Foreign car makers took part for the first time in Tokyo's Motor Show which opened to the public today (30 October).
Foreign car makers took part for the first time in Tokyo's Motor Show which opened to the public today (30 October). Eight countries are presented in the 792 cars and 231 motor-cycles on display.
Australia's Holdens, which have a big share in the Pacific area car market, were on show, along with cars from the host country, Britain, France, Italy, Sweden, West Germany and the United States.
Only the Japanese firm of Toyota exhibited any new models and most Japanese manufactures reduced the number of exhibits because of a recent slow-down in domestic sales. Toyota showed a small "commuters car", handy for parking in busy city streets, and Nissan displayed a sleek, futuristic "dream car". It is not for sale yet.
Much of the emphasis at the show was on safety features and anti-pollution devices. These included air bags which inflate in front of the driver in a crash; collapsible steering systems, integrated alarm and speed controls and purification systems for exhaust fumes.
Two million people are expected to visit the show during its 14-day run.