Tokyo Motor Show 2011

Nov. 24, 2011 - Dec. 12, 2011

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association will hold the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011 from Friday, Dec 2 to Sunday, Dec 11 (public will be admitted from Dec 3). The show will be held at Tokyo Big Sight in Ariake, Koto Ward, marking the return of the show to Tokyo for the first time in 24 years.

At the show, 176 exhibitors from 12 countries and one region will be participating. This represents a large increase over the previous show, held in 2009, in which 129 exhibitors from 10 countries and one region participated. The number of exhibitors has increased by 36%, and the exhibition space by 61%.

All 14 Japanese automobile manufacturers and 15 brands will be exhibiting, as well as 20 foreign manufacturers and 24 foreign brands (passenger cars, commercial vehicles and motorcycles), a significant increase over the 9 foreign manufacturers and 9 foreign brands of the previous show.

This year's Tokyo Motor Show will be the site of the new themed project, "SMART MOBILITY CITY 2011". This project is to showcase "next-generation automobiles and the social systems with which they interact" to highlight the roles and responsibilities of the automotive industry amidst growing concern over the global environment and energy issues.

The theme of this year's show is "Mobility can change the world." Automobiles are more than just transportation; they now offer solutions to issues such as our environment, safety, and energy. The new theme delivers a bright message for the future of the automobile industry.

52 World Premieres will be exhibited

The show will feature 52 world premieres (26 passenger cars, 3 commercial vehicles, 16 motorcycles, 5 carrozzerias and 2 vehicle bodies) and 82 Japan premieres (53 passenger cars, 4 commercial vehicles, 23 motorcycles, 1 carrozzeria and 1 vehicle body).

In addition to exhibiting cutting edge technologies, a core exhibition area will be established, composed of next generation automobile exhibits and core technology guides, featuring a thematic video concerning the mobility society of 2040 to 2050. There will be next generation automobile test rides and automatic driving demonstrations, two international symposiums with the themes of ITS and smart communities, an advanced technology seminar for specialists, kids' workshops to foster the dreams of the children who will be the leaders of the next generation, and more.

Special Events

On Saturday Dec 3, the first General Public Day, the heads of JAMA member companies will take part in a car parade and talk session.

For 4 days from Dec 3 to Dec 6, a special course will be set up in the Outdoor Exhibition Space, and visitors will be able to experience the newest car models from each manufacturer by riding along with members of the Automotive Journalist Association of Japan (AJAJ), and instructors.

Motorcycle Test Ride Program

The motorcycle test ride program will be held during 4 days in the latter half of the show, from Dec 8 to Dec 11. Visitors will be able to test ride motorcycles on a modified version of the car test ride program course. Also, a test ride program for Yamaha electricity-assisted bicycles will be held concurrently in the area adjacent to the motorcycle course.

Stage Events

The special stage in the Atrium on the 1st floor of the West Exhibition Hall will be the site of live performances by Fuji TV and TOKYO FM, as well as various entertainment events, such as talk shows about fashion and cars.

Charity T-shirts produced through collaboration between Japanese automobile manufacturers, will be available exclusively at the show. The proceeds from the sales of these T-shirts, with the theme of energizing Japan through cars and fashion, will be donated to help assist to recover from the Great East Japan Earthquake. The Tokyo Motor Show Fashion Shop will also offer clothes, accessories, and automobile related merchandise that conveys the joy of car life.

The show is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. Advance tickets cost 1,300 yen for adults and 400 yen for students. Same-day tickets are 1,500 yen for adults and 500 yen for students.

In order to make it possible for people to visit the Tokyo Motor Show after work, discounted evening tickets are available for admission from 6 p.m. or later. These discounted evening tickets are only sold at the venue on the same day, and cost 500 yen for adults, and 200 yen for high school students.

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I definitely want to go this year!

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Me too Trouser. I've already planned that I'll be there 5 times. Hopefully I can win a test ride through the lottery and I'm semi-interested in seeing Ai Tominaga (not a great fan of hers, but would like to see her nonetheless). It's not mentioned in the article but you those advanced tickets can be bought at almost any convenience store, JR offices and practically any business that has anything to do with travel (see the Motor Show's webpage for details).

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I'm definitely going. I don't get the ticketing system though. If I buy the ticket on the same day it is ¥1500, yet an evening ticket is ¥500. How does that work? I'll be grateful to who can explain this to me.

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Have free tickets for the press day and get them every year, I hope this year is better than last time as there was very little to see then right after the lehman shock. Being in Odaiba is far better than way out in Makuharri Messe too.

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I definitely want to go there. I’m interesting TOYOATA fun-vii. I have never see like that car. It’s really modern and cool. I want to ride on that car once in the future. Uh I want to be rich then I want to buy many cool, stylish and modern cars.

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You better hurry Shoko, it finishes on Sunday I think. And the Fun-vii pulled a lot of people, the stage performance was pretty interesting. The other really fun thing at the show is the Passenger Car Test Ride Program where you have a professional driver drive you around the track there, and they go pretty fast, everyone who rode it seemed to have fun. Lots of cars in the program - Mercedes, Lotus, Porsche, Toyota, Nissan, VW, Honda and lots of others. Please go as it really is fun.

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