• May 26th 2010 at 9:58AM
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According to The New York Times, the 42nd installment of the Tokyo Motor Show will continue to shrink next year. Organizers have decided to move the shindig to a new, smaller convention center that is closer to downtown Tokyo. The show hasn't actually been staged in downtown Tokyo in some 24 years. For 2011, the event will also run for just 10 days instead of the traditional 14, and the date has been moved from October to December. The changes have come after last year's event where multiple big-name automakers skipped Tokyo in favor of other higher profile auto shows.

Not too long ago, the Tokyo Motor Show was the largest automotive event in Asia, but it has since been eclipsed by the likes of China's Beijing Motor Show and Shanghai Motor Show events which alternate years. With high-end marks like Ferrari and BMW rushing to the wealth of new money in the People's Republic, odds are the Tokyo show won't recover anytime soon.

[Source: The New York Times | Image: Tokyo Motor Show]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Which also means, less modified cars, more new products from real manufacturers.

      Back in the mid 90's the show was at its peak. TOP SECRET, Abflug, MID NIGHT, Mugen, NISMO, etc etc was all the rage, now even in Japan, tuning is a dying fad.

      Someday of course, it will come back, but it's sad to see that it's leaving even for a little bit in the first place, if you're into handcrafted beautifully precise Japanese machines.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why would any non Japanese manufacturer want to participate? For all intents and purposes, the Japanese car market is closed. No one can make a dent in a profitable way.

      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a little odd, but in conventional usage, Ferrari and BMW are high-end marques. Their customers would be the high-end marks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Go China!
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