SMMT confirms there will be no British motor show in 2012

The 2012 British motor show has been cancelled, its organisers have revealed.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said the decision had been taken following consultation with the UK motor industry.

This year’s British motor show, which was due to take place in the summer, was cancelled in March 2009 due to the economic downturn and dwindling manufacturer support.

Read more on the cancellation of the 2010 British motor show

“In recent years the show has played a less important role in influencing new car buyers and vehicle manufacturers are focusing their limited resources on events and activities that have a more direct impact on brand awareness and consumer decisions,” said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt.

“The UK has a strong, diverse and highly competitive motor manufacturing industry, home to globally successful companies and iconic products admired around the world,” he continued.

“Both SMMT and the industry are committed to displaying the achievements of the sector and providing our customers with an opportunity to experience the full breadth of models available in the UK.”

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14 October 2010

It's a bit sad but I'm not surprised. With the Net you can look at all the details you require, then if you're serious about buying a car, go look at it in the showroom, where far more knowledgeable people can help.

I went to the show at the Excel centre in 08 and I only found it useful for seeing cars I can't afford, observing pretty ladies and feeling disappointed at the lack of freebies. I went home and planned which dealerships to trawl round instead.

14 October 2010

[quote TheWizardWeb]if you're serious about buying a car, go look at it in the showroom, where far more knowledgeable people can help.[/quote]

Hmmm - Whilst in principal that should be true I dont think i've ever been in a showroom where the sales person knew very much about one specific model other than the general press bumf.

Not that I'm saying a motor show would be helpful either mind you..

14 October 2010

[quote rodenal]Hmmm - Whilst in principal that should be true I dont think i've ever been in a showroom where the sales person knew very much about one specific model other than the general press bumf[/quote]


That is if you can even get them to speak to you to start with!


Think this decision is poor, but gives more encouragement perhaps to Goodwood to grow.

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14 October 2010

It's a shame. For me, I Motorshows were never really about "finding my next car". I would just look at everything I could, enjoy the atmosphere, the freebies, the bright lights. It was just an experience. The Excel venue was very nice (a nicer place to walk around than the NEC), but it just seemed too small. The NEC was at least huge, with tall ceilings and fairly extravagant stands back in the day. Excel's stands were all too often a bit lacklustre in comparison with Paris, Geneva etc etc. I personally think they're shying away from it a bit - it's a lot to organise. There's also less reason to cancel it than last time, as we were in recession. A missed opportunity I think. Hopefully someone else will pick it up and start something - people do still like Motor Shows. You only have to visit Paris, Geneva or Frankfurt once, to know that. I'll be going to these shows in the future.

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14 October 2010

[quote bentleyboy]Think this decision is poor[/quote]I agree... I get the impression they haven't tried very hard to come to a different conclusion.

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14 October 2010

Its a shame but to be honest I'm not surprised.

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14 October 2010

The trouble with these shows is the organisers forget that the main draw is the big manufacturers. All the money should be made on ticket sales and retail stands. I understand they charge makers to exhibit, they should be paying them to turn up.

14 October 2010

[quote Autocar]The 2012 British motor show has been cancelled, its organisers have revealed.
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With all the multi-franchise dealers now, you can see loads of different cars really easily. Most of the time the people on the stands took your name and a local dealer got in touch. Now research is easy on the net.

The last time I was at a Motor Show was in the '80's, once at the NEC, then at the Scottish Motor Show at the SECC. I got the impression that nobody really cared whether you were interested or not, so I stopped going. With sales falling through the floor, dealers might be more interested in a follow-up call, but my recent experience with one dealer was like having a stalker.

I think the Scottish Motor Show is at Knockhill Racing Circuit, which is a stones-throw from my house and I still can't be bothered. Perhaps there are too many people like me!

14 October 2010

Yeah I agree with those who've said it's a shame. I can remember around 10-15 years ago when I was a boy going to the NEC shows with my dad. He ran a JLR dealership at the time so we were fortunate enough to go to the LR factory first for a bosh round their test circuit and then a bus into the place with the knowledge you could just about blag onto the LR stand towards the end of the day for some drinks and a sit down!

The show holds fond memories as a child and I can remember the excitement I had the night before going....it wasn't far off Christmas.

A pity indeed.

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