As the dust settles on the Tokyo Show press days, so the verdict is already in. Aside from all the hybrids, new electric cars, Lexus LFA and Toyobaru, this was undoubtedly the strangest, most austere, low key Tokyo Show....ever.

And there was a reason for all that and it wasn't just about saving money in a recession or the absence of all the big European, Korean and US makers at the show creating all those vast empty spaces. I was told by more than one insider that in the run up to the show, Japan's car manufacturers and the authorities all got together and concluded that a "quiet" show would be appropriate at Tokyo this year.

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At a time when the Toyotas, Nissans, Mitsubishis and Mazdas of this world are all in the red, and there have been many factory layoffs, the feeling was that another glitzy, gung ho expo in spirit of Tokyo shows of old would not send out the right message.