Weekly auto agenda: AutoExpo India
Friday 01 January 2010
AutoExpo in New Delhi promises small car unveilings from major Indian and world manufacturers, ahead of the North American International Auto Show the week after, one of the year's biggest events. The Tokyo Auto Salon offers something for modified car enthusiastics in Asia and Retromobile begins January 22 in Paris.
10th New Delhi Auto Show
New Delhi, India
The biennial New Delhi Auto Show will draw nearly 1.8 million visitors to the subcontinent's premier motor exhibition. More than 2,100 exhibitors from 25 countries will showcase their wares as they vie for a niche in one of the largest underdeveloped car markets in the world. Honda and Toyota are both planning releases at the show whilst Chevrolet will unveil its Beat compact for the first time at the event.
2010 North American International Auto Show
North America's capital of cars hosts one of the largest global shows in the motoring calendar. Last year, 650,000 attendees poured through the doors of the Cobo Center in Detroit; as the car industry begins to bounce back this year, organizers are expecting the wraps to be taken off more than 30 new models. Winners of the Michelin Challenge Design and the EyesonDesign Awards will also be announced.
2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year Award
Organizers have narrowed the shortlist down to three cars and three trucks - the car finalists are the Buick LaCrosse, Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Volkswagen Golf whilst truck finalists are the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Transit Connect and the Subaru Outback. The jury is composed of automotive journalists, writers and broadcasters from across the US and Canada.
Tokyo Auto Salon
January 15 - 17
The world's largest custom car extravaganza - Tokyo Auto Salon 2010 - takes over the Makuhari Messe convention center, with around 600 vehicles on display, as well as presentations by custom shops, car manufacturers and parts firms.
RetroMobile is known as the "Pebble Beach of Europe" (a reference to the prestigious classic car auction), and is expected to welcome over 120,000 visitors to the 35th year of the show. Auction highlights include a 1925 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia Roadster that has recently surfaced after 70 years at the bottom of Lake Maggiore.
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