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2015/10/28 - The 44th Tokyo Motor Show

The 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 at Tokyo Big Sight

Celebrating over 60 years of history, the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 is held at Tokyo Big Sight from October 29 - November 8. Tickets to the country's largest automobile event can be bought at the door for 1600 yen, while entrance after 16:00 costs 700 yen. I had the opportunity to attend the event and looked at some concept cars as well as the new line ups of the different makers.

The Toyota Kikai, connecting people and machines
Concept car from Mercedes
Mazda's RX-Vision
The Nissan concept 2020 vision Gran Turismo
You could try your hand at virtual racing here
That Nissan tablet car
Yet another Nissan concept, the intelligent driving system
Kirobo mini, a communication robot by Toyota

There are about 30 automakers exhibiting at the event, including motorcycles, and with parts, accessories and interior manufacturers making up the rest. I was able to get up close and personal with some of the cars and probably also the only time in my life I get this close to most of them. Test riding vehicles driven by professional drivers are available (registration required) - with about over 30 vehicles from about 20 brands, and the same is possible for motorcycles.

One of the features in the many of the newly released cars where about fuel efficiency and low emissions. Fuel cell technology and electric cars could be seen at various booths, promising both speed and environmental friendliness. Many of the concept cars point towards a future of intelligent self driving cars where minimal navigation is required. Other technology seen at the event included safety driving where cars are equipped with cameras to warn and brake automatically when there are obstacles in the way.

Toyota's FCV Plus, a concept car that runs on hydrogen fuel cells
Toyota SFR, a concept sports model
A hydrogen powered concept car from Lexus, the LF-FC
Inside Hitachi's simulator, where you could experience their new safety technology
Mazda staff saying hi
Daihatsu vehicle with a moving seat, useful for those who have mobility issues
Yet another Daihatsu vehicle with wheelchair support
Daihatsu's Noriori, a non-step vehicle
A Mitsubishi concept truck, the Super Great V / Spider, that can grab, scoop and dig amongst many others.
A Yanmar vehicle
Isuzu's bus with wider space for wheelchair accessibility

Asides from cars, small personal mobility devices that replace walking and take users between places were also on display and can be test ridden. I kinda wished I could've rented one to move around the exhibition area all day.

Honda staff showing off the Uni-cab

Motorcycles were also highlighted at the show, with popular brand names like Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki and Honda showcasing their best models and new lineups. Some models could be ridden, albeit only stationary.

Kawasaki ZX-10R ABS
Suzuki motorcycles
Honda's light weight super sports concept motorcycle
Honda Motocross bike

I had a great time at the motor show and fell in love with a number of cars. While the concept cars look very interesting, the future of driving also reminds me of the humans in the Pixar movie, Wall-E. Word of advice for those planning to go to the event, go early if you want to be able to see the cars and get good pictures.

My dream car, the Audi R8 V10 Plus with a starting price of 25 million yen
Inside my dream car, the closest I'd ever get to it
My second choice, the cheaper Mercedes-AMG GT S at 15.5 million yen
The BMW GT4 GTS with a spoiler and fancy lights at the back
I like my cars fast
The new Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
The Volkswagen Polo WRC, winner of the World Rally Championship for three straight years
At the very popular Toyota press conference
Baseball star Ichiro was the special guest to everyone's surprise

The 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 is located at Tokyo Big Sight which is a few steps from Kokusai-Tenjijo Seimon Station on the Yurikamome Line or a five minute walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo Station on the Rinkai Line.

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List of Posts:
2017/04/14 - Sneak Peek from Ginza Six
2017/03/21 - A bit of everything in Fukui
2017/03/13 - Nikko Toshogu Uncovered
2017/02/15 - Subculture in Ikebukuro
2017/02/07 - Travel to the Goto Islands
2017/02/06 - Nagasaki Lantern Festival

2016/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2016
2016/12/19 - Winter Illuminations in Tokyo
2016/10/24 - The way of old on the Kunisaki Peninsula
2016/10/11 - Following the Tadami Line in Oku Aizu
2016/08/27 - Fool's Dance at Koenji Awa Odori
2016/08/16 - The three sacred mountains of Dewa Sanzan
2016/06/20 - Train travel into the Ise-Shima region
2016/04/03 - Setouchi Triennale 2016
2016/03/08 - The hunt for Namahage on the Oga Peninsula
2016/03/02 - Sake Sangria
2016/02/20 - Tokyo Plum Blossom Report
2016/01/26 - Tour de Reinan: Obama, Oi and Takahama
2016/01/25 - Tour de Reinan: Tsuruga, Mihama and Wakasa

2015/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2015
2015/12/10 - 48 hours in Tokushima
2015/11/20 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/19 - Autumn Color Report: Kankakei
2015/11/18 - Autumn Color Report: Korankei
2015/11/17 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/13 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/10 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/09 - Autumn Color Report: Koyasan
2015/11/08 - Autumn Color Report: Miyajima
2015/11/07 - Autumn Color Report: Dazaifu
2015/10/28 - The 44th Tokyo Motor Show
2015/10/21 - Hirado, where East meets West
2015/10/20 - Kujukushima Islands and Winter Illumination at Huis Ten Bosch
2015/10/19 - Navigating the Christian sites in Nagasaki
2015/10/18 - Cosplay at Haco Stadium Tokyo
2015/10/15 - Autumn Color Report: Nikko
2015/10/05 - Autumn Color Report: Route 292
2015/09/28 - Autumn Color Report: Oze
2015/09/24 - Autumn Color Report: Alpine Route
2015/09/16 - Nakanojo Biennale 2015
2015/08/19 - Traditional culture and hot springs of the Aizu Region
2015/08/17 - Nature and Hot Springs at Naruko Onsen
2015/08/04 - Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale 2015
2015/04/30 - Sapporo Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/29 - Hakodate Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/23 - Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/22 - Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/21 - Kitakami Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/16 - Sendai Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/09 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/08 - Fukushima Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/06 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/03 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/02 - Nara Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/01 - Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/31 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/27 - Fukuoka Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/26 - Kumamoto Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/25 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report

2014/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2014
2014/12/15 - Seasonal Illumination: Sendai
2014/12/09 - Seasonal Illumination: Tokyo
2014/12/04 - Autumn Color Report: Kanazawa
2014/12/03 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2014/11/21 - Autumn Color Report: Osaka
2014/11/20 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2014/11/19 - Autumn Color Report: Korankei
2014/11/18 - Autumn Color Report: Miyajima
2014/11/17 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2014/11/13 - Autumn Color Report: Fuji
2014/11/04 - Autumn Color Report: Fuji
2014/10/31 - Autumn Color Report: Karuizawa
2014/10/21 - Autumn Color Report: Bandai
2014/10/20 - Autumn Color Report: Towada
2014/10/01 - Autumn Color Report: Oze National Park
2014/09/29 - Autumn Color Report: Alpine Route
2014/06/19 - Toranomon Hills opens in Tokyo
2014/04/24 - Kitakami Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/23 - Morioka Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/22 - Aizu-Wakamatsu Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/16 - Matsumoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/15 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/14 - Yoshino Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/13 - Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/12 - Kanazawa Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/10 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/06 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/05 - Hiroshima Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/04 - Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/03 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/02 - Nagoya Cherry Blossom Report
2014/03/31 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2014/03/26 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2014/03/04 - Early Tokyo Blossom Report