To the Editor:
In his Oct. 22 column, Keith Crain said: "The Tokyo show seems to favor the local brands ... (with) plenty of exhibit space for Japanese vehicles. All too often, the foreign brands, even successful ones, seem to be relegated to second-class citizenship. There's even a separate building for imports, whether they are from Europe or North America."
Those comments are not based on the facts.
In reality, space allocation at the Tokyo motor show is very fair: 52 percent of the available exhibit space is allocated to domestic brands and 48 percent to imports.
Space allocated to individual brands is calculated on the basis of a common formula covering uniform distribution (30 percent), sales volume in Japan (50 percent) and number of models registered in Japan (20 percent).
Uniform distribution represents the share of space divided equally among all exhibitors in either sector (import or domestic) before the other factors weigh in.
Finally, import brands have been exhibiting in the same halls as domestic brands, not in a separate building, since the 28th Tokyo motor show in 1989.