2015 Tokyo Motor Show will return to its traditional late October slot

Article by Christian A., on July 18, 2014

The biennial Tokyo Motor Show will go back to its traditional late October slot in 2015 as organizers try to boost overseas attendance. The 2015 Tokyo Motor Show is now slated for Oct. 29 to Nov. 8 at Tokyo Big Sight convention center, organizers Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) disclosed.

Press days are scheduled on Oct. 28-29, with Oct. 29 set for media coverage and advanced previews for special-ticket buyers in the afternoon and evening. JAMA said in a news release that the return of the Tokyo Motor Show to its late-October time frame was made to avoid an overlap with motor shows in Los Angeles, United States, and in Guangzhou, China.

The 44th Tokyo Motor Show will showcase passenger cars, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, parts, machinery and tools as well as auto-related services, according to JAMA. Exhibitors are required to register starting from Oct. 6, 2014, to Jan. 16, 2015.

The 2013 Tokyo Motor Show attracted 902,800 visitors, which was its largest since 2007, as attendance dropped with the global financial crisis. While the 2013 show had the highest ratio of visitors per day since 2005, it met some problems along the way.

For instance, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler didn’t attend the show for the third time in a row; Tesla Motors was the only US carmaker hitting the event. JAMA tried to find a good date between the auto shows in Paris and Frankfurt and the year-end holiday season.

But what they failed to consider was that moving the show to late November had the press days overlapping with those of the Los Angeles and Guangzhou shows. [source: automotive news - sub. required]

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