Tokyo Motor Show Scales Down. Way Down.

May 26, 2009

This whole Economic Downturn is starting to get on our nerves. The Detroit situation was bad enough, but now the crisis is affecting the Tokyo Motor show, and frankly, we don't know if we can take it. We'd share a sob or two with the organizers, if only we could afford to attend the October wingding ourselves.

The motor show's latest casualties: Porsche and Maserati. That leaves only three non-Japanese automakers in the "attending" category: Ferrari, Hyundai, and Lotus. Obviously, every American make has RSVPed its regrets--though to be fair, they have other fish to fry right about now.

Hopefully, the Japanese Automobile Manufacturer's Association isn't taking any of this personally: the drop-out rate has been high at most auto shows this year. And hey, we give 'em props for their chutzpah, given the fact that they discussed canceling the event altogether just a couple of month's back. Still, we know they (and we) will be glad to see things return to normal. When's that supposed to happen, by the way?

[source: Edmunds]

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