October 15 2010.

Cars may well be selling, but  the Motor Show remains dead for the foreseeable future.

Following consultation with the UK motor industry after the cancellation of the 2010 British International Motor Show, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has confirmed that the Show will not be reinstated in 2012.

"The British International Motor Show has been a tremendously successful showcase for the UK motor industry. In recent years the show has played a less important role in influencing new car buyers and vehicle manufacturers are focussing their limited resources on events and activities that have a more direct impact on brand awareness and consumer decisions," said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt.

"The UK has a strong, diverse and highly competitive motor manufacturing industry, home to globally successful companies and iconic products admired around the world. Both SMMT and the industry are committed to displaying the achievements of the sector and providing our customers with an opportunity to experience the full breadth of models available in the UK," concluded Everitt.

Despite the upward trend in attendance at the 2008 British International Motor Show, the economic downturn and unprecedented challenges facing the industry both in the UK and around the world made it impossible for the industry to commit to a 2010 event, leading to its cancellation in March 2009.
The motorcycle industry's annual show, badged as Carole Nash Motorcycle Live for this year's event at the NEC, continues to showcase the UK two-wheel industry, and with some 32 machine manufacturers exhibiting this year, it is better supported than it has been for many years.

"With increased positive support from the trade and industry to encourage both new and existing riders to visit this year's event, it could help to turn the sales of machines back into an upward trend in 2011," says Carole Nash Motorcycle Live organiser Finlay McAllan.