Auto agenda: Auto shows in US and China go head-to-head
Friday 15 April 2011
There's an uncharacteristic clash in the world's auto show schedule next week when the massive Auto Shanghai show begins a day ahead of the New York International Auto Show. The consensus seems to be that Shanghai will boast the most new announcements, but look out for new models at both events.
2nd Car Design Awards China
The Car Design Awards China recognize the most forward-thinking designs from the Chinese auto industry, with particular focus on young designers. There are nine individual categories which range from innovation and use of luxury to eco-design and use of materials.
14th Auto Shanghai
The 14th edition of this biennial event is expected to showcase how far China has come - even in the two years since it was last held, China has overtaken the US to become the world's largest auto market. No wonder then, that automakers are pulling out all of the stops, with new models expected from national and international names alike, all designed to tap the country's massive (and growing) market. Media days are April 19-20.
World Car of the Year winner unveiled
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111th New York International Auto Show
April 22 - May 1
New York, one of America's oldest and most venerable auto shows, is putting on a brave face this year despite being overshadowed by Auto Shanghai. Expect several new launches for the North American and international markets, along with interactive elements such as the EV pavilion and Disney's Cars2 exhibit.
91st Barcelona International Motor Show
May 14 - 20
The biennial Barcelona show is a chance for southern Europe's automakers to show off the latest models to the crowds, which numbered just over a million in 2009. The event takes place at the same time as the Spanish Grand Prix, making it a great weekend for motoring enthusiasts to visit the city.
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