This week the motoring media has been chock full of the latest model unveilings and concept debuts from the Frankfurt motor show.
Motor shows are and always have been, big news. An excuse for manufacturers to attempt to go one better than their rivals, snappers to snap the glamorous models and people everywhere to oggle the latest and newest cars. Here’s Diesel Car’s Top 5 motor shows.
1. The British Motor Show
Lets take a moment and remember our old friend, the British Motor Show. Held for over 100 years until 2008 the Motor Show was held in London and in Birmingham in the heart of Britain’s traditional motor manufacture heartland. It’s been over four years since we last had a motorshow in the UK, with no suggestion of when it might return. Let’s hope it does soon.
2. North American International Auto Show
Detroit is the Motor City and home to the American car industry with the likes of Ford and General Motors being based in Michigan. It’s little surprise then that Detroit is also home to the North American International. The American motor industry has gone through something of a seismic shift and is now home to some fascinating companies, with the likes of Tesla and Fisker choosing to debut cars at the show.
3. Shanghai Motor Show
Chinese motor shows used to be something of a joke. Well no more. China’s importance to the industry is increasing year on year as more and more Chinese people buy cars. The industry is growing at a massive rate in the People’s Republic with little sign of it slowing down as more and more European manufacturers look to the region. More and more Chinese manufacturers are becoming increasingly important on the national scene and will use their ‘home’ shows to showcase their products in the best light possible.
4. Tokyo Motor Show
With many of the big players based in Japan, the Tokyo Motor Show had to take a place on our top five. Tokyo’s been hosting motor shows since the 1950s, with the 43rd set for November this year. It’s been an important show over the years with the likes of the Bugatti Veyron, Lexus LFA and Nissan Leaf getting their first airing at Tokyo. What will we see this year? We’ll find out in November.
5. Geneva Motor Show
The Geneva show is one of the key events in the European motoring calendar. Each Geneva show sees a huge number of ‘firsts’ both in terms of concept and production cars. This year alone saw the Volvo V60 Hybrid, Opel Cascada and Golf GTD all make their debuts at Geneva. If you’re only going to get to one motor show, this is it.