Tokyo Motor Show Kicks Off, Bringing Together Next-Generation Vehicles

Economy

Tokyo, Oct. 24 (Jiji Press)--The 46th Tokyo Motor Show opened Thursday at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center and nearby facilities in Koto Ward, showcasing a further mobility paradigm shift to electric vehicles and self-driving cars.

"Future vehicles are to be connected to various things and services through a technological innovation called CASE and become part of the social system," Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) Chairman Akio Toyoda, also president of Toyota Motor Corp. <7203>, said in his address at the opening ceremony. CASE is short for connected, autonomous, shared and electric.

Amid intensifying competition for developing vehicles to meet increasingly stringent global environment standards, automakers are particularly touting their electric models.

Toyota is displaying the LQ electric concept featuring autonomous driving functions and artificial intelligence that creates a comfortable driving environment through conversation with the driver. It also introduced a mass-production micromini model that will hit the streets in winter 2020.

Nissan Motor Co. <7201> is exhibiting the Nissan Ariya Concept electric sport utility vehicle, while Honda Motor Co. <7267> is displaying the Honda e, a compact electric car designed for urban use.

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