Well, that’s that. It’s official: There will be no Tokyo Motor Show (TMS) this year.
According to a report by The Japan Times, the event’s organizers have canceled the event due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first time the biennial car show will not push through since it began in 1954.
Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) chairman and Toyota president Akio Toyoda confirmed the news yesterday, saying the move was to protect the event’s participants.
“The Tokyo Motor Show is being canceled, not delayed,” Toyoda told the media. “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.”
The last TMS was held in 2019 at Tokyo Big Sight, where more than 1.3 million visitors dropped by to check out the latest cars and tech the global auto industry had to offer. According to Toyoda, organizers did not want to shift TMS online, opting instead to cancel this year’s event entirely.
“The Tokyo Motor show collaborates with a number of industries to envision a new future for mobility,” the executive added. “It welcomes 1.3 million people in person. We don’t want to hold the event online, we want to hold it in-person. That’s why we’ve chosen to cancel the show this time.”
Frankly, being able to travel abroad to visit a car show was already a stretch in the first place. It still comes as somewhat of a surprise, though, that there will be no TMS at all this year, not even online. Were you looking forward to this?