Currently reading: MG and Mazda confirmed for London Motor Show
MG will be at the 2016 Battersea Park event, while Mazda will be represented by TW White dealer group
Jim Holder
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3 mins read
29 October 2015

MG and Mazda are the latest manufacturers to confirm they will be represented at the London Motor Show, which is due to take place in Battersea in 2016.

The two brands have joined Tesla as confirmed attendees, while the show's organisers are believed to be still attempting to sign up other manufacturers.

MG is the first manufacturer to sign up, and will be displaying its two main models, the MG 3 and the MG 6, at the show. While the manufacturer says that it has “several models planned for the immediate and longer-term future”, it has not confirmed whether any of these will be appearing at the show in the form of concepts or production models.

Mazda, however, will be represented at the show by dealer group T W White & Sons. The group, based in the south of England, will be displaying a selection of Mazda’s new range, with the 2, 3 and MX-5 all expected to be on show.

The dealer group has also confirmed that the MX-5-based Mitsuoka Roadster will also be on display at the show.

At a previous press event for the show, HRH Prince Michael of Kent announced that Aston Martin,  Jaguar, Land Rover and Geely had agreed "multi-million pound" investments to exhibit at the revived London motor show in May 2016.

However, a spokesman subsequently clarified the comment, making it clear that the Prince actually meant to acknowledge these three firm's investment in the UK car industry.

The show will run from 5-8 May 2016 with adult tickets priced at £13. No prices for concessions were revealed, but they were said to be "substantially lower". Prince Michael said the goal is to make the show "rank alongside cities like Geneva and Frankfurt".

He added: "The show will be an opportunity to shine the spotlight on one of the most amazing industries that we have in this country. The show is a very important development for the British motor industry and has come about of its remarkable success."

Although no specifics were given, the show will be built around "several large structures" which will act as hubs to put a focus on various aspects of the motoring industry, including its heritage in an area led by the Beaulieu National Motor Museum, a zone where thought leaders from the industry will be available for seminars, an area focused on road safety and a test drive zone. In addition, Prince Michael revealed that a heliport will be running to take potential customers to race tracks for high-speed test drives, and that there would be an emphasis on family entertainment. 

The official British motor show last ran at London's Excel in 2008. The British motor show's next running was planned for 2010 but was cancelled during the financial crisis after several major manufacturer withdrew their support for the event, making it unsustainable despite impressive visitor numbers. Since then, shows like Goodwood have risen and expanded to fill the void. The SMMT still owns the British motor show name. 

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Chris576 29 October 2015

It shouldn't be happening

Please stop bigging up this ridiculous local affair which is being held in the worst imaginable place for a car show.
jjagger 5 June 2015

@Mini2

"we used to have thriving motor shows back in the day" - and therein, as the Bard would tell us, lies the rub. ---

'Back in the day', there was no internet. People used to ring customer hotlines asking about particular models and what they should be buying for goodness' sake. ---

'Back in the day', the British car industry was almost exclusively British-owned, but it was also largely building utter ****boxes. ---

Times have changed. The world has moved on. People don't go to the Festival of Speed to see the Moving Motor Show etc etc...

AHA1 28 May 2015

@jjagger

Nailed it. Well said.

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