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Tokyo Motor Show ends with visitor numbers up

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 10:36am
The Associated Press

A visitor drives a three-wheeler Toyota i-ROAD electric concept car at the media preview for the Tokyo Motor Show at Tokyo Big Sight convention hall in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. The biannual exhibition of vehicles in Japan runs for the public from Saturday, Nov. 23 through Dec. 1. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO, Dec. 1 (Kyodo) — The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show ended Sunday after drawing more visitors than the previous event.

During the 10-day program, 902,800 people visited Tokyo Big Sight, up from around 840,000 in the previous show in 2011, to see 426 cars and two-wheelers displayed by 178 companies from 12 nations.

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, the event's organizer, said, "We prepared interesting events, such as test-rides, and it contributed to the increase in visitors."

JAMA Chairman Akio Toyoda, also president of Toyota Motor Corp., issued a comment, "We could convey the pleasure of automobiles and the capabilities of Japan's manufacturing both domestically and internationally."

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