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The 36th Tokyo Motor Show – Commercial Vehicles – (2002)
Opens to the Public on October 30 (Wed.)

September 19, 2002

Tokyo --- The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. (JAMA; Chairman Yoshihide Munekuni) has announced that the 36th Tokyo Motor Show, the second of its kind, will open for six days from October 29 (Tue.) through November 3 (Sun.) at the Makuhari Messe (Nippon Convention Center) in Makuhari, Chiba. The first commercial vehicle show was held in 2000 under the name 34th Tokyo Motor Show following the 1999 separation of the exhibition into a passenger car/motorcycle and a commercial vehicle show.

The show’s theme is “Sense the Evolution_Commercial Vehicles on Stage.” It will run for five days from October 30 (Wed.) through November 3 (Sun.), 10:00 a.m. to 19:00 p.m., except for the last show day ending at 18:00 p.m.

JAMA will hold the opening ceremony at 13:15 p.m. on October 29 (Tue.) in the presence of His Imperial Highness Prince Tomohito of Mikasa. The Prince is the patron of the Tokyo Motor Show.

In May this year, JAMA merged with the Japan Motor Industrial Federation, Inc. (JMIF), the previous organizer of Tokyo Motor Show. The 36th Tokyo Motor Show is the very first exhibition organized by JAMA. Collaboration with co-sponsors, The Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA), The Japan Auto-Body Industries Association, Inc. (JABIA), and The Japan Automotive Machinery and Tool Manufacturers Association (JAMTA) should guarantee the event’s success.

110 Exhibitors from Seven Countries

The exhibitors include 106 companies, two governments, and two organizations (129 companies, two governments, and two organizations exhibited previously in 2000). They will display state-of-the art products and technologies, including commercial vehicles, CV bodies, electric vehicles, and relevant parts and accessories.

The governments of Germany and Sweden again have their own stands, and corporate exhibitors from Austria, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, and the U.S.A. participate in this show with Korea making its debut. The exhibition area, Halls 1-8 of the Makuhari Messe (West, Center, and East), covers 24,802 square meters as is almost the same space with the previous show of 2000 (24,822 square meters).

Special Events and Exhibits

A variety of special events and exhibits are on offer for industry professionals and the general public.

  1. Symposium “Talk-in 2002”
    This symposium will discuss how vital Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) is to the present distribution system, and it will also highlight current manufacturers’ efforts to make distribution and transport diesel vehicles more environmentally friendly.
    The symposium will be held at 14:30-17:00 p.m., November 1 (Fri.), on the second floor of the International Conference Hall of Makuhari Messe. Admission is free, but show tickets are required.
  2. JAMA PR Corner <New Event>
    Located in the Center Hall, this corner introduces visitors to various key aspects of JAMA’s activities, particularly ones related to the development of environmentally friendly diesel vehicles and to the recycling of used vehicles.
  3. Commercial Vehicle Test-ride Program
    This program proved very popular at the previous show and provides visitors with a chance to test ride 24 vehicles ranging from heavy-duty trucks, trailers, buses, and vans to vehicles for the handicapped. Two kilometers of public road alongside the show site will be made available for use as the test-ride course.
  4. Vintage Commercial Vehicles Corner <New Event>
    Twenty rare classic commercial vehicles dating from the 1920’s to the 1970’s are on display.
  5. Commercial Vehicles Supporting People’s Life Corner <New Event>
    Visitors have a chance to view a number of commonly rarely seen commercial vehicles, such as airport vehicles.
  6. Motorcycles Supporting People’s Life Corner <New Event>
    A wide range of motorcycles used for work purposes are displayed.
  7. Foreign Commercial Vehicles Catalog Corner <New Event>
    Visitors have the opportunity to read a variety of foreign commercial vehicle catalogs.
  8. Picture Books of Working Vehicles Corner <New Event>
    A selection of 30-40 picture books is on offer for reading. Family visitors with children can enjoy this corner.
  9. Internet and Information <New Event>
    PC terminals with Internet connections located on the north side of each exhibition hall can be used free of charge. In the center hall a free wireless LAN corner will be set up.
  10. Miniature Toy Vehicle Corner <New Event>
    Tomy Company, Ltd. displays a fun, family-oriented exhibit of miniature commercial vehicles.
  11. Blood Drive Corner
    A blood donor vehicle manned by the Japanese Red Cross is parked at the show site. The organization will provide information on bone marrow donations and take registrations for organ donations.
  12. Support for the Handicapped and the Elderly <New Event>
    Staff offer support for wheelchair users to get to the show site from the nearest station as well as the adjacent parting lots. Inside, Chiba Volunteer Center provides further help to get around the site. In addition, priority benches for the elderly are placed at each of the exhibition halls.
  13. Near-to-Zero Industrial Waste Exhibition Activities
    “Near-to-Zero Industrial Waste Exhibition” activities initiated by the show organizer at the 35th Tokyo Show in 2001 will continue under the slogan “3R” – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

Visitor Service Facilities

Visitors may use the West, Center, and East entrances on the second floor of the International Exhibition Hall. Visitor service facilities include information desks, rest zones, shops and restaurants, parcel delivery services, cash dispensers, first-aid center, and so forth.


The 36th Tokyo Motor Show Website was launched on July 1 and provides up-to-date information on the show. (Languages: Japanese & English)

Automotive Guide of Japan 2002-2003 (Vol. 49: Domestic/ Imports Edition)

The “Automotive Guidebook of Japan 2002-2003” introduces passenger cars, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, special-purpose vehicles, and new models that are to be launched just prior to this year’s Tokyo Motor Show in color photo and catalog sections. A special feature section named “World’s Motor Museums No. 21” explores the Samsung Transportation Museums in Korea. This guidebook also includes information on the Japanese and foreign automotive industries, automotive statistical data, and directories of manufacturers, dealers, and relevant associations.
The date of publication is October 29 (Tue.), 2002. It will be on sale at the show site as well as at major bookstores and costs 1,200 yen (incl. tax).

Advance Sales Admission Tickets

Advance admission tickets are already on sale at JR East, major convenience stores, and ticket shops until October 29. Ticket prices including tax are 800 yen for adults (1,000 yen at the door), and 400 yen for elementary and junior high school students (500 yen at the door).

For inquiries, please contact:
Tokyo Motor Show Department
Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. (JAMA)
Tel: 03-3211-8919