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The 37th Tokyo Motor Show opened to the public Saturday, with some 600 passenger cars and motorcycles by about 60 automakers from Japan and 13 other countries on display.

Organizers expect about 1.4 million people to visit the 12-day event through Nov. 5 at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba.

Admission for elementary students and younger children is free this year, and organizers have introduced cheaper tickets for those entering the exhibition site after 3 p.m.

At a nearby park, visitors are invited to test drive some of the companies’ hybrid cars and other popular vehicles.

This year, automakers are placing particular emphasis on passenger cars that feature new environmental and information technologies.

Toyota Motor Corp. is unveiling the Fine-N, a fuel-cell-powered passenger car. It can travel 500 km on a single fuel charge — nearly twice the distance of the previous model — due to its higher-pressurized hydrogen tank and other improvements.

Honda Motor Co. is exhibiting the FCX car, equipped with its FC Stack, a next-generation fuel cell stack.

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