The 5 Biggest Car Shows Around the World

There is nothing that has quite the same appeal as a car. If you are on holiday and spot a sporty number you would never be able to afford in a million years you will get your photo taken with it. Any TV show about cars attracts millions of viewers and when classy cars are smashed up on the big screen you can almost hear the men in the audience crying into their popcorn. Car, or auto, shows are big business around the world with people travelling thousands of miles to get excited about shiny bits of chrome and ridiculously priced audio equipment. Here Columbus Direct shares the world’s 5 biggest car shows.



The daddy of them all is the Frankfurt motor show. This is by far the largest motor show in the world as is now so big it is held bi-annually as logistically it is impossible to stage it every year. The 65th event ran for 12 days from the 10th-22nd September 2013. Family cars, sports cars, concept cars, luxury cars, you name it they all want a spot at Frankfurt. This is one all the major manufacturers gear up for as they know that their new models have a pretty poor chance of success if they don’t get to display at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Even though the 2013 has only just finished, the planning of 2015 has already started.

The Big Meet, Vasteras

Although Sweden is well known for their motor industry being in northern as opposed to central Europe makes in a rather unusual place to hold one of the world’s biggest outdoor car shows. This is no ordinary motor show however, this is the Big Meet. Quite simply, this is the biggest collection of American cars you will find anywhere, even compared to the US. There are around 15,000 vehicles here at any one time including street rods, 50′s cruisers, customs, muscle cars, Mustangs Camaros and Corvettes. Visitors travel here from more that 25 countries including Australia, Mexico, Israel, Japan, Canada, Russia, Turkey, Morocco, all over Europe and, of course, the US.


The Swiss city of Geneva opens its doors to car enthusiasts from around the globe on a yearly basis for its famous motor show. The event, which it is best described as, takes place every year next to Geneva Cointron Airport in a convention centre known as the Geneva Palexpo. The team behind the show is the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles, and it is considered one of the most important shows of its kind on the motoring calendar. Hundreds of manufacturers come here to show off their new designs and it is a big favourite with British car enthusiasts only being a short flight away.


It stands to reason that one of the world’s biggest car shows will be in Mo-town itself. The official title of this show is the NAIAS, or North American International Auto Show. It is held every year, usually around January, and often claims to be the largest car show in North America. It has been held at the Cobo Centre since 1965 and occupies almost 1m sq ft of floor space. Many iconic cars of the past have made their début in Detroit, such as the Ford Lincoln and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Being in America, there is all sorts of side shows going on as well, and is a day out for thousands of American families as there is plenty for the rest of the family to do while dad is drooling over the cars.


The technological centre of the Eastern world is the logical choice to hold the southern hemisphere’s largest car show. Like Frankfurt, its size only makes it viable every two years, and it is the premier event at which to showcase new cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles. When you think how many Japanese cars are on the road you can only start to imagine the volume of models on show here. One of the major draws now in Tokyo is the amount of new hybrid and electric vehicles on show, and it is reckoned that by the 2017 show these will way outnumber the amount of petrol powered cars on display.

There are hundreds of car shows held every year almost everywhere in the world, and while many are satisfied with a local show, there are plenty who travel to the biggest ones. As well as shows such as these there are others dedicated to specific models, such as VW Beetles, or classic vehicles.

There has never been a better time to be a petrol head as you are spoilt for choice as far as your favourite hobby is concerned, and if you get the chance to satisfy your craving by visiting one of the world’s greatest motor shows, you will not be disappointed by any of those mentioned above.

Ford Atlas Pickup Truck Concept at NAIAS

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Ford today unveiled the Ford Atlas Concept at the North America International Auto Show in Detroit. The Ford Atlas Concept was built to showcase the design, capability, fuel efficiency and smart technologies that will define future pickup trucks.

One of the more memorable unveilings at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show was another monster pickup truck from Ford. The Ford Atlas Concept give us a look at the potential future if the flagship Ford F-150. To say that Ford was aiming for a muscular and rugged design would be an understatement. The front grille in particular stood out as particularly bold. The Atlas Concept also sports the next-generation EcoBoost engine.

Acura unleashes the NSX Concept 2.0

NSX Concept

It’s definitely fun watching two sexy booth babes unveil a new supercar at an auto show. Acura definitely seems to have a winner with the updated version of their NSX Concept, this time having the interior ready as well for journalists to inspect. You can check out this NSX Concept gallery along with a video of the car, and then read up on some of the interior features here.

This concept vehicle definitely lives up to the supercar standards set by Acura with the first NSX. This vehicle is striking from every angle and definitely generated plenty of buzz.

Government Officials Tour Chevrolet and Cadillac Exhibits

Cadillac Vice President U.S. Marketing Don Butler (back) shows Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson the interior of the 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sports sedan Monday, January 9, 2012 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for Cadillac)

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow gets behind the wheel of a 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS performance vehicle after it was unveiled Monday, January 9, 2012 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The Sonic RS features a 138-horsepower (103 kW) Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine — the only vehicle in its segment to offer a turbocharged powertrain. The Sonic RS goes on sale in late 2012. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet)

Lexus LF-LC at Detroit Auto Show

The Lexus LF-LC 2+2 hybrid sport coupe concept vehicle is displaying the stunning combination of avant-garde beauty and advanced technology today at the Detroit Auto Show.

Conceived by the company’s Calty design studio in Newport Beach, Calif. as a design exercise, the LF-LC envisions offering Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive that delivers both driving performance and fuel efficiency. The exterior is highlighted by dynamic shapes, intriguing details and expansive use of glass while the interior features high technology set off by organic shapes and materials.

Check out the full press release.

2012 NAIAS getting it’s groove back

Good News Here! We covered the NAIAS last year for the reveal of the 2011 Chrysler 300 and Cobo Hall was packed. It appears the folks in Detroit want a bigger and better auto show in 2012 with more floor space and more vehicles!

From the Detroit Free Press:

The 2012 North American International Auto Show will have more exhibit space and more vehicle introductions than this year’s show, which drew 735,370 people to Cobo Center in Detroit.

The show will also add a second full day of press conferences and vehicle unveilings, a change that should keep a few thousand business travelers patronizing local hotels and restaurants longer.

Cobo’s exhibit space will grow 25,000 square feet to 725,000 square feet for the 2012 show, Cobo Center general manager Thom Connors said today. Work to expand further by replacing Cobo Arena with exhibition space and a new ballroom begins in July and will be done by 2013.

Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have all promised new-product news both on Monday, Jan. 9, and Tuesday, Jan. 10, show chairman Bill Perkins said. About 5,000 journalists from across the United States and 60 other countries attended the show this year. The 2011 NAIAS had just one day of press conferences, limiting the amount of media coverage automakers received.

Read the full article.

Chrysler reveals the all new 2011 Chrysler 300 and Dashboard News are at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and will be providing updates throughout the next couple of days, so make sure you check back here often!

The photo above is from Chrysler’s unveiling of the all new 2011 Chrysler 300. For more information and to view more photos, click here.

Chinese car marker BYD back at Detroit Auto Show

Chinese car maker BYD has some ambitious plans in the US. There are so many car makers in China that it makes it really hard to predict who will emerge as a global player.

From the Detroit News:

Detroit — China’s carmakers are becoming regular fixtures at international auto shows, and China’s BYD Auto Inc. is back in Detroit for the second year in a row.

BYD, which stands for “Build Your Dreams,” is displaying its e6 battery-powered electric sedan at the North American International Auto Show this week and hopes to sell it in the U.S. later this year.

BYD is one of China’s most ambitious carmakers, proclaiming at last week’s show preview for media that it aimed to become China’s No. 1 automaker by 2015 — and the world’s biggest by 2025.

Read the full article here.

Chrysler, Maserati, Ferrari to be at DAS

Talk about bringing a sharp date to town! Chrysler will be sharing the stage with Maserati and Ferrari at the Detroit Auto Show. That is one good looking group, my friends! This will also give us a first look at some rebadged Lancia’s and the electric Fiat 500.

From the Detroit News:

Ferrari and Maserati are moving into a new neighborhood at the North American International Auto Show — the Chrysler Group LLC stand, where they’ll be nestled between the Dodge and Jeep brands.

In the past, the high-end marques have leased real estate in the show’s luxury row with the likes of Lamborghini, Bentley and Rolls-Royce, although last year Ferrari didn’t have a display in Detroit.

But since last year’s auto show in Detroit, Chrysler formed a partnership with Italian automaker Fiat SpA, which is part of the Fiat Group that includes Ferrari and Maserati but also Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Iveco commercial vehicles, and CNH agricultural and construction equipment.

Read the entire article here.

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Lancia-based car to be shown at Detroit Auto Show

We are very interested to check out the new offering from Fiat/Chrysler with a Lancia badge. If it’s anything like the Delta that would be a great first step in introducing the new brand to potential U.S. customers.


Contrary to previous reports that Chrysler will not present any new models at the Detroit Auto Show in just a few weeks, there is now word that the struggling U.S. automaker will show a new car based on a Lancia platform. The Lancia badge is a sub-brand under Fiat, which now runs Chrysler.

There is no word on what sort of a vehicle it will be, but Fiat is eager to help Chrysler where it needs help most – in the small and mid-size car market. This new model would be the first idea of how Fiat intends to integrate its European designs into the North American marketplace.

Read the full article here.

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