According to a notice published on the event’s website, the the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and the UK car companies decided to cancel the 2010 British International Motor Show. The decision is best explained by SMMT’s chief executive, Paul Everitt: “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.”
And here’s the official announcement from the show’s website:
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.
Maybe not one of the biggest motor shows around, but the London event was quite important, especially for the local industry and, like it happends every time we hear a show is cancelled, we’re really sorry it got to this point and we’re waiting for the show to open again as soon as possible.
Source: BIMS (Via The Detroit News)