World’s Biggest Auto Shows
As summer winds down, we’re starting to get excited about auto show season, which begins in the fall. Here in Canada, we get to check out the Toronto and Montreal shows early in the new year, and even nearby Detroit, but there are great shows all over the globe. Here are a few of the world’s biggest auto shows.
Every two years, Japan hosts the Tokyo Motor Show. Some of the world’s biggest automakers are Japanese, and this is their chance to show off. The Tokyo show is particularly heavy on concept vehicles, a sure fire crowd pleaser. Held in one of the biggest cities in the world, the Tokyo show attracts huge crowds of car fans.
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is exceptionally popular around well-heeled car enthusiasts. Featuring rare, exotic and downright expensive cars, this California show draws celebrities and some of the world’s richest to check out the merchandise, much of which is for sale, usually by auction.
Each year, the North American auto show circuit kicks off with the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This is the place for domestic automakers to show off. Also, this is where the North American car and truck of the year awards are awarded, enhancing the show’s clout.
The International Geneva Motor Show, held in March of every year is a popular show among both car fans and industry officials. It’s considered an important show within the industry, and many new production and concept vehicles make their debut at it.
While Detroit gets all of the hype, The Chicago Auto Show is actually the biggest auto show in North America, beating Motor City in both scope and attendance. Over 1,000 vehicles are on display, and this is often the place where new pick-up trucks make their North American debut, a nod to the mid-western crowd.
On the third Saturday of August, Detroit hosts the famous Woodward Dream Cruise. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of spectators crowd around over 30,000 muscle cars and hotrods on Woodward Avenue. Dating back to 1848 when carriage drivers would race along the roadway, the Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest single-day automotive event.
West Sussex, England hosts the Goodwood Festival of Speed each summer, where more than 100,000 people attend on each of three days.
Paris Motor Show was the first auto show in the world and it continues today, held in the autumn of every second year since 1898. Here, wine, art and Parisian elegance converge with design and engineering, as a showcase for some of the world’s finest automotive designers.
The automotive industry is growing like crazy in China, and Auto Shanghai is a very important show for automakers. With such a huge population, exhibitors at this show can capture a lot of eyeballs, and interest in their products. Held every other year, this show is fairly young, only about 30 years old, but it grows in importance with every event.
Germany’s Frankfurt Motor Show is undeniably the king of auto shows. Called the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, this event was split into two shows in 1991. In even numbered years, commercial vehicles are displayed in Hanover, Germany. In off numbered years, passenger vehicles are shown in Frankfurt. The shows origins date back to the late 1800s, and it has evolved to become the biggest and best auto show in the world.
By Linda Aylesworth – car-news.ca