onward from 1973, as the organisers decided not to host a show for the following year due to the international energy crisis and the show became a biennial event. The show relocated to its current venue, the Makuhari Messe in 1989 and due to high public demand for vehicles in everyday use and the fact concept cars dominate the show, the show returned to being an annual event from 2001 to 2005 with a show for passenger cars and motorcycle and another for commercial vehicles for the following year. However, from 2007 onwards the event has once again returned to a biennial schedule which combines both passenger and commercial vehicles, including motorcycles and auto parts.


29 October 2015 (5:42PM)
Tokyo Auto Show Spotlights Self-Driving Cars, Alternative Power Sources
George Putic, VOA News
Slowly but steadily, the global auto industry is moving towards vehicles that will emit less pollution and get us where we want to go with less input from us, all the while keeping us connected with the rest of the world. Eco-friendly self-driving cars are clearly the stars of this-year’s Tokyo Auto Show. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Download Tokyo Auto Show Spotlights Self-Driving Cars, Alternative Power Sources - 60.6MB - 2:37

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5 November 2004Tokyo Motor Show Unveils Environment-Friendly VehiclesSteve Herman
19 October 2005Cars of All Colors at Tokyo Show Come in Shades of Green Steve Herman
2 November 2013Mitsubishi Taking 3 Concepts To Tokyo Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
11 November 2013A Concept Too Far Or Our Automotive Future? Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive

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