Tokyo Motor Show 2013 Held
Tokyo Motor Show 2013 was held at Tokyo Big Sight from November 22 through December 1, 2013. Besides being regarded as one of the world’s five greatest motor shows, the event is held only once every two years and therefore attracts a high level of attention.
A big biennial event
The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show was held under the theme of “Compete! And shape a new future.” It attracted more than 900,000 visitors and exhibited 426 vehicles, an increase from the last time. Previously, the event unveiled the 86, a model produced via a joint development between Toyota Motor and Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru), and Honda gave its world premiere of the N series. The company has since consecutively released the N-BOX, N-ONE and N-WGN under the catchphrase of “NEW NEXT NIPPON NORIMONO!” The line has enjoyed strong sales performance.
Eccentric, futuristic designs
The event featured a large number of vehicles in eccentric designs, in accordance with the “Compete!” theme. The Toyota booth displayed “TOYOTA FV2,” a concept based on Toyota’s idea of “a concept car that can express Toyota’s ‘Fun to Drive’ philosophy even in a future world in which vehicle technology has greatly progressed.” In addition to the unique shape of the body, its eye-catching features were the sophisticated design and high degree of design flexibility by which the design/images can be customized via LCD panels integrated with the exterior of a vehicle. Furthermore, the three-wheel electric vehicle “J” displayed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries is equipped with a high-capacity nickel-metal hydride battery capable of high-speed electric charge/discharge. The vehicle lets the rider enjoy two different modes: Sport or Comfort. On the other hand, Honda returned to its roots and displayed the Sports 360 (its classic model). At the same time, the company also unveiled the world premiere of the S660, which was as if the Sports 360 had been revived for modern times.
As for the models released by foreign automakers, attention focused on the Concept S-Class Coupe from Mercedes-Benz (which was revealed for the first time in Japan), the world premiere of the 4-Series Cabriolet from BMW, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive and Jaguar’s F-Type Coupe, among others.