Why is the Tokyo Motor Show moving to December? Find out inside.

After a virtual boycott by several manufacturers of its 2009 event, the Tokyo Motor Show will return in 2011.  The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association has decided that the show will begin on December 2nd, instead of its usual October start date.  Media will be invited for advanced previews from November 30.

That takes the Japanese showcase away from the Frankfurt Motor Show, and nestles it in between the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show and the North American International Auto Show.  The relaunched show will take place at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center, also known as Tokyo Big Sight, a facility with 72290 m2 of exhibition space.

From 1989, the show had been held at the much larger Makuhari Messe based in Chiba.  That facility is nearly three times as large as the new location.

Aside from the typical showcase and demonstration of the latest vehicles, the show may put increased emphasis on transportation in future societies.  Other exhibitions could include talks and demos from coachbuilders, energy researchers, information and communication technology professionals and urban planners.

2011 Tokyo Motor Show gets smaller venue, new date