The Tokyo Auto Salon is not just a preserve of doe-eyed kawaii girls, and a host of hachi-roku. It also proves that you can’t kill the HUMMER.
Two years ago, at the Beijing Auto Show, I wondered “Isn’t HUMMER officially dead?” Back then, someone at a not very official-looking official HUMMER booth assured me not to worry and that “We’ll always have a supply. One way or the other.” Three years later, the endless supply of HUMMERS still lasts.
The night before, at Haneda Airport, a white HUMMER zoomed by. The taxi driver said they are quite common around here, and “popular with celebrities.” So much for the lore that Japanese roads are too small for American cars.
At the Tokyo Auto Salon, more displays of Japan’s affection with HUMMER bruteness. One day, I’ll find the warehouse, stacked with factory-fresh HUMMERS.