Looking Into The Future
The Tokyo Motor Show opened to the public yesterday with a gala launch party attended by Royalty and dignitaries. The show runs from Friday October 26th to Sunday November 11th and is held in Chiba City, very close by train to Tokyo.
Most of the major automotive brands from around the world are displaying at the Show. The theme is for each automobile manufacturer to present their vision of how people, automobiles and the environment should interact together in the future. The theme was titled "Catch the News, Touch the Future".
Honda President Takeo Fukui demonstrated Honda's fully functional 'PUYO' fuel cell vehicle that is run off hydrogen. The PUYO is a zero emissions vehicle has electric motors for propulsion and emits just water as an exhaust. The exterior of the PUYO is a soft silicone coating. At the Honda stand, they have the fully functional Honda FCX fuel cell vehicle that is nearing its readiness for limited production for the Japanese and California markets.
Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe demonstrated the electric 'i-REAL' human friendly mobility unit. Toyota also presented the RiN concept vehicle which has been designed to give the occupent a sense of harmony with the environment in its ergonomics.
Nissan demonstrated their advanced PIVO 2 which is a three seat full electric commuter car whose cabin can rotate 360 degrees with respect to the vehicle chassis. Mazda demonstrated their Premacy Hydrogen-Gasoline Hybrid.
The upcomimg German and US Motor Shows will be a chance for the German and American car industries to demonstrate their hydrogen and electric and hybrid powered vehicles.