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by Peter Nunn
Anyone visiting this year’s Tokyo Motor Show would have found a show with a difference.
Organised by JAMA and running for six days between November 2-7, this 38th Tokyo Motor Show was devoted to commercial vehicles and ‘barrier-free’ vehicles for the elderly and physically impaired.
Smaller and more low key than the usual motorised extravaganzas at the Makuhari Messe exhibition hall, the show nevertheless had 206 vehicles out on display and by its close had drawn 248,600 visitors for a new commercial vehicle show record.
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Then there were fun little CV concepts. From Honda, the P.V was a small, stylish 660 cc class delivery vehicle concept with sliding rear bed and wind-down rear windows.
Daihatsu came up with two novel ideas for a mini cargo van for small businesses: the tall, angular, rear-drive FRC and more conventional-looking FFC with front-drive. From Suzuki, the Alto Heart Stand was a tiny panel van concept set up as a mobile florist.
Another big feature was the array of barrier-free cars, many with rotating front seats to help those who have trouble getting in and out of a car. Specially-adapted models with hand controls and others converted for wheelchair access were also much in evidence.
Toyota took this to the next level with the Welcab concept, a special version of its domestic Porte small MPV that could be operated by two wheelchair users without any outside assistance. As an extra fillip, a number of soon-to-be-launched passenger cars like Mazda’s new Premacy compact MPV and Subaru’s R1 minicar were also on show, while Mitsubishi’s new Colt Plus and Nissan Tiida were also making their show debuts.
The show went interactive this year as well. Visitors could choose from a number of “hands on” events including riding in commercial and barrier-free vehicles around a special test course. This broadened interest in the show and proved extremely popular.
This was, however, the last Tokyo Motor Show of its type. In 2005, the show will revert to passenger cars and motorcycles.
Different, yes, the 2004 Tokyo Motor show was fascinating in its own special way.
If you would like to know more about JAMA activities, please contact Mr Geoffroy Peeters, JAMA Europe on tel.: 32-(0)2-639-14 30 - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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