Has there ever been a more active time in the history of the luxury car industry?
Whether it’s driver-less cars, advancements in electric batteries, technological innovation as long as your arm (manufacturers after all have to keep offering newer features to stay relevant on a busier playing field), more and more sedans, SUVs, coupes and convertibles, the news releases are endless.
Never has the car show been more essential – “show time” to launch new models, as manufacturers, media and car enthusiasts flock together under one circus tent, so to speak – a car-lovers love-in.
NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
COBO CENTER, DETROIT, MICHIGAN
JANUARY 14-27, 2019
The grand-daddy – Detroit has traditionally been “Motor City” and the auto show there has a grand tradition, a true global stage for some of the world’s iconic vehicle reveals, as NAIAS executive director Rod Alberts describes it. Six unique shows in one – The Gallery, an ultra-luxury automotive event, AutoMobili-D, an inside look at future mobility platforms, Press Preview, Industry Preview, Charity Preview and the nine-day Public Show.
GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
PALEXPO, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
MARCH 7-17, 2019
You can’t argue with history – since 1905, almost all major car manufacturers have taken part in the Geneva show, in one of the world’s luxury lifestyle capitals. The Geneva show has been marked by its creativity, and that includes super, crazy concept cars. In 2018, 662,000 visitors, 10,700 media from 90 countries took part, with 180 exhibitors and 157 car premieres.
NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CAR SHOW
JACOB JAVITS CONVENTION CENTRE, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK
In 1900, the New York International Automobile Show became North America’s first automotive exhibition. Over the decades, it has stapled itself on the brain of car lovers as a must-see show, with nearly 1,000 cars and trucks on display, a full-court press of innovation and cutting-edge design and technology. Held on 11th Ave., head to their website to capitalize on reduced rates in nearby luxury hotels. Following on the heels of the Geneva show, there is always an onslaught of new models – both concept and mainstream.
NATIONAL EXHIBITION AND CONVENTION CENTRE, SHANGHAI, CHINA
APRIL 18-25, 2019
Auto Shanghai is both the earliest professional auto show in China (1985), and the largest – total exhibition area of 360,000 square metres, over 1,000 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions, over 1,400 vehicles on display, over one million visitors, and 11,000 journalists from 2,035 domestic and international media organizations. Shanghai is a wonderful mishmash of old world history and culture and Michelin-starred international cuisine and designer fashion stores.
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
DUBAI WORLD TRADE CENTRE, DUBAI, UAE
The largest international automotive event across the Middle East and North Africa, the Dubai show is every two years. Maybe it’s not the size and scope of some of the others on our list – but what an experience. All the A-List global vehicle brands are there, and you get to experience one of the world’s luxury capitals – more than 6,000 restaurants and cuisine from 200 cultures, a spectacular desert landscape, pristine beaches, unique adventure activities and concerts, Arabian traditions, cultural events and markets.