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The Inaugural London Motor Show Proved To Be A Great Success

Tue 10 May 2016

The new London Motor Show, staged at Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park (6th-8th May), is being hailed as hugely successful by both visitors and exhibitors. Visitors to the show exceeded expectations with tickets sold out on both the Saturday and the Sunday, with over 6,000 visitors on the Friday. The ultimate automotive event was opened by the show’s patron, HRH Prince Michael of Kent on Thursday, 5th May at an exclusive preview. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Andrew Jones MP was also on hand to lend his support for the automotive industry, highlighting the importance of continued investment into research and development for autonomous and electric cars.

During The London Motor Show weekend, car brands including Aston Martin, Bentley, McLaren, MG, TVR, Tesla, Ford, Volvo, Rolls-Royce, BMW and Jeep showcased their latest vehicles with prices ranging from £8,000, to in excess of £200,000, to cater to everyone’s pocket. Alongside the vehicles, the lecture theatre played host to a line-up of speakers; Sir Stirling Moss, Tiff Needell, Ben Collins and Nigel Mansell.

“We are absolutely delighted with the number of visitors and their reaction to the new London Motor Show”, said Show Chairman Alec Mumford. “Not only were exhibitors selling cars and securing valuable customer prospects, but visitors were very enthusiastic about bringing the Motor Show back to London and were looking forward to next year’s event. Encouragingly our exhibitors were very happy with the level and quality of visitors and many have already expressed interest in taking space next year, many asking for more space”.

A variety of exhibitors have already booked stand spaces, some with a request for larger areas, for the 2017 event which will be staged again at Battersea Evolution from 4th to 7th May. The innovation of providing road testS for selected cars on show was very successful, with close on 100 tests arranged. Key models were also sold during the show including Tesla Model S and MG reporting many serious potential orders for their SUV model which was launched at the show. The outside displays were very popular with the Stop the Crash display, which demonstrated the effectiveness of Automated Emergency Braking (AEB), and over the course of the show many visitors took part in the practical automatic braking demonstration including the Show Patron, HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

The London Motor Show was designed with families in mind, with experiential activities such as a TOP GEAR simulator and the virtual reality Project CARS racing game. The show provided an important platform for the motoring industry in Britain, which is enjoying considerable success in terms of vehicle manufacturing, technical innovation and new car registrations.

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