More visitors, more interest in Chinese show
12 May 2010

The Beijing motor show attracted more visitors and more media interest than this year's Geneva motor show, according to official figures.

The Beijing show, which closed last weekend, attracted 780,000 visitors and 12,000 journalists. There was a total of 990 vehicles on display, including 89 new launches and 65 concept cars.

In contrast, this year's Geneva motor show attracted 692,000 visitors and 11,000 journalists. Although there was no tally of how many vehicles or concept cars were displayed, organisers claim there were more than 100 new launches.

You can see full picture galleries from both events by following the links below:

Beijing motor show 2010 picture gallery

Geneva motor show 2010 picture gallery

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12 May 2010

A very misleading title if one looks into the facts. Geneva is in a small European country with a small population which will finally reflect in the number of visitors. Taking into account that countries like China and India have the largest populations in the world and this will easily attract a far higher number of local media and visitors. I dont think it makes sense to use this as a benchmark to measure the relevance of an Auto show.

On the other hand Geneva has been a major event for over a century despite Switzerland being a relatively small car market and having no auto industry as such. Even when market like the US, Middle East, South America were booming Geneva held its own importance with all car manufacturers.

No doubt that these new car markets will play a more dominant role into the future but its quite evident from the launches and displays present it is more in tune with local tastes rather than represent an international forecast of the Auto industry like Geneva.

12 May 2010

[quote shortbread]

No doubt that these new car markets will play a more dominant role into the future but its quite evident from the launches and displays present it is more in tune with local tastes rather than represent an international forecast of the Auto industry like Geneva.

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So why did the British motorshow decline almost to oblivion as far as the makers go?

12 May 2010

Exactly, shows like the one in London have always been concentrated around the local market especially since other than JLR there are no more major British auto players. So when the market declines so will the Auto show. The same is the case with similar shows in various US states. The fact that most of the European launches could not be displayed in the London show till management okays a right hand drive version never helped either.

Geneva has been a show where manufacturers came to show of their newest launches globally. Had that not been the case this would have been wound up long ago.

12 May 2010

11,000 journalists at each show? Lucky fellows. It gives the illusion the same lot spend their year moving effortlessly show to show around the globe, and all on expenses...

12 May 2010

[quote Los Angeles]11,000 journalists at each show? Lucky fellows. It gives the illusion the same lot spend their year moving effortlessly show to show around the globe, and all on expenses...[/quote] Where do i apply?

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