2009 Tokyo Motor Show in Question

With the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit for the next two weeks, information breaks on the Tokyo Motor Show and it’s not good.

With the current financial crisis looming over automakers, the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show will have fewer exhibitors than ever before. Several companies are in favor of canceling the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show altogether. However the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers’ Association has said that this is not their position.

Toshihiro Iwatake, JAMA’s executive director and secretary general, wants to move forward with the show saying “having a small, but good show is better than having none at all.” Iwatake also says that the Tokyo Motor Show is a symbol of industrial prosperity and that Japan must show their industry is healthy.

The real question lies with Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. If one of the three biggest Japanese automakers pulls out of the show, it could kill the 2009 event. Iwatake insists that if the 2009 show moves forward, all JAMA members would appear at the show.

The 41st Tokyo Motor Show is scheduled to take place from Oct. 23- Nov. 8 with Oct. 21 and 22 as press days. Final word on the show will be given early next month. If the 2009 show is canceled, the next show won’t be until 2011 due to scheduling agreements with other top-tier auto shows.

Source: Automotive News

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