No TMS this year, but comeback set for 2023
If there's one thing we missed in the past year, it's the motor show. Last year nearly all motoring events were canceled apart from the Bangkok International Motor Show that took place in August 2020 and subsequently in March 2021. Even today, several shows remain canceled, including the biennial Tokyo Motor Show.
It was the first time in 67 years that the Tokyo Motor Show was canceled. Unfortunately, it's due to a reason we're all too familiar with – the pandemic. And no, it won't be rescheduled to a later date. That was made clear by none other than Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) Chairman and Toyota president Akio Toyoda.
So when will the next Tokyo Motor Show take place? The target date is 2023. Toyoda recently announced plans to hold the next event two years from now, following the show's biennual schedule. He also said the theme for the 2023 show will be "Green and Digital". The theme will supposedly showcase the Japanese auto industry's push to reduce emissions.
For reference, several Japanese automakers have already announced plans to become carbon neutral in the coming decades. One of those is Toyota. The Japanese auto giant announced they will become carbon neutral in the future. Apart from launching new battery electric vehicles, Toyota is working on hydrogen-powered vehicles too.
“There is a long path toward achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. This theme will represent the beginning of that path and will be about sending a medium- to long-term message,” said Toyoda in a report by Automotive News.
Toyoda expects the 2023 Tokyo Motor Show to go smoothly, unlike this year. We certainly hope so too. Hopefully, by 2023, we'll be able to provide you photos of the Tokyo Motor Show live from Tokyo Big Sight.