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2010 Motor Show Cancelled

Thu, 19 Mar 2009
Following a thorough consultation with the UK motor industry, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2010 British International Motor Show.

SMMT, with the support of the UK motor industry, remains committed to showcasing the achievements and products of the automotive sector. However, the economic downturn and the unprecedented challenges facing the industry both in the UK and around the world, have made it impossible for exhibitors to commit to a 2010 event.

“The British International Motor Show is the UK’s largest consumer exhibition,
hugely popular with the public, and has been attracting increasing numbers of
visitors over recent years, making the decision to cancel the 2010 Show an
extremely difficult one. However, the global credit crunch has placed the
automotive sector under unique pressure and has created a level of uncertainty
that deters manufacturers from committing to large-scale, international events,”
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. Both SMMT and the industry are committed to displaying the
achievements of the sector but in a way that better reflects the changing
dynamics of the industry,” concluded Everitt.

Speaking on behalf of International Motor Industry Events (imie), the organisers
of the British International Motor Show, joint managing director Rob Mackenzie
said: “Given the great strides that the Motor Show has taken since its return to
London, we fully endorse the decision to postpone BIMS until market conditions
will again permit us to deliver a world class event that truly showcases the UK
industry.”

At 20bn, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest investor in R&D, driving
industry forward and helping deliver more sustainable motoring for the 21st
century. Technological innovation has helped car and CV manufacturers slash CO2
and air quality emissions from vehicles. New diesel cars for example emit 95%
less soot from the tailpipe than those made 15 years ago and average new car CO2
has been cut by 17% since 1997. The energy needed to produce each vehicle is
down 12%, water use is down 9% and waste to landfill is down 25%, compared to
2006 performance. CO2 emissions per vehicle produced have fallen 14% in the
last year and by 45% since 1999. Almost 10,000 tonnes of waste have been
prevented from entering landfill sites. For more details, download SMMT's ninth
annual Sustainability Report from the SMMT website www.smmt.co.uk/publications

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