The Tokyo Motor Show, one of the world’s top motorshows, is held every two years at Makuhari Messe Chiba Prefecture. It showcases cars and motorcycles along with commercial vehicles for the total motor vehicle experience.
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.
This year motor show – at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show Green technology will be in the spotlight. But the worldwide economic situation made many automakers from outside Japan to jump over this event. We are talking here about Daimler Mercedes, BMW and VW who announced that will not be present at the event.
How to get there
The Tokyo Motor Show is held in Makuhari Messe, a 5-10 minute walk from JR Kaihin-Makuhari Station.
From Tokyo Station, Kaihin-Makuhari Station can be reached by rapid (30 minutes) or local train (40 minutes) along the JR Keiyo Line (540 yen). There are also a few limited express trains covering the distance in 25 minutes (unreserved: 1040 yen; reserved: around 1500 yen).
Note that the platform of the JR Keiyo Line at Tokyo Station is located a ten minute walk from the station’s other platforms.
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Hours and fees
Weekdays: 10:00 to 18:00
Weekends: 9:30 to 19:00
Regular ticket: 1300 yen
After 15:00 ticket: 1100 yen (weekdays only)
Once again Daihatsu present themselves as specialists for especially compact and efficient cars at the 41st Tokio Motor Show. All in all the manufacturers showcase six concept car in the halls of the Makuhari Fair. Motto: Innovations for tomorrow. The concept cars which are presented at the show are based on already existing vehicles. They give evidence that even with conventional technology significant improvements can be made. Moreover, the manufacturers combine eco-friendliness with good design and pleasure of mobility.
The Skydeck hybrid is a study model focused on the concept of freely expanding opportunity and fun in people’s lives regardless of their age or lifestyle. Striving to achieve “a vehicle which fulfills the needs of each customer,” the Skydeck’s compact body contains a flexible and high-utility space for transporting multiple people and the tools and equipment for the activities they enjoy.
The Step WGN is a multi-purpose vehicle with a flat low-floor and low centre of gravity. It will swallow up to eight passengers but still offer plenty of utility options. Honda has designed it to be attractive with a sculpted front grille, large headlights and a roof that appears to slope rearward. The interior features things like 3D self-illuminated gauges for convenience.
Prices start at ¥2,088,000 (€15,897/ US$24,400) including consumption tax.
Lexus released LF-A as its world premiere at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009.
The LF-A at the pinnacle of the Lexus “F” premium sports car series, pursues the ultimate in “joy of driving.” The harmony generated from its precise response to driver intentions, combined with the vehicle’s stability within its range of performance, evokes an atmosphere of complete assurance. The result is an extraordinarily high level of performance that opens up the world of driving emotion that only Lexus offers.
LF-Ch, Japan premiere, is a hybrid vehicle that combines superb dynamic performance with very low emissions.
The centerpiece of Mitsubishi’s stand at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show will be a plug-in hybrid crossover utility vehicle, called the PX-MiEV, which Mitsubishi says is capable of rugged off-road use and on-road fuel economy of 118 miles per gallon.
The PX-MiEV is short for “plug-in hybrid crossover” and “Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle.” Really.
Also present on Mitsubishi’s Tokyo stand will be a new cargo-van version of its upcoming i-MiEV electric city car. The i-MiEV Cargo offers a 100-mile range from a 63-horsepower electric motor.
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