• Oct 16th 2010 at 2:35PM
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The 2010 British International Motor Show was canceled in March 2009 due to the industry troubles inflicted as a result of a steep sales drop. There were hopes that the show could return for 2012, but they've been dashed. The UK Press Association reports that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has decided to one again cancel the biennial show. Chief executive Paul Everitt says that in recent years, BIMS had less influence on customers' buying decisions, adding that "vehicle manufacturers are focusing their limited resources on events and activities that have a more direct impact on brand awareness and consumer decisions."

Will the British Motor Show ever again see the light of day? Sadly, two consecutive cancellations since the 2008 exhibition lead us to believe that it's very unlikely.

[Source: UK Press Association]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Not good. The UK car industry has had a hard enough time as it is especially with the sales to india, hopefully things turn around.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "The UK Press Association reports that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has decided to one again cancel the biennial show..."

        Bloody hell!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        To AMcA,


        -Loyal Chicago Auto Show Follower
        • 4 Years Ago
        A whole country with no auto show?

        The Chicago auto show seems to be thriving . . . I hope it continues. It's my own personal high holidays.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow Earls Court and then The NEC used to attract a lot of car people, its not just cars but other services too, what a shame, something seems strange, people pay'd good money to see these shows.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is really to bad. I hope this does not start a trend..
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's terrible--I'd go nuts if they canceled the South Florida International Auto Show.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Earls Court is the wrong location, it's just too small. It needs to go back to the Birmingham NEC, which was at the time the largest motor show in Europe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Manufacturers have no problems finding their way to Geneva during tough times. I'm sure there's a hell of lot more sales in the UK though. At least there's Goodwood.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I went to the British Motor Show in 2006 when it was held at London's ExCel... It was pathetic. Parking was inadequate, there's basically only one way how to get there via public transport - Docklands Light Railway. Mind, though, ExCel is Britain's best exhibition venue but it's still not up to standards one expects when visiting major automotive events.

      It wasn't really a show, it was an exhibition, imagine to have a 30 dealerships under one roof - in Frankfurt, you'd only have accessories or tuners in that kind of space.

      There's a question of the purpose of the motor show in Britain. No home manufacturer, so there's no drive to have a British equivalent of a dedicated VW Group hall. I usually liken UK to Slovakia, the latter being the largest per capita car manufacturers in the world. You have lots of manufacturers there - GM, Ford, BMW, Honda, Nissan in the UK and VW Group, KIA, PSA in Slovakia - but no home brand (brand names owned by foreign companies cannot be counted towards home manufacturers - sentimental reasons do not have a column in financial books).

      Car manufacturing is important in both countries but it's less important to the UK economy than car manufacturing in Slovakia, that's why there is a car show there. And there are neighbouring markets. You don't have that in Britain because the country's virtual neighbourgh over the La Mance is France which just dwarfs Britain in everything automotive.

      Then there's a question of visitors. Britain's show will not attract international audience. Home visitors are detered by prohibitive costs and labours of travelling in Britain and London.

      You cannot build a case to justify a car show in Britain - it makes no sense for manufacturers, it makes no sense for visitors, it makes no sense for exhibition venues.
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