Motor show axed as recession bites

Britain's flagship exhibition dedicated to the motor industry has been called off for next year amid growing fears about the impact of the recession.

The British International Motor Show was due to be staged at the ExCel exhibition centre in London's Docklands.

However, manufacturers are growing increasingly concerned about their prospects and the future of the show now looks bleak.

Organisers, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), took the decision to axe the show, saying the economic downturn "had made it impossible for exhibitors to commit to a 2010 event".

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "The British International Motor Show is the UK's largest consumer exhibition, hugely popular with the public, and has been attracting increasing numbers of visitors over recent years, making the decision to cancel the 2010 show an extremely difficult one.

"However, the global credit crunch has placed the automotive sector under unique pressure and has created a level of uncertainty that deters manufacturers from committing to large-scale, international events."

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