A message posted on the Show’s website states that, “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.”
SMMT boss Paul Everitt released a statement saying that, “The British International Motor Show (BIMS) 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,” he added.
The Show’s joint managing director, Rob Mackenzie, also commented that he approved the decision to postpone holding a show until it can be a truly world-class affair.
No one from the SMMT commented on when the BIMS (which, like the Frankfurt show, is held every two years), will return.