The 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011
Story Ross Churchill. Photography John Churchill.
With 179 exhibitors from 12 countries spread over 35,000 square meters, the stage was set for the 42nd annual Tokyo Motor Show. Despite the major drop in the Japanese automobile manufacturing industry due to the devastating earthquake that struck in March earlier this year, the event went on with impressive numbers reaching over 842,000 people through the doors over the 11 days.
As we unfortunately missed the media day, due to being in Yokohama for the Hot Rod Custom Show, we rolled in on the Tuesday; little did we know there was another 65,000 people that had the same idea. In the swarm of people we wondered the halls we amazement of concept cars, Asia specific releases and the extra level manufacturers go to at this show with their displays.
An enjoyable show with plenty of passion felt from the local automotive industry. I look forward to seeing some of these concept cars on the road one day, plus more of what Japan has to offer in the near future, as this show highlighted exactly how great they are at what they do.
The grand entrance.
The satin blue finish on the Audi R8 GT was very impressive!
Strange but cool. The Kombi 2-tone is back in this Volkswagen concept.
The Honda CRZ had plenty of attention.
From all the concepts and new releases on display including the new Hayabusa, we were a little concerned with Dals pick of the show!
Honda's striking concept cars and in particular the Sports EV was my pick from the show. What resembled the late CRX Del Sol shape; it had great design features and overall stance.