New models go on show to the public for the first time this weekend at the Bologna Motor Show, Italy's largest automotive event which is expected to hold six worldwide premieres, five European premieres and 36 Italian premieres. On December 7, a two-day event starts in San Jose, CA, exploring the future of electric transportation by land, sea and air.

35th Bologna Motor Show
December 4-12
Bologna, Italy

The Bologna Motor Show traditionally focuses on the grandest and most powerful machines, although for its 35th edition even this show has gone electric, announcing a new "Electric City" exhibit on electrically powered vehicles and associated products and services. Other staples such as the Motorsport Arena and stunt shows will also be making a return.

Future of Electric Vehicles Show 2010
December 7-8
San Jose, CA, US

This show is unique in that it covers sea and air transportation as well as land, highlighting "potentially disruptive" breakthroughs in materials, components, propulsion and other fields related to electric vehicles.

North American Car and Truck of the Year Finalists unveiled
December 16
Detroit, Michigan, US

Three car and three trucks in the running to win the prestigious North American Car and Truck of the Year competition will be revealed December 16, ahead of the winner's announcement in January. There are currently 14 semi-finalists, with GM and Nissan boasting the most contendors.

Nissan Leaf Launch
December 20

After months of anticipation, Nissan will launch its long-awaited Leaf in Japan December 20, with the US launch coming days after. It will go up against the Mitsubishi i-MiEV in Japan and the Chevrolet Volt in the US as one of the world's first mass-produced electric vehicle. The European launch in selected markets is slated for early 2011.

23rd North American International Auto Show
January 10-23
Detroit, Michigan, US

NAIAS is the biggest event on the North American motoring calendar and draws visitors and exhibitors from all over the world. With Detroit looking healthier than it has for a few years now, guests can expect to see a renewed focus on innovation and more aggressive attempts from North American automakers to oust foreign competitors from some of the turf they've grown to occupy.

North American Car and Truck of the Year Ceremony
January 11
Detroit, Michigan, US

The 2011 edition of these awards is the 18th iteration and will be selected, as always, by a panel of leading automotive journalists from across the US and Canada. This year, electric cars have been included for the first time, and in case you're interested, US automakers have won the car award nine times, European automakers have won four times, Japanese automakers have won three times and a Korean automaker has won once.

29th Tokyo Auto Salon
January 14-16
Chiba, Japan

Japan's answer to the massive SEMA enthusiast show in Las Vegas is billed by organizers as the largest such show in the world. With over 600 vehicles in display, it promises to showcase the best of Japan's varied and advanced after-market industry, with live entertainment from top musicians and appearances by well-known drivers.

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