UK: All-inclusive Tokyo motor show planned for 2007
The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association will re-launch the Tokyo motor show in autumn 2007 with a new biennial all-inclusive format that includes passenger cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles, commercial vehicle bodies and parts.
Organiser claims the new show will be the only comprehensive fully integrated show among the 'big five' (Detroit, Frankfurt, Geneva, Paris and Tokyo) that includes all sectors of the automobile industry.
The 40th Tokyo show, themed Catch the News, Touch the Future, will be held from 26 October to 11 November with press days on 24 and 25 October.
It will therefore be the longest of the international motor shows currently accredited by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles (OICA).
The show will be held at Makuhari Messe (Makuhari, Chiba) with indoor space of 75,000m2, a location easily reached from both the Tokyo metropolitan area and Narita international airport.
Previously held annually, the Tokyo show switched to a comprehensive biennial format between 1975 and 1997. In 1999, the show was separated into a passenger car and motorcycle show held on odd numbered years and a commercial vehicle show held on even numbered years until 2005.
JAMA spokesman Akira Nakayama said: "As far as the issues of safety, environment and universal design requirements are concerned, the automobile industry has made progress in both R&D and commercialisation of products that goes beyond the distinction between passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Bearing this in mind, we concluded that a comprehensive show was the best solution as this format would enable visitors to gain a broader understanding of the efforts of the automobile industry as a whole.
"Its biennial format is expected to contribute to the cost reduction efforts of each attending company."