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Weekly auto agenda: eCarTec

The eCarTec trade fair begins next week, welcoming many of the world's electric automakers and battery technology/drivetrain firms to Munich. Eighty-five companies are expected to be showing electric vehicles, ranging from giants such as Peugeot and BMW to smaller manufacturers keen to get the world's attention.

October 19-21
Munich, Germany

The 2nd International Trade Fair for Electric Mobility shines the spotlight onto Europe's rapidly developing EV industry, with exhibitors ranging from automakers such as Mitsubishi and Lotus to battery makers and drivetrain manufacturers. The event sees the presentation of the eCarTec Award for innovative and sustainable electric mobility.

Korean Grand Prix

October 24
Yeongam, South Korea

Korea's brand new racetrack has been plagued with delays, but organizers know that it will have to be open for its first event - the first Grand Prix ever to be held in Korea. South Korea is an automotive powerhouse in Asia and the last major car producer to host a Formula One event - the track's highlight is a 1.2 km straight, the longest in Asia and 135,000 people are expected to attend.

Automobiles of London Auction

October 27
London, UK

Automobiles of London returns for its fourth year to sell some of the world's finest vintage vehicles. Lots this year include James Bond's actual Aston Martin DB5, as driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball, expected to sell for over £3.5 million (€4 million).

Salão do Automóvel

October 27 - November 7
São Paulo, Brazil

The Salão do Automóvel, the largest auto show in Latin America, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. A total of 450 cars were on display in 2008, attracting 625,330 guests, with debuts expected this year from several major automakers.

Ferrari World opens

October 28
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Ferrari World will be paradise for lovers of the racing marque - it is set to include the world's fastest roller coaster (at speeds of up to 240 km/h) and over 20 other attractions designed to "bring to life" the Ferrari story. The park is home to the world's largest prancing horse logo, a massive motif on the top of the 200,000 square meter roof.

Istanbul Auto Show 2010

October 29 - November 7
Istanbul, Turkey

Over 200 companies exhibited their products to over 650,000 visitors at the last Istanbul Auto Show, which performed well despite the auto industry's doldrums in 2008. This year, organizers are promising a better event than ever, with major automakers around the world showing their products in the 120,000 square meter CNR EXPO Istanbul center.

Japan Car of the Year Award

November 9
Tokyo, Japan

Selected by a panel of automotive journalists, Japan's Car of the Year is a prestigious award that recognizes the best of Japan's auto industry. Will a tough year for Toyota knock its Prius off the top spot?

Chevrolet Volt production begins

November 11
Detroit/Hamtramck, MI, USA

General Motors has confirmed that series production of the Volt, one of America's first electric vehicles, will start November 11, with deliveries expected before the end of the year.

Green Car of the Year Award
November 18
Los Angeles, CA, USA

For the first time ever, electric vehicles will be among the contenders for the Green Car of the Year Award presented at the LA Auto Show. Last year the prestigious prize, presented by Green Car Journal, went to the Audi A3 TDI.

Los Angeles Auto Show

November 19-28
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Traditionally used as a venue for automakers to announce high-tech and green innovations, this year's LA Auto Show is expected to be more high profile than ever, given its proximity to the US launch of the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt. Organizers promise more than 20 world premieres, including major debuts and news from Nissan/Infiniti and the return of Fiat to the show after some 27 years' absence.