36th Tokyo Motor Show gets under way in Chiba

CHIBA — The 36th Tokyo Motor Show opens to the public Wednesday at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, this year featuring commercial vehicles.

The show, which was open for a media preview Tuesday, is the second of its kind dedicated solely to commercial vehicles. The first was in 2000, after the Tokyo Motor Show was divided the previous year into two categories: vehicles and motorcycles, and commercial vehicles.

The exhibition, organized by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, will be open to the public for five days. This year’s theme is “Sense the Evolution — Commercial Vehicles on Stage.”

Participating are 106 companies from countries including Austria, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Sweden and the United States, as well as the governments of Germany and Sweden and two organizations.

About 314 commercial vehicles, advanced diesel engines and other auto components are on display, according to JAMA.

A major theme at the motor show is technology to reduce exhaust fumes, including nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide, and increase fuel efficiency.

Toyota Motor Corp. and Hino Motors Ltd. are jointly showing their large emission-free bus, which runs on fuel cells and an electric motor.

Isuzu Motors Ltd. meanwhile is exhibiting a computer system that analyzes how each individual driver’s techniques affect the fuel efficiency and durability of its trucks.

Faced with a shrinking domestic market amid the ongoing economic slump, truck makers and auto parts companies hope improved technology will win them more customers.