IMAG – Press Release
World’s greatest auto show showcases the latest driving concepts
China – the market of the future – at Auto Shanghai 2017
China's auto market is still at the top. After single-digit growth rates in 2015, the first half of 2016 shows clear upward growth again with 12 percent. One reason is surely the tax reduction (introduced in October 2015) for cars that have an engine capacity of up to 1.6 liters. China still leads the ranking of the largest car markets in the world. It also wants to be at the head of the pack for the trending topics of electric mobility and autonomous driving. That is why these future trends are in the foreground at Auto Shanghai: the largest automotive exhibition in the world. In 2017, it will be held from April 20th to 27th at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC).
In 2015, a total of 928,000 visitors came to the 16th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (Auto Shanghai), which was held in the newly built NECC for the first time. Around 2,000 companies from 18 countries presented their innovations on 350,000 square meters of exhibition space.
In 2017, Auto Shanghai will focus on the topics of "alternative drive systems" and "autonomous driving" or "connected cars".
Especially in the giant, booming cities of China, alternative drive systems for vehicles play an important role. To improve the air quality in spite of increasing car sales, China needs immediate alternatives for vehicles with internal combustion engines. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in China already subsidizes the purchase of so-called "New Energy Vehicles". Currently, public users (like urban transport, taxis and logistics companies as well as public authorities) are mainly equipped with vehicles that have the new technology.
According to Dong Yang, the Vice President of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), autonomous driving cars should already be common in China as soon as the year 2030. This means that, in addition to the United States, China will be one of the leading markets for driverless driving.
"For both future trends, suppliers to the automotive industry are in particular demand. They are the experts who advance the developments," says Peter Bergleiter, Managing Director of IMAG – Internationaler Messe- und Ausstellungsdienst GmbH, the European co-organizer of Auto Shanghai. In addition to all of the major automobile manufacturers, the global players in the supply industry will also use Auto Shanghai to showcase their latest products.
Before the opening of the trade fair, there will be two media days: April 18th and 19th, 2017.
Further information about Auto Shanghai, as well as high-resolution pictures for download, can be found at www.autoshanghai.auto-fairs.com.
On April 20, 2017, the world's largest automobile show, Auto Shanghai, will open its doors for the 17th time. A million visitors are expected.
China – the of the – at Auto Shanghai 2017