Toyota has been an integral element of every Tokyo Motor Show from its inauguration in 1954, and will continue that record when the 45th edition opens to the public at the end of the month.
To build anticipation for that event, we are publishing four posts that explain which important new models, ideas and concept vehicles Toyota revealed at each show. This third post looks at the years from 1975 to 1993.
1975: 21st Tokyo Motor Show
The 1974 show was cancelled due to the international oil crisis, which led to the event becoming a semi-annual show from 1975 to 1999. A new pavilion was included that introduced the theme of the show, which this year was Life on Wheels.
Special-purpose vehicles were displayed for the first time, as well as export vessels such as the Toyota Maru cargo ship. Toyota also exhibited some commercial vehicles that serve social needs despite attracting little public attention. These included a moving library, bathing car, and an observation vehicle with advertising panels.
|Theme||Life on Wheels|
|Date||31 October – 10 November 1975|
|Toyota exhibits||Toyota MP-1 concept, Toyota Century Gas Turbine Hybrid concept, Corolla Sprinter liftback (above)|
1977: 22nd Tokyo Motor Show
This year Toyota presented the latest results of its technological research and development. Centre of the passenger car booth was the F110 luxury saloon, an unusually coloured concept featuring a unique two-box silhouette with an ultra-short nose, long cabin and novel asymmetric, sliding doors.
Among the other exhibits was the CAL-1 concept, a leisure-oriented preview of the forthcoming Celica XX, albeit with a modified rear section. Its transformation of the rear section into a pick-up style bed with rumble seats delighted the visitors.
|Theme||Everybody’s Car, Everybody’s World|
|Date||28 October – 7 November 1975|
|Toyota exhibits||Toyota F110 luxury saloon concept, Toyota CAL-1 concept, Experimental Aluminium Car concept (above), Crown Airport Limousine concept|
|Toyota theme||Pioneering New Dimensions In Technology|
1979: 23rd Tokyo Motor Show
The exhibitors displayed advanced technologies to conserve energy and natural resources. The Toyota corner was divided into passenger and commercial sections, the former consisting of production cars and technical zones, while the latter displayed logistics, social, leisure and show car zones.
Among these, the Family Wagon concept became Japan’s first MPV-style car, popularising the concept of spacious one-box cars for passenger use.
|Theme||Vehicles Connecting the World|
|Date||1-12 November 1979|
|Toyota exhibits||Toyota CX-80 city car concept, Hilux RM-4D, Family Wagon concept, Sports 800 Gas Turbine Hybrid concept|
|Toyota theme||Toyota Opens the New Age|
1981: 24th Tokyo Motor Show
To improve on the last Tokyo Motor Show where Toyota’s exhibits had been relatively few in numbers, we developed ambitious projects to attract the keen attention of visitors.
While the past few years had been rather low-key due to factors such as the ongoing oil crisis, slowing economic growth and stringent regulations, its atmosphere brightened in the early Eighties. This was largely due to increasing numbers of overseas visitors and the abundance of advanced technologies showcased by domestic companies.
|Theme||Reliable Vehicles for Better Living|
|Date||30 October – 10 November 1981|
|Toyota exhibits||F-120 front-wheel drive saloon concept, EX-11 experimental concept car, RV-5 recreational concept, AL-1 small bus concept, SV-2 sporty concept, DV-1 concept, Quick Delivery concept|
|Toyota theme||New Technologies and the Age of Toyota|
1983: 25th Tokyo Motor Show
A total of 28 foreign exhibitors from six different countries participated this year, adding to the international nature of the show. Under the theme New Dreams Brought by New Technologies, Toyota showcased six passenger cars and five commercial vehicles, as well as technical demonstrations of four drivetrain configurations – front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, mid-engine – and ten engines.
|Theme||The Advanced Auto – Brightening Our Horizons|
|Date||28 October – 8 November 1983|
|Toyota exhibits||FX-1 sporty concept, SV-3 mid-engine concept, TAC3 three-person commuter concept, CQ-1 communications concept|
|Toyota theme||New Dreams Brought by New Technologies|
1985: 26th Tokyo Motor Show
As the Tokyo Motor Show became increasingly popular internationally, dedicated press days for domestic and international media were introduced. The exhibitors responded by significantly enhancing the level of sophistication of their show cars and presentations. Running prototypes were unveiled, giving visitors a glimpse of the near future.
Toyota also introduced a motorsports corner to present the TOM’S 85C endurance racer and the Celica Twin-Cam Turbo that won the Safari Rally.
|Theme||The Culture of Motoring: New Generation of Vehicles|
|Date||31 October – 11 November 1985|
|Toyota exhibits||AXV eco concept, FXV four-wheel drive concept, Windy Cruiser open-air concept, Man-bow three-wheel concept, Amphi Tans21 concept, 1956 Toyopet Model RK truck|
|Toyota theme||Fun to Drive|
1987: 27th Tokyo Motor Show
Prior to this year’s show, Toyota invited automotive journalists to the Higashi-Fuji proving ground to test-drive the cars and concepts to be presented at the show. This gave the media an unprecedented taste of Toyota’s advances and demonstrated its tireless pursuit of technology.
At the show itself, the FXV-II concept attracted particular attention, thanks in part to the newly published coverage of this high-end vehicle.
|Theme||Enjoying Life on Wheels – Inspiring the Future of Man and Vehicle|
|Date||29 October – 9 November 1987|
|Toyota exhibits||FXV-II coupe concept, AXV-II gull-wing concept, GTV grand tourer concept with gas turbine engine, EV-30 two-person electric vehicle|
|Toyota theme||Fun to Drive|
1989: 28th Tokyo Motor Show
A move from the Harumi Fairgrounds to the new Makuhari Messe facility resulted in record numbers of visitors and exhibitors. Under the New Challenge theme, Toyota exhibited a number of near production-ready show cars and advanced components developed with cutting-edge technologies.
These included the 4500GT concept, a next-generation grand tourer with ultra-high performance engine and suspension system, the gull-wing door Sera, and the RAV Four recreational four-wheel drive concept.
Advanced mechanical components included a new generation of LASRE engine, new engine and transmission prototypes, as well as cross-section models of the Celsior and Celica to demonstrate these technologies in situ. Toyota also exhibited the EV-40 at the Japan Electric Vehicle Association booth. All gave clear indications of Toyota’s product direction into the Nineties.
|Theme||Freedom of Mobility – A Taste of Real Life and Luxury|
|Date||26 October – 6 November 1989|
|Toyota exhibits||Toyota 4500GT concept, Sera, Previa, RAV Four concept, Dynavision, Land Cruiser, EV-40|
|Toyota theme||Fun to Drive: Developing Prosperous Society through Auto Manufacturing – A New Challenge|
1991: 29th Tokyo Motor Show
Despite an economic recession and stagnating car sales, the number of visitors to the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show exceeded two million for the first time. Reflecting the rising interest in environmental issues, compact, fuel-efficient cars were the focus of attention.
Toyota demonstrated its commitment to people-friendly car-making that harmonises with society and the environment. In the passenger car corner, Toyota presented the partially automated AXV-III saloon and the ultra-lightweight AXV-IV commuter concept. Five commercial vehicles were also showcased, including a high-spec ambulance, the stylish Fun Runner sport utility vehicle, and a Hiace limousine.
In the technical corner, Toyota presented a new high-pressure fuel injection diesel engine and a particulate trapping system to clean up the exhaust. Furthermore, a number of alternative energy vehicles were displayed, including the Townace EV and the RaRa II solar car equipped with high-performance batteries.
|Theme||Discovering a New Relationship: People, Cars and the Earth As One|
|Date||25 October – 8 November 1989|
|Toyota exhibits||AXV-III concept, AXV-IV concept, Avalon convertible concept, Estima limousine, RaRa II solar concept, ambulance, Fun Runner, Hiace limousine|
|Toyota theme||What is the Essence of a Good Car?|
1993: 30th Tokyo Motor Show
Japanese manufacturers competed to showcase near production-ready concept cars that focused on safety and environmental qualities, making the 30th show noteworthy from a technological perspective. To drive home the For Greater Harmony theme, Toyota exhibited a number of show cars that embodied futuristic proposals.
For example, the next-generation AXV-V tourer incorporated state-of-the-art traffic monitoring technologies, while environmental concerns were addressed with emission control and new energy conservation systems. Toyota also presented its vision of a comprehensive transport system that intelligently networked cars with their surrounding traffic infrastructures.
|Theme||Car Innovation in Free, Natural and Comfortable Ways|
|Date||22 October – 5 November 1963|
|Toyota exhibits||AXV-V concept, Raum, Raum-II, RAV4, Mega Cruiser, EV-50, Celica convertible|
|Toyota theme||For Greater Harmony|