• May 23rd 2009 at 1:34PM
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As of Thursday, Porsche and Maserati are the latest two brands to pull out of the biennial Tokyo Motor Show. That brings the tally to 22 foreign brands sitting out the Japanese showcase, leaving Hyundai, Ferrari, and Lotus to duel for import honors. Said a show spokesman, "It is unprecedented to see such a large number of carmakers not coming to the motor show. It's disappointing."

And even though Japan's 14 domestic makers are expected to show in force, the country's four largest truck makers have said they won't be coming. At least one report has said there will be half as many cars this year as there were two years ago. As with the other brands that have decided to pass on this year's show, Porsche and Maserati cited the cost of attendance.

[Source: Taiwan News]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear Auto Maker,

      If you think the Americans are going to buy these Electric cars ...you do not have the "truth" about how Americans feel about their cars.

      Americans love POWER in their cars. There are only 1% of these Environmentalist that are into this so called energy and environmental change.

      Go ahead and make these Electric Cars and see what is going to happen. You will go BROKE! All you will see is how the Americans will repair and replace the cars of power ....they want and desire! So, take you design ideas to the grave...because this person is not going to buy any of those cars that are dictated or push in our faces!
        • 6 Years Ago
        oh I'm sorry... the psychiatrist office is one door to the left.
        • 6 Years Ago
        many auto makers have sensed this and this is y they are making cool hybrids :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      For a foreign maker, advertising/pr in Japan is pretty much optional not matter what you have to offer.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Japanese car market's dwindling more rapidly than most countries due to a perceived lack of need for a car. With probably the best public transportation system in the world why bother worrying about parking fees and traffic?

        I applaud these automakers for making this decision, it's tough but skipping this show was a no-brainer.
        • 6 Years Ago
        let's see:
        1. economy.
        2. japanese cars are just better- styling, reliability, not going bankrupt, etc.
        3. japanese cars offer models that americans don't: e.g. Kei cars.
        4. home advantage.

        yeah, i don't think the americans should even try. germans might have a chance, though.