With China freshly confirmed as the largest car market in the world, all eyes are on the new models introduced by Chinese and international automakers. Next week, the Automotive X competition opens, starting the hunt for the world's most fuel-efficient vehicle.

Auto China Beijing
April 23 - May 2
Beijing, China

China is the world's largest automotive market and 2,100 exhibitors are expected to visit Auto China in Beijing to display to over 680,000 visitors. New models have been confirmed from both the homegrown and international brands, along with some exciting new concepts.

Carole Nash International Classic Motorcycle Show
April 24 - 25
Stafford, UK

The 30th annual International Classic Motorcycle Show is one of the biggest in the classic motorcycle calendar, and will host an auction for one of the first motorcycles ever made, produced in Munich in 1894.

Automotive X Opens
April 29
Lansing, MI, USA

The shakedown stage of Automotive X begins at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn on April 26. Up to 35 teams are expected to participate for a chance to win the $10m prize awarded to the world's most fuel-efficient vehicle. The official opening and first public viewing of the competitors at Michigan's State Capital in Lansing, is on April 29.

Gumball 3000 Rally Begins
May 1
London, United Kingdom

The 12th annual Gumball 3000 rally follows a 3,000 mile (4,828 km) route from London through Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Boston, Quebec City and Toronto before rounding off in New York seven long days and nights later.

Historic Grand Prix of Monaco
May 1-2
Monte Carlo, Monaco

Using the same route as the official Formula 1 track, the Historic Grand Prix offers a somewhat gentler race around the streets of Monaco. Multiple races are held from vehicles registered between 1947 and 1984.

Icelandic Saga Motor Rally
May 7 - May 17
Iceland, begins Reykjavik

The Icelandic Saga takes classic cars (pre-1983) on an endurance rally through some of the most stunning scenery in Iceland. Competitors participate in activities and challenges en route, as well as ten days of driving across Iceland's incredible geography, including Mount Hekla - the "gateway to hell."

Monaco Grand Prix (Formula One)
May 16
Monte Carlo, Monaco

Arguably the most prestigious race in the motoring calendar, the Monaco Grand Prix pits Formula One drivers against the narrow roads and tight turns of Monte Carlo, as well as against each other. A win for Michael Schumacher will bring him level with the late Ayrton Senna, who holds the record for the most wins on the circuit.

Premiere of 17th BMW Art Car
June 1
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Following in the footsteps of Calder, Stella, Lichtenstein, Warhol and Holzer, American artist Jeff Koons will present his "Art Car" to the media and public at Paris' Centre Pompidou museum of modern art. Koons will sign the car before it sets off to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's oldest endurance car race, on June 12.

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