NAGOYA (Kyodo) Toyota Motor Corp. and 15 group companies unveiled their pavilion Thursday for the World Exposition in Aichi Prefecture, which opens March 25, with 300 people celebrating the facility’s completion.
Toyota President Fujio Cho said at the opening ceremony: “We have materialized Toyota’s dreams, such as providing environment-friendly vehicles. We want people from around the world to get our message.”
The ceremony was followed by a ribbon-cutting ritual by Toyota Honorary Chairman Shoichiro Toyoda, who is serving as chairman of the Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition, and Toshio Nakamura, the association’s secretary general.
Toyota’s pavilion will feature eight performing humanoid robots during the expo’s run through Sept. 25. The Toyota Partner Robots can play musical instruments, including the drums, the trumpet and the tuba.
The automaker will also exhibit its i-foot walking robot, which has birdlike legs on which people can ride, as well as its i-unit single-passenger concept vehicle, which is shaped like a leaf.
Toyota said it will also display its environmental technologies, including fuel cells.
Japan’s largest automaker is based in the city of Toyota, near the town of Nagakute, where the pavilion is located. The Aichi Expo, which will be held under the theme of “Nature’s Wisdom,” features nine corporate pavilions.
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