The Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) canceled the 2021 Tokyo Motor Show because it was going to be difficult to provide “a safe and secure environment” for attendees. Going forward, the group said they would rename the event as the Tokyo Mobility Show.
“The Tokyo Auto Show features motorcycles, minivans, large vehicles, passenger cars, as well as mobility vehicles from other industries,” said Akio Toyoda, president of JAMA, according to Automotive news. “As such, we would like to make it a priority for visitors to experience these vehicles in the real world, and we would prefer to hold the event in the real world, not virtually. We have therefore decided to cancel the event.
The Tokyo Motor Show has never been canceled before. The biennial event was last held in 2019 and was scheduled to take place October 20-21 in 2021. JAMA has not said when it plans to host the Tokyo Mobility Show, but the group is considering dates in 2022 and 2023, according to Automotive news.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the global auto industry. For example, the 2021 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit is being canceled and replaced with an event called Motor Bella at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, September 21-26. This outdoor automobile celebration features a 1.5 mile track. for technology and vehicle demonstrations.
COVID-19 has also forced the postponement of the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show. It now takes place November 17 and 18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The only major auto show in recent memory was Auto Shanghai. The event made its debut with global automakers including the Honda SUV E: Prototype, BMW i4 M Sport, Toyota Crown Kluger and Audi Concept Shanghai.