2005 Tokyo Motor Show
By Peter Nunn
Luxury, high performance and advanced environmental technology were just some of the themes of this year’s Tokyo Motor Show which ran between October 21 and November 6 and drew more than 1.5 million visitors.
Organised by JAMA, the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show attracted the highest attendance levels since 1997 and had as its official theme “Driving Tomorrow! from
While this 39th Tokyo Motor Show was strong on the one hand on environmentally friendly concepts (fuel cell vehicles, petrol-electric hybrids, hydrogen and electric-powered cars as well as cutting edge diesels), the show also explored the growing technological interaction between cars and humans and true to form had plenty of fun concepts to put a smile on your face.
The Nissan Pivo, for instance, a cheeky, egg-shaped electric city concept with revolving bubble top (so when parking you never have to reverse out) was actually full of ‘smart’ future technology.
The 2005 Tokyo Show looked at luxury with the Lexus LF-Sh, a highbrow V8-hybrid saloon that points the way to a new flagship model for
From Honda, we had the FCX, an advanced fuel cell 4WD luxury saloon study; the Accord-size Sports 4 Concept as well as the W.O.W Concept, a small minivan designed for dog lovers!
Mazda’s centerpiece was the Senku, a dramatic 4-seat rotary hybrid coupe study with huge sliding doors. Subaru unveiled the B5-TPH, an attractive show coupe with new turbo/hybrid drivetrain. Daihatsu and Suzuki pitched up with a whole array of show concepts of which the Daihatsu HVS, a hybrid sports car and tiny, retro-style Suzuki LC saloon were especially hot. .
The Tokyo Show was also very much about reality: about new or coming production models such as the Toyota Estima hybrid, Nissan Bluebird Sylphy, Mazda MPV, Mitsubishi Outlander and Honda Civic that hopefully will give the sluggish domestic auto market a lift.
Volkswagen and DaimlerChrysler surprised quite a few by unveiling new state-of-the-art diesel models at a time when
A "Carrozzeria Exhibit" and retrospective to mark the Tokyo Motor Show’s 50 year history were further highlights of
So, a successful show, all in all. Now, the countdown’s already begun for the next Tokyo Motor Show, coming in October 2007.