Blog: Dave LeggettTokyo - a domestic affair

Dave Leggett | 12 October 2009

I'm not too surprised that the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show - press days October 21 and 22 - is an overwhelmingly domestic affair this year. Automakers are scrutinising marketing spend like never before and Tokyo probably looks like a luxury they can do without, given the way it is always dominated by the Japanese OEMs anyway and any sales benefit inside Japan is pretty small - relatively speaking. You can see how other auto shows would stack up better from a cost-benefit analysis.

Tokyo is certainly shaping up to be an interesting show though, with some curious concepts. Nissan's Land Glider is one that has me intrigued. I wonder if EVs - for reasons of efficiency - will eventually move away from being adaptations of conventional car designs...

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