I’ve been trying to get out to more expos and trade shows lately, in part so I’ll something to report here. Unfortunately, the Tokyo Truck Show was a letdown and I was forced to miss the Robotics Show owing to a busy work schedule and an untimely attack of chicken pox. I vowed to make up for that, however, by going to the Tokyo Motor Show this month.
I’d originally planned to head over on the weekend, but imagine my surprise when the boss came over to my desk and handed me these:
An “Industry Associate” ticket for Friday, the day before the public opening. It turns out one of our automotive clients wanted to thank us for all our work. Much appreciated!
Anyway, after spending the afternoon at Tokyo Big Site, we returned to the office laden with catalogs, swag and photos. While plenty of automakers set up booths and had many of their latest models on the floor, there weren’t as many of the crazy concept cars on display as there have been in past years. Perhaps the slow economy is forcing everyone to focus on more practical advances rather than spending time stretching their creative muscles on pure fantasy cars. It’s a shame, though, those are usually a lot of fun.
That said, there was still plenty to see. A number of companies are introducing EV models, either as concepts or as part of their current lineup.
Mitsubishi has already released their fully electric MiEV compact car, and had several new versions on display.
They’ve also been playing up the fact that the MiEV’s battery can be used to power other things, such as canteen truck:
Or a set of instruments and amplifiers:
Honda actually had several interesting concepts on display
NTN produced this maneuverable vehicle, featuring separately powered and steerable wheels, to showcase their compact electric motors.
And of course, there were plenty of booth models:
Certainly looking forward to next year!