Tokyo Motor Show opens Saturday with car firms facing challenges

The Tokyo Motor Show kicks off Saturday amid a variety of challenges facing the automobile industry, including intensifying global competition, the yen’s historic surge and supply disruptions caused by natural disasters.

For Japanese automakers, emerging rivals in South Korea and other Asian countries have joined the ranks of long-standing competitors such as General Motors of the U.S. and Volkswagen AG of Germany.

The yen’s record rise has also cut into repatriated profits and eroded Japanese makers’ competitiveness overseas.

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Suzuki Regina and more wild and wacky for the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show

For a brief moment, following Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami, there were fears this year’s Tokyo Motor Show might not happen. It didn’t help that even before the disaster most foreign manufacturers said they’d pull out of the event citing routinely weak import car sales.

The biennial even is back on the calendar, it turns out, and when it opens its doors, early next month, the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show will do what it is often best known for: showcase some of the wildest and wacky concept vehicles ever put on wheels — such as the new Suzuki Regina concept.

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The 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009

The 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009 will be held from October 23rd to November 4th, 2009 at Makuhari Messe, Chiba City. Some of the events and exhibits sound fun like the passenger car test drive program and the motorcycle test ride program. But not everything is for the fast driving playboy — there are events for the family and even the video gamer this year.


Some of the highlighted events include:

Disney Corner
With cooperation from Oriental Land Co., Ltd., a Disney Dream Cruiser will be on display in the East Hall. With cooperation from Tomy Co., Ltd., the corner will also feature a diorama by Tokyo Disney Resort and Disney Motors illustrating a magical world of cars as only Disney can do it.

Tomica Choro-Q Corner
Held every year since the 35th Show in 2001, Tomy Co., Ltd.’s display and retail corner for toy cars has proved a hit with visiting children. Along with this year’s Tokyo Motor Show Commemorative Model Tomica cars (retail price ¥630, tax included), 30th-anniversary edition models of Choro-Q specially produced and designed by George Tokoro (remote-control model: retail price ¥2,415, tax included; coil-spring model: retail price \630, tax included) will be available for purchase.

PlayStation / Gran Turismo Booth
At the 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009 Gran Turismo Booth, visitors can try the latest release in the Gran Turismo series of games for the Sony Playstation. Players can choose from a vast selection of cars including famous models of both domestic and foreign manufacturers, old favorites, and even the latest models.

Also, visitors who bring a game software of “Gran Turismo” exclusive for the PSP® (on sale October 1st) to the booth along with their own PSP® will receive a special bonus gift.

Book It:

Online Tickets
Tickets to the 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009 can be bought online from anywhere in Japan and abroad through the e-tix Online Ticket System. After paying online by credit card, your tickets can be printed out at home or the office. There are no service fees, delivery fees, or any other handling fees.

Hotel Reservations
As official travel agency of the 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009, Messe Travel Service (MTS) will offer its services to arrange hotel accommodations near the venue for the general public, members of the domestic and foreign press corps, and exhibitors.

For reservations to this event through MTS, 41st Tokyo Motor Show Reservations

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