EVs, short-range cars take spotlight at Tokyo Motor Show
Japan Today -- Oct 24
Electric vehicles and cars designed for short trips are in the spotlight at the Tokyo Motor Show as automakers face growing pressure to address vehicle emissions and develop a growth strategy that will help them to overcome Japan's shrinking market.

The show opens to the public from Friday, running until Nov 4 at Tokyo Big Sight, with more than 180 companies and organizations showcasing products and services.

The participation of fewer foreign manufactures, however, reflects the changing role of auto shows.

Carmakers are turning to new ways to market to consumers such as social media while they continue to invest aggressively in research and development to keep up with evolving mobility trends.

While connectivity, autonomous driving, car-sharing and electric powertrains continue to be the major trends across the industry, battery-powered cars designed for short trips are being showcased by Japanese manufacturers.

東京モーターショーが24日から始まる。しかし、1991年、バブル末期の好景気で200万人が詰めかけたのをピークに来場者は減少傾向にある。そして、今年は海外勢の不参加が相次いでいる。自動車メーカーは存続をかけた模索を始めていて、変わらなければ、生き残れないのはモーターショーも同じ。日本のメーカー、東京モーターショーに未来はあるのか。富川キャスターがトヨタ自動車の豊田章男社長に聞いた。
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