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By system on Friday, 24 August 2012

As the 2012 Australian International Motor Show approaches in October, there is again much speculation as to the quality and quantity of the line-up. Despite show organisers for Sydney stating the show is fully booked, almost half the brands on sale in the Australian market will be unrepresented at the event.

There will be some big brands on display like Holden/HSV, Ford/FPV, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, Lamborghini, plus some newly launched ones like Infiniti and Opel. However at least 22 brands including crowd-pulling names such as Ferrari, Maserati, Audi, and BMW have decided not to attend. Also missing from the show will be premium brands Bentley, Rolls-Royce, McLaren and Tesla.

Fiat Chrysler Group will not attend, eliminating the Chrysler (and its new 300), Jeep, Dodge, Fiat and Alfa Romeo brands, while Ateco Automotive which is responsible for Ferrari and Maserati, will also not be displaying its Chery, Great Wall, Lotus and Citroen brands.

Overall it is disappointing for a National show, especially considering that this is the last Motor Show in the Darling Harbour venue until 2018, as redevelopment occurs the Sydney version will move to Homebush for the interim.

However one show that does look promising is MotorClassica in Melbourne, which is also held in October and will probably offer more cars on show with some really rare delights. It will have cars dating back 100 years right through to modern day, a display of Motorcyles, Car Clubs and an Automotive Art Show. With more than 120 cars and 50 motorcylces on display inside the Royal Exhibition Building, 400+ cars will be outside for ‘Picnic with the Classics’ and over 100 Trade Stands, there should be something there for every car lovers taste.

In addition we would love to hear from YOU about your show, there are so many really good shows run by enthusiasts throughout Australia, so if you are organising a show or part of a car show we would love to hear about it, maybe offer some support or even try to add a bit of publicity for you – Contact Us