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London Motor Show to double in size for 2019

Written by: Neil

Did you make it down to the London Motor Show recently?

Anyone who did visit London’s ExCeL between May 16th-19th will have been wowed by some of the world’s most outrageous cars, including the Lamborghini Urus, Ferrari Portofino and Aston Martin Vantage, as well as 140 more.

And figures just in confirm that last month’s event was the biggest since its return to the capital in 2016.

Some 32,310 people hit the London Motor Show this time, which is a 29 per cent uplift on 2017’s visitor count, when it was staged at Battersea Park Evolution Centre.

That relocation from Battersea is believed to have been key in building interest in the show, but the event has naturally attracted more people off the back of previous years and the promise of new model debuts, which this year included the Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV and Range Rover Sport PHEV.

Could Brexit take the wheels off of the London Motor Show?

2019’s event is scheduled to take place just nine weeks after the UK leaves the EU, but event chairman Alec Mumford doesn’t seem worried about that.

In fact, Mr Mumford is so driven by the public response to 2018’s event that exhibition space is being doubled for 2019, with the expectation of twice the number of visitors to fill it.

“The UK is the second-largest car market in Europe, with over two million annual car sales, so we would like to see more vehicle manufacturers engage with the British public at the 2019 London Motor Show as we enter the post-Brexit world,” he said.

“The record number of visitors to this year’s show has proved beyond doubt there is an appetite for this world-class motor show in London. The feedback from visitors and exhibitors indicates that everyone wants to see even more vehicles displayed in 2019, and we’re giving dealers and car manufacturers an unmissable opportunity to do so.”

Give the petrolheads what they want – we like it! The next London Motor Show will take place at ExCeL London on May 16th-19th 2019.

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