October 26, 1997 in Nation/World

Tokyo Gaga Over Cars


At the Tokyo Motor Show, which opened Saturday and runs through Nov. 5, sex appeal was in demand, with wiggling models in pink hot pants and other enticements for ogling onlookers. A lagging economy and a sales tax increase from 3 percent to 5 percent in April have squelched car purchases in Japan, so promoters are desperate for come-ons. Above, Chrysler’s Plymouth Prowler, a glistening retro hot rod geared to the rockin’ ‘50s, was a fan favorite. The flash and flesh even stole the show from a host of technological innovations, such as Toyota Motor Corp.’s gasoline-electric hybrid car, meant to be the highlights of the exhibition.

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