If you're in Tokyo right now and you're a car enthusiast, there's an event you won't want to miss - the Tokyo Motor Show. The event is held at the Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Center, and this year's event is all about showcasing the evolution of the automobile industry - you'll see many examples of how the future of cars is intended to look. The event is held up until November 5th, so if you'd like to attend here are some more details about what to expect - and some of the exhibits.
Car Manufacturers on Display
West Exhibition Hall
One of Daihatsu's models at the Tokyo Motor Show is the DN Pro Cargo. This mini car is both electric and has a super low-lying floor, making it simple to get in and out of, as well as having a design that maximizes floor space (which means more storage, despite being a small car).
Pictured below is one of the displays from Toyota - the Toyota Concept-i. The idea behind the vehicle is that by applying artificial intelligence, the car is able to recognize human emotions - and then as a result it is able to gauge driver preferences based on that.
One of Citroën's display's at the Tokyo Motor Show is the Citroën C3, which is equipped with their Connected-CAM technology. There's more about all the cool stuff you can do with Connected-CAM over here!
Volvo showcases their XC60 at the Tokyo Motor Show, which Europe's best selling mid size SUV.
East Exhibition Hall
Mercedes Benz have one of the most popular displays at the show, with one of the drawcards being the Petronas F1 W08 EQ Power+. If you're into all things Formula One, this is worth a look.
As well as showing off their vehicles, Mazda are also displaying their SKYACTIV-X engine. The idea behind they Skyactiv-X is that it gives you the best of both worlds from a gasoline and a diesel engine.
Peugot's focus at this year's motor show is on their range of SUV's - including the Japanese premiere of their 308 Allure.
BMW are showing off five vehicles at this year's motor show - all of which are making their Asian debut. One of their offerings is the Z4 pictured below.
Alpina work closely along BMW in the production of their vehicles - they have five cars on display at this year's motor show, including two Japanese premieres.
One of Porsche's mainstays - the 911 GT3 - has been around since 1999. This newest model on display at the Tokyo Motor Show has enhancements including a new chassis, and a four liter flat engine.
Volkswagen are bringing back the van - or as they're calling it, a microbus - with their ID Buzz concept car. As well as having two electric motors, the vehicle has a lithium ion battery underneath the floor that gives the car the capability to drive up to 600km.
Audi's R8 Spyder has already proven popular at this year's motor show - it comes with 540 horsepower and a lightweight body (and a price tag that's way out of my budget - but it's nice to dream).
Renault have four vehicles on display this year, all of which are currently available on the market. Their offerings include both their Megane GT and their Megane Sport Tourer GT.
Lexus are debuting the world premiere of their LS+ Concept car here at the Tokyo Motor Show. This is another car that features artificial intelligence, and one of the company's goals with this self driving car is to aim for a world where car accidents are a thing of the past.
This year Mitsubishi offers up their e-Evolution concept car. As well as being an electric vehicle, it's said to have great handling offroad as a SUV. It's also their Japanese debut of their Eclipse Cross, touted as a new-gen SUV that has both the good looks that come with a coupe, but the mobility that comes with SUV's.
The Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept Car (pictured below) is premiered on the world stage at this year's motor show. The Nismo side of things is racing technology, and the car is electric powered - giving it a pretty sporty feel overall.
Subaru has several cars on display this year, with one of the most popular being the S208. As well as having features you may have come to expect from certain Subaru models (such as racing style bucket seats and fast acceleration) this is a limited production model, with only 450 of them being made.
One of the most unique offerings that Suzuki has this year is their e-Survivor vehicle, designed to be a compact SUV of the future. As well as having a lightweight construction, it also offers electric powered 4WD.
Honda have a couple of world premieres here at the Tokyo Motor Show, including their Honda Sports EV Concept Car, and their S660 Special, which is an open top two seater vehicle. There are several other Japanese premiere Honda models on display also.
Motorcycle Manufacturers on display
If you're more of a two wheeled vehicle fan, there are also displays from several major motorcycle manufacturers, including:
The display above from Honda was actually for a self-balancing motorcycle. Honda have worked on balance-control technology through humanoid robotic research - and their idea is that these self-balancing capabilities should make riding easier in start-stop traffic situations.
Getting to Tokyo Big Sight for the Tokyo Motor Show
The closest station to Tokyo Big Sight is the Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon Station. The easiest way to get there if you're headed out from Tokyo Station is to take the Yamanote Line to Shimbashi Station, then hop onto the Yurikamome Line bound for Toyosu, and hop off at Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon.
Tickets will set you back 1800 yen for a same day adult ticket.
This venue in Ebisu, Tokyo, is a pub and bar that hosts live music and comedy nights, just 3 minutes walking from the station.
The Pirates of Tokyo Bay is a comedy group that holds a show every month here, and it features games played in English as well as Japanese. If you have ever watched the show “Who’s Line is it?”, they do similar comedy to that.