Weekly auto agenda: International Autojumble and Hanover International Motor Show
Friday 10 September 2010
This weekend sees Europe's largest garage sale get underway, with thousands of stalls to cater for the needs of every automotive buyer. On September 23, the Hanover International Motorshow begins - although it's a commercial show, it gives an insight into the latest commercial vehicles and technology that are helping to keep public transport comfortable, freight shipments on time and urban pollution to a minimum.
Thousands of sellers are expected to attend the International AutoJumble, the largest car garage sale in Europe. Among the hordes of people on the lookout for cheap parts, accessories and even cars, look out for the Best Stand award and the Restoration Village.
Hanover International Motorshow
Although primarily an event for the commercial car sector, the Hanover Motor Show is seen as something of a bellwether for the auto industry. Look out for a surge of electric vehicles at the event as companies look to take advantage of the newly available technologies to "green" their fleets - and their image.
Paris Motor Show
October 2 - 17
The Mondial de l'automobile ranks with Geneva and Detroit as among the biggest shows of the year, with new products expected to debut from European brands such as Opel, Peugeot, Mercedes-Benz and Bentley. Expect a swathe of concept cars and a focus on electric vehicles courtesy of the French government, which sponsors the "Ecomobility" display.
Australian International Motor Show
October 15 - 24
This is Sydney's first motor show in two years and organizers say they've been inundated with requests from the world's automakers. Despite taking place at roughly the same time as the influential Paris show, the Sydney show is expected to attract 250,000 visitors to the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Korean Grand Prix
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.
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.
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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
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.
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