A total of 71 new vehicles, some concepts and others ready for sale will make their world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show next month.

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said 241 companies from 11 countries and Taiwan have registered to display their latest technologies, Kyodo News reported.

The show - theme ''Catch the News, Touch the Future', will feature 520 vehicles - 71 world premiers and 97 Japan debuts.

''I hope that up-to-date information from the Tokyo Motor Show will literally be news for the world and the future,'' Fujio Cho, head of the association, said at a news conference in Tokyo, according to the news agency.

Cho, chairman of Toyota Motor, said the number of world launches would be amongst the top levels of international motor shows.

The show will feature passenger cars, commercial vehicles and motorcycles all together for the first time since 1997 at the Makuhari Messe convention centre in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

After three press and preview days, the event opens to the public on 27 October and runs to 11 November.

Kyodo News noted that, as well as showcasing leading-edge technologies, the organiser this time has tried to strengthen the entertainment aspect to attract a wide array of visitors.

Among the hands-on and family programmes the association has prepared for the first time are five different types of test rides and car modelling classes for children.

The enhancement reflects the industry body's concern over the recent trend of more young Japanese moving away from buying cars, the news agency said.

While the Japanese car industry is enjoying healthy growth on the back of sales overseas, the home market has been shrinking.

Earlier this month, the association said domestic car sales, excluding minicars, dropped 1.9% in August from a year earlier to 227,737 units, down for the 26th consecutive month - the lowest result for August since 1986.

Auto industry officials are hoping that the motor show, for the first time in two years, will stimulate domestic demand, Kyodo said.

''I will be really happy if the shrinking domestic market will recover through the motor show,'' Cho said.

The Tokyo show, first held in 1954, had a biennial format until 1997. Starting in 1999, the association transformed the show into an annual event by separating commercial vehicles from passenger cars.

But from this year, the show will return to the previous comprehensive format - last year, no Tokyo show was held, Kyodo News added.