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International Auto Shows around the World, October-November 2013.


International Auto Shows are for the car enthusiasts what rock festivals around the world are for rock fans: the ideal opportunity for party! While it is true that not everyone attending a prestigious motor show can afford many of the cars that debut there, that doesn’t mean that the pleasure he/she gets is negligible. To put it differently, every fan that attends a Beyoncé concert would like not only to listen to her singing but also to spend more time with her. Similarly, a teenager girl would have only dreamt of kissing Justin Bieber. So, even if you can’t afford the latest model of Lamborghini, it doesn’t really matter; what matters is that you were there, spending some few moments of exhilaration with your favorite car.

There are numerous International Motor Shows around the world all year round. For the next month, four important auto shows are scheduled: the Dubai International Motor Show, the L.A. Auto Show, that comes with many car debuts this year, the Tokyo Motor Show and, finally, the Johannesburg Motor Show.

Dubai International Motor Show

The amount of luxurious cars concentrated in Dubai exceeds your imagination. Dubai is the new Mecca for everyone willing to spend a fortune in a few hours. Therefore, something tells me that many residents of this tiny Arab emirate are planning to attend the Dubai International Motor Show that will be held between the 5th and the 9th of November. Over 600 vehicles will be showcased at the festival. Practically almost all of the top car manufacturers will present new models, hybrid cars or concept cars including Chevrolet, Maserati, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls Royce, McLaren, Lexus, Cadillac, Lamborghini and Jaguar among others…

 In addition, the festival will add to its calendar a brand new motor event, the Dubai Motor Festival. A large convoy of luxurious cars and bikes will parade through the city for the eyes of the city’s citizens only! Last but not least, the luxury car market is expected to double in the Middle East between 2010 and 2015. It goes without a saying, as Queen once put it, that the show must go on!

L.A. Auto Show


As one of America’s top auto shows, L.A. Auto Show surely has a vast market for car sales. Most of Hollywood stars live in the city and, as we’re being constantly reminded by the lifestyle magazines, they like to spend big money! Just like most of the celebrated auto show in the US, the L.A. auto festival has a really long history behind it. It was launched in 1907; 99 vehicles were on display that very first time. Nowadays, the show is much bigger; only the debut vehicles amount to the number of 56!

During the show 22 cars will make their world debut, with Porsche’s brand new Macan compact SUV to be one of the most anticipated. There is more on it, though; MINI will present its 2014 Cooper and I can hear a sound of relief from the legendary brand’s millions of fans already! If you can’t wait till then, check at a Mini convertible for sale to warm up! BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Subaru, Volkswagen among other brands will also present their latest creations. The show will be open to the public from the 22nd of November to the 1st of December.

Tokyo Motor Show


Do Japanese know from good cars? Well, it’s like asking if Italians know from pizza, don’t you think? The Japanese are genuine masters in cutting edge technology and they never quite stopped manufacturing excellent and reliable cars. Having said that, it is easy to assume that they also know how to organize an ideal motor show!

The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show will take place from November the 22nd till December the 1st and it will be quite different from what we know so far. The economic downturn of Japan during the last years in combination with the high competition posed by China’s auto shows forced the organizers to rethink the present and the future of the show. They decided to shift focus to cutting edge technology and innovation; part of this new direction is the Smart Mobility City project. It concerns the interconnectivity of cars showing towards a future that is yet unwritten, when cars will be something more than a simple transportation vehicle. Go Tokyo!

Johannesburg Motor Show


South Africa might not be as rich and extrovert as Dubai or as important as the U.S.A. when it comes to international motor festivals, but, still, the Johannesburg Motor Show is surely an exception. The auto show that will be held from October the 18th till October the 27th is the largest in Southern Africa and will include a significant number of debuts. Ford will present its Evos Concept and Peugeot will make its debut with two new models, the 199kW PC-Z-R sports coupe and the 2008 crossover. What is more, Mercedes will showcase 20 models along with its brand new SLS AMG Black Series and Nissan will showcase its all-electric Leaf that makes for the best selling electric car in the world. Needless to say, there will be many more debuts from the best brands of the automotive industry!

Just imagine flying from the extravagant Dubai to the land of the stars in Los Angeles!  Then, visiting Tokyo only to finish your trip around the world in South Africa! That would have been a journey around the world in less than 80 days! And that would have also been a trip to a world of luxury and advanced technology. It would have also been a trip to the future, as it is in the world’s most prestigious festivals where all of the new trends and ideas are presented right before they become part of our modern lives… May the trip begin…




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