Major European brands say Chinese show is more important than Tokyo event
20 April 2009

China’s booming Shanghai motor show may soon supersede Tokyo’s traditional bi-ennial event, if the opinion of many of Europe’s Asian-based car bosses is anything to go by.

GM’s boss of the Asia-Pacific region, ex-Vauxhall chief Nick Reilly, spoke for many at this year’s Shanghai motor show when he suggested that the fast-expanding Shanghai event may already have become a more important fixture for non-Asia car-makers than Tokyo. He was backed by spokesmen for Porsche, Bentley and Land Rover.

This year’s show, which resembled Europe’s giant Frankfurt show in size and energy, having expanded by 20 per cent despite the recession, had displays from 1500 exhibitors occupying 170,000 square metres of display space, in 11 permanent and nine temporary halls.

More than 600,000 people are expected to view cars from 25 countries, including 13 models making a world debut.

Steve Cropley

Shanghai motor show

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