Get ready for showtime
British Motor Show’s move to London makes it easier for Scots visitors
WITH less than a month to go the guessing game has started as to which new cars will receive their world premiers at the revamped British Motor Show.
The show has moved from Birmingham to London’s ExCel Arena, in Docklands, and seen its prestige greatly enhanced.
The new venue is also easier for Scottish visitors to get to, with flights directly into City Airport or any of four other airports. There are also straightforward connections from trains to central London.
The move to Docklands has prompted some manufacturers that snubbed the Birmingham event, like BMW, to rethink.
And the Germans are planning a spectacular stage set to show off its range. BMW is building an 11,000sq metre arena which will include new model debuts (including from Rolls-Royce).
One of the stars of that particular show will be the Mini, the British-built icon which continues to set an astonishing pace in the sales charts.
There will be a Mini GP special edition and the British debut of the Mini Traveller concept and an opportunity to battle “aliens” from behind the wheel.
Rolls Royce, BMW’s other British marque, will also have its 101EX Phantom coupe concept at the show.
But the biggest mystery surrounds a new model that BMW is promising to unveil at the show. Pundits are predicting anything from a hardcore sports car to a hybrid people carrier.
There is also speculation about the possible debut of the new Land Rover Freelanderi n London. It will be larger in every dimension than the current vehicle. The new model is a bit more upmarket than its predecessor. Even if it doen not put in an appearance, there will be much to see on the Land Rover stand.
There are expectations of six global launches and an i mpressive line up of European launches among the 200 motor show exhibitors. One of the first manufacturers to announce its plans, Vauxhall, will be unveiling its new Corsa.
The Corsa is a joint development between General Motors (Vauxhall’s owner) and Fiat.
Other model launches will be announced in the coming weeks. For further information on the show, which runs from July 20-30, log on to www.britishmotorshow.co.uk.
As well as all the launches there will be a range of interactive and outdoor experiences, including Adventure Island where visitors can enjoy 4x4 driving through tube tunnels, over rail tracks and water pipes.
There will be a nightly programme of concerts with artists including Van Morrison, Roxy Music and Simple Minds.
Show stoppers: Exciting versions of the Mini are set to be a big attraction at BMW’s huge motor show stand