The Tokyo Motor Show is a car show held every two years in Tokyo, Japan, and features the latest motorcycles, cars, and commercial vehicles on display. The event takes plan in the Autumn, and is recognised as being one of the world’s biggest auto shows, alongside the Geneva, Detroit, Frankfurt, and Paris motor shows respectively.
Did you know?
- The Tokyo Motor Show was originally called the All Japan Motor Show, and was first held in April 1954. Held outside, the show was an instant success, attracting over 500,000 visitors and 267 vehicles over ten days.
- The auto show has taken place in a number of different locations over the years, including Hibiya Park, the Korakuen Bicycle Racing Track, Harumi Showplace, the Makuhari Messe, and Tokyo Big Sight – one of the proposed venues for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
- Although the show was initially held every year, the international energy crisis in the early 1970s saw the show become a biennial event, combining both commercial and passenger vehicles.
- Electric and hybrid vehicles were extremely popular during the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, and included plug-in hybrids from some of Japan’s biggest car manufacturers.
- The 2013 show saw débuts from Lexus, Nissan, and Toyota, as well as new vehicles on display from Audi and Volkswagen.
- The show is also famous for the girls who stand next to the cars on display. Female models will often wear promotional clothing with the logos of some of the biggest car brands in the world.
The 44th Tokyo Motor Show
The 44th Tokyo Motor Show will begin on Thursday, October 29, 2015 with a preview day, and conclude on Sunday, November 8, 2015. The preview day will offer limited attendance in the afternoon and early evening, before the event officially opens on Friday, October 30, 2015. This is one day earlier than previous shows, with organisers believing that a Friday opening will attract more visitors. The entire event is also earlier than in previous years, with the motor show being brought forward to avoid an overlap with the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
Next year’s show will include motorcycles, passenger cars, vehicle bodies, machinery, tools, and commercial vehicles. Car manufacturers such as Gazoo Racing have already been working on special cars to premier at the show, and visitors can expect plenty of auto-related activities and displays during the event.