Thursday, 21st May 2009
In Events In Japan,
Tokyo Motor Show loses exhibitors
Economic factors have led to Porche and Maserati withdrawing from this year's Tokyo Motor Show.
The car makers follow in the footsteps of BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen, which also said they would not take part in the show this October.
Satoshi Aoki, chairman of the event's sponsor the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, described the decision as "regrettable".
However, he added: "The Tokyo Motor Show remains important as an opportunity to demonstrate advanced technologies to the world."
The show will kick off on October 24th and run for 13 days. The theme this year is Fun Driving for Us, Eco Driving for Earth.
Organisers invited members of the public to experience the "dreams, fun and splendour of the automobile" at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show.
Entrance to the event, which will take place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, is free for children of junior high age and younger.
Tickets for high school students will cost 600 yen (£4), while the general public will pay 1,300 yen admission.