HSV stand at the 2012 Australian Motor ShowEnlarge Photo
However, by 2013 the Australian Motor Show was already put on hiatus due to rising costs, slowing ticket sales and a number of popular brands choosing to skip the show. Now, local reports suggest that organizers are planning a new show for 2015 but are yet to reach an agreement on the format.
According to Carsguide, the organizers are planning to host a new automotive event in the city of Melbourne in 2015. It won’t be a regular show as it will include the motoring clubs as well as audience participation and test drive facilities.
One possibility that’s already proving popular is linking the show with the Formula One Australian Grand Prix, which is also run in Melbourne. In fact, at this year’s race, scheduled for mid-March, organizers of the Aussie GP plan to have a display section and are inviting the automakers to attend. Around 300,000 racing fans attend the four-day period of the GP, many of whom are likely to be big car fans too.
The Australian Motor Show isn’t the only major auto-related event to have disappeared in recent times; the annual London Motor Show ceased in 2008 and hasn’t been revived since. However, the popular Goodwood Festival of Speed has quickly become the premier British event for gear heads and the event of choice for some automakers to show off new models and concepts.