Tokyo Motor Show

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Tokyo Motor Show
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Tokyo Motor Show in 2007
GenreAuto show
  • Annual (1954–73; 2000–05)
  • Bi-annually (1975–99; 2007–present)
Coordinates35°38′54″N 140°2′5″E / 35.64833°N 140.03472°E / 35.64833; 140.03472Coordinates: 35°38′54″N 140°2′5″E / 35.64833°N 140.03472°E / 35.64833; 140.03472
Years active68
InauguratedApril 20, 1954 (1954-04-20)
Most recent24 October 2019 (2019-10-24) – 4 November 2019 (2019-11-04)
Next event26 October 2023 (2023-10-26) – 5 November 2023 (2023-11-05)

The Tokyo Motor Show (東京モーターショー) (TMS) is a biennial auto show held in October–November at the Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan for cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles. Hosted by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), it is a recognized international show by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, and normally sees more concept cars than actual production car introductions which is the reason why the auto press see the show as one of the motorshow's big five (along with Detroit, Geneva, Frankfurt and Paris).

For the first time in its 67-year history, the Tokyo Motor Show was cancelled for 2021 due to rising cases of COVID-19.[1] Starting in 2023, the event will be named the Japan Mobility Show (ジャパンモビリティショー).


Tokyo Motor Show 1960s

The show, originally called All Japan Motor Show was first held in an outdoor venue called Hibiya Park, the show was considered a success with 547,000 visitors over ten days and 254 exhibitors displaying 267 vehicles,[2] but of the 267, only 17 of them were passenger cars as the show was dominated by commercial vehicles. In 1958, due to construction of a subway and underground parking lot near Hibiya Park, the show was shifted to the Korakuen Bicycle Racing Track.[2] The show changed venues again in 1959 as the previous year was marred by heavy rain. It moved to an indoor facility, the newly opened Harumi Showplace which was three times the size of its previous venue. The 1962 show attracted more than 1 million visitors to view 410 vehicles from 284 exhibitors.[2]

Starting in 1973, the organisers decided to suspend the 1974 show due to the international energy crisis and the show became a biennial event. The show relocated to the convention and exhibition center Makuhari Messe in 1989, then its current venue Tokyo Big Sight in 2011.[2] Due to high public demand for vehicles in everyday use and the fact that concept cars dominate the show, the show returned to being an annual event from 2001 to 2005 with a show for passenger cars and motorcycle in odd-numbered years and smaller shows for commercial vehicles in 2002 and 2004.[2] However, from 2007 onwards the event has once again returned to a biennial schedule which combines both passenger and commercial vehicles, including motorcycles and auto parts.[2]

After several consecutive events with declining attendance,[2] the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show recorded almost double the attendance of the 2017 event, which was attributed to expanding the scope beyond automobiles.[3] The 2021 event was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,[4] The planned 2023 event will include other automobile-related industries and has been rebranded to the Japan Mobility Show.[5]

By year[edit]


Tokyo Motor Show, 1954–59[2]
No. Year Dates Venue Admission fees (incl. tax) Area Number of Ref.
Start End Days Site Exhibits Exhibitors Vehicles Visitors
1 § 1954 Apr 20, 1954 Apr 29, 1954 10 Hibiya ¥0 (free) 14,999 m2
161,450 sq ft
4,389 m2
47,240 sq ft
254 267 547,000 [6]
2 § 1955 May 7, 1955 May 18, 1955 12 Hibiya ¥0 (free) 14,999 m2
161,450 sq ft
4,689 m2
50,470 sq ft
232 191 784,800 [7]
3 § 1956 Apr 20, 1956 Apr 29, 1956 10 Hibiya ¥0 (free after Apr 22) 14,999 m2
161,450 sq ft
5,405 m2
58,180 sq ft
267 247 598,300 [8]
4 § 1957 May 9, 1957 May 19, 1957 11 Hibiya ¥20 14,999 m2
161,450 sq ft
6,049 m2
65,110 sq ft
278 268 527,200 [9]
5 § 1958 Oct 10, 1958 Oct 20, 1958 11 Korakuen ¥30 28,050 m2
301,900 sq ft
6,094 m2
65,600 sq ft
302 256 519,400 [10]
6 § 1959 Oct 24, 1959 Nov 4, 1959 12 Harumi ¥50 44,653 m2
480,640 sq ft
8,996 m2
96,830 sq ft
303 317 653,000 [11]


The first Tokyo Motor Show was held in Hibiya Park from April 20 to April 29, 1954.[2] Of the 267 vehicles on display, only seventeen were passenger cars, which reflected the paucity of personal family transport in Japan at the time. Trucks, buses, and motorcycles made up most of the exhibits. Approximately 547,000 visitors attended the show over the ten days, where the most prominent cars were the Austin A40, Hillman Minx and the newly introduced Renault 4CV, as well as domestic vehicles such as the Prince Sedan AISH, Toyota Toyopet Super RH; Datsun Passenger Delux (Model DB-5), Ohta Sedan and Van, and three-wheeled vehicles from Daihatsu.[6]


The second Tokyo Motor Show was held over twelve days, from May 7 to May 18, 1955. Almost 785,000 visitors attended, among them HIH Prince Akihito. The highlights of the passenger cars on display were the new Datsun 110, Toyopet Crown RS and Toyopet Master RR.[7]

The Second All-Japan Motor Show was held in 1955 at Hibiya Park, the same venue as the previous year. The show was extended to 12 days. Exhibitors still focused on commercial vehicles, such as trucks, that year. Notably, in the light-duty truck category, advanced models were displayed, including Toyota's 4-wheel light truck SKB (1,000cc engine) which will be renamed as Toyoace in 1956, Nissan's Datsun 120 Truck and Fuji Seimitsu's 1.5-ton class 4-wheel truck. These models featured both excellent driving performance and handling stability that well outperform conventional 3-wheel light trucks.

New passenger cars also were presented on the motor show's stages. Toyota unveiled its 1.5-liter engine class small cars such as Toyopet Crown and Toyopet Master, while Nissan's Datsun 110 (860cc engine) also made its debut. These cars were signs of the start of the motorization of Japanese society with made-in-Japan brands. Meanwhile, the Imperial Prince visited the motor show for the first time.


Passenger cars began to assume the greatest prominence at the third Tokyo Motor Show which opened on April 20, 1956, over a 10-day period at Hibiya Park. This was primarily due to an initiative spearheaded by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry called the "people's car plan" or the "National Car Project", announced in May 1955. Although its stated target of a four-seat car capable of 100 km/h (62 mph) and available for ¥150,000 was unrealistic — despite being twice the national average income at the time, it was still only one fifth of what a typical vehicle cost — it was given credit as the spur for domestic automakers to strive to lower their prices.[8]

From this year, exhibited products have been grouped by vehicle type - truck, pickup truck, passenger car, 2-wheeler, and motorcycle. This measure was taken to provide more merits for visitors because the majority of them were particularly interested in passenger cars. A poster of the motor show carried the slogan "Japanese Automobiles at a Glance!" 

The Japanese government also had planned to release the national car at an affordable price range of around 250,000 yen. At that time, passenger cars were still very expensive for the general public in reality. At the same time, they had a premonition that the "passenger cars" they dreamt of would gradually be getting closer to their lives. Passenger cars became the boom of the motor show, accordingly.


Although only 527,000 people visited the fourth show between May 9 and May 19, 1957, significant vehicles made their debut; the first of the long running Toyota Corona and Prince Skyline were introduced, as well as a prototype of the Datsun Sports.[9]

The Fourth All-Japan Motor Show was held at Hibiya Park during an 11-day period from May 9. In the passenger car category, a significant improvement was found in the quality of exhibited vehicles, including the first-generation Toyopet Corona small car, Fuji Seimitsu's Prince Skyline, and the Nissan Datsun Sport prototype. In the truck category, Toyota displayed its first diesel truck (DA60), while Nissan unveiled its Nissan Junior and Nissan 581[citation needed] models. Ohta also exhibited its 1.5-ton class light truck model. Meanwhile, an automobile information bureau was newly set up in the PR Center to provide extended knowledge on road traffic and vehicle design, etc. In this show, the organizer successfully provided visitors and exhibitors with an opportunity for business talks in addition to the general promotion of automobiles.


It was held from October 10 to October 20, 1958.

For the Fifth Motor Show, the venue was changed to the infield space of Korakuen Bicycle Race Stadium due to construction at Hibiya Park. The time period of the show was also shifted to commence from October 10. The motor show hereafter opens as an autumn event organized by the Japan Motor Industrial Federation, Inc. In the fifth show, a Technical Center (sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineering) was created to promote technical developments of made-in-Japan automobiles, as well as a new Meeting Place for business talks. An automobile information room was also provided near the main entrance of the venue. More than 300 people visited the center per day.

Although some newspapers were critical, saying that a Japanese car for the common people had not yet been produced this year either, a newly released Subaru 360 was very popular at the national event. Other vehicles which aroused interest included the Mikasa Touring 600cc engine car equipped with a torque converter, and the Crown 1,500cc diesel engine model.


The 1959 show opened on October 24 and ran until November 4, 1959. Notable premieres included Mitsubishi's first own passenger car, the Mitsubishi 500.

The Japan Trade Center (indoor exhibition hall), located in Harumi, was newly chosen as the venue for the Sixth Motor Show. The total area of the site was nearly three times that of Hibiya, while the exhibiting space was double that of Hibiya site. The admission fee, which comes with the lottery tickets, also was raised to 50 yen per person. 

The number of exhibited vehicles expanded to 317 units in this year's show. In the passenger car category, Japanese automakers displayed attractive models, including the Subaru 360, Mitsubishi 500, Datsun Sports 211, and the all-new Bluebird. Toyota also presented its Mater Line equipped with Japan's first automatic transmission. The Prince Skyline featured a 1,500cc engine with a maximum output of 70 horse-power. In the truck category, The Nissan Datsun Truck G220 and many 3-wheeler models were highlighted.


Tokyo Motor Show, 1960–69[2]
No. Year Dates Venue Admission fees (incl. tax) Area Number of Ref.
Start End Days Site Exhibits Exhibitors Vehicles Visitors
7 § 1960 Oct 25, 1960 Nov 7, 1960 14 Harumi ¥50 44,653 m2
480,640 sq ft
11,025 m2
118,670 sq ft
294 358 812,400 [12]
8 § 1961 Oct 25, 1961 Nov 7, 1961 14 Harumi ¥100 79,236 m2
852,890 sq ft
13,470 m2
145,000 sq ft
303 375 952,100 [13]
9 § 1962 Oct 25, 1962 Nov 7, 1962 14 Harumi ¥100 107,710 m2
1,159,400 sq ft
21,209 m2
228,290 sq ft
284 410 1,049,100 [14]
10 § 1963 Oct 26, 1963 Nov 10, 1963 16 Harumi ¥100 (premium ¥500) 141,756 m2
1,525,850 sq ft
28,921 m2
311,300 sq ft
287 441 1,216,900 [15]
11 § 1964 Sep 26, 1964 Oct 9, 1964 14 Harumi ¥100 (premium ¥500) 137,002 m2
1,474,680 sq ft
34,889 m2
375,540 sq ft
274 598 1,161,000 [16]
12 § 1965 Oct 29, 1965 Nov 11, 1965 14 Harumi ¥100 (premium ¥500) 136,002 m2
1,463,910 sq ft
36,800 m2
396,000 sq ft
243 642 1,465,800 [17]
13 § 1966 Oct 26, 1966 Nov 8, 1966 14 Harumi ¥120 (charity ¥500) 148,433 m2
1,597,720 sq ft
39,089 m2
420,750 sq ft
245 732 1,502,300 [18]
14 § 1967 Oct 26, 1967 Nov 8, 1967 14 Harumi ¥200 (charity ¥500) 125,086 m2
1,346,410 sq ft
35,732 m2
384,620 sq ft
235 655 1,402,500 [19]
15 § 1968 Oct 26, 1968 Nov 11, 1968 17 Harumi ¥200 (charity ¥500) 139,356 m2
1,500,020 sq ft
39,819 m2
428,610 sq ft
246 723 1,511,600 [20]
16 § 1969 Oct 24, 1969 Nov 6, 1969 14 Harumi ¥200 (charity ¥500) 128,693 m2
1,385,240 sq ft
38,552 m2
414,970 sq ft
256 722 1,523,500 [21]


It was held from October 25 to November 7, 1960.


It was held from October 25 to November 7, 1961.

The "brilliant" Eighth Motor Show featured various sports cars and prototypes. The exhibiting area was double the space of the previous show and a South Gate was newly added. An extended exhibition time (through 8 p.m.) was introduced on two days of this year's show. The total number of visitors surpassed 900,000. The Japanese government announced the "Income Doubling Plan" at the year-end of the previous year, and individual spending gradually increased. The so-called "3-C Period" was approaching the general public. People's dreams were to have a car, color TV and air-conditioner. Buoyed by the upturned economy, the star models were presented at the Motor Show. Many international products were also showcased. They were the Prince Skyline Sports Convertible designed by Michelotti, the Nissan Fairlady prototype, the Italian-style Toyopet Sports X, and the Daihatsu 700cc engine car.


It was held from October 25 to November 7, 1962.

The highlight of this year's Motor Show was Honda's first automobile. The company has already earned a world-class reputation in motorcycle races such as the World Grand Prix, and unveiled its two models on the stage: The Honda Sports 360 and 500. This helped the event attract one million and more visitors for the first time. The street from Ginza to the Harumi venue was congested with more than 10,000 cars going to the motor show every day and the organizer was forced to change it to a one-way street. At the same time, maritime transport was introduced between Takeshiba Pier and Harumi. The exhibiting areas were extended to accommodate a total of 410 vehicles. A Technical Center also debuted in an out-door area at the show hosted by the Japan Automotive Service Equipment Association and others.


It was held from October 26 to November 10, 1963.

"To respond to the coming liberalization of automobile import, Japanese carmakers displayed an array of new cars," newspapers reported in regard to the Tenth Motor Show. As part of the 10th anniversary program, the admission fee for the first day of the show was set at 500 yen (100 yen fee plus 400 yen donation for the Community Chest Center). 

From this year's show, two halls were provided for passenger car exhibits to help passenger cars become the stars of the motor show. A test driving course was created in the south of the exhibition area, which became very popular among visitors. This suggested that the show should include "an experience-oriented event." Many cars designed by foreign car designers were also displayed at the show. Notably, Toyo Kogyo (former Mazda Motor Corp.) unveiled its rotary engine series, which the company reportedly had a hard time to develop. The company's advanced sports car fitted with the rotary engine was finally on the stage.


It was held from September 26 to October 9, 1964.

The Nissan Fairlady 1500 (Datsun Sports 1500, SR310) and the Mazda Cosmo were introduced at this show, one month before the 1964 Summer Olympics.[22]

Seeing market growth due to the liberalization of automobile import to be introduced in April next year, three foreign carmakers newly participated in the motor show this year. With this international move, the motor show was renamed from the All-Japan Motor Show to the Tokyo Motor Show. A press room was also created for foreign and domestic media. This year's show featured many GT and Coupe models rather than conventional 4-door sedans, which reflected the desire for sporty cars in the minds of consumers.[citation needed] Toyota's third-generation Corona RT40 was also displayed at the show. The Corona series and its long-time rival, Nissan's Bluebird, through their side-by-side competition in the so-called "B-C Battle" in the market, have long played a key role in the development of Japan's motorization.


It was held from October 29 to November 11, 1965.

A feeling that the time of high economic growth had come was in the air. The 12th Tokyo Motor Show was held immediately after the October 1 introduction of the automobile import liberalization. For this year's motor show, Japanese carmakers thus emphasized sales promotion rather than presenting showy exhibits. To cope with imported automobiles, luxury Japanese models were on display, including the President fitted with a V8 4,000cc engine, the New Cedric, and Crown V8 engine model which was previously showcased at last year's show. In the small car category, a variety of new models were unveiled in the 800-1,000cc engine class, including Japan's first fastback model, the Colt 800, the Honda S800/N800, Subaru 1000, and Familia Coupe 1000. My Cars (One's own cars), which were not used for taxi models, were also highlighted at the show.


It was held from October 26 to November 8, 1966.

The 13th Tokyo Motor Show was held in 1966, the year of "The first year of My Car (one's own car)." As the driving force of the development of Japan's motorization, the Nissan Sunny and Toyota Corolla were unveiled at this year's show. Other carmakers also presented their new models in the 800-1,000cc engine class, heralding the "Era of Cars for Everyone." Amid the My Car boom, minivehicles fitted with under 660cc engines also earned popularity among consumers again. New minivehicle models such as Honda's N360, the Daihatsu Fellow, and Suzuki Fronte featured significantly improved performance, resulting in a strong presence among owners of conventional minivehicles. Notably, the Nissan Prince Royal, the first made-in-Japan limousine used by the emperor and empress, was unveiled at the show. Visitors were surprised at the vehicle's overwhelming body size and engine.


It was held from October 26 to November 8, 1967.

The 14th Tokyo Motor Show provided an opportunity for promoting traffic safety to society. A "Traffic Safety Corner" was created on the second floor of the 8th Hall (space for passenger cars) to allow visitors to experience tests. At the 2nd Hall, another promotion was conducted concerning the importance of the helmet. Although the number of exhibited vehicles slightly decreased to 655 units, compared to the previous year, attractive vehicles were on display. Toyota's Century, fitted with a V8-cylinder 3,000cc engine, was introduced as the company's flagship model. Nissan also unveiled its Bluebird 510. The vehicle features unique exterior design without triangle windows as well as a new independent 4-wheel suspension, which also became a popular model in the U.S. later. Toyo Kogyo displayed its rotary engine cars, the RX87 and RX85, as reference models.


It was held from October 26 to November 11, 1968.

Japanese carmakers experienced industry-wide reorganization this year. Nissan, after the merger with Prince in 1966, announced a business tie-up with Fuji Heavy Industries. Toyota also formed a business alliance with Hino and Daihatsu. With this alliance, Hino stopped producing its Contessa passenger car and Hino vehicles vanished in the passenger car halls of the Tokyo Motor Show. As traffic safety and air-pollution became serious problems this year, the organizer provided a Safety Science Center in the 5th Hall at the motor show to promote seatbelts (with demonstration) and control of idling. A "Traffic Safety Room for Children" was also created for the first time. Among the exhibits, Toyota's Crown Hardtop (2-door model) and Corona Mark II (1600 and 1900) were the center of attraction. Other vehicles of interest included the Nissan Laurel, Skyline 2000GT powered by a V6 engine, Isuzu 117 Coupe, and Toyota's Sprinter Coupe.


It was held from October 24 to November 6, 1969.

The Tomei Expressway opened in March this year and the demand for high-speed driving was growing rapidly in Japan. Significant progress was seen in the performance of Japanese vehicles. The 16th Tokyo Motor Show was highlighted by an array of sports cars and vehicles for motor sports. At the same time, many show models were displayed in the futuristic "dream cars" and commuter model categories, which were developed under the key concepts of high-speed and safety. Notably, the president of the motor show Prince Takamatsu showed particular interest in such future cars displayed on the stages as Toyota's EX-I, II and III. Meanwhile, carmakers emphasized displays of technological developments at the show in response to recall problems reported in June this year. They also aggressively promoted countermeasures for some serious social issues: traffic safety and the prevention of air-pollution.


Tokyo Motor Show, 1970–79[2]
No. Year Dates Venue Admission fees (incl. tax) Area Number of Ref.
Start End Days Site Exhibits Exhibitors Vehicles Visitors
17 § 1970 Oct 30, 1970 Nov 12, 1970 14 Harumi ¥250 (charity ¥500) 134,967 m2
1,452,770 sq ft
41,298 m2
444,530 sq ft
274 792 1,452,900 [23]
18 § 1971 Oct 29, 1971 Nov 11, 1971 14 Harumi ¥250 (charity ¥500) 122,247 m2
1,315,860 sq ft
33,550 m2
361,100 sq ft
267 755 1,351,500 [24]
19 § 1972 Oct 23, 1972 Nov 5, 1972 14 Harumi ¥250 (charity ¥500) 108,103 m2
1,163,610 sq ft
26,395 m2
284,110 sq ft
218 559 1,261,400 [25]
20 § 1973 Oct 30, 1973 Nov 12, 1973 14 Harumi ¥300 115,720 m2
1,245,600 sq ft
34,232 m2
368,470 sq ft
215 690 1,223,000 [26]
21 § 1975 Oct 31, 1975 Nov 10, 1975 11 Harumi ¥500 108,074 m2
1,163,300 sq ft
28,381 m2
305,490 sq ft
165 626 981,400 [27]
22 § 1977 Oct 28, 1977 Nov 7, 1977 11 Harumi ¥600 117,500 m2
1,265,000 sq ft
30,633 m2
329,730 sq ft
203 704 992,100 [28]
23 § 1979 Nov 1, 1979 Nov 12, 1979 12 Harumi ¥700 117,500 m2
1,265,000 sq ft
34,969 m2
376,400 sq ft
184 800 1,003,100 [29]


It was held from October 30 to November 12, 1970.

Imported automobiles participated in the 17th Tokyo Motor Show for the first time. A total of 95 imported vehicles were exhibited by 33 foreign carmakers from 7 countries. The latest designs and advanced technologies of imported vehicles helped the Japan show to have a strong international flavor. On the other hand, Japanese carmakers presented a variety of vehicles ranging from sporty models (including minivehicles) prepared for high-speed driving, cars for leisure use and city cars, as well as advanced reference models (including electric vehicles) focusing on high safety standards and low exhaust emissions. This year Toyota released the Celica and Carina onto the market, while Nissan launched its front-engine, front-wheel-drive model, the Cherry, featuring an industry-first horizontally mounted engine layout. A "Safety and Pollution Protection Center" pavilion was newly created at the show to indicate that the automotive industry has launched into the challenge to improve safety and reduce exhaust emissions.


The 18th Tokyo Motor Show, the second international motor show, attracted many more visitors from overseas countries than the previous year when capital transaction was liberalized in Japan's automotive sector in April this year. Exhibits of carmakers this year also focused on the challenges and solutions for safety and low-emission vehicles to respond to increasing concerns of traffic safety, air-pollution, and traffic jams in society. As for commercial vehicles, approval for exhibition was given to the under 3-ton class and a part of special-purpose vehicles only, which resulted in a passenger car oriented show this year. It was held from October 29 to November 11, 1971.


The main focus of this year's show was the technological developments of safety vehicles and emission reduction, which were also the primary targets to be addressed. It was held from October 23 to November 5, 1972.

The main focus of this year's show was the technological developments of safety vehicles and emission reduction, which were also the primary targets to be addressed. The auto industry's challenging positions were highlighted throughout the show. To support this, a "Safety and Pollution Prevention Corner" was set up in the 1st Hall, while large commercial vehicles were eliminated from the exhibits again. Carmakers presented the latest technologies of low-emission vehicles, including the oxide catalyst (the three way catalyst was not available at that time) and Honda's CVCC engine, as well as Thermal Reactor technology developed by Mazda and Daihatsu. Meanwhile, visitors paid great attention to motor sport oriented cars such as a racecar specification model of the Nissan Skyline and Mazda Savanna RX-3. A lunar surface vehicle, developed jointly by Isuzu and GM, was also one of the star attraction.


To commemorate the 20th anniversary, the organizer prepared special events for the Tokyo Motor Show this year. They were the "Development of Vehicles," an easy explanation display of how vehicles have progressed, and "Man and Automobiles," a review of the role of automobiles in society. It was held from October 30 to November 12, 1973.


It was held from October 31 to November 10, 1975.

The 21st Tokyo Motor Show, the first event after it changed to an every-other-year cycle, was held under the theme of "Life on Wheels" to present the auto industry's clear visions and attitude toward environmental issues. The Theme Pavilion put on various displays to show the broad connection of daily life and automobiles, as well as the auto industry's contribution (as an export business) to the Japanese economy. A very rare presentation was also seen to show the various relationships between life and vehicles in the earlier days through such old vehicles as the 1918 "Detroit" electric vehicle and the 1929 Sumida bus. On the other hand, carmakers displayed the latest developments in environmental technology in order to comply with emission regulations. Toyota displayed the TTC-c/TTC-V system, while Nissan exhibited the NAPS system. The duration was shortened by 3 days to 11 days compared with the previous show. The exhibiting areas were also reduced to 5 Halls, which resulted in a reduction of visitors to the below-one-million-level for the first time since the 9th motor show.


It was held from October 28 to November 7, 1977.

This year's show saw a rush of new model releases of Japanese vehicles, which have succeeded in meeting exhaust emission regulations. The key slogan of the industry has changed from "low-emission" to "fuel saving." Star models included: Daihatsu Charade, fitted with the world's first 4-cycle 3-cylinder engine, which achieved a fuel economy of 19km-per-liter; as well as "fuel-saving" diesel-powered passenger cars such as the Nissan Cedric, Toyota Crown, and Isuzu Florian. This year Japan became the world's No.1 vehicle exporter, fueled by the boom of small cars due to the oil crisis. There was also a sign of an outbreak of trade conflict between Japan and Europe/America. Foreign brand vehicles thus were on display in a separate hall from Japanese vehicles at the motor show this year. The latest models occupied the foreign car hall, attracting many car enthusiasts. This helped the motor show to have a strong international flavor.


The Mitsubishi Ursa Major astronomical observation vehicle, based on the recently introduced second generation Mitsubishi Delica, exhibited at the 1979 Tokyo Motor Show.

The theme was "Abundance Towards the 80s --Vehicles Connecting the World". It was held from November 1 to November 12, 1979.

Under the theme of "Abundance Towards the 80s --Vehicles Connecting the World--," the last motor show in the 70s was colored with aggressive visions toward the next decade. Despite the tough challenges of energy saving, carmakers actively presented new technologies at the 23rd Tokyo motor show. The highlighted vehicles were mostly equipped with turbo engines or diesel engines. At the Theme Hall, under the banner of "Japanese Engine Technologies," a total of 77 engines and cut-away models were displayed, ranging from aircraft engines used in World War II to rocket engines for spaceships. The organizer paid a great deal of attention to foreign carmakers due to growing concerns of trade conflict. This was reflected in the number of exhibits at the show. Exhibited foreign passenger cars numbered 123, 27 units more than the previous show. Foreign cars were grouped by country.


Tokyo Motor Show, 1981–89[2]
No. Year Dates Venue Admission fees (incl. tax) Area Number of Ref.
Start End Days Site Exhibits Exhibitors Vehicles Visitors
24 § 1981 Oct 30, 1981 Nov 10, 1981 12 Harumi ¥800 114,700 m2
1,235,000 sq ft
34,332 m2
369,550 sq ft
209 849 1,114,200 [30]
25 § 1983 Oct 28, 1983 Nov 8, 1983 12 Harumi ¥800 111,650 m2
1,201,800 sq ft
35,130 m2
378,100 sq ft
224 945 1,200,400 [31]
26 § 1985 Oct 31, 1985 Nov 11, 1985 12 Harumi ¥900 114,780 m2
1,235,500 sq ft
40,734 m2
438,460 sq ft
262 1,032 1,291,500 [32]
27 § 1987 Oct 29, 1987 Nov 9, 1987 12 Harumi ¥900 112,800 m2
1,214,000 sq ft
38,662 m2
416,150 sq ft
280 960 1,297,200 [33]
28 § 1989 Oct 26, 1989 Nov 6, 1989 12 Makuhari ¥1,000 173,820 m2
1,871,000 sq ft
41,844 m2
450,410 sq ft
338 818 1,924,200 [34]


The entrance to the 1981 edition of the Tokyo Motor Show

This year's event was held from October 30 to November 10, 1981.

The world was struggling with low economic growth and instability. Carmakers, however, displayed an array of new models, reference models, and new technologies, making the motor show much more active. A notable trend was the front-engine, front-wheel-drive (FF) layout for small cars, the lightweight body of which mated with excellent aerodynamic features and helped the small car to achieve a high level of fuel efficiency. The turbo charger was also a highlight of the motor show. Nissan pioneered the installation of the turbo engine in the vehicle lineup, while Mitsubishi Motors set up turbo engine versions in a full-scale lineup this year. Even for a 1-liter engine car, Daihatsu Charade, a turbo version, the Charade Detomaso Turbo was displayed as a reference model at this year's motor show. Meanwhile, recreational vehicles (RVs) have increased in the market in terms of both number and type. Automobiles were increasingly becoming diverse as users wanted various functions in the car. The number of exhibited vehicles was 849 units, a record-high, while the number of visitors rose to 1,114,200 people.[citation needed]


The theme was "Vehicles: Past, Present, and Future". It was held from October 28 to November 8, 1983.

Amid the world economy facing hard times over the years, Japanese domestic demand was also sluggish. Exhibitors at the Tokyo Motor Show this year, however, presented abundant displays of prototypes and reference models to visitors. These vehicles adopted new technologies which were soon to be used in production vehicles. Proactive proposals for near-future vehicles were also found in such exhibits. Exhibited foreign passenger cars increased by 50% compared with the previous motor show. Foreign exhibitors numbered 28 companies. Combined number of exhibited vehicles with Japanese vehicles totaled 945 units, an all-time high. The number of visitors reached 1,204,000 people, including 26,625 foreign visitors. In commemoration of the motor show's 25th anniversary, the Theme Hall featured "Vehicles: Past, Present, and Future." The special showcase provided displays and easy explanations of the possibility of technologies in vehicle development, as well as how the present high technologies have been developed, and how new materials and electronics would be utilized in future technology.


The theme was "The Culture of Motoring: The New Generation of Vehicles". It was held from October 31 to November 11, 1985.


It was held from October 29 to November 9, 1987.


The theme was "Freedom of Mobility - A Taste of Real Life and Luxury". It was held from October 26 to November 6, 1989.


Tokyo Motor Show, 1991–99[2]
No. Year Dates Venue Admission fees (incl. tax) Area Number of Ref.
Start End Days Site Exhibits Exhibitors Vehicles Visitors
29 § 1991 Oct 25, 1991 Nov 8, 1991 15 Makuhari ¥1,200 210,300 m2
2,264,000 sq ft
45,635 m2
491,210 sq ft
336 783 2,018,500 [35]
30 § 1993 Oct 22, 1993 Nov 5, 1993 15 Makuhari ¥1,200 211,300 m2
2,274,000 sq ft
46,924 m2
505,090 sq ft
357 770 1,810,600 [36]
31 § 1995 Oct 27, 1995 Nov 8, 1995 13 Makuhari ¥1,200 211,300 m2
2,274,000 sq ft
47,941 m2
516,030 sq ft
361 787 1,523,300 [37]
32 § 1997 Oct 24, 1997 Nov 5, 1997 13 Makuhari ¥1,200 211,300 m2
2,274,000 sq ft
48,693 m2
524,130 sq ft
337 771 1,515,400 [38]
33 § 1999 Oct 22, 1999 Nov 3, 1999 13 Makuhari ¥1,200 211,300 m2
2,274,000 sq ft
45,394 m2
488,620 sq ft
294 757 1,386,400 [39]


The theme was "Discovering a New Relationship: People, Cars and the Earth as One". It was held from October 25 to November 8, 1991.


The theme was "Car Innovation in Free, Natural and Comfortable Ways". It was held from October 22 to November 5, 1993.


The theme was "Dream the Dream, a Car with That Feel". It was held from October 27 to November 8, 1995.


The theme was "One World. One People. One Show". It was held from October 24 to November 5, 1997.


The theme was "Eye to the future. Changing vehicles for the earth". It was held from October 22 to November 3, 1999.


Tokyo Motor Show, 2000–09[2]
No. Year Dates Venue Admission fees (incl. tax) Area Number of Ref.
Start End Days Site Exhibits Exhibitors Vehicles Visitors
34 § 2000 Oct 31, 2000 Nov 4, 2000 5 Makuhari ¥1,000 133,000 m2
1,430,000 sq ft
24,822 m2
267,180 sq ft
133 248 177,900 [44]
35 § 2001 Oct 26, 2001 Nov 7, 2001 13 Makuhari ¥1,200 211,300 m2
2,274,000 sq ft
42,119 m2
453,370 sq ft
281 709 1,276,900 [45]
36 § 2002 Oct 29, 2002 Nov 3, 2002 6 Makuhari ¥1,000 133,000 m2
1,430,000 sq ft
24,837 m2
267,340 sq ft
110 224 211,100 [46]
37 § 2003 Oct 24, 2003 Nov 5, 2003 13 Makuhari ¥1,200 211,300 m2
2,274,000 sq ft
40,839 m2
439,590 sq ft
268 612 1,420,400 [47]
38 § 2004 Nov 2, 2004 Nov 7, 2004 6 Makuhari ¥1,000 133,000 m2
1,430,000 sq ft
24,465 m2
263,340 sq ft
113 206 248,600 [48]
39 § 2005 Oct 21, 2005 Nov 6, 2005 17 Makuhari ¥1,200 211,300 m2
2,274,000 sq ft
40,211 m2
432,830 sq ft
239 571 1,512,100 [49]
40 § 2007 Oct 26, 2007 Nov 11, 2007 17 Makuhari ¥1,300 211,300 m2
2,274,000 sq ft
44,587 m2
479,930 sq ft
241 517 1,425,800 [50]
41 § 2009 Oct 23, 2009 Nov 4, 2009 13 Makuhari ¥1,300 54,000 m2
580,000 sq ft
21,823 m2
234,900 sq ft
128 261 614,400 [51]


The theme was "Vehicle of Character Across the World, Building Our Future". It was held from October 31 to November 4, 2000.


The theme was "Open the Door! The Automobile's Bright Future". It was held from October 26 to November 7, 2001.

The 2001 show saw the following introductions:


The theme was "Sense the Evolution - Commercial Vehicles on Stage". It was held from October 29 to November 3, 2002.


The theme was "The Challenge: Driving Toward A Better Future". It was held from October 24 to November 5, 2003.


The theme was "Vehicles for People. Vehicles as Partner". It was held from November 2 to November 7, 2004.

  • Toyota Hiace Sound Satellite concept[52]
  • Toyota Regius Ace My Kart Factory
  • Toyota Welcab concept


Nissan GT-R Prototype at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show

The theme was "Driving Tomorrow!' from Tokyo". It was held from October 21 to November 6, 2005.

The 2005 show saw the following introductions:


The theme was "Catch the News, Touch the Future". It began on Friday, October 26 and ran for 17 days.

The 2007 show saw the following introductions:

Alternative propulsion[edit]

Hybrid and electric vehicles dominated the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show.[citation needed]

Concepts for new hybrids, plug-in hybrids, electric vehicles from Japan's leading automakers are now on display at the Tokyo Motor Show. As one example, Toyota Motor Corporation introduced its 1/X (pronounced "one-Xth") concept vehicle, a Prius-like sedan that tips the scales at a third of the weight of the Prius and obtains double the Prius' fuel economy. The vehicle cuts its weight by using carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic in its frame and boosts its fuel economy with a small plug-in hybrid powertrain that can be fueled with either gasoline or E85, a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. Toyota's other plug-in hybrid concept, the Hi-CT, is a small, boxy, two-door vehicle aimed at young car buyers. In addition, Toyota's luxury brand, Lexus, introduced its next-generation hybrid sport utility vehicle, the LF-Xh, an all-wheel-drive vehicle powered by a V6 engine teamed up with a high-output electric motor.

General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and Hyundai did not attend the show.

Among the other automakers, Honda Motor Company, Ltd., unveiled the CR-Z, a "next-generation lightweight sports car" that features Honda's hybrid electric drivetrain, and the PUYO, another small, boxy vehicle, powered by a fuel cell. Honda will also unveil the one-wheeled scooter transport, the Honda U3-X.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation introduced a Beetle-like electric vehicle with in-wheel electric motors, called the i MiEV Sport, which even has a solar panel on its roof. Nissan unveiled the Pivo 2, a small electric vehicle with a lithium-ion battery pack and wheel motors.

But Japanese automakers weren't the only ones unveiling clean car concepts in Tokyo. Audi arrived with its "Metroproject Quattro," a plug-in hybrid with a direct-injection, turbocharged, 150 hp (112 kW) gasoline engine mounted up front and a 30-kilowatt motor on its rear axle. The concept vehicle employs a lithium-ion battery pack that allows it to run on electric power only.


Nissan Leaf exhibited at the 2009 Show.
Lexus LF-A exhibited at the 2009 Show.

It was held from Oct. 23 (Fri.) - Nov. 4 (Wed.), 2009.

The following were introduced at the 2009 show:


Tokyo Motor Show, 2011–19[2]
No. Year Theme Dates Venue Admission fees (incl. tax) Area Number of Ref.
Start End Days Site Exhibits Exhibitors Vehicles Visitors
42 § 2011 Mobility can change the world Dec 2, 2011 Dec 11, 2011 10 Big Sight ¥1,500 82,660 m2
889,700 sq ft
35,187 m2
378,750 sq ft
174 402 842,600 [55]
43 § 2013 Compete! And shape a new future Nov 23, 2013 Dec 1, 2013 10 Big Sight ¥1,500 82,660 m2
889,700 sq ft
38,293 m2
412,180 sq ft
178 426 902,800 [56]
44 § 2015 Your heart will race Oct 29, 2015 Nov 8, 2015 11 Big Sight ¥1,500 82,660 m2
889,700 sq ft
38,354 m2
412,840 sq ft
160 417 812,500 [57]
45 § 2017 Beyond the motor Oct 29, 2017 Nov 5, 2017 10 Big Sight ¥1,500 89,660 m2
965,100 sq ft
39,708 m2
427,410 sq ft
153 380 771,200 [58]
46 § 2019 Open future Oct 24, 2019 Nov 4, 2019 12 Big Sight ¥2,000 80,520 m2
866,700 sq ft
30,467 m2
327,940 sq ft
192 1,300,900 [59][60]


The theme was "Mobility can change the world." It was held from Dec. 2 (Fri.) - Dec. 11 (Sun.), 2011.


Yamaha Tricity Concept - Tokyo Motor Show 2013

The theme was "Compete! And shape a new future." It was held from Nov. 22 (Fri.) - Dec. 1 (Sun.), 2013.


The theme was “Your heart will race.” It was held from October 29 (Thu.) - November 8 (Sun.), 2015.


The theme was "Beyond the motor". It was held from October 27 (Fri.) - November 5 (Sun.), 2017.


The theme is "Open Future". It is held from October 24 (Thu.) - November 4 (Mon.), 2019.



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Tokyo, the 2021 Tokyo Motor Show was cancelled. It is the first time the show was not held as scheduled since it started in 1954.[4]


In 2022, based on increased attendance at the 2019 TMS, JAMA announced the next event would not focus exclusively on automobiles and proposed a rebranding to Japan All-Industry Show.[3] For 2023, the event is now the Japan Mobility Show, which will be held from October 26 to November 5.[5]


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