If you take a look at the list of the participating brands, you'll see that aside from eight domestic automakers - Subaru, Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Daihatsu, Nissan and Suzuki, the only foreign carmakers that will have a booth at this year's Tokyo Motor Show are Germany's Alpina that builds special edition versions of BMW cars and Britain's Lotus! Not much of an International show...
Toyokazu Ishida, manager of the international exhibition for the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) told Automotive News that the South Korean maker announced its plans to cancel its participation just last Friday, September 25. "Hyundai called last week and orally confirmed their intent to cancel. It's unbelievable," Ishida was quoted as saying.
JAMA officials said that Hyundai has yet to send a written confirmation of its decision to pull out of the show. According to JAMA, the South Korean automaker has already paid 10.9 million ($122,000) in nonrefundable fees for a 4,300-square-foot exhibit at the Show.
Earlier this year, JAMA announced that due to the weakened interest in the event, the overall exhibition space will be about half the size of the previous show at 22,877 sqm (vs 44,587 sqm in 2007). The organizers also decided to shorten the even by four days and as such, the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show will be held for a period of 13 days (instead of 17) from October 23 to November 4, 2009.
41st Tokyo Motor Show - Participating Automakers
Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH+Co.KG
Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (Subaru)
Group Lotus plc.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Hyundai Motor Co.
Mazda Motor Corp.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Suzuki Motor Corp.
Toyota Motor Corp.
Via: JAMA and ANE (Sub. Req.)