There is nothing like a shared love of cars to bring like-minded individuals together – It is no surprise that thousands of petrolheads attend auto shows every year.
Hence, if you would like to explore the latest and swankiest cars that the auto industry has to offer, these events are a great opportunity to get behind the wheel of multiple brands under one roof. With that said, these are a few of the most well-known international shows that enthusiasts should consider hitting up!
Washington Auto Show
Designated one of the nation’s top five auto shows by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, The Washington Auto Show, a world-class event, continues to wow audiences with its cutting-edge exhibits, latest model cars and displays of historic vehicles. As the “Public Policy Show” on the auto show circuit, the 10-day public show is preceded by two Public Policy Preview Days of special events and announcements for officials in government, industry and the media.
The Washington Auto Show is also the largest public show in Washington, D.C. Over the course of its many years, this beloved and historic D.C. tradition has attracted Washingtonians of all stripes – and political affiliations. Visitors enjoy the annual trek to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the entertainment, as much as for the experience of viewing the hundreds of cars on exhibit.
Along with the engineering prowess on display among the more than 600 new models from over 35 manufacturers, the 2020 show will feature VIP tours led by award-winning automotive writers and a special exhibit area for live painting of “art” cars. As a bonus, there will be onsite visits from celebrities and sports personalities too!
Date: 24th January to 2nd February 2020
Time: 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Venue: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show is the largest national auto show in Chicago which features an extensive range of vehicles that includes sports cars, concept cars, dream cars that are either newly manufactured in the market or have emerged to be leading brands in the market.
Date: 8th to 17th February 2020
Time: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Venue: McCormick Place
Geneva International Motor Show
The Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) retains a glowing reputation as a preferred auto exhibition in Europe. It is the platform for automobile and mobility, and its upcoming 90th edition will be an all-round interactive experience. Open to both professional visitors and the general public, it garners the attention of thousands from all corners of the world.
This year, GIMS will introduce three new concepts: “GIMS-Discovery”, “GIMS-Tech” and “GIMS Media Day”. These are designed to highlight and intensify the experience of future mobility. GIMS will captivate car lovers, technology freaks and professional visitors with its innovative concepts.
Date: 5th to 15th March 2020
Time: 10:00am to 11:00pm
Venue: Palexpo Convention Center
Bangkok International Auto Show
Going for a ride behind the wheel can raise the joy of driving to a new level of excitement. With the state of the art automotive technology, a driving experience just gets smarter and classier like never before. The 41st Bangkok International Motor Show, Inspiration Unlocks The Future, will pave the road to success.
Date: 25th March to 5th April 2020
Time: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Venue: IMPACT Exhibition Center
Zagreb Auto Show
Founded in 1992, the Zagreb Auto Show is an international annual show for cars, commercial vehicles, motorcycles and related industries. Visitors can expect to see some of the latest car designs, special and futuristic editions of some cars and witness the premiere of new vehicles and innovations to the industry.
Date: 31st March to 5th April 2020
Time: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Venue: Zagreb Fair Ground
New York International Auto Show
Ushering in the latest automotive trends, the 2020 New York International Auto Show showcases an incredible collection of cutting-edge design and extraordinary innovation. More than four floors of displays from the world’s automakers feature the newest vehicles and latest futuristic concept cars. Nearly 1,000 cars and trucks will be on display at North America’s first and largest attended auto show dating back to 1900.
Date: 10th to 19th April 2020
Time: 10:00am to 10:00pm (Monday to Saturday) | 10:00am to 7:00pm (Sunday)
Venue: Jacob Javits Convention Center
Beijing International Automotive Exhibition
The Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, also known as Auto China, is their premier international car show. As China’s car industry rapidly expands, so too does the show, and held bi-annually since 1990 it’s grown in prominence become a key event in the calendar of major car brands.
Many of the world’s biggest automotive names are present, competing for a slice of the lucrative and growing Chinese car market. The likes of BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Bentley, Aston Martin and Jaguar bring along their best models and concepts from Europe, and these brands often display some cars specifically made for the Chinese market, too.
Of course, Chinese car companies have a huge presence at the show. For brands such as Geely, BAIC, Dongfeng and BYD, it’s a great opportunity to rub shoulders with Europe’s big brands and make a statement of intent. In recent years, many of the local marques on the show have made plans to come to Europe and the UK.
Date: 21st to 30th April 2020
Time: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Venue: China International Exhibition Center
North American International Auto Show
Usually held every year at Cobo Center in Detroit, USA, the North American International Auto Show goes on for around two weeks. The glitzy affair brings together major innovations in the automotive industry from around the world, including the latest concept cars. Deviating from its tradition, the upcoming show in 2020 will be taking place in June. The last eight days of the two-week show is open for public viewing.
The NAIAS agenda usually includes five segments: The Gallery, Press Preview, Auto-Mobili-D, Industry Preview, Charity Preview, and the Public Show.
Date: 7th to 20th June 2020
Venue: Cobo Center
GAIKINDO: Indonesia International Auto Show
The Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) is the largest auto show in Indonesia. It was started in 1986 as the Gaikindo Car Exhibition, then continued as Indonesia International Motor Show. Since 2015, it was spun off from the Indonesia International Motor Show and is held annually at Indonesia Convention Exhibition in South Tangerang, and also as series in Surabaya, Medan and Makassar.
GIIAS is participated by car brands and commercial vehicles from Indonesia’s Authorized Brand Holders of Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Daihatsu, Datsun, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Porsche, Renault, Smart, Suzuki, Tata Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen and also reseller company Aston Martin and McLaren; as well as commercial vehicle brands: FAW, Hino, Isuzu, Iveco, Maxus, Mitsubishi FUSO, Tata Motors, Toyota Trucks and UD Trucks.
Date: 7th to 17th August 2020
Time: 11:00am to 9:00pm (Weekdays) | 10:00am to 9:00pm (Weekends)
Venue: Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE)
The Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA), variously known as the Frankfurt Motor Show or the International Motor Show Germany, is one of the largest auto shows in the world. Touted by its organizers as the biggest mobility event of the year, the show works around a specific theme every year.
The IAA is broken down into four formats: IAA Exhibition, IAA Experience, IAA Career, and IAA Conference. Passenger vehicles are showcased on odd-numbered years whereas commercial vehicles make their appearance on even-numbered years. The show features everything from classics, to electric vehicles, even alternative drive technologies.
Date: 24th September to 1st October 2020
Time: 9:00am to 7:00pm
Venue: Messe Frankfurt (Passenger vehicles) | Hanover Fairground (Commercial vehicles)
Los Angeles Auto Show
Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show), is one of the most influential and best-attended auto shows globally and spans more than 1,000,000 square feet. Each fall, show creator ANSA Productions gathers the who’s who of the auto industry to unveil the future of mobility in the car culture capital of the world.
Delivering worldwide media exposure, global industry networking and experiential marketing, AutoMobility LA™ draws more than 26,500 auto industry decision-makers and influencers including 4,400 media from more than 58 countries. It brings together the entire eco-system driving the convergence of technology and the automobile.
Following AutoMobility LA, the show opens its doors to the public for the LA Auto Show where hundreds of thousands of qualified car shoppers and auto fans come together for ten exciting days in the nation’s largest car-buying market.
Date: 20th to 29th November 2020
Venue: Los Angeles Convention Center
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