Motor show spotlight on vehicles for the disabled

Vehicles for disabled people and low-emission vehicles will feature strongly at the Tokyo Motor Show in early November, with some 110 automakers exhibiting 300 commercial products, according to organizers and participants.

Isuzu Motors Ltd. will display a concept truck equipped with an electric lift that allows disabled people to move into or get out of the driver’s seat on their own.

The 38th annual show will be open to the public from Nov. 3 to 7 at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba. A media preview will be held Nov. 2.

Last year’s show focused solely on passenger vehicles and motorcycles.

Nissan Motor Co. and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. will each exhibit a sport-type concept vehicle for disabled people. The Nissan vehicle will bear the Fairlady Z brand, while the Fuji vehicle will be an Impreza model.

Among other automakers, Toyota Motor Corp. will unveil a remodeled Hiace wagon that can turn itself into a mobile music studio.

Honda Motor Co. will showcase a commercial vehicle, dubbed the P.V., that looks like a compact car but has significant loading capacity.

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