The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, which ran from Nov. 20 to Dec. 1, showcased international manufacturers’ latest technology in trucks, buses, cars, motorbikes and accessories.
The biannual show took place at the Big Sight along the Tokyo Bay waterfront, where it had moved in 2011 after 24 years at the distant Makuhari Messe area in the direction of Narita airport.
Truck makers such as Hino, Isuzu, Volvo/UD, Daimler's Mitsubishi Fuso, and Hyundai showed their latest trucks, trucks from their history and concept vehicles, hoping to cash in on Japan's improving economy.
In October, for energy and fresh food, Japan's rate of inflation was positive for the first time in five years. This is a sign that Japan is on its way out of years of deflation. While unemployment was unchanged at 4%, household consumption as well as industrial production increased in October.
This is reflected in truck sales, where sales steadily have increased since 2009, when the world economy became paralyzed when the US home loan bubble burst. 2013 is expected to be slightly better than 2012.
Click here to get a feel for the show with this photo gallery from HDT International Editor Sven-Erik Lindstrand.