2021 Tokyo Motor Show officially canceled

Updated Apr 23, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

A first since its commencement in 1954.

Last year, many car shows globally were canceled such as the highly-anticipated 2020 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) due to the outbreak of the COVID-19. Car shows were canceled last year to limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. 

Since the pandemic still carried over this year, Akio Toyoda, the chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), officially canceled the 47th Tokyo Motor Show. This marks the first for the long-time running automotive show since 1954.

Nissan Ariya front view

Nissan Ariya at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

“The Tokyo Motor show is being canceled, not delayed. It’s difficult to hold the event in a way in which many people will be able to experience the appeal of mobility in a safe and secure environment,” said JAMA Chairman Akio Toyoda.

The Tokyo Motor Show is a biennial event, hence it wasn’t canceled last year. The said motor show had showcased several notable vehicles. Some of the cars showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show are vehicles that will likely shape the future of the automotive industry. Vehicles such as the Nissan Ariya and the fourth-generation Honda fit were both displayed during the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. 

2019 Tokyo Motor Show attenandance

Over 1.3 million were in attendance at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

Unlike most auto shows that adapted to the new normal of doing business, the Tokyo Motor Show will not host a virtual event where people can watch in the comfort of their homes.

According to Akio Toyoda, he still wants the motor show to showcase new vehicles where visitors can experience them in the real world. The 2019 Tokyo Motor Show garnered over 1.3 million people in attendance. As such, person-to-person is an important factor for the event.

Mitsubishi eX Concept front view

Mitsubishi eX Concept at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

New dates for the Tokyo Motor Show are yet to be announced by JAMA. As of this writing, the motor show could be held either in 2022 or 2023, depending on the situation of the global health crisis. By then, the event will be rebranded to ‘Tokyo Mobility Show’ to highlight the diverse mobility solutions in the auto industry.

“The next time, we would like to hold an improved event to be called Tokyo Mobility Show. We would like to ask for your continued support,” added JAMA Chairman Akio Toyoda.

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Rex Sanchez

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Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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