It’s been a long time since I’ve done a picture post! In November 2013, I had the pleasure of squeezing my way into Tokyo Big Sight for the 43rd annual Tokyo Motor Show. As expected, many of the major car brands were out in full effect: Mazda, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, MINI, Renualt, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Kawasaki, Lexus, Subaru, Jaguar, Volvo, and a whole host of others. I can’t claim to be much a car buff, if you ask me about car engines, you’ll most like get a blank stare as a reply. Heck I’ve probably only done about 2-3 weeks’ worth of driving in the last six years (thanks Japanese public transportation!). Nevertheless, I do find the motor show quite interesting because you get an idea of direction car companies are headed. Going to the show is literally having the chance to see the future.
Before we look at some of the cool/weird pictures of stuff I saw at this year’s show, let’s take a brief moment to take a look at the Good and Bad of the 2013, 43rd Annual Tokyo Motor Show.
Tokyo Motor Show 2013, The Good
You know what I REALLY liked About this year’s Show ? It had to be the new new motorcycle and cruiser concepts. There were some really next-level looking, Back To The Future 2-ish type designs there. When you take a look at Kawasaki’s B-Cru 3-Wheeler and the Toyota FV2, a little later, you’ll see what exactly what I mean.
I really like the shiny, new paint jobs on all the cars. The cooler the paint job, the more you want to look. It’s almost like hypnosis in a way. “Donnaaald…stare into my shiny paint job. Now do as I say. Kill everyone.”
Yes, this is a motor show and all, but gosh darn it I want my own personal ASIMO!! Every time I go to the Honda exhibition area, I am always amazed by what ASIMO can do. He was actually freakin’ jumping that this year’s show! I hang onto every word that robot says. Asimo could be teaching the nuances of astro physics and I would be 100% tuned in. If he’s jumping, if he’s able to learn? I wonder what’s next for the cute, little guy?
Another very interesting thing about this show is how many of the companies are starting to put a VERY cool spin on electronic vehicles (EVs), the Japanese companies in particular. Creating EV designs that turn heads in a good way will only make more people want to drive them. More and more companies going electric will eventually strike a major blow in the efforts to wean people off of the gasoline teat. I know that a long ways away, though, but you gotta start somewhere, right? There is no better place to test the widespread viability of electric cars than right here in Japan. The company is small enough to make changes happen quickly and modern enough to make it a possibility. ROCK ON!
Tokyo Motor Show 2013, The Bad
The People. This place was jam-packed, so much so in fact that there were certain exhibits where I was squished in so tight that I had trouble breathing. While this shows that people still have huge love for the Tokyo Motor Show, I’d rather go on a day where I don’t have to stiff-arm my way through an impenetrable defensive line of sharp-toothed, rabid, camera-toting car enthusiasts. Just to give you an idea of how many people were there. On its busiest day, November 30th, 2013, there were 131,600 visitors in attendance. How do I know? The official Tokyo Motor Show website actually posted it.
What else didn’t I Like About the Show? The truly sad thing about the show (for me) had nothing at all to do with the show. My wonderful Canon camera of nearly six years just decided to break down on me. Every shot I tried to take gave me an error message. While I couldn’t get as many shots as I would have liked, with the help of my trusty iPhone I was still able to capture some of the coolest concepts I saw at the show:
My Final Take
Not being a car fanatic you have to take what I’m saying with a grain of salt, okay? The 43rd Annual Car Show was good, but it couldn’t top the 42nd annual show. This may be because the 42nd show was my very first time actually going, or it could be because I’m speaking the truth. The reason I thought so is because some of most popular car companies just didn’t seem to bring their “A” game this time around. While there were some creative car concepts, I didn’t see as many standouts as I did last time; I didn’t have as many “Oooh moments.”
**Wait a minute. Didn’t the 42nd Annual Show happen in 2011? This is 2013 isn’t it? Hmm…**
But hey, there’s going to be another one next year. I’m sure there will be no shortage of cars and definitely no shortage of people.
Japan Guy Car Trivia Question: What is Japan’s largest car company in terms of gross sales? (I honestly don’t know myself, that’s why I’m asking)