There are few things better than a motor show. Granted, looking at new car deals websites such as this ahead of your own purchase may be one of them, but unless you’re the Sultan of Brunei, Jeremy Clarkson or George Michael you will not be able to pick up a new car once every week.
By going to a few motor shows you can get sneak previews of the latest models, wow your friends with pictures of the most outrageous concept cars and some even offer the opportunity to get behind the wheel during track sessions.
Over the course of the year, you’ll find that there is an expo for every car enthusiast, be it a super-car laden track day, a fleet efficiency conference or a consumer-centric show where all the major manufacturers unveil their up and coming models.
Here is a quick rundown of some of the shows that you can look out for during the course of 2014:
January 13th – 26th
Detroit, North American International Auto Show – NAIAS
COBO Center, Detroit, Michigan, USA
People who know anything about cars will have an affinity with Detroit. The motor city may not be the international car manufacturing hub it used to be, but the NAIAS is still a great way to kick off a new year.
Detroit has been the venue for a breathtaking auto show for more than 100 years, but since the late 1980s, the focus has switched from its regional origins to an international show and the North American International Auto Show was born. The organisers pride themselves on their ability to transmit the excitement of driving and vehicles to the media, industry and the general car-buying public.
In 2013, 71 cars made their debut at the show, with 795,416 visitors passing through the doors of the COBO Center. This year, more than 500 vehicles will be shimmering on rotating stands, representing the most innovative designs in the world.
March 6th – 16th
Geneva, International Motor Show
Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland
This year will be the 84th iteration of the world famous International Motor Show in the picturesque Swiss city. Many of the most exciting super cars are unveiled in the shadow of the Alps and it is a favourite motor show of the European petrolheads.
Last year, it was the LaFerrari and the McLaren P1 that dominated the show and turned the most heads. What will take the headlines this year?
April 29th – May 1st
UK Commercial Vehicle Show (2013)
NEC Birmingham, UK
This may not be as exciting as the motor shows that feature supercars and swimsuit-clad models, but it is one of the most important shows for the British fleet industry. This is where people go to learn how to get the most out of their company’s vans or cars and fleet managers can get firsthand experience of the latest green motoring technology.
The CV Show is the largest and most comprehensive road freight transport event in the UK and stands focus on vehicles, insurance, tyres, telemetry and training providers.